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christine.raines@hcahealthcare.com

How to apply

Program Name as listed in ACGME: HCA Healthcare: East Florida Division GME: St. Lucie Medical Center

ERAS #: 1101100199

NRMP #: 2042110C0

Welcome letter

Dr Thomas-MateseThank you for your interest in the Emergency Medicine residency-training program at St. Lucie Medical Center.

The St. Lucie Medical Center 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.

The hospital offers a full range of services including in house OB and psychiatry and is an accredited STEMI and Stroke center and is an Orthopedic center of excellence.

In addition to their emergency medicine, US, anesthesia and OB rotations at St. Lucie Medical Center, our residents rotate though The Children's Hospital at Palms West Pediatric Residency Program for Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Pediatric ICU, JFK Medical Center for adult ICU and Lawnwood Regional Medical Center for Trauma and Trauma ICU.

Oversight of resident assignments and of the quality of the learning and working environment extends to all participating sites. Our program adheres to ACGME Institutional Requirements and ensures that each of its ACGME- accredited programs is in compliance.

Thomas H. Matese Jr., DO, FACP, FACEP

Program Director

Mission statement

The HCA Healthcare St. Lucie Medical Center – 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.

List of leadership and faculty

Program Director

Thomas H. Matese Jr., DO, FACP, FACEP

Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

Residency: Overlook Hospital, Summit, New Jersey

Internship: Humana Hospital-Palm Beaches, West Palm Beach, Fl.

Associate Program Director

Josephin Mathai, DO

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency: Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, Fl

Internship: Palms West Hospital/PBCGME, Loxahatchee, Florida

Sarah Fowles, DO

Medical School: Nova Southeastern University, Davie, Fl

Residency: Palm Beach Consortium for Graduate Medical Education

David Hotwagner, DO

Medical School: Michigan State University Osteopathic Medical School

Residency: Palm Beach Consortium for Graduate Medical Education

Jason Morris, DO

Medical School: University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency: University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine

Jeanette Roberts, DO

Medical School: Des Moines University - Osteopathic Medical Center

Residency: Palm Beach Consortium for Graduate Medical Education

Program Overview

At SLMC EM 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 EM program at SLMC offers the perfect opportunity in the perfect location.

Additionally, the learning environment offered at SLMC 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 (ILP) that is iterated quarterly throughout their 3 years of training. This bestows upon each resident 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?

Training, education & research

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 literature searching, conducting research/quality projects, scholarly presentation and publication.

Conference schedule

Our weekly EM conference is a mandatory protected time didactic experience for all residents that is held on Wednesday's from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and begins with our "Breakfast Club" which is an hour of didactics dedicated 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 Conference including M&M and Research Conference including Journal Club. Invited guests 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.

Curriculum and rotation schedule

Emergency Medicine residents at St. Lucie Medical Center perform rotations in EM, OB, Anesthesia, Administration, Ultrasound at our base institution, as well EMS with our local county EMS agency,  SLCFD. 

Off-site rotations include PEM and PICU at The Children's Hospital at Palms West, Adult Medical ICU at JFK Medical Center and Trauma and TICU at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center.

First Year Rotations:

Emergency Medicine (9 months) Anesthesia, ICU, Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Second Year Rotations:

Emergency Medicine (7 months) Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Pediatric ICU, Ultrasound, Trauma, Trauma ICU

Third Year Rotations:

Emergency Medicine (6 months) Trauma ICU, Obstetrics, Elective (1 month) Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Administrative, Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Why choose St. Lucie Medical Center?

Located a few miles inland from The Treasure Coast beaches, St. Lucie Medical Center serves Florida's vibrant and rapidly growing Treasure Coast community.  SLMC is a 229 bed acute-care, full service medical center, which is the only teaching hospital on the Treasure Coast.  Our emergency department volume and outstanding staff, affords for an excellent opportunity to train in an ACGME accredited program. SLMC is also home to an ACGME accredited Family Medicine training program.

At St. Lucie Medical Center we pride ourselves in molding our residents into competent, compassionate Emergency Medicine physicians. Our goal is to bring out the best in every resident using our framework of “Ordered Thinking” and our mantra of potential, passion and perseverance.  Our residents are trained to be steadfast in adversity and to “run towards danger,” in the pursuit of excellence.

Upon graduation, our residents are well prepared to sit for the ABEM examinations (since our inception in 2010, we proudly boast a 100% first time pass rate) and to care for patients of all ages and conditions, including our own family members. There is no higher recommendation that can be given.