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Jennie Elmore, Program Coordinator

How to apply

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

ERAS #: 12833892

NRMP #: 2042120C0

Welcome letter

Dr Jose PicoIt is my pleasure to welcome you to learn about our Family Medicine Residency Program at St. Lucie Medical Center. Our knowledgeable and compassionate faculty are committed to the program mission to provide quality training that emphasizes clinical excellence, teamwork, leadership, and career development.

During the three years of your residency, you will be exposed to a broad range of pathology in both inpatient and outpatient medicine that prepares you well for careers in hospital medicine, primary care, or fellowship training.

Our residency program will provide you with autonomy in patient care as you grow in clinical competency. In addition, we are receptive and responsive to the needs of our residents providing frequent opportunities for program feedback and evaluation.

Residents work with interdisciplinary teams including behavioral science, a diabetic educator, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, medical, and nursing students.

Jose Pico, MD - Program Director

Mission statement

The HCA Healthcare St. Lucie Medical Center – Family 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

  • Jose Pico MD - FM Residency Program Director, Core Faculty
  • Lindsay Lewis MD - FM Associate Program Director, Core Faculty
  • Karla Higginbotham MD - Core Faculty
  • Emily Sou DO - Pediatrics Full time Faculty
  • Hemal Patel DO - Part time Faculty
  • Evelyn Rodriguez MD - Part time Faculty

Program overview

Only Family Medicine Residency Program spans within a 75 mile radius, on the beautiful Treasure Coast.

The Treasure Coast is a great place to live with some of the most beautiful beaches in Florida, great golf courses, great boating and world-class fishing. We have diverse communities with a low cost of living and high quality of life.

We are located 50 minutes north of Palm Beach, 1.5 hours from Orlando with easy access  to the Florida Turnpike, I-95, and West Palm Beach (PBI) International Airport.

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Training, education & research

Our residents are encouraged and have dedicated time in their schedules to engage in scholarly work, ranging from local and regional presentations, attending National conferences, and publishing scientific manuscripts.

The environment at St. Lucie Medical Center is very supportive of residents and it has a robust Wellness Program supported by our Behavioral Health faculty. As the only Family Medicine residency within a 75 mile radius, we have ample opportunities for community participation.

Mentorship is established with faculty based in your interests early in training. Faculty provide advice and guidance throughout training to assist with research, quality improvement, educational scholarship and career development.

We are affiliated with Nova Southeastern University, Florida State University, and Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, as well as other medical schools in the area. Our academic collaborations provide access to library resources, research support, and the opportunity to work with medical students to sharpen your teaching and mentoring skills.

Conference schedule

Our program offers a dynamic and exciting didactic curriculum including; clinical case conferences from specialists, QI and safety conferences, evidence based medicine, cost conscious care, board review sessions, hands-on simulation sessions, journal clubs, and the fundamentals of practice management and the business of medicine.

The dedicated research staff helps support resident research, publications, and presentations. Our residents are encouraged and have dedicated time in their schedules to engage in scholarly work, ranging from local and regional presentations, attending National conferences, and publishing scientific manuscripts.

Wednesday mornings are dedicated didactic time, used for teaching, workshops, presentations, grand rounds, meetings, etc.

Curriculum and rotation schedule

PGY-1 Curriculum Blocks (4 week)

  • Internal Medicine Wards 2
  • Pediatric ER (Palms West Hospital) 1
  • Obstetrics 1.5
  • Inpatient Pediatrics (at Palms West Hospital) 1
  • Outpatient Pediatrics 1
  • Emergency Medicine 2
  • General Surgery 1
  • Cardiology 1
  • ICU 1
  • Newborn 0.5
  • Vacation (including conference) 1

PGY-2 Curriculum

  • Internal Medicine Wards 2
  • Night Float (2 week periods) 1.5
  • Obstetrics 1
  • Ortho/Musculoskeletal 1
  • Women’s Health 1
  • Anesthesia 0.5
  • Outpatient Pediatrics 1
  • Clinical Systems Research 1
  • Behavioral Health 1
  • Elective 1
  • ENT 0.5
  • Radiology 0.5
  • Vacation (including conference attendance) 1

PGY-3 Curriculum

  • Internal Medicine Wards 2
  • Night Float (2 week periods) 1
  • Ortho/Musculoskeletal 1
  • Urology 0.5
  • Pulmonology 1
  • Community Medicine 1
  • Geriatrics/Hospice 1
  • Dermatology 1
  • Practice/Systems Management 1
  • Electives 2
  • Ophthalmology 0.5
  • Vacation (including conference attendance) 1

Frequently asked questions

The Saint Lucie Medical Center serves the cities of Port St. Lucie, Jensen Beach, and Stuart. Port St. Lucie is the eighth largest city in Florida. St. Lucie Medical Center is a 229 bed, Joint Commission Accredited, Top Performing Hospital with a Healthgrades Excellence award for Patient Safety, and is a certified Primary Stroke and Chest Pain Center.

The hospital offers a full range of acute care services, including rehabilitation, obstetrics, and inpatient and outpatient robotic surgery. It’s Orthopedic and Spine Center is considered one of the best in the country for joint replacement.

St. Lucie Medical Center is part of HCA and has over 350 physicians, more than 60,000 patients per year, and is committed to excellence in GME. The hospital supports our 18 resident Family Medicine Residency and an Emergency Medicine Residency. The Family Medicine Residency Program was established in 2012 and is ACGME accredited.

The Heart and Family Health Institute (HFHI) is a multispecialty group affiliated with HCA and it houses our Family Medicine Practice. HFHI has several satellite offices, a central lab and diagnostic center, sleep center, and many other resources, which help to take care of our large and diverse patient population. The main HFHI building is located across the street from the hospital.