We realize this year is a highly unusual time. In the setting of the COVID-19 pandemic, safety is our priority for all students. There are several new changes that the Council of Residency Directors in Emergency Medicine (CORD) has agreed upon in order to facilitate the fairest possible process for all medical students:

  • EM rotations: Ideally each student will only have one EM rotation, usually at their home institution

  • SLOE: Each student is expected to have one SLOE in their residency portfolio. Obtaining SLOE's from more than one institution is discouraged.

  • non-EM SLOE recommendations: Residency programs will place more emphasis on non-EM recommendation letters. This can be from non-EM rotations, EM subspecialties (e.g. toxicology, ultrasound, etc), or EM mentors you may have a close relationship with.

  • EM residency interviews: All interviews for the 2020-21 application year will be virtual. We will have virtual tour videos available for interested applicants to view, and no one should feel pressured to come visit for an in-person look. You can also take a look at our social media pages including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

  • Interview numbers: Students should ideally interview at 12 programs, with a maximum number of 17. 


We are currently only allowing LSUHSC-New Orleans medical students to physically rotate with us. However, we are currently reexamining whether students who do not have a home EM program will be able to complete an acting internship with us. 

For the LSUHSC-New Orleans students, M4's will be given intern-level responsibilities in patient care while under the supervision of an emergency medicine faculty member or resident. The degree of responsibility for patient care delegated to a medical student will vary based on a number of factors, including the nature of the patient’s illness, nature of the procedure to be done, and the level and abilities of the medical student. Med students are expected to attend all EM conferences and student lectures during their rotation.


Students will be evaluated using their own medical school criteria and evaluation form or our standard resident and faculty evaluation form.


Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans only allows our program to accept 4th-year student rotations from AAMC-accredited or COCA-accredited medical schools.


Please apply through the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) and upload all required documents listed below. Please note that LSUHSC-New Orleans is no longer accepting the paper application. VSAS is OPEN for the 2020-2021 academic year only for LSUHSC-New Orleans students.

Host Institution: LSU School of Medicine New Orleans

Course Name: Emergency Medicine-Baton Rouge

Course #: MED420 (elective)

Course Description: Students will spend 4 weeks in the ED working fourteen 8-hour shifts as well as attending lectures and Simulation/Skills lab. *Shadow shifts are not available.

Required Documents:

  • USMLE Step 1 score

  • CV

  • Malpractice Insurance coverage

  • Transcript

  • Immunization (must be up-to-date for the rotation period you're requesting)

  • Photo


Baton Rouge is in the heart of Louisiana and serves a hugely diverse patient population. We take care of everyone from the upper-class to the impoverished neighborhoods.  The volume of sick, high-acuity patients definitely reflects this and you'll be exposed to traumas, strokes, septic patients, and much more. In general, you can expect the following:

  • Fourteen 8-hour shifts in the ED

  • Dedicated weekly simulation labs and student lectures

  • Encouragement in performing ED procedures, especially since there are no competing services to take them away

  • Exposure to both an academic and community ED where you work with residents/faculty and private physicians

  • SLOE after completion of rotation


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