Frequently Asked Questions
What is the call schedule like for residents?
Call is minimalized due to our Night Float rotations established for PGY-1
and PGY-2. Weekend calls are divided among PGY-1/PGY-2 and usually average
about 13 per year. Call for 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.
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
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.
What are the pay and benefits?
Learn about the benefits we offer
What is life like for residents in Baton Rouge?
Learn more about the tight-knit community we offer our residents
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.
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.
Does your program accept International Medical Graduates?
Does your program sponsor visas or accept EADs (Employment Authorization
No. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S.