FMRP

FMRP

Family Medicine Residency Program

Baton Rouge General’s Family Medicine Residency Program is dedicated to addressing the health care needs of Louisiana by training new family physicians, contributing to the body of knowledge of family medicine and providing quality health services to the community. With a focus on prevention, health education and psychosocial concerns, the program is committed to developing health care providers who collaborate with families in preserving and enhancing complete wellness.

Balancing the art of the doctor-patient relationship and the latest science and technology, residents become providers of coordinated, comprehensive and accessible medical care to patients of all ages. The program places an emphasis on residents becoming ambulatory care experts and trains residents in effective collaboration with other clinical disciplines and segments of the community. Creating a unique learning environment that fosters individual growth and personal balance, the program is characterized by an atmosphere of collegiality, active decision making, innovation and scholarly inquiry.

For additional information on Baton Rouge General’s Family Medicine Residency Program, call (225) 387-7899 or email fmrp@brgeneral.org.


Baton Rouge General's Family Medicine Residency uses an Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS), which is available through your Dean's office.  We will only accept electronic applications. 

Applicants to the Family Medicine Residency Program must have completed and submitted the following upon applying:

  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty or practitioners with whom you have worked and who can comment on your personal and professional qualifications. One letter should come from a family physician who can directly address your potential ability to become a family physician. 
  • An application with a Personal Statement
  • USMLE/Comlex 1 and 2 dates and scores
  • Dean's letter
  • Transcript
  • Curriculum Vitae

If applicable, please address the following points:

  • Prior participation in a residency program
  • Current or prior medical licensure in any state
  • Current or prior suspension or revocation of licensure
  • Current or prior participation in biomedical research that has resulted in a publication or presentation
  • Current or prior interruptions in your medical education
  • Any aspect of your candidacy that might limit your ability to carry out the requirements of the house staff position within the time frame of the program
  • Plans to participate in the couples match

In addition to the above requirements, graduates of medical schools outside the United States must also:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Be ECFMG Certified when applying if you have already graduated from medical school.  If you're currently in medical school, you must have your ECFMG Certification to start the program.
  • Have one year of clinical experience in a primary care setting in the U.S. within the last three years of applying
  • Have a U.S. mailing address
  • Time out of medical school cannot exceed 3 years

Your application must be complete and received by Friday, January 3, 2014. Incomplete applications may result in delay or elimination of the pre-screening interview of an application and subsequent invitations to interview. 

Interviews will begin on Monday, October 13, 2014, and will conclude on Friday, January 9, 2015.  Please allow the entire day for your interview.  Part of the day will be a group tour and information session, allowing you the chance to ask questions and begin to develop a feel for the program and our personnel.

The curriculum structure combines a traditional rotational approach, with an emphasis on ambulatory training.
BLOCK ROTATIONS - First Year 
Internal Medicine Inpatient Service 3 months
Pediatrics Inpatient 2 months
Emergency Medicine 1 month
General Surgery 2 months
Obstetrics/Newborn Care 3 months
Elective 1 month
BLOCK ROTATIONS - Second Year 
Inpatient Family Medicine 6 weeks
Podiatry 2 weeks
Gynecology 1 month
Dermatology 1 month
Radiology 1 month
Pediatrics Ambulatory 1 month
Critical Care 1 month
Practice Management
1 month
Orthopedics 1 month
Cardiology 1 month 
Electives 2 months
BLOCK ROTATIONS - Third Year
Family Medicine Inpatient Service 6 weeks
Geriatrics 6 weeks
Emergency Medicine 1 month
Ambulatory Medical Subspecialty 1 month
Ambulatory Pediatrics 1 month
Sports Medicine 1 month
Orthopedics 1 month
Board Review
2 weeks
Surgical Subspecialty 2 weeks 
Electives 3 months 
Outpatient Family Medicine Experience   
PGY-1  1 - 2 half days per week 
PGY-2  2 - 3 half days per week 
PGY-3  3 - 4 half days per week 
Total Time Spent in Each Care Type:   
Inpatient Medicine Experiences  7 months 
Women and Child Care Experiences  8 months 
Surgical Specialty Experiences  5 months 
Ambulatory Medicine or Primary Care Experiences  5.5 months 
Emergency Medicine Experiences  2 months 
Electives  6 months 
Other Experiences  2.5 months 

Curriculum Notes

Longitudinal Curriculum:
Certain aspects of the curriculum are best taught during longitudinal experiences that can be spread across a longer time than a block allows. The program includes structured, longitudinal experiences in behavioral science, health promotion/disease prevention, practice management, geriatrics, obstetrics, sports medicine and scholarly activity. Instructional methods for these areas include conferences and designated time during the FM1 and 2 blocks and Family Health Center experience.

