Greetings from Baton Rouge, and welcome to the LSU-OLOL Psychiatry residency program website! As another recruiting season rolls around, I have to take a deep breath and reflect on all of our accomplishments this past year. Our program has set its sights to become a premier psychiatric residency training program and we are well on our way. Through our outstanding facilities and training opportunities, our dynamic faculty, and the priority of teaching, we are preparing our residents to become leaders in the field of Psychiatry.
Some of our accomplishments over the last year include
- Our resident clinic has opened in a brand new space. Residents are building their skills and their case loads, practicing psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy.
- Our busy emergency department now has a resident psychiatric service with onsite faculty and an incredibly large and diverse patient population.
- Our consult-liaison service has grown to 24/7 coverage of our over 700 bed hospital.
- The construction on the new Heart and Vascular tower at the hospital has been completed and offers not only newly designed ICU spaces but plenty of spaces conducive to GME and teaching.
- We had a successful ACGME site visit, our last before the transition to the Next Accreditation system.
- Four new full time faculty joined our forces this summer.
- Our scholarly activity continues to grow with several national presentations and publications this year. One of our residents won the Best Resident poster at the American Psychiatric Association Meeting in NYC.
- Our resident PRITE, national inservice exam scores, jumped over 20 percentile points in the last year.
- LSU Health Sciences center opened a branch campus of the New Orleans medical school in Baton Rouge in July and we just welcomed our first cohort of 3rd year medical students who will be completing their medical school education with us.
Other important strengths of our program include
- A focus on all the resident experiences being educationally driven, rather than service driven.
- Our Lady of the Lake has 69 psychiatric beds, intensive outpatient programs and a busy emergency room. The patient population is a mix of private pay, indigent patients and Medicaid/Medicare.
- Greater Baton Rouge has over 750,000 people. There is no other residency programs in town competing for access to the patient population.
- Partnerships with our local community mental health provider (Capital Area Human Services District) as well as the Baton Rouge General (where residents are exposed to ECT) allow for varied clinical experiences.
- A supportive, collegial atmosphere, approachable faculty, and really great residents with high morale.
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