HCA East Florida Division

St Lucie Medical Center


Core Site assignments are for year three only. Clerkship placement during year four is based solely on the site’s availability and approval. Students must follow the scheduling protocols outlined by the location and the Clinical Education Guidelines.

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HCA East Florida Division

Site Focus

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry 

School Affiliations

  • Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • KCU College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hospital Statistics

JFK Medical Center - North Campus

  • Total Beds - 245
  • Admissions - 8,140
  • ER Visits - 27,580
  • Outpatient Visits - 8,716
  • Births - N/A
  • Inpatient Surgeries - 1,102
  • Outpatient Surgeries - 6,883
  • Trauma Center - No

Palms West Hospital

  • Total Beds - 204
  • Admissions - 12,378
  • ER Visits - 47,092
  • Outpatient Visits - 74,958
  • Births - 1,333
  • Inpatient Surgeries - 4,418
  • Outpatient Surgeries - 3,294
  • Trauma Center - No

St. Lucie Medical Center

  • Total Beds - 229
  • Admissions - 11,211
  • ER Visits - 47,830
  • Outpatient Visits - 16,361
  • Births - 500
  • Inpatient Surgeries - 2,722
  • Outpatient Surgeries - 642
  • Trauma Center - No

University Hospital and Medical Center

  • Total Beds - 317
  • Admissions - 11,841
  • ER Visits - N/A
  • Outpatient Visits - 50,207
  • Births - N/A
  • Inpatient Surgeries - N/A
  • Outpatient Surgeries - N/A
  • Trauma Center - No

Third-Year Clerkships

  • Behavioral Health (4 weeks) - Inpatient
  • Child and Adolescent Health (4 weeks) - Inpatient
  • Family Medicine (4 weeks) - Outpatient
  • Internal Medicine (8 weeks) - Inpatient
  • Women's Health (4 weeks) - Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Surgery (8 weeks) - Inpatient - due to limited availability may be required off-site 

This site schedules clinical experiences in four-week increments - two-week clerkships are not available.

Third-Year Selectives

  • These are clinical experiences completed in addition to the third-year core clerkships.  The student may have some ability to choose from a list of available selective clerkships.  The Core Site determines the selective clerkships available based on the resources at the Core SiteIf applicable, selective opportunities will be communicated to students at the core site’s discretion after the match.

  • Selective clerkship opportunities are not available away from the Core Site during the third year.  Exceptions to this policy may occur for students officially enrolled in the Military and Global Health Tracks or completing third-year selective(s) away from the Core Site as part of the Specialty Track requirements.

    Residency Information

    • Emergency Medicine
    • Family Medicine
    • Pediatrics
    • Psychiatry

    Resources & Benefits

    • Facility Resources: Students have access to classroom with video conference capability, computers, dining room, internet, medical library, phones, printers, study space and WiFi while on duty at the hospitals
    • Meal Benefits: Varies by hospital location
    • Visiting Student Housing: Unavailable at this time

    Duties & Opportunities

    • Student Duties: Students are required to participate in weekend rounds
    • Didactic Opportunities: Students are required to participate in morning reports, lectures, patient rounds and complete required reading assignments
    • OMT/OPP Opportunities: Opportunities for skill development in OMT/OPP is provided during lectures, patient rounds and in the clinical setting during family and internal medicine clerkships

    Unique Site Characteristics

    • Application through Clinician Nexus required for fourth-year non-core visiting student clerkships
    • Attestation form to confirm background check and drug screen completed by KCU
    • Background check and drug screen required annually
    • BLS and ACLS certifications must be current
    • Fingerprinting required prior to third-year psychiatry clerkships (provided by site)
    • Military Track students must communicate third-year clerkship obligations to site as soon as the Clerkship Match Process is finalized
    • Orientation provided prior to the first clerkship
    • Personal Statement for DME/RAD must be submitted for Clerkship Site Match
    • HCA Florida East Division may designate one or more selectives during year three
    • TB screening required annually (only two-step skin test or blood test accepted)
    • Two-week clerkships are not available
    • Unable to accept Global Track students
    Once the Clerkship Site Match is finalized for your class, KCU Clinical Education will notify students when contacting clerkship sites directly is permitted.  

    Contact Information

    • Contact Clinical Education
    • UME/GME Coordinator: Hannah Davis
    • UME Manager: Francis Rodriguez
    • Director of Medical Education: Ravi Kallur, PhD, MPA, Vice President, EFD GME
    Additions or changes to this site's information may occur at any time - information last updated 10.27.22