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.

Why Choose Us
Living in Baton Rouge

Resident Life

Why Choose Us

  • Highly competitive compensation package for the Southeast region that includes health insurance for you and your family.
  • Numerous job opportunities available in the region upon graduation.
  • Affiliated with Tulane University School of Medicine.
  • Six months of elective time built into the curriculum – providing flexibility based on your interests and career plans.
  • Flexible maternity/paternity leave policy designed to help individuals adapt elective schedules to minimize any delays in program completion.
  • Affiliated with Baton Rouge General’s Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program.
  • Outpatient clinical training in a real world practice environment.
  • Community, culture and cuisine – located along the Mississippi River, Baton Rouge is the capital city of Louisiana and offers a semi-tropical climate, excellent food and a rich history. 

Living in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge offers abounding options for shopping, dining, family-friendly entertainment and boasts an idyllic location on the banks of the Mississippi River. With a strong sense of community and a rich culture, it’s no wonder our residents love to call Baton Rouge home.

From Cajun to Creole, the Capital City has a diverse selection of unique cuisine. It also offers a thriving art and music scene with regularly scheduled live performances, independent movie showings and comedy shows at the Manship Theatre. Local artists are regularly featured in gallery shows and events, such as Art Melt. Each spring, Baton Rouge hosts Bayou Country Superfest, a 3-day concert series featuring superstar performers.

The city has many opportunities to get involved through volunteer organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and professional medical organizations such as the Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians. It is home to two major state universities – Louisiana State University and Southern University. You’ll enjoy strolling through the majestic oak trees that decorate these campuses or taking a jog or bike ride around the beautiful lakes that surround the LSU campus.

Baton Rouge is convenient to many nearby getaways. New Orleans is just an hour away and offers world-class dining and shopping. The Big Easy is also home to the Audubon Zoo, WWII Museum, historic French Quarter, and national football and basketball teams the Saints and the Pelicans. Located four hours from Baton Rouge, Houston has an abundance of shopping, food and fun activities for all ages, including museums, amusement parks, the renowned Minute Maid Park and the Houston Zoo. Just a half day’s drive away, the Alabama and Florida coasts are great options for a weekend beach trip. They offer some of the most pristine beaches in the world and adventure activities such as parasailing, jet skiing and ocean cruises.

Resident Life

  • Celebrations: Holiday Party, MATCH Party, Welcome Party, and Commencement
  • Tailgating at local sporting events such as LSU football games
  • Annual Resident-Faculty Retreat
  • Monthly Journal Club Meetings

How to Apply
US Graduates
IMG Graduates
Interviews

How to Apply

Baton Rouge General's Family Medicine Residency uses the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). We will only accept electronic applications.

Applicants to the Family Medicine Residency Program must have completed and submitted the following through ERAS:

  • 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

Your application must be completed and received by Monday, January 4, 2016. Incomplete applications may result in delay or elimination of the pre-screening interview of an application and subsequent invitations to interview.

U.S. Graduates must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Significant clinical experience in a primary care setting in the U.S.
  • Have a U.S. mailing address
  • Time out of medical school cannot exceed 1 year

International Medical Graduates (IMG) must:

  • 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.
  • Significant clinical experience in a primary care setting in the U.S.
  • Have a U.S. mailing address
  • Time out of medical school cannot exceed 1 year

Interviews

Interviews will begin on Monday, October 12, 2015 and will conclude on Friday, January 8, 2016. 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.

 

Benefits Summary
Professional Liability
Additional Benefits

Benefits Summary

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.

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

USMLE Step 3 practice test and examination fee will be

Additional Benefits

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

Physicians’ Lounge – 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 hospital by a crosswalk.

