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We are honored that you are considering the LSU Internal Medicine/Emergency Medicine Residency Program for your training. We understand that you’re trying to determine which program is the best fit for you, and we consider the following areas to be strong points of our program:

Diversity of Patients

LSUHSC New Orleans serves a diverse group of patients with a wide range of medical and social issues. Residents in our program experience pathology that others can only read about in text­books. The Internal Medicine component of the program includes experience in outpatient primary care, in-patient medicine service, and multi-specialty consultation services. The Emergency Medicine component of the program includes extensive emergency department training at University Medical Center, as well as several private regional hospitals; exposure to medical and administrative pre-hospital issues, and training in toxicology, trauma and research. We care for insured, uninsured, underinsured patients, and the underserved. Our mission is to care for all patients, regardless of their background or financial status.

Outstanding Faculty

Our program features an outstanding group of faculty with a strong commitment to resident ed­ucation. Our residents work alongside specialists in Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterolo­gy, Geriatrics, Hematology/Oncology, Infectious Disease, Nephrology, Pulmonary/Critical Care, Rheumatology, Hospitalist and Ambulatory medicine. As a university-based academic institution, many of our faculty are heavily involved in research and are always happy to allow our residents to work alongside them. Dr. Lee Engel, one of our associate program directors, works tirelessly to provide our residents with a strong research and publishing experience. In addition, several of our faculty serve as editors and reviewers for regional and national peer-reviewed journals, giving our residents an advantage when it comes to publishing. Furthermore, residents interested in gaining more teaching experience have the opportunity to assist Dr. Catherine Hebert with the Introduction to Clinical Medicine course for first- and second-year medical students. As faculty, we pride ourselves on being very open to feedback in order to constantly improve the educational experience for the residents.

Commitment to Education
At LSUHSC, our primary goal is resident education. Toward that goal, we strive to balance resi­dent autonomy with the appropriate amount of supervision. Residents and interns are encouraged to think independently and form their own care plans with faculty support readily available at all times throughout the five-year (60 month) training program. After completing 30 months of training in Internal Medicine and 30 months of Emergency Medicine, the resident is qualified to sit for the Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine boards.

Life outside of Residency

The LSUHSC Internal Medicine/Emergency Medicine Residency has a diverse, yet unified group of residents. Talk to any of them and you will soon detect their enthusiasm and commitment to the program. We realize that life outside of work is important, so we frequently hold social gatherings to raise morale and foster comradery. Dr. Charles Sanders, the Chair of the Department of Medicine, hosts several parties throughout the year such as a Welcome Barbecue for the Residents, a Christmas Social, and the annual “Taste of New Orle­ans” party. In addition, our residents often organize impromptu events such as crawfish boils and pumpkin carving contests.

Should you have any questions, feel free to contact me at or Stephanie Gelpi, Residency Coordinator, at

Jorge Martinez, MD, JD
Program Director