School of Medicine

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Pain Medicine


How to Apply

Applicant Information

Applications must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applications should be submitted as soon as possible after ERAS opening as we begin offering interviews on a rolling basis soon after ERAS opening. USMLE or COMLEX transcripts are required. For applicants matched to our program in the 2022-2023 application cycle, Step 1 average was 236 and Step 2 average was 249.

A complete application consists of:

Applicants are judged on academic qualifications, clinical ability and preparedness, communication skills, and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity.  Our resident selection criteria conform to the guidelines of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) outlined in the ACGME Institutional Requirements. We do not discriminate with regard to sex, age, religion, color, national origin, disability or veteran status.

All house staff must meet and maintain the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners requirements for a permit/intern card for physicians in training or unrestricted medical license.

Please see our Instagram account (lsupmr) for updates on virtual events during application. Participation in virtual events will not impact applicant ranking in any way. These events are only intended to help interviewing applicants understand our program better.

Visiting Medical Student Rotations

Visiting Student Rotations are offered for fourth year medical students applying to PM&R through the VLSO service. Applications are received and rotations offered on a rolling basis. We therefore recommend applications be submitted as soon as possible on the VLSO platform. All rotations and openings are typically filled by May 31 preceding the academic year.

Compensation and Benefits

LSUHSC PMandR 22-23 Hourly Pay Scale

LSUHSC PMandR 23-24 Hourly Pay Scale

House Officer Benefits

PGY 1 -  21 days (including weekends) of non-cumulative vacation leave per year.
PGY 2 and above - 28 days (including weekends) of non-cumulative vacation leave per year.
14 days (including weekends) of paid sick leave per year.
Educational Leave
House Officers are permitted five (5) days (including weekends) of educational leave to attend or present at medical meetings.
Maternity / Paternity
To receive paid maternity leave, House Officers must utilize available vacation leave, sick leave, and extended medical leave.  Paid and unpaid maternity leave for up to six (6) weeks or extended unpaid maternity leave may be granted as appropriate and as required by applicable law. Under special circumstances and/or as required by applicable law, extended leave without pay may be granted, in accordance with ACGME and ABPMR regulations. 
Any available sick, and vacation leave will be exhausted concurrently with the extended medical leave.
Military Leave
If called to active duty, House Officers are permitted fifteen (15) days (including weekends) of paid military leave. Additional or other military leave, paid or unpaid, will be granted in accordance with applicable law.
Family Leave
House Officers who have worked for a qualifying state agency for twelve (12) months and 1,250 hours in the previous twelve (12) months, may be eligible for up to twelve (12) weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in each twelve (12) month period, in accordance with the requirements of the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA). See the FMLA information on the LSUHSC website.
Any available sick, vacation, extended medical, parental or caregiver leave will be exhausted concurrently with the FMLA designation.
Leave of Absence
A leave of absence may be granted subject to Program Director approval and as may be required by applicable law for illness extending beyond available sick leave and vacation leave; for academic remediation; to address licensing problems; and/or for family or personal emergencies. To the extent that such leave exceeds available vacation and/or sick leave, any leave granted will be without pay. The House Officer will make arrangements to make up missed training with the Program Director in accordance with the requirements of the Board of the effective specialty.
Health Insurance
House Officers are eligible to enroll in the state employees' health insurance or state managed health care options (HMO's etc.) through Employee Benefits (504-568-7780), or LSU Health Sciences Center student/resident health insurance Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc., 235 Highland Drive, Suite 200, Baton Rouge LA 70810, contact: Phone 225-292-3515 or Fax 225-296-3998. If desired, other health insurance may be chosen and must be paid for individually by the House Officer. A House Officer agrees to maintain one of these plans or another plan with equal or better benefits.
Additional information about health insurance plans is available in the  Benefits Guide for House Officers.
Disability Insurance
The Graduate Medical Education Office provides the opportunity for House Officers to participate in group Long-term basic disability coverage /insurance. LSU Health Sciences Center provides disability insurance for all residents. Additional personal policies may be purchased at the discretion of House Officers based on their perceived need. Counseling by third-party insurance brokers regarding additional coverage is offered to House Officers.
Malpractice Insurance
The State of Louisiana provides professional liability coverage pursuant to LSA-R.S. LSA-R.S. 40:1237.1 et seq. to House Officers when acting within the course and scope of their training under the supervision of a health care facility to which they are assigned as part of their prescribed training, regardless of where the services are performed. However, House Officers assigned to a health care facility outside the state of Louisiana may be required to provide additional professional liability coverage with indemnity limits set by the House Officer's Program Director.
House Officers are not provided professional liability coverage under LSA-R.S. 40:1237.1 et seq. when engaging in ANY professional activities outside the scope of the House Officer Program. All professional liability matters should be directed to the Vice Chancellor of Community and Multicultural Affairs (504-568-4810).
Other Insurance
The following other types of other insurance are also available:

Additional information about these insurance plans is available in the Benefits Guide for House Officers.
ACGME Extended Medical, Parental, Caregiver Leave:

Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code allows employees of government and non-profit agencies to participate in a Deferred Compensation Plan. All house officers are eligible to participate in the Louisiana Deferred Compensation Program in lieu of Social Security. When choosing this option, 7.5% of the house officer’s gross monthly income is deducted pre-tax for contribution to Louisiana Deferred Compensation. Upon exiting state service, the balance may be withdrawn, without penalty, or transferred to another retirement account. House Officers default to Social Security but have the option of enrolling in the Deferred Comp plan in lieu of Social Security.

House Staff Association
The mission of the LSUHSC New Orleans Housestaff Association is to advocate for all members of the house staff. The association protects the rights of all house staff and ensures that they are represented in institutional and administrative decisions. All house officers are invited to join.


Social Media

Find us on Instagram @lsupmr

Mailing Address

LSU PM&R Residency Program
2021 Perdido St.
Office 4344, LSUHSC Center for Advanced Learning
New Orleans, LA 70119


Our coordinator is Ms Margaret Niles. She can be reached at Individuals who have not received an interview or waitlist notification should not reach out seeking additional application review.