Residency and Fellowship Programs

Baton Rouge Psychiatry Residency Program

Rotation Schedules

The first year curriculum prepares the resident for his/her future practice by providing a firm grounding in medicine and neurology and by learning the basics of adult psychiatry on the inpatient units and psychiatric emergency room

Emergency Medicine: residents will have the option to do one of their 2 primary care months in the OLOL emergency room, working shifts alongside the ER staff and LSU Emergency medicine residency program.

Internal Medicine:  one month of inpatient medicine (wards) and one month of outpatient medicine (clinics) with the LSU internal medicine residency program. Depending on the resident's ultimate career goals, the resident can choose to do more months of internal medicine at Our Lady of the Lake, outpatient or inpatient rotations.  

Pediatrics:  depending on the resident's ultimate career goals, the resident can choose to do 1-2 months of Pediatrics at Our Lady of the Lake in conjunction with the OLOL Pediatrics residents and faculty.  There is the option to do both inpatient and outpatient work during this month.

Adult Neurology:  2 months of adult neurology will be done with the hospitalists of the Neuromedical Center.  The rotation will consist of consultation-liaison work at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital.

Adult Inpatient Psychiatry:  residents will have 6 months of inpatient psychiatry on Our Lady of the Lake's inpatient units—1 North, St. Clare and GBC.  The focus of 1 North is primarily psychotic disorders and St. Clare's unit treats primarily affective, anxiety, and personality disorder issues. GBC is the geriatric behavioral unit.

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1 inpatient medicine, 1 outpatient medicine, and other 2 months can choose between EM, Peds, or additional IM

Neurology consult service


Inpatient psychiatry (4 different teams in 3 different units)


In the second year curriculum, the resident will get exposure to a number of different psychiatric subspecialties, increasing his/her competence and confidence in these different settings with different populations. 

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry:  During this rotation, residents work  in the outpatient resident clinic seeing C&A patients, on the inpatient Child and Adolescent unit, and throughout doing child and adolescent consults in the hospital.

Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry: Residents see inpatient consults within OLOL during this rotation. This is a 24-7 service that was built to serve the purpose of residency training, but quickly turned in to a flourishing and necessary service at Our Lady of the Lake.

Substance Abuse & Community Psychiatry:  Residents participate in a mix of local addiction services provided in multiple treatment settings such as residential, inpatient, outpatient, and group. Residents will complete MAT training prior to this rotation so that they can participate in the MAT clinic here at Our Lady of the Lake.

Geriatric Psychiatry: Residents do an inpatient rotation at a neighboring community hospital geriatric unit and will also be exposed to the procedure of ECT during this rotation.

Emergency Psychiatry:  Emergency Psychiatry is done at the OLOL Psychiatric Emergency room. Residents have the opportunity to assess, triage, and treat patients emergently.

Forensic Psychiatry: This rotation is completed at the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St Gabriel, Louisiana.

Night Float: The purpose of this rotation is to promote ultimate autonomy and confidence for residents. As the night float resident, you are first call for all services from 8pm to 8am. This rotation is done over the course of 1 month and is the sole experience for that one month.

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Consultation-Liaison psychiatry Emergency Psych Geriatrics Addiction/Forensics C&A psychiatry Night float


In the third year curriculum, the resident will mainly be performing outpatient services in our resident clinic, perfecting their skills as physician prescribers and providers of psychotherapy services. Residents also rotate thru the night float system for a total of four to five weeks.

Outpatient Psychiatry: Residents will spend their time at the residency outpatient clinic seeing outpatients in a private practice setting, delivering both psychopharmacological treatment as well as offering psychotherapy. PGY 3 residents also do a total of 4 weeks of night float over the course of the academic year. One afternoon a week is protected for didactics, and another for psychotherapy supervision.

Off Site Outpatient Psychiatry: Our partnership with the Baton Rouge VA and Woman's Hospitals gives residents the option of completing a portion of their longitudinal requirements (one half day a week) at either of those sites. At both sites, the residents work very closely with the staff psychiatrist.

The fourth year curriculum is focused on preparing the resident for transition to independent practice.  Time will be spent serving as junior attending of the medical staff, as a teacher, as a supervisor, and in electives. Residents also continue with their patients in the outpatient clinic from the 3rd year, thus extending the continuity experience.

VA Clinics: Residents rotate longitudinally across the year at the Baton Rouge VA outpatient clinic. 

Disability Evaluations: This is provided through a partnership with the Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless. Named the One Stop Homeless Shelter, residents work closely with the attorney and social workers who coordinator services at the shelter to get disability evaluations completed for homeless persons in our area with chronic mental illness.

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT): This is a local service where residents are part of a multi-disciplinary treatment team that goes into the homes of chronically mentally ill patients to provide services that they would otherwise not be able to access or participate in.

Woman's Health: Residents will work in a specialty clinic within our own outpatient services at Our Lady ot the Lake for women with pre and post-partum mental health issues and substance use disorders. There is also an option to work with the staff psychiatrist at Woman's Hospital.

Integrated Medicine: Residents will work with an integrated team to provide remote population health management to people in a primary care clinic.

Medication assisted treatment: A new service within our resident clinic to offer support to people with addictive disorders. Services include medication, group therapy and case management. 

Junior Attending: Residents will serve in an attending role on either the inpatient, C-L service, or in the psychiatry emergency room.

Outpatient Psychiatry: This is a continuation of the 3rd year experience to ensure longitudinal care.  

Electives: Residents can choose from any of the previous rotations they have already completed during residency training, or choose to do such electives as Research, Community Psychiatry, Sleep Medicine, Addiction Medicine, Psychotherapy, private practice settings, leadership development, and independent study elective in integrative psychiatry or other areas of interest specified by the resident.