Contact us

For more information, please contact our program coordinator.

Melissa Lazare

How to apply

  • ACGME ID: 1101100196
  • NRMP: 2232110C0

How to Apply

Welcome from our Program Director

Established in 2016, the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at HCA Florida Aventura Hospital aims to train physicians to enter independent practice in three years. We are a Trauma Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center and a STEMI Center. We are most proud of our diverse faculty with specialty training in Critical Care, EMS, Medical Simulation, Palliative Care, Sports Medicine, Toxicology and Ultrasound. We have an amazingly diverse patient population in a busy, urban emergency department that cares for approximately 70,000 patients per year with a 40% admission rate.

Program overview

We strive to foster dedication to patient welfare, commitment to lifelong learning, and a passion for the advancement of emergency medicine as a specialty.

Our residents are thoroughly trained to optimize emergency department throughput, perform real-time, high-quality documentation, while simultaneously providing outstanding care and ensuring the highest patient satisfaction.

Our interdisciplinary approach to learning fosters excellent opportunities for professional growth, committed mentorship and clinical research. Alongside dedicated attending physicians and enthusiastic colleagues, residents strive for excellence in their training and provide high-quality healthcare in patient-centered environments and community-oriented service.

Salary and benefit information

The following stipends are for fiscal year 2023 – 2024 salaries and may differ from future years' stipends.

  • PGY1: $58,677
  • PGY2: $60,445
  • PGY3: $62,254


  • 4 weeks per academic year
  • 95% get their first two choices of vacation


  • Low cost medical, dental and vision coverage for both residents and family
  • Disability policy will be provided along with the option to purchase additional coverage
  • Residents are automatically enrolled in a life insurance policy that offers a basic life benefit
  • Professional liability insurance is provided


  • 401 (k) with a 3% match


  • The cost for training licenses in the state of Florida will be paid by the program.
  • Step 3 and study guides are provided.

Life support training

  • ATLS, NRP, BLS, ACLS, and PALS training and certifications are covered by the program.

More benefits

  • iPhone and Laptop issued to each resident
  • Parking is on campus, close to the hospital and free to residents
  • Travel and registration for external conference attendance such as ACEP attendance.
  • PGY1 attend FCEP
  • PGY2 attend Life After Residency conference
  • PGY3 attend ACEP
  • Research related travel is also supported
  • Free meals in hospital (really good meals!)
  • EM residents also have access to food and drinks in the ED EMS lounge and physician lounge
  • Resident call rooms are provided as needed
  • One lab coat and residency jacket provided each year
  • A robust Employee Assistance Plan
  • ACEP, FCEP and EMRA membership
  • AAEM and RSA membership
  • ROSH review, PEER IX, HIPPO, EB Medicine, ALiEM
  • Large library resources
  • Full Board Review Course

Curriculum and rotation schedule

Our expertly crafted programs are designed to provide resident and fellow physicians with all the experiences and training necessary for professional success.

See Program Schedule

Our Program Director and staff

Our team is comprised of skilled experts with deep experience and knowledge from which residents and fellows can benefit.

Todd L. Slesinger, MD, FACEP, FCCM, FCCP, FAAEM

Program Director

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Mission statement

The HCA Florida Aventura Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency program’s mission is to develop the next generation of physicians and physician leaders.

As a part of HCA Healthcare, we are driven by a single mission: Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.

Frequently asked questions about our Family Medicine Residency

Here, we answer some of the most common questions about our program.

This program is designed to offer residents a rewarding, educational environment where residents are provided individualized learning opportunities by faculty and staff who support and sustain one another throughout quality care delivery. Our faculty are committed to ensuring the residents' clinical experience and educational needs are fulfilled while expanding residents' perspectives to be inclusive of cultures, values and ideals.

Frequently asked questions about our Emergency Medicine Residency Program

You can find answers to the most common questions about our program below.

Our program reviews the applications of anyone who applies to the program. International students are considered if their training has included all of the typical elements of a United States medical school education as well as all requirements for a visa can be obtained. It is helpful to the review committee if an international student has done a clinical rotation with us so that we have had a first-hand observation of their clinical skills. We do require that international students have some clinical experience in the United States with a letter of recommendation from that experience.

We do not have a specific cut off value for board examination scores. Each application is reviewed in its entirety and holistically. We also do not provide information regarding the average scores of applicants and/or current residents.

Yes, we consider DO applicants and have had DO residents in our program in the past. It is preferable if a DO applicant has taken the USMLE examination as a head-to-head comparison with the MD applicants.

No. We interview many more applicants than have rotated with us. Although a percentage of residents from each class come from students that have rotated here, this is not unique to our program and likely has to do with students prioritizing places where they have had clinical experience when making their rank list.

It is helpful for us to have SLOEs in an applicant’s file as this a standard evaluation used by clerkships and EM residency programs throughout the country. However, not all schools or rotation sites use these when evaluating their students so they are not mandatory. We do require at least one emergency medicine faculty letter. We would consider an exception to this for a resident who is transferring from another specialty. In total we require three letters of recommendation. It is preferable if at least two of these are from EM faculty members.

We are continuously reviewing applications. If you have not heard from us that we are declining an interview offer it means that your application is still under consideration.

We consider all applicants as stated above. This includes transfers from other specialties. However, if you have been outside clinical practice for an extended period of time, we will likely not consider your application. There is no set period of time as a cut off.

November 1st is our application deadline. Given the number of applications we receive, the earlier you apply the better, as we offer interviews on a rolling process.

We do not have any specific cut off point. However, the longer you have been away from clinical medicine, the more challenging it will be for us to assess your current skill set.

We do not have a minimum score, although emergency medicine has become much more competitive. We will consider an applicant who has had to take the examination more than one time, but in our application pool failure of the boards will make your application less competitive.

We require some clinical experience in the U.S. so that a U.S. faculty member has evaluated you and provided you with a recommendation.

Step 2 scores are not required by the time of application, however, if your Step 1 score was lower, an improvement on Step 2 will work in your favor.

We interview applicants routinely who are participating in the couples match.

There are 36 in our program at this time.