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
Inpatient Family Medicine - Night Float 6 weeks 
General Surgery 1 month
Obstetrics/Newborn Care 3 months
Elective 2 weeks
Block Rotations - Second Year 
Inpatient Family Medicine - Night Float
6 weeks 
Podiatry 2 weeks
Gynecology 1 month
Pediatrics Ambulatory 2 month
Practice Management 1 month
Orthopedics 1 month
Cardiology 1 month
Psychiatry 1 month
Internal Medicine Inpatient Service 1 month 
Critical Care (ICU) 1 month 
Electives 1 month
Block Rotations - Third Year 
Family Medicine Inpatient Service 6 weeks
Geriatrics 6 weeks
Emergency Medicine 1 month
Ambulatory Medical Subspeciality 1 month
Sports Medicine 1 month
Orthopedics 1 month
Board Review 2 weeks
Surgical Subspecialty 2 weeks
Electives 4 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 8 months
Women and Children Care Experiences 7 months
Surgical Specialty Experiences 4 months
Ambulatory Medicine or Primary Care Experiences 5.5 months
Emergency Medicine Experiences 2 months
Electives 5.5 months
Other Experiences 4 months
Notable Electives:
Child Care
Advanced EMS
HIV Primary Care
Geriatric
Sports Medicine (LSU & Southern)
Dermatology
Psychiatry
Rural Primary Care

CLASS OF 2019

Aarti Attreya, MD - University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Aarti Attreya, MD
University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Stephanie Coleman, MD - LSU School of Medicine New Orleans
Stephanie Coleman, MD
LSU School of Medicine New Orleans
Janice Dara, MD - LSU School of Medicine Shreveport
Janice Dara, MD
LSU School of Medicine Shreveport
Rachael Kermis, MD - Ross University School of Medicine
Rachael Kermis, MD
Ross University School of Medicine
Cory Lemoine, DO - William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Cory Lemoine, DO
William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Matthew Mann, MD - LSU School of Medicine New Orleans
Matthew Mann, MD
LSU School of Medicine New Orleans
Devin Owens, MD - LSU School of Medicine Shreveport
Devin Owens, MD
LSU School of Medicine Shreveport
Lorene Wiley, MD - Ross University School of Medicine
Lorene Wiley, MD
Ross University School of Medicine

CLASS OF 2018

Michelle Becnel, MD - St. George University School of Medicine
Michelle Becnel, MD
St. George University School of Medicine
Audrey Billeaud, MD - LSU School of Medicine New Orleans
Audrey Billeaud, MD
LSU School of Medicine New Orleans
Brian Callihan, MD - LSU School of Medicine New Orleans
Brian Callihan, MD
LSU School of Medicine New Orleans
Monali Pandya, MD - American University of the Caribbean
Monali Pandya, MD
American University of the Caribbean
Andrew Parks, MD - LSU School of Medicine Shreveport
Andrew Parks, MD
LSU School of Medicine Shreveport
Roxanne Varnell, MD - LSU School of Medicine New Orleans
Roxanne Varnell, MD
LSU School of Medicine New Orleans
Katherine Whittaker, MD - American University of Antigua
Katherine Whittaker, MD
American University of Antigua
Carita Winn, MD - University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston
Carita Winn, MD
University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston

Class of 2017

Matthew Bumgardner, MD - LSU School of Medicine Shreveport
Matthew Bumgardner, MD
LSU School of Medicine Shreveport
Timothy Durel, MD - University of Queensland
Timothy Durel, MD
University of Queensland
Lauren LaCoste, MD - LSU School of Medicine New Orleans
Lauren LaCoste, MD
LSU School of Medicine New Orleans
Edith Mbagwu, MD - LSU School of Medicine New Orleans
Edith Mbagwu, MD
LSU School of Medicine New Orleans
Daniel Naul, MD - LSU School of Medicine New Orleans
Daniel Naul, MD
LSU School of Medicine New Orleans
MaryAnn Sandy, MD - American University of the Caribbean
MaryAnn Sandy, MD
American University of the Caribbean
Jason Schrock, MD - American University of the Caribbean
Jason Schrock, MD
American University of the Caribbean
Kristen Thomas, MD - LSU School of Medicine Shreveport
Kristen Thomas, MD
LSU School of Medicine Shreveport

Brian Harrell, MD, CAQSM - Family and Sports Medicine Physician; Program Director

Brian Harrell, MD, CAQSM

Family and Sports Medicine Physician; Program Director

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.