Electives:
The program contains flexible block time for "Electives" to allow each resident to schedule and structure a substantial part of his/her residency based on interest, strengths or needs.

Family Medicine Blocks: 
Each Family Medicine block includes expanded time and responsibility in the Family Health Center and specific time commitments to a variety of activities. A brief explanation of the content of each follows:

Family Medicine I
The FM-1 block will introduce the resident to a variety of ambulatory programs and services, knowledge and skills needed in the office-based practice of primary care, including structured experiences inpatient education, Prenatal Care, Behavioral Medicine (interviewing),Chemical Dependency, community resources, Home Care and Hospice, Diabetes Care and Pastoral Care.

Family Medicine II
The FM-2 block will concentrate on Geriatrics, including nursing home experiences. The resident will also participate in global geriatric assessment, hospice and other end-of-life issues.

Obstetrics: 
The PGY-1 OB rotation is conducted at BRGMC, Bluebonnet. During the PGY-2 and 3 years, OB patients from a resident's FHC practice will be delivered at the BRGMC Bluebonnet family-centered childbirth center. Family physician faculty provide the primary supervision and staffing of OB care, with back-up by community OB/GYN part time faculty. Residents are expected to deliver at least 12 babies from their continuity practice over the 3 years of residency.

Practice Management: 
Practice management is taught longitudinally in a variety of forums and settings. Including shadow experiences in the FAC, one-on-one experiences with General Health administrators and a comprehensive conference series. 

Benefits Summary 2014-2015

Salary and Benefits
Benefits PGY-1 PGY-2 PGY-3

 Salary*

$46,168 $47,467 $49,125

 Housing Allowance

$3,600  $3,600  $3,600 
 TOTAL SALARY  $49,768  $51,067 $52,725
*Salaries are reviewed on an annual basis

Vacation:

Residents receive three weeks paid vacation each academic year, plus five days for approved continuing medical education leave in each of the PGY-2 and PGY-3 years. Vacation is allowed in one-week blocks only, and may be prescheduled by the Program for PGY-1s. Vacation does not accrue if unused.

Excused Absences:
Accumulated at a rate of 1 day per month, up to a maximum of 12 days per year. Excused absences are granted at the discretion of the program director and do not accrue.

Health Plan:
Comprehensive health coverage for the resident and his/her dependents through the General Health System Health Plan, paid by Baton Rouge General. Optional medical spending account, dental insurance plan and dental discount plan can be chosen at the resident's expense.

Life Insurance:
Term life insurance coverage is provided to the resident in an amount equal to annual base salary - paid by Baton Rouge General. Optional life insurance and disability benefits can be elected.

Professional Liability

Insurance:
House staff are covered through the Louisiana Patient Compensation Fund and General Health System's Professional Liability Plan for all duties performed as a resident - paid by Baton Rouge General.

Professional Fees:
The Program pays dues for residents to belong to the American and Louisiana Academies of Family Physicians.

The Board Exam fee will be paid for each third-year resident in good academic standing during the PGY-3 year.

ACLS, PALS, NALS & ALSO will be provided or paid for (up to $150) one time during residency.

USMLE Step 3 exam fee.

CME Fund:
Each resident receives a fund, currently $1,800, from which they may draw $600 during the PGY-1, PGY-2 and PGY-3 years to support attendance at Continuing Medical Education meetings or for personal professional books, journals or materials - paid by Baton Rouge General. Approval criteria will apply to use of the funds.

Moving Expenses:
New residents may receive reimbursement of up to $1,000 for actual incurred expenses - paid by Baton Rouge General.

Financial Management:
Personal retirement savings funds with unique and valuable tax advantages are available through the General Health System Tax Sheltered Annuity program. Regular share savings account by payroll deduction and other savings and loan programs are available at Bayou Federal Credit Union.

