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Program History

wide angle shot of groupLake Charles Memorial Hospital/Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Family Medicine Residency Program (Memorial/LSUHSC FMRP) 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 FMRP is to supply Southwest Louisiana with caring, well-trained family medicine physicians who provide healing, comprehensive care to the entire family.

  • 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.

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 Medicine Physician faculty members and Subspecialty Physicians.

Training is provided within our sponsoring institution, Lake Charles Memorial Health System, and outpatient clinics. Our residents serve as the hospital service or “hospitalist” team that admits unassigned and uninsured patients via the emergency department. Our current residents and our incoming residents understand the importance and impact that our residency training program has on the community it serves, in particular at risk and underserved populations.

The contributions that our residents and graduates make to Lake Charles, Southwest Louisiana, the State of Louisiana and nationally are significant. We are very proud of the more than 127 graduates who understand and recognize the pivotal role family physicians have in directing family health care. Many continue to serve Louisiana in such areas as Lake Charles, Moss Bluff, Westlake, Sulphur, Jennings, Kinder, DeRidder, Opelousas, Abbeville, Rayville, Cutoff, Crowley, New Iberia, Minden, Monroe, Mandeville, Walker, New Orleans and Baton Rouge.