Fred A. Lopez, MD - Director                  Neeraj Jain, MD - Director

Victoria Burke, MD - Co-Director           Tina Benoit-Clark – Co-Director

Dean Lauret, MD - Co-Director               Kelly Rauser, Coordinator


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

The third year Medicine clerkship is ten weeks in duration. During that time, students spend four weeks on the inpatient ward service, two weeks in various outpatient clinical settings, and four weeks on two different subspecialty consult services. Students participate in the important educational activities of the department, including daily Morning Report, specifically for clinical students, as well as weekly Grand Rounds and Case Management/Morbidity and Mortality conferences. Numerous dedicated members of the teaching faculty attend these conferences. A comprehensive core curriculum is designed to be interactive and cover important general medicine topics. Small group didactic sessions that emphasize patient presentations, physical examination findings, chest radiography, and electrocardiography are also included in student schedules. Students rotate at sites in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Lafayette.

In the senior year, the Department of Medicine offers Acting Internships and Required Medicine blocks at the new 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, with selected internists in private practice in Louisiana, and with out of state internists (if approved by the clerkship director). Senior students can also pursue electives in all of the medical subspecialties.

Students from other medical schools wishing to do a visiting clerkship in the Department of Medicine at the 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.

The Edgar Hull Society promotes interest in Internal Medicine. 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.