Other Discounts:
Residents receive discounts on prescriptions and discounts for services, programs and facilities of General Health System.

Other Benefits:
White coats and laundry service are provided - paid by Baton Rouge General.

Resident Center - The Resident Center in the Family Health Center is available exclusively for our residents. It includes phones, computers, TV, a shower and lockers, as well as a lot of comfortable furniture. Each resident has their own e-mail address, plus internet access and other computer resources.

The Physicians' Lounge is open for residents to relax, privately access telephones and dictate records using the hospital's centralized dictation telephones.

Complimentary meals are available for breakfast and lunch. Complimentary meals are also available while on-call and at many conferences, as well as in the Physicians' Lounge. Residents will receive a discount at the hospital's cafeteria.

Complimentary covered multi-tiered parking is also provided in a secured lot conveniently connected to the Baton Rouge General by a crosswalk.
  • Residents must complete BLS & ACLS prior to starting residency. PALS and NALS will be completed during their PGY-1 year.
  • Residency accreditation and American Board of Family Practice rules allow each resident to be away from the Program and the Family Health Center practice on remote rotations for up to two months in each of the PGY-2 and PGY-3 years. Away rotations, CME leave, and vacation must be scheduled at least two months in advance.
  • All of our residents take the Inservice exam in October each year. This is very helpful in assisting residents in preparing for the Family Practice Board exam.
  • All PGY-1 residents are required to sit for the USMLE Step III Exam to be promoted to a PGY-2.
  • All residents must pass the USMLE Step III Exam in order to be promoted to a PGY-3.
  • Moonlighting is allowed during the PGY-2 and PGY-3 years for licensed residents in good academic standing in the Program, as per the requirements of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). All moonlighting will be monitored by the Program Director. Moonlighting must not interfere with a resident’s primary responsibilities to the program, his/her patients and his/her colleagues in the program. Prior to moonlighting, residents must be ACLS certified (and, in some circumstances, ATLS also) and give the program proof of malpractice coverage. Residents will be required to register their hours and work sites with the program. Sanctioned “in-house” moonlighting within the General Health System may be offered as well at times when available. When available, this would not usually require additional malpractice coverage.
  • We are committed to a call frequency that does not exceed every fourth night for PGY-1 house staff. Call for PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents will be less frequent, and may include some back-up call. There may be certain elective rotations that expect call at a greater frequency.
  • The program has a flexible maternity/paternity leave policy. We are willing to work with individuals to create an elective experience during maternity leave that might help minimize delays in completing the program.
  • We only accept applications electronically through ERAS.
Derek Anderson, MD, FAAFP - Family Physician; Program Director, Family Medical Residency Program

Derek Anderson, MD, FAAFP

Family Physician; Program Director, Family Medical Residency Program

Dr. Anderson, a native of Louisiana, graduated from LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. He returned to Baton Rouge in July 1996 after finishing his Family Practice Residency at St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse, New York, and joined our faculty as the youngest member. Dr. Anderson served as Program Director from May 2000 until May 2006 and was reappointed to this position in May 2009. Dr. Anderson is active in the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians where he has served on several committees and held various positions. In addition, Dr. Anderson is also a team physician for the Louisiana State University sports department. He enjoys traveling and spending time with his family and friends. Dr. Anderson and his wife, Mary, have two children and two dogs.
Phillip Brantley, PhD - Research Consultant

Phillip Brantley, PhD

Research Consultant

Dr. Brantley is a native of Georgia and a graduate of the University of Georgia. He is a John S. McIlhenny Endowed Professor and Associate Executive Director for Scientific Education at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center of Louisiana State University where he conducts research on behavioral medicine topics. Dr. Brantley joined our program in July 1995 and assists us in teaching lifelong learning skills and in conducting practice-based research projects. Dr. Brantley is married to Dr. Paula Rhode Brantley, a faculty member of Baton Rouge General’s Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Jennifer Burch, LCSW - Behavioral Science Faculty

