At the LSU’s Spirit of Charity Emergency Medicine Residency Program, we develop leaders. Whether they become community practitioners, medical educators, researchers, or administrators, upon completion of our program, residents are competent in the independent practice of emergency medicine, are able to incorporate new skills and knowledge during their careers, and are able to maintain their own physical and mental well being.


PGY I Orientation 2 weeks | Vacation 3 weeks | OB & Ultrasound 4 weeks | Anesthesia & ENT 4 weeks | Orthopedics 2 weeks | Peds EM 4 weeks | Community EM 8 weeks | Medical/Cardiac ICU 4 weeks | Rural EM 4 weeks | LSU/UMCNO EM 18 weeks | VA UCC & Subspecialties 8 weeks.
PGY II Special topics 2 weeks | EMS 2 weeks | Vacation 4 weeks | Peds EM 4 weeks | Community EM 6 weeks | Psych EM 4 weeks | Elective 2 weeks | Rural EM 2 weeks | LSU/UMCNO ED 22 weeks | Spirit of Charity Trauma ICU 4 weeks.
PGY III Teaching/Education 2 weeks | Vacation 4 weeks | Medical/Cardiac ICU 4 weeks | Community EM 12 weeks | Elective 4 weeks | LSU/UMCNO EM 22 weeks | Toxicology 2 weeks | Pediatric ICU 4 weeks.
PGY IV Admin 2 weeks | Vacation 4 weeks | Peds EM 4 weeks | Rural EM 2 weeks | Teaching/Education 2 weeks | Community EM 8 weeks | Elective 14 weeks | LSU/UMCNO ED 16 weeks.

Unique Features of Our Residency

Charge Resident System

A defining aspects our training program is our Charge Resident System. The LSU’s Spirit of Charity EM program formalizes graduated responsibility and incorporates this philosophy as a core part of resident training.

  • Interns are responsible for gradually increasing number of patients with higher complexity throughout the year.
  • During each UMCNO Emergency Department shift, EM residents (PGY 2 and above) act as Charge Residents for the entire ED; each responsible for a roughly 14-bed section of the ED.
  • Charge residents are directly responsible for all patients, leading patient rounds, EMS medical control, ED bed management, triage decisions, and all resuscitation efforts.
  • Charge Residents supervise interns and medical students working in the ED. They deligate tasks and critical care procedures between the lower and upper level residents.
  • All medical airway procedures and resuscitation efforts are the responsibility of the EM residents.

Our Charge Resident system ensures that residents are involved in all medical management decisions regarding patient care and are challenged by the breadth and volume of the ED’s caseload. Our Charge System is unique amongst EM programs across the nation and serves not only to develop EM physicians capable of managing large EDs with multiple critically ill patients, but also fosters excellence in leadership and professionalism


Trauma Resuscitation

Emergency Medicine and Trauma Surgery work in partnership during all major trauma resuscitations. One of the Emergency Medicine Charge Residents is stationed at the head-of-the-bed for all trauma resuscitations and is responsible for trauma airway management.

Other critical care trauma resuscitation procedures (cricothyroidotomy, tube thoracostomy, emergency thoracotomy, pericardiocentesis, venous access, IO access, cut-downs, etc.) alternate between EM on even days of the month and Trauma Surgery on odd days of the month. As a PGY2, our EM residents rotate on the in-house Trauma Surgery team.

We work at the only Level 1 Trauma Center in Louisiana, and we are among the busiest trauma programs in the country. Our hospital accepts all major trauma cases from the field and transfers from hospitals outside of our primary region,. Residents are exposed to a wide breadth of critical trauma cases from across the state.