Program Overview

The Orthopaedic Residency Training Program administered by the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and offers a four-year residency in Orthopaedic Surgery, following completion of a one-year internship in the Surgery Department.  

The four PGY1 positions are filled yearly through the National Resident Matching Program. The scope of the program is designed to provide development in a progressive manner for five years in the areas of clinical, operative, and research skills. The New Orleans area hospitals through which the residents rotate are: Interim LSU Hospital (also known as University Hospital), Children's Hospital, Ochsner-Kenner Medical Center and East Jefferson General Hospital. Earl K. Long Hospital, Our Lady of the Lake and Baton Rouge General Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana are also affiliated hospital rotations. A three-month rotation through Lake Charles Memorial Hospital in Lake Charles, Louisiana during PGY3 introduces the residents to a nationally recognized Sports Medicine program.

Clinical teaching is provided at all of the rotations in addition to extensive didactic programs designed to enhance the residents' educational experience. The teaching conferences are scheduled weekly, with additional combined conferences and presentations by visiting faculty throughout the year.

To assure current knowledge and educational opportunities, the Department provides support for residents to attend any meeting at which they present a paper. Full support is also provided for attendance at an Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Course in PGY1, an AO/ASIF Basic Course and a microvascular surgery course during PGY2, the Enneking Pathology Course during PGY3 and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Meeting in PGY4.

The Department's Alumni Association maintains the Orthopaedic Library, which is accessible at all times, with textbooks and journal subscriptions. The facilities of the LSUMC Medical Library, fully staffed with certified librarians and assistants, are also available. As of 1994 the LSUMC Medical Library included over 181,000 volumes, with 66,770 monograph titles and 1,900 serial titles. Within the Department and throughout the Medical Center computer literature searches are available through the Medical Library and through the National Library of Medicine (MedLine). Several personal computers with the capabilities of CD-ROM for personalized instruction are also available for the residents' use on a 24-hour per day basis.

Individual resident evaluations are assessed by assigned advisors at the completion of each rotation. All residents are required to participate in the Orthopaedic In-Training Examination program administered by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons each fall.

Fellowship programs in pediatrics is also offered by the Department.