Greetings from Baton Rouge, and welcome to the LSU-OLOL Psychiatry residency program website! As another recruiting season rolls around, I am struck with how far we have come as a program and how we continue to grow and mature. Our program has set its sights on becoming a premier psychiatric residency training program, and we are well on our way. Our culture here is to always strive to better ourselves, the services we offer, and the quality of our department. Through our outstanding facilities and training opportunities, our dynamic faculty, and our prioritization of teaching, we are preparing our residents to become leaders in the field of Psychiatry. This last year has had its challenges and its victories, but I believe we have earned the right to no longer consider ourselves “new”. We are now an established, successful residency program!
Take a look at some of our accomplishments over the last year:
- We graduated our first class of residents who have all gone on to start their productive careers.
- We had three more residents match into Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowships across the country.
- One of our residents was chosen as an APA Diversity Leadership Minority Fellow (a really big deal)!
- We have added three more faculty members, bringing us to 16 full time faculty psychiatrists, along with an assortment of part time Psychiatrists and Psychologists.
- Our new Psychiatric Emergency Department has opened with onsite faculty and an incredibly large and diverse patient population.
- Our scholarly production continues to grow. Last year we had our first two grants, as well as growing numbers of publications and presentations regionally and nationally.
- LSU Health Sciences Center’s Baton Rouge campus has continued to grow and expand.
- Our Lady of the Lake was selected by the ACGME as one of eight teaching hospitals across the country to participate as a Pathway Innovator in the Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments Initiative.
Other important strengths of our program include:
- A focus on all the resident experiences being educationally driven. We make a real effort to prioritize education over service. Our residents work hard and see lots of patients, but they are not here to meet the service needs of the hospital.
- Our facilities are second to none! We have a brand new medical education building, a new outpatient clinic, a new amphitheatre for grand rounds, and a new psychiatric emergency department.
- Our Lady of the Lake Hospital is dedicated to medical education. They support the residencies with the resources required for excellence. The Mental and Behavioral health division has 69 psychiatric beds, intensive outpatient programs, a large outpatient program, and a busy psychiatric emergency room. The patient population is a mix of private pay, indigent patients, and Medicaid/Medicare patients.
- We are part of the LSU Health Sciences Center School of Meidcine in New Orleans, but at the Baton Rouge branch campus.
- Greater Baton Rouge has a population of over 750,000 people. There is no other psychiatric residency program in town competing for access to the patient population.
- Partnerships with our local community mental health provider (Capital Area Human Services District), the state prison (for forensic experience), and Baton Rouge General Medical Center (where residents are exposed to ECT) allow for varied clinical experiences.
- We boast a supportive, collegial atmosphere, approachable faculty, and really great residents.
During the past year we have found our community at the forefront of the recent violent events that have been occurring across the country, and more recently we have been faced with a shocking natural disaster. Our resident diversity and resilience has helped us come together to support each other and try to process the events that are occurring around us. I am hopeful that our program can be a resource for the community as we attempt to heal and improve our relationships and understanding of each other.
I firmly believe that the best residency experience is one where there is a good fit between the resident and the program. You need to feel like the training program you choose will be a place where you can grow and develop an identity as a physician and psychiatrist. If you are looking for a place where education comes before service needs, where the curriculum focuses not only on molecules but on the role of human relationships, and where an individual approach to helping you meet your potential is stressed, then LSU-OLOL in Baton Rouge might be the place for you!
Kathleen Crapanzano, MD
LSU-Our Lady of the Lake Psychiatry Residency Program