Letter from the Director

Letter from the Director


Dr. BuzhardtWelcome to the exciting Louisiana State University School of Medicine Obstetrics & Gynecology residency program in Baton Rouge!

Our fully accredited program began in July of 2007 as healthcare needs in the Baton Rouge metropolitan area soared in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In order to better serve our community, the administration of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans made the strategic move to create our program.  Today, our primary training site is Woman's Hospital, Louisiana’s largest birthing facility delivering more than 8,000 babies per year!

Services at Woman’s Hospital include medical and surgical treatment of obstetric and gynecologic conditions, urogynecology, maternal fetal medicine, gynecologic oncology, neonatology, anesthesiology, breast, plastic and reconstructive surgery, orthopedic surgery, general surgery, psychiatry, internal medicine and critical care medicine. These services allow our residents to gain maximum experience in becoming highly effective clinicians, surgeons, teachers, and leaders.

In keeping with the LSU School of Medicine mission, we provide a solid foundation of clinical knowledge and experience to nurture residency performance and professional growth. We have weekly structured protected time for didactics including Grand Rounds, Preoperative conferences, Morbidity and Mortality conferences, Journal Club, Lectures and Simulation Labs.  There are numerous regularly scheduled hospital-based conferences including tumor board, breast conference and CME opportunities.

The educational program & curriculum are based on the educational objectives established by the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG). As such, at the completion of the four year curriculum, each resident will graduate mastering the six core competencies outlined by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME): patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice.  Residents will also be robotic surgery certified upon completion of requirements at graduation.

There are four positions at each level, and our residents stay in Baton Rouge for the four years of their instruction. The first year of training provides extensive clinical experience by allowing the residents to rotate in obstetrics and gynecology, maternal fetal medicine, radiology, emergency medicine, internal medicine, and NICU. During the second year, residents receive a greater level of responsibility in obstetrics and gynecology, with main focus being obstetrics.  Third and fourth year residents continue their training with subspecialty experience in maternal fetal medicine, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, gynecologic oncology, urogynecology, and minimally invasive surgery including vaginal, laparoscopic and robotic assisted hysterectomies.

Again, thank you for your interest in the LSUSOM OB/GYN (Baton Rouge) Residency Program. We look forward to receiving your application to our competitive program.



Sarah Buzhardt, MD
Program Director