Greetings from Baton Rouge, and welcome to the LSU-OLOL Psychiatry residency program website! As another recruiting season rolls around, I am struck with how far we have come as a program and how we continue to grow and mature. Our program has set its sights on becoming a premier psychiatric residency training program, and we are well on our way. Our culture here is to always strive to better ourselves, the services we offer, and the quality of our department. Through our outstanding facilities and training opportunities, our dynamic faculty, and our prioritization of teaching, we are preparing our residents to become leaders in the field of Psychiatry.
Take a look at some of our accomplishments over the last year:
- We have increased the size of our classes from 6 to 7, heading towards a total of 28 residents.
- All 6 of our residents from this graduating class are doing fellowships (2- C&A, 1 forensic, 2 Psychosomatic medicine and 1 public psychiatry)
- 100% of our graduates passed their board exams thus far!
- We have grants to start a suicide prevention program and expand an integrated care program.
- Our scholarly production continues to grow with several residents and faculty members presenting at national and regional meetings.
- LSU Health Sciences Center’s Baton Rouge campus has continued to grow and expand.
- Our Lady of the Lake was selected by the ACGME as one of eight teaching hospitals across the country to participate as a Pathway Innovator in the Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments Initiative.
Other important strengths of our program include:
- A focus on all of the resident experiences being educationally driven. We make a real effort to prioritize education over service. Our residents work hard and see lots of patients, but they are not here to meet the service needs of the hospital.
- Our facilities are second to none! We have a brand new medical education building, a new outpatient clinic, a new amphitheater for grand rounds, and a new psychiatric emergency department.
- Our Lady of the Lake Hospital is dedicated to medical education. They support the residencies with the resources required for excellence. The Mental and Behavioral health division has 69 psychiatric beds, intensive outpatient programs, a large outpatient program, and a busy psychiatric emergency room. The patient population is a mix of private pay, indigent patients, and Medicaid/Medicare patients. Our psychiatric emergency room is seeing about 1000 patient presentations per month.
- We are part of the LSU Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in New Orleans, but at the Baton Rouge branch campus.
- Greater Baton Rouge has a population of over 750,000 people. There is no other psychiatric residency program in town competing for access to the patient population.
- Partnerships with our local community mental health provider (Capital Area Human Services District), the state prison (for forensic experience), and Baton Rouge General Medical Center (where residents are exposed to ECT) allow for varied clinical experiences.
- We boast a supportive, collegial atmosphere, approachable faculty, and really great residents.
I firmly believe that the best residency experience is one where there is a good fit between the resident and the program. You need to feel like the training program you choose will be a place where you can grow and develop an identity as a physician and psychiatrist. If you are looking for a place where education comes before service needs, where the curriculum focuses not only on molecules but on the role of human relationships, and where an individual approach to helping you meet your potential is stressed, then LSU-OLOL in Baton Rouge might be the place for you!
Kathleen Crapanzano, MD, MACM
LSU-Our Lady of the Lake Psychiatry Residency Program