School of Medicine

Department of Otolaryngology

Our Residency Program

The Otorhinolaryngology Residency Program at LSUHSC is a five-year (including internship) regional program. The PGY 1 year includes 6 months of Otolaryngology, in addition to Critical Care, General Surgery and Anesthesiology rotations. Department practice sites are located in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Lafayette, with our faculty practice located at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The selection process for the fully ACGME accredited Otorhinolaryngology Residency Program at LSUHSC is highly competitive. Residents receive comprehensive breadth and depth of training from an extensive and supportive faculty team. Training includes rotations at a combination of five public and private facilities with an optimal balance of supervision and independent decision-making between the residents and faculty members. The program upholds a strong clinical emphasis consistent with LSU's reputation for training fine clinicians.




  • Weekly Otology/Neurotology Lecture
  • Weekly Head & Neck, Rhinology, and Facial Plastic case conference
    • Review upcoming weeks operative cases, focusing on imaging, pertinent anatomy, and surgical options
  • Weekly Multidisciplinary Head & Neck Tumor Board
  • Monthly Journal Clubs
  • Monthly faculty led formal bedside teaching rounds
  • Semi-annual Resident Injection Course
    • Provided through a grant from Allergan, residents get hands on training injecting neuromodulators and dermal fillers.
  • Monthly didactic days
    • Held the first Tuesday of each month, these full day didactic conferences follow a curriculum based on the Bailey's Head and Neck Surgery Textbook so that the entire book will be covered twice during one's residency. Each conference is resident led with a subspecialty faculty mentor, and includes lectures, guest speakers, case based oral board prep, head and neck radiology review, Chairman's Rounds, and Safety, Quality Improvement, and Morbidity & Mortality (SQUIMM) Rounds.

Annual Courses





   Please direct all inquiries:

   Melissa Lightfoot, MPA
   Residency Coordinator
   Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery
   LSU Health Sciences Center – School of Medicine
   5246 Brittany Drive, Suite 322
   Baton Rouge, LA 70808
   Office: 225-757-4160
   Fax: 504-568-4460




Regional Program that offers training in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Lafayette

100% ABO certification rate, on 1st attempt, for all candidates in the past 10 years

2,500 to 3,000 cases per resident throughout residency

70% of Otolaryngologists in Louisiana have trained with LSU


Balance of resident autonomy and supervision

Representation of all subspecialties within Otolaryngology