School of Medicine


Internal medicine curriculum

One of the goals of the Medicine Department is to provide a general internal medicine experience a supportive and clinically diverse environment. Students are valued members of our clinical services, and their education is a priority at all participating institutions.


Third Year Medicine Clerkship

The required third year Medicine Clerkship consists of a ten-week clinical and didactic curriculum that teaches students the foundational principles of internal medicine. During that time, students spend four weeks on an inpatient ward service, two weeks in various outpatient clinical settings, and four weeks on two different subspecialty consult services at our clinical sites in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Lafayette. Students participate in the important educational activities of the department during their clerkship, including Morning Report, Grand Rounds, Case Conferences, and Morbidity and Mortality Conferences. Numerous dedicated members of our teaching faculty attend these conferences to provide focused teaching. Additional clerkship-specific didactic activities include a comprehensive interactive core curriculum designed to cover important general medicine topics and small group didactic sessions that emphasize patient presentations, physical examination findings, chest radiography, and electrocardiography. Students are assessed a final grade at the conclusion of the rotation based on their performance on clinical rotations, assigned modules, and national shelf exam.

Fourth Year Medicine Clerkship

The Department of Medicine offers Acting Internships and clinical electives in all medical subspecialties for fourth year medical students at University Medical Center of New Orleans, Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner, Touro Infirmary, Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge, and University Hospitals and Clinics of Lafayette. During their Acting Internship rotation, students are expected to function as interns with direct supervision from the house staff and attending physician. Opportunities for enhancing ambulatory experiences and skills are also available in New Orleans, Baton and Lafayette.


Visiting Student Medicine Rotations

Students from other medical schools wishing to do a visiting clerkship in the Department of Medicine at LSU Medical School should initiate the process by contacting Melanie Brown in the Office of Student Affairs. A complete list of electives for senior medical students can be found on the LSU School of Medicine Office of Student Affairs web site

Visiting Diversity Clerkship in Internal Medicine 

Internal Medicine Interest Group

The Edgar Hull Society promotes interest in Internal Medicine as a career. The group consists of medical students, residents and faculty who meet periodically in an informal setting to discuss topics that directly impact the internist. We invite you to join. Click here to visit The Edgar Hull Society web site.


Fred A Lopez, MD


Neeraj Jain, MD


Victoria Burke, MD

Co-Director (New Orleans)

Gregory Ardoin, MD

Co-Director (Lafayette)

Dean Laurent, MD

Co-Director (Baton Rouge)

Kelly Rauser