Jennifer Burch, LCSW

Behavioral Science Faculty

Jennifer Burch received a Master of Social Work degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Board Approved Clinical Supervisor. Jennifer was the recipient of the Title IV-E Child Welfare stipend while obtaining her Bachelor of Social Work degree and has significant training in child welfare laws and family preservation. She has over twelve years of experience working as a social worker in Baton Rouge. She has served as Vice President of Workshops for the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Jennifer currently serves on the board for the National Association of Social Workers as the Baton Rouge Regional Representative. Jennifer's primary areas of interest include advocacy, healthy aging, evidence-based social work, and interventions with high-risk populations. She enjoys cooking, gardening, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Robert Chasuk, MD, FAAFP, CFCMC - Family Physician, Associate Program Director

Robert Chasuk, MD, FAAFP, CFCMC

Family Physician, Associate Program Director

Dr. Chasuk, a California native, is a graduate of the University of California at San Diego Medical School and the Family Practice Residency at State University of New York, Stony Brook. He practiced for several years with the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans where he was an active member of their residency faculty. Dr. Chasuk currently serves as Associate Program Director for Graduate Medical Education at Baton Rouge General. He has been a member of the Family Medicine Residency Program faculty since 1994, and served as Program Director from June 2006 until May 2009. He heads the development of learning resources within the program and his interests include evidence based medicine and the treatment of infertility and gynecologic problems using the Creighton Fertility Care System. He and his wife, Patti, have four boys and one daughter.
C. Edward Geno, MD, FAAFP - Family Physician

C. Edward Geno, MD, FAAFP

Family Physician

Dr. Geno joined the Residency Program in July 2002. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine and the Family Practice Residency at Ochsner. He practiced for several years at Ochsner in the Family Health Center and served as the Assistant Program Director of the Residency Program. Dr. Geno and his wife, Kay, have two children.
Wayne Gravois, MD, ABFP - Family Physician

Wayne Gravois, MD, ABFP

Family Physician

A Louisiana native, Wayne Gravois, MD, ABFP, attended LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. He completed his Family Medicine Residency at Earl K. Long Hospital in Baton Rouge. He practiced for 28 years at Zachary Family Practice in Zachary, Louisiana before joining the residency program in 2012. He currently serves as the Medical Director for the Family Health Center. Dr. Gravois served as president of the Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians (LAFP) in 2000 and continues to serve on the LAFP Foundation and legislative committees. He has been very active in anti-tobacco campaigns and education. In 2009, the LSU Health Sciences Center voted him AOA Preceptor of the year. Dr. Gravois is married and has one daughter and son-in-law.
Brian Harrell, MD, CAQ - Family and Sports Medicine Physician

Brian Harrell, MD, CAQ

Family and Sports Medicine Physician

Dr. Harrell specializes in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine. A native of Louisiana, Dr. Harrell is a graduate of the Texas A & M Health Sciences Center College of Medicine. He completed his residency training in Family Medicine at LSUHSC Residency at Lake Charles, Louisiana, and completed his fellowship training in primary care sports medicine at Baton Rouge General Medical Center. Dr. Harrell serves as Associate Program Director for the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program as well as a faculty member with the Family Medicine Residency Program at Baton Rouge General Medical Center. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and holds a Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Sports Medicine.

Brian Schulte, MD, ABFP - Family Physician

Brian Schulte, MD, ABFP

Family Physician

Dr. Schulte joined the Residency Program in 1997. He came to us from Washington D.C. where he had served as director of the Family Practice Residency Program at George Washington University. He trained at the Main-Dartmouth Family Practice Residency Program. Dr. Schulte has consulted on the development of Family Medicine in Russia and Estonia. He currently has lead responsibilities for Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. Dr. Schulte has two daughters.
Vincent Shaw, Jr., MD, ABFP CAQ - Family and Sports Medicine Physician

Vincent Shaw, Jr., MD, ABFP CAQ

Family and Sports Medicine Physician

Dr. Shaw, a native of Opelousas, Louisiana, received his Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from Southern University A&M College and his Medical Degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He completed his Family Medicine Residency training from the Baton Rouge General Family Medicine Residency Program, and also completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. Dr. Shaw currently serves as the Program Director for Baton Rouge General’s Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. In addition, Dr. Shaw serves as a physician with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office and was recently named Captain in the United States Army Reserve. He is a team physician for a local high school and Louisiana State University. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and holds a Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Sports Medicine.

