The Louisiana State University School of Medicine in
New Orleans was founded in 1931.The School of Medicine is located next to Charity Hospital, adjacent to the
city’s central business district. It is a major component
of the Louisiana State University Medical Center,
which includes schools of Dentistry, Nursing, Allied
Health Sciences, and Graduate Studies.
4-year semimodern. First and second years: Emphasize
severalbasicsciencesandtheirrelevancytoclinicalmedicine. Clinical experiences begin in the first year in
courses such as Introduction to Clinical Medicine. In the
second year, an integrated approach to the teaching of
basic science and preclinical courses is used. Third year:
Clerkships begin where students rotate through the various clinical disciplines. Fourth year: Students are given
several months for electives in addition to required rotations in Ambulatory Medicine, Acting Internships, etc.
Some of these rotations can be completed at institutions
associated with the school or at other approved institutions outside the state or country. Computer-assisted
instruction is an important component of the curriculum.
Although major emphasis is placed on training primary
care physicians, there are opportunities for research and
the pursuit of more specialized training.
Minority admissions: The Office of Minority Affairs
coordinates recruitment. The school offers a Minority
Summer Prematriculation Program for accepted firstyear students to facilitate adjustment to medical school.
Other degree programs: Combined MD-PhD programs are offered in a variety of disciplines, as is an
MD-MPH degree. The school offers an Honors program for exceptional students. It involves independent
research on a problem of scientific interest.
The basic premedical science courses and taking the
MCAT are required. Only state residents are accepted
into the first-year class. Transfer and advanced standing: Information not available.
Grades are Honors, High Pass, Pass, Fail, Withdrew
Passing, and Withdrew Failing. Periodic reviews are
made of student performance by means of exams, staff
reports, and other forms of appraisal. Eligibility for
promotion rests on completion of all coursework and
requirements and approval by the Promotions Committee. A passing score must be recorded for Step 1 of
the USMLE prior to entering the third year. Step 2 must
be passed prior to graduation.
Teaching: The Medical Education Building is the site
for basic science instruction. The school is located near
the center of the New Orleans business district.The two
main teaching hospitals are the Medical Center of
Louisiana at New Orleans and University Hospital.Ten
other hospitals are affiliated with LSU. An auditorium
equipped with the most up-to-date audiovisual facilities provides space for medical meetings and
faculty/student assemblies and lectures. Library: The
library is located in the Resource Center. It services all
professional schools in the Medical Center with more
than 176,000 volumes and current periodicals in excess
of 1500 titles. Housing: University-controlled housing
is provided for 300 married and single students.
Located 3 blocks from the school, the residence hall
provides 1-, 2-, or 3-bedroom apartments for married
students and double rooms for single men and women.
Recreational facilities are located in the dormitory.