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 the Family Medicine Residency Program and 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.
Jennifer Burch, LCSW-BACS - Behavioral Science Faculty; Director of Graduate Medical Education

Jennifer Burch, LCSW-BACS

Behavioral Science Faculty; Director of Graduate Medical Education

Jennifer Burch is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Board Approved Clinical Supervisor. She was the recipient of the Title IV-E Child Welfare stipend while obtaining her Bachelor of Social Work degree and has substantial training in child welfare laws and family preservation. Jennifer received a Master of Social Work degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She has over twelve years of experience as a social worker in Baton Rouge in practice areas including administration, consultation, and direct practice. She served as a board member for the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the National Association of Social Workers. Jennifer's primary areas of interest include advocacy, healthy aging, evidence-based practice, and interventions with high-risk populations.

Thomas Caton, MD - Family Physician

Thomas Caton, MD

Family Physician

Thomas Caton, MD is board certified in family medicine and completed his fellowship in geriatrics. He is practicing at Family Health Center - South and is a faculty member at Baton Rouge General Medical Center's Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Caton earned his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, attended medical school at the American University of the Caribbean, and completed his residency training at Baton Rouge General Medical Center's Family Medicine Residency Program. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians.

Wayne Gravois, MD - Family Physician

Wayne Gravois, MD

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 Schulte, MD - Family Physician

Brian Schulte, MD

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, CAQSM - Family and Sports Medicine Physician

Vincent Shaw, Jr., MD, CAQSM

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 at 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.

Clerkship
Acting Internship/Sub-internship

Clerkship

Title: Family Medicine Outpatient Preceptorship
Available for: 3rd year medical students
Length of Time: 4 weeks
Description: During this rotation, the third year or senior student independently evaluates patients in the outpatient setting at the Family Health Center (FHC) and presents them to faculty members or senior residents that they are paired with. Educational opportunities also include participation in Outpatient Teaching Rounds, Morning Report and our Thursday Afternoon Teaching Conferences.

Students follow patients admitted to Baton Rouge General Medical Center’s Mid City and Bluebonnet campuses under the supervision of the senior resident and rotating family practice faculty member. Students attend and actively participate in Morning Report. They are also assigned two half-days each week to see patients at the FHC, precepted by a faculty member that they are paired with.

Expectations for Honors:
This candidate is expected to 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, for example, “The Care of Asthma Patients at the FHC.” Other project suggestions include writing patient education materials, videotaping 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.

Acting Internship/Sub-Internship

Title: Family Medicine Acting Internship
Available for: 4th year medical students only
Length of Time: 4 weeks
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 residents 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:
This candidate is expected to 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, for example, “The Care of Asthma Patients at the FHC.” Other project suggestions include writing patient education materials, videotaping 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.

Q: What is the call schedule like for residents?
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
Q: Do we allow moonlighting?

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 provide 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.


Q: What are didactics like?

Our program fosters a learning environment. Residents meet every Thursday afternoon from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. for lectures and workshops from specialists in their respective fields.


Q: What are the pay and benefits?

Please review the benefits we offer here.


Q: What is life like for residents in Baton Rouge?

Learn more about the tight-knit community we offer our residents here.


Q: Do you have a graduation cut off?

Applicants must have graduated within the past year prior to the start date of residency for both U.S. and IMG graduates.


Q: What are your USMLE/COMLEX requirements?

Applicants must pass USMLE Steps 1, 2 CK, and 2 CS prior to starting residency. The cut off score and minimum number of attempts varies yearly based on the applicant pool.


Q: Does your program accept International Medical Graduates?

Yes


Q: Does your program sponsor visas or accept EADs (Employment Authorization Documents)?

No. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S.