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Baton Rouge General Residents Accepted into Fellowship Positions

BATON ROUGE, La. – Five graduates of Baton Rouge General’s Internal Medicine Residency Program (IMRP) were accepted into fellowship positions at hospital systems and academic institutions across the country.

Dr. Sai Samyuktha Bandaru

Hematology/Oncology- Ascension Providence/Michigan State University (Southfield, Mich.)

Dr. Rachel Ducote

Hospital Medicine Clinical Point of Care Ultrasound - New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell (New York)

Dr. Gift Echefu

Cardiovascular Disease - University of Tennessee (Knoxville, Tenn.)

Dr. Yara Mouawad

Nephrology – University of Texas-Houston (Houston)

Dr. Neelay Patel

Hematology/Oncology – LSU Health Sciences (Shreveport, La.)

Internal medicine residency programs typically require three-year training following medical school. Upon completion of residency, physicians take exams to obtain board certification, then begin medical practice; or continue with additional fellowship training in sub-specialties such as cardiology, geriatrics, sports medicine, etc.

Graduate medical education at Baton Rouge General began as a partnership between BRG and Earl K. Long Medical Center’s Internal Medicine residency program back in 1989. Since then, BRG has trained more than 1200 residents in over 20 specialties. Currently, the hospital system sponsors residency programs in internal medicine and family medicine as well as a fellowship in sports medicine, and provides instructional locations for medical students from other schools, including Tulane and LSU.

For more information on BRG’s Graduate Medical Education, click here. Follow BRG’s Internal Medicine residents’ journey on Instagram @brg_imrp.

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is the area’s first community hospital with over 600 licensed beds between three campuses. Baton Rouge General opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital since 1991, Baton Rouge General is affiliated with several medical school programs, and offers other medical education programs, including a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. For more information, visit, find us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter @BRGeneral and Instagram @batonrougegeneral.