Class of 2016

Michelle Duhé, MD -
Michelle Duhé, MD
Sunitha Korapati, MD -
Sunitha Korapati, MD
Daniel McMahon, MD -
Daniel McMahon, MD
Bryan Picou, MD -
Bryan Picou, MD
Smita Prasad, MD -
Smita Prasad, MD
Zachary Pray, MD -
Zachary Pray, MD
Shawn Skarpnes, MD -
Shawn Skarpnes, MD
Jennifer Winchester, MD -
Jennifer Winchester, MD

Class of 2015

Brian Benson, MD -
Brian Benson, MD
Tiffany Best, MD -
Tiffany Best, MD
Matthew Blanchard, MD -
Matthew Blanchard, MD
Shavaun Cotton, MD -
Shavaun Cotton, MD
Kristen Ducote, MD -
Kristen Ducote, MD
Jovana Kakish, MD -
Jovana Kakish, MD
Lacy Knowles, DO -
Lacy Knowles, DO
Amanda Watts, MD -
Amanda Watts, MD

CLASS OF 2014

Richard Bridges, MD -
Richard Bridges, MD
Thomas Caton, MD -
Thomas Caton, MD
Sarah Chavez, MD -
Sarah Chavez, MD
Byron Jasper, MD -
Byron Jasper, MD
Tanveer Mughal, MD -
Tanveer Mughal, MD
Kevin Ricks, MD -
Kevin Ricks, MD
Akayla Robinson, MD -
Akayla Robinson, MD
Desi Valentine, MD -
Desi Valentine, MD


Clerkship Electives for Medical Students

Third and Fourth year students from ACGME approved schools are welcome to apply for clerkships in our program. The requirements are outlined on the Student Elective Application. 

The Family Medicine Residency Program offers the following student electives in conjunction with the Baton Rouge General's Office of Graduate Medical Education:

Title: Family Medicine Outpatient Preceptorship
Available for: 3rd or 4th year Medical Students
Length of Time: 4 weeks
Rotation Supervisor: Derek Anderson, MD - Faculty
Description: During this rotation, the third year or senior student independently evaluates patients in the outpatient setting at the Family Health Center and presents them to faculty members or senior resident's that they are paired with. Educational opportunities also include participation in Outpatient Teaching Rounds, Morning Report and our Thursday Afternoon Teaching Conferences.

The students follow patients admitted to the Baton Rouge General Medical Center, Mid City and Baton Rouge General Medical Center, Bluebonnet under the supervision of the senior resident and rotating FP faculty member. The students attend and actively participate in Morning Report. They are also assigned two, half-days/week to see patients in the Family Health Center, precepted by a faculty member that they are paired with.

Expectations for Honors:
We expect this candidate to further distinguish his or herself by completing a short term project during the block. Past projects have taken the form of a literature review and case presentation, a health promotion/disease prevention research topic, or a Quality Improvement/Practice Management project e.g. "The Care of Asthma Patients at the FHC." Other project suggestions include writing patient education material, video taping a patient encounter or participating in a family counseling session.

Evaluation Process:
The rotation supervisor will conduct an end of the rotation feedback and evaluation session, which will include a review of the clerkship evaluation and forms that residents, faculty and outside preceptors have returned.

Title: Family Medicine Acting Internship
Available for: 4th year Medical Students only
Length of Time: 4 weeks
Rotation Supervisor: Derek Anderson, MD - Faculty
Description: During this rotation, the senior student independently evaluates inpatients at Baton Rouge General Medical Center and outpatients at the Family Health Center and presents them to faculty members or senior resident's that they are paired with. The experience includes morning report, rounding with the hospital team, bi-weekly afternoon clinic sessions and weekly didactic conferences. Students will be placed on the call schedule as required by their institution or preference.

Expectations for Honors:
We expect this candidate to further distinguish his or herself by completing a short term project during the block. Past projects have taken the form of a literature review and case presentation, a health promotion/disease prevention research topic, or a Quality Improvement/Practice Management project e.g. "The Care of Asthma Patients at the FHC." Other project suggestions include writing patient education material, video taping a patient encounter or participating in a family counseling session.

Evaluation Process:
The rotation supervisor will conduct an end of the rotation feedback and evaluation session, which will include a review of the clerkship evaluation and forms that residents, faculty and outside preceptors have returned.

Click here to apply online.

BLUEBONNET

Address:8585 Picardy Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA, 70809
(225) 763-4000

MID CITY

Address:3600 Florida Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA, 70806
(225) 387-7000