Department of Orthopaedics

Resident Spotlight

Jestin Williams

The trauma rotation has also proved the most challenging. Because of the heavy influx of patients, you are always busy either in the operating room, seeing consults, or managing the floor.
- Jestin Williams, MD, PGY-2

Resident Spotlight

Christina Terhoeve

My favorite rotation has been my trauma rotation at UMC as a PGY-2. It exposed me to the full range of acute orthopedic injuries.
- Christina Terhoeve, MD, PGY-4

Resident Spotlight

William Shelton

I am confident that because of this experience I will hit the ground running going into fellowship and beyond.
- Thomas Stang, MD, PGY-5

Applications & Interviews

Department Head: 
Robert D. Zura, MD

Residency Director: 
Michael Hartman, MD

Residents in program: 20
Residents appointed each year: 4
Residency begins: July 1

Application deadline: November 1
Match participation: NRMP (ERAS)
ACGME Number: 2602121141
2021 Interview Dates: Friday, January 8th, and Friday, January 15th, and will likely be held virtually. Welcome Reception will be tentatively scheduled on the Thursday evening before the Interview day, pending capacity restrictions.

We accept applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), which is available through your medical school, or through the ECFMG-ERAS for foreign medical graduates (FMGs). 

What you’ll need

The following application materials are required and should be submitted through ERAS or ECFMG-ERAS (for FMGs):

  • Curriculum vitae (ERAS version is acceptable)
  • Letters of recommendation: One of which should be from the chairman, chief or program director of orthopaedics (not required but preferred)
  • USMLE/COMLEX (steps 1 & 2; no minimum score requirement)
  • Medical school transcript
  • Personal statement
  • MSPE/dean's letter
  • ECFMG Certificate (applicable to FMGs)

The following materials are not required—please do not submit them:

  • Curriculum vitae (in addition to ERAS version)
  • Undergraduate transcript
  • SAT Scores
  • MCAT scores
  • Hard copies (of materials already submitted via ERAS)

Please use the ERAS Applicant Document Tracking System to track the receipt of application materials to our program.

Notification of Interview: Anticipate notification just prior to Thanksgiving.

Application requirements

In order to be eligible for ACGME-accredited residency training, you must adhere to the following application requirements (no exceptions):

You must provide proof that you have taken and passed the first two parts (within three attempts) of appropriate medical licensure examinations (USMLE/COMLEX). This is required by the Louisiana Medical Board and is an LSU School of Medicine institutional policy for all appointees to LSU for all graduate medical trainees—whether United States or international medical graduates—as well as qualify for a resident training license in the state of Louisiana in order to be eligible for employment.

If you haven’t taken part II of the USMLE/COMLEX and are not scheduled to take part II before the interview season starts, you may still apply to our program. However, once you have taken and passed part II and have updated ERAS with the results, please email Linda Flot at so that your ERAS application can be updated.

Although it is not required, we suggest you notify us that you passed part II before the NRMP rank order list deadline. If you match to LSU, we must be notified of your part II passing and scores must be uploaded to ERAS (before the system closes).

Please be sure to schedule your examination early so that you are notified of your results well in advance of your potential residency start date.

Application criteria

Resident applicants are selected for an interview on the basis of preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity. In particular, we consider:

  • Educational accomplishments
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Board scores
  • Experience
  • Research

Important intangibles that are fundamental to the selection process include:

  • Leadership
  • Work ethic
  • Communication skills
  • Enthusiasm
  • Teamwork

Resident applicants are ranked on the basis of their personal interview and review of the above-listed criteria.

Contact us

If you have any questions about applying, please direct all inquiries to:

Linda Flot, Residency Coordinator
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
1542 Tulane Avenue, Box T6-7
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 568-4680, Voice
(504) 568-4466, Fax

Interview Process

Welcome Reception

The LSU Orthopaedic Department hosts a reception for prospective residents is held the night before interviews and offers applicants a chance to meet faculty, alumni, and current residents in a relaxed environment while enjoying southern cuisine with a local New Orleans flair at Mothers Restaurant .

Interview Day

After an introduction from our Chairman, prospective residents will be divided into two groups to allow half of the applicants to tour of University Medical Center while the other half interview.

  • University Medical Center is the central hub for several of our rotations and it is where residents spend the majority of their time training
    • The tour of the hospital focuses on the inpatient ward, the orthopedic surgery resident room, call rooms, emergency department, cafeteria, and surgical suites.
  • Interviews are held in several rooms and the entire process ends around 3:30 p.m.
    • Residents will interview individually with the chairman, program director, and chief residents. Each candidate should expect ~ 4-5 interviews.
    • There is an interview room specifically focused on research
    • Other rooms will have several faculty interviewing residents
    • Interviews are approximately 10 to 15 minutes each
    • Residents are available throughout the day to answer questions and get to know prospective applicants
    • Information on the curriculum of the program, rotations, highlights, present life, generalized questions (cost of living, housing, extracurriculars, lifestyle, call, etc.) is gathered and presented by current residents.