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New Orleans, LA 70112

Louisiana State University* School of Medicine in New Orleans

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Introduction

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.

Academics

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.

Unique Programs

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.

Admissions

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.

Students

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.


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