Welcome from Dr. Lee Engel, Program Director
We are honored that you are considering the LSU Internal 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. At Touro Infirmary and Ochsner Medical Center Kenner we care mostly for insured, private patients, while we typically see underinsured patients and the underserved at University Medical Center. Our mission is to care for all patients, regardless of their background or financial status.
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, our 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. We realize that not every resident has the same career goals. Born from feedback of our residents, we have created several optional “tracks” that our residents can follow. The Hospitalist Track, headed by Dr. Najy Masri, offers a curriculum and specialized didactic conferences suited for the development of the skills necessary for inpatient medicine. On the other hand, the Primary Care Track emphasizes education in ambulatory medicine. For residents seeking fellowships we strive to place you in rotations and specialty clinics while on ambulatory to gain more exposure not only to the specialty itself but the fellows and staff in order to form mentorships and research opportunities for your pursuit.
Life outside of Residency
The LSUHSC Internal 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.
Our residents and interns have 24-hour access to UptoDate while on campus and online access to MD Consult and other journals. LSU Health Sciences Center has an outstanding three-story library on campus which is available to all house officers. In addition all house officers have free access to the fantastic LSUHSC Wellness Center conveniently located on the LSU Campus downtown.
Our program also offers residents the opportunity to publish in the Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society. Dr. Fred Lopez is the coordinator of the department’s Clinical Case of the Month, in which residents and interns from LSU-NO publish cases seen on the wards of our hospital.
The Internal Medicine Department purchases the American College of Physicians' MKSAP Review materials for those who choose to become ACP Associates.
Please click the links to the left to learn more about our program, and feel free to contact us with any questions.
Lee Engel, MD