The LSU Internal Medicine Residency in Baton Rouge

Our Culture

Celebration of Medical Education
Learner Centric
Unique Philosophy

Our program nurtures the development of critical thought in a manner that moves beyond the redundant acquisition and retention of information.  We emphasize the understanding of disease from a pathophysiologic point of view.  This facilitates the understanding of disease processes as entities with characteristics that are both solitary and universal in their origins and consequences.

Our program encourages the application of evidence-based medicine to enhance critical thinking, to provide a forum for evaluation of current medical philosophy and practice, and to stimulate interest in the foundation of the art of medicine.

Our program provides a relaxed educational atmosphere, understanding that to promote the learning process there must be opportunity for humor, casual interactions, self-reflection, and constructive criticism.  We are candid in our expectations of our residents, which are reasonable and receptive to personal circumstances and characteristics.

Our program is centered around education in a hospital equipped with the full array of medical and surgical specialties.  Under the guidance of experienced and purpose-driven faculty, house staff are provided a comprehensive foundation in internal medicine and subspecialty care.  In addition, the availability of a diverse range of general medicine and subspecialty focused procedures are a unique feature of a program free of fellows directing subspecialty services.

Hannah Zachary

Having lived in Baton Rouge almost my entire life, I struggled with the idea of staying here for residency. On my first day of morning report and rounds as a medical student, my mind was instantly made up. My decision was also validated by seeing how happy the residents were every day. The strong philosophical emphasis on humanism in medicine permeates throughout every aspect of this program and keeps me grounded. I feel comfortable going to any faculty member with questions or concerns because I know they truly care about my success and well-being. Most importantly, I’m challenged daily to become a critical and creative thinker to provide the best care to my patients

Hannah Zachary
Class of 2024
Hannah Dakin

It was important to me to do my preliminary year in a program where I felt both challenged and supported, personally and professionally. In Baton Rouge, through the didactic curriculum and a focus on autonomy, residents are taught how to think, rather than being told what to do. This results in incredibly well trained doctors. Further, the faculty and curriculum emphasize the art of medicine and a humanistic approach to both patient care and personal growth. After spending time here as a medical student, the faculty and residents, through their compassionate and quality care and emphasis on teaching, made me want to be a better doctor and made me feel that they were personally committed to helping me get there.

Hannah Dakin
Former Preliminary Intern