LSU New Orleans Medical Students
We are excited that many of our third and fourth year LSU medical students can elect to rotate through our hospital services. The medical student actively participates in patient care, including performing procedures, under the supervision of our residents and faculty. The medical students work closely with our residents and faculty and are exposed to the same training days of our resident. They receive guided lectures from our faculty and participate in our morning reports and noon conferences.
We have students that rotate in the following programs:
- Emergency Medicine
- Family Medicine
- Internal Medicine
- Obstetrics & Gynecology
Louisiana is largely a rural state, with 57 of the state’s 64 parishes and 32 percent of its population classified as rural. Rural areas do not have enough physicians, resulting in inadequate access to medical care for residents. In addition, the number of physicians across the state nearing retirement age is growing significantly, while the number of students choosing primary-care careers is declining. Our state needs more rural primary-care physicians to care for its citizens. Research has shown that physicians who practice in rural areas were more than likely raised there and physicians from rural areas or who received part of the education or training in rural areas have a substantially greater than average propensity to set up practices in rural areas.
The Rural Scholars Track Program at LSUHSC School of Medicine, New Orleans, was created to directly address this dire physician shortage. The RST is designed to recruit highly motivated students who are committed to practicing primary care medicine in rural areas of Louisiana.
For students enrolled in the Rural Scholars Track, the first and second years of medical school remain the same. During their third and fourth years, RST students spend one day a week with their rural preceptors. Students are matched with rural primary-care physicians in or near their hometowns or their future practice locations, as well as with those whose practice interests match that of the students. While in these rural practices, RST students get a first-hand look at how a rural practice is run, gain a better understanding of the broad scope of rural practice, provide continuity of care for patients over the two years, gain experience doing clinical procedures common in rural practice, and get to know the needs of rural areas for possible future practice locations.
Those RST students spend thier third and fourth years of training in Lafayette, LA where they train and are supervised by our faculty and preceptors and rotate through the following services:
Internal Medicine 12 weeks
Family Medicine 4 weeks
OB/GYN 6 weeks
Surgery 6 weeks
Pediatrics 8 weeks
Neurology 3 weeks
Psychiatry 6 weeks
Elective in a SURG Subspecialty 3 weeks