Program History

Memorial/LSUHSC's community-based Family Medicine residency training program began in January 1995. In January 1996, our program was granted provisional accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and in January 2002 our program was awarded full accreditation and has maintained full accreditation with each site visit.

The mission of the Memorial/LSUHSC Family Residency Program is to promote and provide the highest quality physician education through patient care- utilizing the most up to date educational methods and information systems.

  • Our residents will provide patient care which is continuous, comprehensive, and in the context of the entire family.
  • Our residents will be prepared to practice medicine in a full range of practice settings and in a continuously evolving professional environment.
  • Our graduates will demonstrate competence and compassion in providing the highest quality and comprehensive care to all members of the family.
  • Our graduates will display leadership skills and good citizenship in the medical society and communities in which they practice their specialty of Family Medicine.

Since the inception of our residency program we are proud and honored to have had a total of 111 medical school graduates select our program as their residency-training site. Residents entering into our Family Medicine Residency Program receive three years of comprehensive study in all major areas of medicine: Internal Medicine and its subspecialties, Cardiology, Pediatrics, Surgery and its subspecialties, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Emergency Medicine, Sports Medicine and Community Medicine. The residents train under the supervision of qualified Family Physician faculty members and Subspecialty Physicians.

Training is provided within our sponsoring institution, Lake Charles Memorial Health System, and outpatient clinics. We currently serve as the hospital service or “hospitalist” team that admits unassigned and uninsured patients that come to the emergency department at LCMH.

Our Family Medicine residents provide services in Memorial’s ER department, pediatric service, general surgery service, and OB-GYN service areas, to care for the uninsured in a private hospital setting with consultants in private practice.

Our current residents and our incoming residents understand the importance and impact that our residency training program has on the community it serves.

We are very proud of our 111 graduates who understand and recognize the pivotal role family physicians have in directing family health care. Of our 111 graduates, we are extremely honored that the majority are serving the health care needs of the state of Louisiana; located in Lake Charles, Sulphur, Jennings, Kinder, Opelousas, Rayville, Cutoff, Crowley, New Iberia, Minden, Monroe, Mandeville, Walker, New Orleans and Baton Rouge. We are also very honored and proud that many of our graduates are meeting the healthcare needs in the following states: Mississippi, New York, West Virginia, Colorado, Tennessee, Texas, Nevada, Oregon and New Mexico. One of our graduates is doing International medicine work. In addition to going to practice, some of our residents go into fellowship.

The contributions that our residents and graduates make to Lake Charles, Southwest Louisiana, State of Louisiana and nationally are significant.

This residency program has been developed to prepare today’s physician for today’s healthcare needs.