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General Residency


The Department of Psychiatry is constantly seeking to revise and improve the residency program, both educationally for the residents and in modifications of patient care. For instance, the curriculum may change to fit current needs. We emphasize education. We are dedicated to helping our residents develop professionally and personally. We welcome your interest in our program, and look forward to meeting you as you apply and interview.

Contact Information:
Mary Jo Fitz-Gerald, MD-Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Residency Program Director
Phone: 318-675-6619  Fax: 318-675-6054

Theresa McAnn, MBA
Residency Program Coordinator
Phone: 318-675-6619  Fax: 318-675-6054

Physicians who choose to practice psychiatry are selecting a specialty of medicine that is in a phase of active growth and expanding influence in the medical community. The specialty requires a broad knowledge, for all ages of patients are encountered. It also requires highly developed interpersonal skills.

The Psychiatry Residency Program at LSU Health Shreveport is a fully accredited four-year program designed to provide candidates with a strong foundation of knowledge, clinical skills and ethical standards necessary for the practice of psychiatry.

Our program fills positions at the PGY-I level through the National Resident Matching Program.

We accept eight applicants per year. We provide for extensive personal supervision as well as flexibility to meet the needs of the individual resident. The program exposes residents to all areas and all subspecialties of psychiatry by rotation in different medical facilities, including University Health Conway in Monroe and Brentwood Hospital here in Shreveport.

Course work supplements clinical experience. Residents at all levels meet for Grand Rounds, Journal Club, Gender and Cultural Issues, and Interdisciplinary Case Conference, in addition to weekly didactics. There is also daily emergency service supervision, inpatient supervision, consultation/liaison service supervision, and outpatient supervision. Required readings supplement the courses.

The resident may use elective time during the PGY-IV year to develop specific career interests. Electives include research, community mental health, administration, geriatric, and inpatient or outpatient psychiatry in the public or private sector. There is also an opportunity to have elective experience in other cities.

PGY I and II:
During the first two years, the resident is required to spend four months in primary care. This includes one month in Emergency Medicine, one month in Internal Medicine inpatient, one month of Family Practice outpatient, and one month of the resident's choice of several possible medicine rotations. Two months of neurology are required during the four year training period, and we require that at least one of these months be completed during the first two years of training. The initial psychiatry rotations focus on inpatient psychiatry as well as psychiatric emergency training. There is an intense introduction to inpatient psychiatry the first month of the psychiatry rotation. Courses include a basic course covering Axis I disorders, etiology, phenomenology and treatment, plus an introduction to psychotherapy. Additional courses include forensic psychiatry, psychological testing, history of psychiatry and an introduction to library research. The primary goals of the PGY-I rotations are an understanding of Axis I disorders, and an understanding of the interplay between medical and psychiatric illnesses. The PGY-II year further advances the resident's understanding of inpatient, emergency, outpatient, and consultation psychiatry, with exposure to a multitude of patient types. The PGY-I and II rotations may be done in either year.  In addition, the resident begins seeing outpatients at the LSUHSC Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic one ½ day a week. The residents are encouraged to continue to see these patients throughout the residency. The lectures for the PGY-II resident include the course on human growth and development and developmental disorders of childhood; these lectures span the entire year. There are additional courses on personality disorders, advanced interviewing techniques, ethics, forensic psychiatry, and psychopharmacology research design. The resident also receives an introduction to psychoanalytic theory.

The PGY-III year is primarily a year of outpatient study at the Outpatient Clinic. The resident also participates in the psychopharmacology research unit as Sub-Investigators. The core of the PGY-III lecture series is the ongoing outpatient case conference and advanced psychoanalytic theory, which meets the entire year. There are additional lectures on group therapy, family therapy, behavior therapy, cognitive therapy, hypnosis, human sexuality, administrative psychiatry, and consultation-liaison psychiatry. Advanced biological psychiatry topics also introduced.  Residents begin to present at conferences and grand rounds to improve teaching abilities.

The PGY-IV resident has a two month Consultation-Liaison experience. There is also a two-month child and adolescent rotation available, as well as a one-month Forensic Psychiatry experience. Residents sometimes have six to eight months for elective experiences of their choosing, with consent of the program director. Throughout their course work, the PGY-IV resident continues to attend outpatient case conferences. Additional courses are designed to refine and review basic knowledge in preparation for the boards. There are courses in advanced psychopharmacology, transition to practice, mental health promotion, religion and psychiatry, review of neurology, and computers and psychiatry. The resident also has a review of DSM diagnosis, and a course in advanced research methods.

Psychiatry Rotations:
Addiction Psychiatry
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
Emergency Psychiatry
Forensic Psychiatry
Inpatient Psychiatry
Geriatric Psychiatry
Outpatient Clinic
Psychopharmacology Research Clinic


Our salaries are above the national average; and, moonlighting opportunities are available starting in your PGY-III year. House Officer salaries change annually. The current salary starts at $45,934.72 for a PGY I.


The Department of Psychiatry adds a generous supplement of $500 for books and/or educational travel for each resident during each year of training. 

PGY I residents receive 15 days of paid Annual Leave, 10 days of Sick Leave, and 5 days of Educational Leave.

PGY II, III, and IV residents receive 20 days of Annual Leave, 10 days of Sick Leave, and 5 days of Educational Leave each year. 

Residency Applicant Requirements

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