School of Medicine

Department of Psychiatry


Adult Psychiatry Residency Program


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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 education, 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.

We emphasize learning about identity and the unique characteristics of the diverse populations that live in the region.


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. Living in New Orleans provides an experience that can't be replicated simply by visiting or spending short periods of time here.The experience our residents enjoy is steeped in the culture and unique benefits our wonderful city provides and is often one of the most impactful aspects residents, faculty, and staff have while at LSU. Our residents frequently enjoy these benefits and often incorporate them into our retreats and weekly meetings.

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!


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

At LSU-Ochsner Adult Psychiatry Program, we are dedicated to fostering an environment that celebrates diversity, promotes inclusivity, and values the unique experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds of all individuals seeking mental healthcare services. We recognize that our strength lies in the diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives of our patients, staff, faculty, trainees, and the communities we serve. 

Our Commitment: 

Respect for All: We treat every patient with the utmost respect, dignity, and empathy, recognizing that each person's journey is unique and deeply influenced by their cultural, ethnic, racial, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic, and religious backgrounds. 

Cultural Competence: We are committed to continually enhancing our cultural competence. Our healthcare professionals receive ongoing training to better understand and address the specific needs and concerns of diverse populations, ensuring that our care is responsive to the diverse communities we serve. 

Inclusivity in Care: We believe in providing accessible, equitable, and comprehensive mental healthcare services to all individuals, regardless of their identity or background. We actively work to reduce barriers to care and strive to create an inclusive environment where everyone feels safe and welcome. 

Representation: We are dedicated to maintaining a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve. We believe that a diverse team enhances the quality of care we provide and enables us to better connect with and understand our patients.  

Non-Discrimination: We strictly prohibit discrimination based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion extends to our hiring practices, patient care, and community engagement. 

Community Engagement: We actively engage with local communities to build partnerships, gather input, and promote mental health awareness, education, and support in a manner that respects cultural nuances and values. 

Continuous Improvement: We recognize that our commitment to diversity and inclusion is an ongoing journey. We regularly assess and refine our policies, practices, and programs to ensure they align with our core values and the evolving needs of our diverse patient population. 

LSU-Ochsner Psychiatry Program is dedicated to creating a welcoming, affirming, and healing environment for all individuals seeking mental health support, as well as our staff and trainees. We believe that embracing diversity and inclusion not only enhances the quality of our services but also contributes to the well-being and mental health of those in our communities.  


Michael Walsh, M.D.

David Fein, M.D.

  • Associate Program Director: Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program

L. Brian McGee, M.D.

  • Associate Program Director: Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program

Trent Desselle, M.D.

  • Associate Program Director: Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program - Ochsner

Kat Dickens

  • 504-568-7912
  • Coordinator: Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program
  • 2021 Perdido St. Office 6240, New Orleans, LA. 70112