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Program Overview

The Otorhinolaryngology Residency Program at LSUHSC is a 5 year program, including the internship year. The PGY 1 year includes 3 months of otolaryngology, in addition to Critical Care, General Surgery, Anesthesiology and Neurosurgery to name a few. Following Hurricane Katrina, the department has 3 main sites of practice, with the faculty practice being located at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The extensive faculty team provides excellent support for residents during their training. Residents receive comprehensive breadth and depth of training, and the program is fully ACGME accredited. The selection process for the Otorhinolaryngology Residency Program at LSUHSC is highly competitive.

Training includes rotations at five institutions, both a public and private hospital mix. There is optimal balance of supervision and independent decision-making between the residents and faculty members. The program upholds a strong clinical emphasis consistent with LSU’s reputation for training fine clinicians.

Residents rotate through the following facilities:

Didactics:

  • Lectures & required reading (clinical and basic science topics)
  • Conferences (weekly Otology and Tumor Board conferences; monthly didactic days)
  • Annual courses (H&N Anatomy, Temporal Bone, Sinus Surgery)
  • Standardized national exam

Average surgical experience for graduating chief residents from LSU:

1,400 to 1,800 cases

Description of Hospitals and Rotations

   Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center (OLOLRMC):

Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center (OLOLRMC), sponsored by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, is a not-for-profit, tertiary care facility servicing a 12-parish service area. OLORMC is the largest private medical center in Louisiana, with 721 licensed beds. Annually, OLOLRMC serves approximately 33,035 inpatients and 276,109 outpatients. Approximately 900 physicians make up OLOLRMC’s Medical Staff and include medical and surgical sub specialists in all areas of medicine. Following Katrina it has become the center of our academic practice and residency training due to the facts listed above and based on the fact that our referral base largely comes from the surrounding areas and it is strategically located between New Orleans and Lafayette. The residents are exposed to otolarygologic subspecialty care in the areas of head and neck oncologic and reconstructive surgery, skull base surgery, advanced sinus disease and sleep medicine. The PGY 1 resident also spends his/her entire internship year at this institution. Didactic schedules include our monthly Didactic Day and weekly Otology and highly focused multidisciplinary Tumor Board teleconferences.

 LSU Health Baton Rouge:

LSU Health Baton Rouge, a division of OLOLRMC, Perkins Road Surgical and Specialty Clinics.  Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center is a 741 bed hospital, which is the largest private hospital in the state of Louisiana.  OLOLRMC assumes the role of providing care to many of the state’s uninsured patients. It is a multispecialty hospital that offers all primary care and surgical specialty services with the exception of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Out- patient medical and surgical management of patients with general otolaryngic problems is also done at both sites.  OLOLRMC and LSU Health Baton Rouge Surgical Facility provide comprehensive training for all general otolaryngologic problems, in addition to facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, head and neck oncology, basic laryngology and otology including cochlear implants.  Principles of diagnosis and treatment are taught with progressive responsibility and continuity of care is emphasized. During this rotation, the residents are expected to advance in knowledge in all relevant areas through continued reading and participation in all the teaching activities. The residents are expected to do advanced reading for all operative procedures so that they have an understanding of the management of the disease and the associated indications, contraindications, complications, and controversies associated with various treatments, and are prepared to discuss such items on rounds and in the operating room. The length of the rotation allows for continuity of care, with the residents managing the patients preoperatively, participating in surgery, and managing the patient's recovery in the hospital and through the outpatient clinic.  Didactic schedules include our monthly Didactic Day and weekly Otology and highly focused multidisciplinary Tumor Board teleconferences.

  University Hospital and Cinics (UNC):

University Hospital and Clinics is a 146 bed hospital that serves individuals in the southwestern and central regions of the state. This extremely broad patient base provides a rich clinical experience. The resident gains an extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of general otolaryngologic diseases and head and neck cancer. The hospital is well-staffed, offering all of the primary care services as well as multiple surgical and medical subspecialties. The chief resident also participates in a private practice rotation which teaches a broad list of topics including allergy, audiology, skin care and office management. The faculty members at UMC have developed a comprehensive didactic educational schedule that includes monthly Grand Rounds, Morbidity & Mortality Conference, Journal Club, weekly bedside Chief Rounds & Tumor Board conferences. In addition, residents are expected to attend our departmental monthly Didactic Day and weekly Otology and highly focused multidisciplinary Tumor Board teleconferences.

Children's Hospital of New Orleans:

Children’s Hospital in New Orleans is Louisiana’s only full service hospital exclusively for children, offering a full range of inpatient and outpatient care. General pediatricians and a full array of pediatric specialists staff this 201 bed hospital. Critical care is provided in a 25 bed pediatric intensive care unit and a 21 bed neonatal intensive care unit, which is currently under expansion. The resident rotations here are focused on expanding clinical experience and depth in diagnosis and treatment of pediatric otolaryngology conditions. This rotation provides residents with in-depth experience in treating special or unusual problems in normal children, and in treating common otolaryngologic problems in children with special needs. The scope of the resident’s experience at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans includes pediatric airway management, pediatric head and neck tumor management, pediatric rhinology and otology, pediatric craniofacial and plastic surgery, and general pediatric otolaryngology. The otolaryngology resident will be supervised and instructed by the staff pediatric otolaryngologist and general otolaryngologists on the LSU clinical faculty. Residents are expected to attend our departmental monthly Didactic Day and weekly Otology and highly focused multidisciplinary Tumor Board teleconferences.

Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans:

The LSU Health Care Services Division eased the ache of an ailing city when in November 2006 it reopened in New Orleans its University Hospital. The reopening, at 2021 Perdido Street, immediately provided eighty-five beds for the highest level of primary and specialty care and top-notch education for students in the health professions. Since then, the hospital has steadily added beds. Staffing remains a challenge in the still-recovering city. The reopening is the first step of a major work in progress. The hospital will operate as an interim facility until we construct the new academic University Medical Center in New Orleans in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs.