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Emergency Medicine Residency at HCA Florida Aventura Hospital

Learn more about our Emergency Medicine Residency Program at HCA Florida Aventura Hospital in Aventura, Florida.

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center

Welcome from our Program Director

It is a pleasure to welcome you to Emergency Medicine as the founding Program Director of our Residency at HCA Florida Aventura Hospital in Aventura, Florida. We could not be more excited about your interest in our program.
  • ACGME ID: 1101100196
  • NRMP: 2232110C0

Have any questions? Reach out to us!

For more information, please contact our program coordinator.

Program overview

The Emergency Medicine Residency at HCA Florida Aventura Hospital is an accredited and rigorous three-year program designed to train the next generation of physicians and physician leaders.  
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

Curriculum and rotation schedule

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


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


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.

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.

Does your program accept international applicants?

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.

What are your cut off scores for board examinations?

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.

Does your program consider DO applications?

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.

Is a rotation at your institution required in order to be considered for an interview or match?

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.

Do you require SLOEs (Standard Letter of Evaluation) for your applicants?

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.

When will I hear about an interview offer?

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.

What about a non-traditional applicant?

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.

What is your program application deadline?

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.

Do you have a cutoff point of years since graduation?

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.

USMLE Step 1 minimum scores? Is there an attempt limit?

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.

USMLE Step 2CK minimum scores? Is there an attempt limit? Is there an attempt limit on Step 2 CS?

Please see answers for USMLE Step 1.

Is U.S. Clinical experience required? If yes, how long?

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.

By time of application, do I need to have Step 2 CS in hand?

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.

Do you offer interviews to applicants enrolled in couples match?

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

How many total residents are in your program?

There are 36 in our program at this time.