School of Medicine

Department of Orthopaedics

2019-2020 Guide to Resident Rotations


The LSU Orthopaedic program gives residents early autonomy in the operative suite that progresses throughout their residency. Residents, as early as PGY-2, operate independently with appropriate senior resident supervision. As a graduate of our program, you will gain the necessary confidence and move on to your respective institution feeling well-equipped to handle various orthopaedic cases. 

Residents contribute and take part in weekly/monthly didactics. Monthly grand rounds with guest lecturers are attended by both residents and faculty. A highlight of the didactic curriculum is the monthly cadaver labs often led by world-renowned surgeons. 




Our program boasts a very large volume of penetrating trauma and orthopaedic injuries incurred from such trauma, and our residents are expected to master the diagnosis and treatment these orthopaedic injuries. Residents run services and clinics with minimal oversight and are held to high expectations. Our residents are comfortable in handling complex trauma cases and the basic fracture patterns one would encounter in a community practice setting. They are comfortable managing complex poly-trauma patients and managing long bone fractures. We get a well-rounded training focused on trauma with plenty of focus on the orthopaedic subspecialties. 

Access to a level-1 trauma center, a pediatric orthopaedic service, and an orthopaedic oncologist all in the same city under the LSU umbrella, makes our program unique. Additionally, our residents spend much of their training with a high-volume private practice in Baton Rouge, LA and at a high-volume community hospital in Lafayette, LA. Residents get ample clinical/operative experience in all orthopaedic subspecialties and see a wide variety of common to rare/complex pathology. Because of our early and frequent experiences in the operating room, our graduating residents feel comfortable either moving on to fellowship training or to general practice.

All of our residents receive an annual stipend in the amount of several hundred dollars for orthopaedic texts which they can use at their discretion. Thanks to generous donations from our alumni, all incoming residents will receive personalized lead and loupes. Additional support/funds exist for each residency year to travel to courses.