Adult Psychiatry Residency Program



The LSU-Ochsner Adult Psychiatry Residency Program is dedicated to training leaders in the field of psychiatry. 

Each year, we accept 12 applicants into our program. After four years of an individualized educational, we also offer the opportunity to continue specialized training though one of our several fellowship programs, including Consult-Liaison, Addiction Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry.

Some of the many benefits of the program include:

Clinical Experience:

Residents get training in a wide variety of sites and setting, including both public and private, a variety of different inpatient units (mood, psychosis, dual-diagnosis, etc), correctional centers across the state, ECT training from PGY-2 through PGY-4, Behavioral Health Emergency Room as a PGY-1, and outpatient longitudinal care beginning as a PGY-2 and continuing through PGY-4! As a result of the variety of training settings and diversity of New Orleans, our residents get training many different pathologies and acuities.


Our curriculum is carefully designed to include both lecture-based didactics and interactive discussions, in theoretical developments, evidenced-based practices, psychotherapy, and biological approaches.

Work-Life Balance:

We prioritize resident wellness, through relaxed call schedule (residents make their own call schedule, no call as a PGY-3 or PGY-4, never any weekday call, etc), dedicated protected time (retreats, journal clubs, process groups, and resident-only meetings, etc), and continually assessing and decreasing common resident stressors (meal cards, centralized hospital sites, common EMR, etc).

New Orleans:

New Orleans is one of the most unique and culturally diverse areas in the world. Our residents frequently enjoy the rich food and drinks, outdoor activities, festivals, Mardi Gras, and much more!

We're confident in our quality of training in the unique and diverse environment of New Orleans. If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to reach out!


Mark H Townsend, MD, SM, DFAPA
Director, Residency Training Program
1542 Tulane Avenue, Room 235G
Office: 504-568-6009