Baton Rouge Regional Campus
Medical Student Curriculum

LSU medical students have completed clinical clerkship rotations in Baton Rouge since 1968.  Rotations in Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, and Obstetrics/Gynecology were originally located at Earl K. Long Medical Center, the state-owned public hospital in Baton Rouge.  At the closing of Earl K. Long Hospital in 2013, the programs initially moved to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, the largest hospital in the state, and Woman's Hospital, the largest birthing and neonatal intensive care hospital in Louisiana.   In 2019, when OLOL Children’s Hospital opened, the Pediatrics rotation moved to that new site.  All of this resulted in a tremendous opportunity for growth in medical education in the city of Baton Rouge. 

A state-of-the-art medical education building, the Medical Education and Innovation Center, commonly referred to as the MEIC, was completed in December 2013. 

Beginning in the 2014-15 academic year, the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans started its Baton Rouge Regional Campus.  This gave medical students the opportunity to spend their entire junior and senior years of clinical clerkships in Baton Rouge.  As had been the case prior to the start of the Regional Campus, additional students from New Orleans rotate in Baton Rouge for various clinical clerkships and/or our numerous fourth year courses offered through our clinical departments. 


Baton Rouge Campus Course Offerings

Required Clerkships

  • Medicine 300
  • Surgery 300
  • Pediatrics 300
  • Neurology 300
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology 300
  • Family Medicine 300
  • Psychiatry 300

*During the junior year, Regional Campus students complete all required clerkship rotations on the Baton Rouge campus which means most students move to Baton Rouge or surrounding areas.


Required Courses:

  • Primary Acting Internships in Internal Medicine, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, and Surgery.
  • Secondary Acting Internships in Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry, OBGYN, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Otorhinolaryngology, and Surgery
  • Critical Concepts

Electives in Anesthesia, Radiology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dermatology, Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, OB/GYN, Population Health Management, Otorhinolaryngology, Surgery, Concept Maps, Applied Theory in Clinical Medical Education, and Senior Research.

*During the senior year, Regional Campus students have the opportunity to complete all course requirements and rotations in Baton Rouge; however, this is not mandatory.  In fact, the only required senior course to be taken in Baton Rouge is Critical Concepts.  Senior students may choose to complete courses on any of LSU New Orleans School of Medicine campuses, which include New Orleans, Lafayette, Baton Rouge, and Bogalusa, or schedule away rotations.  If a student decides to move back to New Orleans during senior year, they are still considered a Baton Rouge Branch Campus student, and would not be eligible for free student housing in Baton Rouge.


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