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How to apply

  • ACGME ID: 1101100199
  • NRMP: 2232110C1

How to Apply

Welcome from our Program Director

HCA Florida St. Lucie Hospital is a 229-bed acute care hospital nestled in Port St. Lucie, a thriving community located in the middle of the Treasure Coast of Florida, a pristine coastal locale with easy access to Orlando, Miami and Tampa.

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Program overview

At HCA Florida St. Lucie Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency program, we provide excellence in clinical training at a community-based residency program. For those students interested in practicing in a similar environment upon completion of their training, the emergency medicine program at HCA Florida St. Lucie Hospital offers the perfect opportunity in the perfect location.

Additionally, the learning environment offered at HCA Florida St. Lucie Hospital is centered around the concepts of Ordered Thinking, Deliberate Practice and Individualized Learning in order to instill the ethos of life-long learning in the formation of master adaptive learners in the asymptotic journey towards mastery of emergency medicine.

Working under the guidance of their mentor, each resident creates an Individualized Learning Plan/Process that is iterated quarterly throughout their three years of training. This bestows upon each resident an inherent agency over the creation of an individualized learning environment and portfolio that best suits their needs and learning style.

Each resident is supported by an individual core faculty mentor as well as small mentor groups to ensure each resident reaches their highest potential.

In the words of Simon Sinek: “We know our "why." Won't you join us?

Program highlights

HCA Florida St. Lucie Hospital has been home to our EM residency since 2010 and has a 100% ABEM first time pass rate since inception. 24-hour CT technicians are available onsite with on-call radiology technicians in all diagnostic modalities. Medical library resources are also available from any facility computer via intranet and remotely through Citrix XenApp.

Our program has existing alumni core faculty members In 2023 our exclusive E.D. conference room was renovated with four new screens for a 180 degree presentation, new smart TV's, a full refrigerator, new charging tables & luxe seating. Telemedicine is also available for teleneurology, teleradiology and psychiatry intake HCA Florida St. Lucie Hospital provides advanced diagnostic imaging technology and offers da Vinci robotic assisted surgery for prostate, general and gynecological surgeries.

Salary and benefit information


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


New residents receive up to $1,000 for orientation. Program budgets include the following additional benefits:

  • Professional Memberships
  • Conference and Travel Expense
  • Cell Phone
  • Laptop/iPad
  • Other Board Prep and Educational Expense
  • Step 3 Reimbursement

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.

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Our Program Director and staff

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Thomas H. Matese Jr., DO

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Program details

Our program has a dedicated research department for the purpose of supporting residents in their research and scholarly activities.

Our team provides guidance and one-on-one mentoring in addition to program faculty for various forms of scholarly activity, including quality improvement and research projects, abstracts and manuscript preparation and case presentations.

Residents have access to a central repository for scholarly activity that houses templates, examples, instructions and tips for searching the literature, conducting research/quality projects, scholarly presentations and publications.

Conference schedule

Our weekly Emergency Medicine conference is a mandatory, protected-time didactic experience for all residents held on Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. It begins with our "Breakfast Club," which is an hour of didactics dedicated to building foundational knowledge for our PG1 learners but is open to all learners.

Core faculty members lead our conference from a scheduled, strategic 36-month curriculum based on EMRAP CorePendium and other assigned readings designed in compliance with the most recent Model of the Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine.

Weekly our curriculum includes; Radiology Conference that includes plain films, CT and US, EKG Conference, core content presented by our core faculty as well as a resident presentation. Monthly sessions include Oral Boards Prep, In-training Examination Prep, Administrative Conferences including M&M and Research Conference including Journal Club.

Invited guest presentations are also hosted.

Our official QI curriculum runs from January to June but QI is a continuing iterative process that encompasses the entire year including resident membership on all of our hospital committees.

Our Simulation Curriculum occurs quarterly off-site at FAU in Boca Raton. Each resident is provided with the following resources; EMRAP, Rosh Review, PEER and Decker Med. Finally, our residents produce "EM Exhort," a weekly publication of fun and facts!

Our curriculum ensures our residents are properly prepared to sit for the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) certification examination as well as to provide expert clinical care at each patient's bedside.

Finally, our intensely interactive curriculum cultivates deep thinking and dialogue that generates innovative real-world solutions and dialogue that will also allow our graduates to become thought leaders within their hospital systems as well as more broadly should they so desire.

Mission statement

The HCA Florida St. Lucie 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.

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

You may take either USMLE Step 1 and 2 or COMLEX Level 1 and 2, we will consider all test results.

At St. Lucie Hospital there are over 50,000 patient visits a year in our ED with ample opportunities for procedures from central line placement, intubation, procedural sedation and all of the required ACGME procedures needed to complete your residency training.

Our ultrasound curriculum is expansive, and consists of monthly lecture series during didactics, a dedicated ultrasound rotation, and frequent ultrasound simulation. All PGY-1s attend an US conference in Miami Beach, which serves as a great introduction to emergency ultrasound. Our department has 3 new ultrasound machines, handheld ultrasounds, a SIM dedicated US machine and an ultrasound training SIM man. Residents develop their skills on shift and through curriculum-based learning, many also using their elective month as additional time to hone their skills under the direction of our ultrasound director, Dr. David Hotwagner.

Residents rotate through our dedicated simulation center on a routine basis. We also hold bi-weekly procedural SIM labs, so residents can brush up on both the common and rare procedures encountered by emergency medicine physicians.

As a PGY-1, we want you to focus on establishing a strong foundation in emergency medicine. You'll have a supportive environment, anchored by your faculty mentor and a fellow PGY-2 and PGY-3 who are part of your mentor group. We hold an intern boot camp during your first week with us, so that you can learn our EMR, see the flow of our department and get to know one another! We also review some of the basic emergency medicine workups and procedures. Throughout the year you will take part in our weekly 'Breakfast Club,' an hour-long pre-conference meeting geared towards PGY-1's so that they can learn 'bread and butter' EM concepts in an intimidation free environmen.

Yes, we consider J-1 Visa applicants who have an EFCMG certification (H-1B, EAD are not accepted).