Individuals in Louisiana have few schools from which to choose to earn their medical doctorate degree. Such programs are lengthy and admission is difficult and competitive. Prospective medical students should consider earning an undergraduate degree in pre-med or another science-heavy field. Programs include clerkships, internships, clinical rotations, or other practicum requirements. There are currently only three universities in Louisiana that have medical schools. These schools are all accredited by the American Medical Association (AMA) and offer a range of medical degree programs and training options.
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans
As part of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, the campus in New Orleans offers a Doctor of Medicine (MD) program, as well as two joint medical degree programs through the School of Medicine. The school is home to the Isidore Cohn, Jr. MD Student Learning Center, which has been designed to facilitate medical studies in a small group setting. Students will also have access to the Russell C. Klein MD Center for Advanced Practice, where students have access to a 32-station cadaveric laboratory, along with high fidelity and low fidelity simulation equipment. In addition to traditional medical studies, the school offers a rural scholars track designed to prepare physicians for the specific challenges of working in rural areas.
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport
The Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport includes a teaching hospital and bases the curriculum around small group instruction. At the skills center, students undergo healthcare simulation situations in a controlled environment. The facility operates three acute care hospitals and multiple community hospitals. The four-year MD program includes coursework in microbiology and infectious diseases, neuroscience and body systems, as well as several clinical clerkships. Additionally, MD holders may pursue a residency or fellowship in several areas, including anesthesiology, family medicine, obstetrics and pediatrics.
Tulane University of Louisiana
The main campus of Tulane University is located in New Orleans, Louisiana, with an additional campus in Baton Rouge. The specialized campus in Baton Rouge allows students in the LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Discovery) Program to work with government healthcare initiatives. Within the School of Medicine, students can earn an MD, as well as combined degrees like the MD/MPH, MD/PhD and MD/MBA. The school also offers a rural medical education program and an accelerated physician training program for students wanting to earn both an undergraduate and graduate degree within six years. Students also have access to Tulane's 18 centers and institutes that include the Center for Abdominal Transplantation, Tulane Spine Center and Tulane Center for Aging.
To practice in the U.S., all physicians must graduate from an accredited medical college, complete three-eight years of residency training, and pass the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination. During the first two years of a medical program, students take courses related to patient care and physical systems. During the final two years, they have a chance to complete clinical rotations under the supervision of a licensed physician in areas that include internal medicine, obstetrics and pediatrics.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Medical Degrees Offered||Tuition & Fees for First Year of Medical School 2019-2020|
|Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans||Four-year, public; large city|| MD,
| $32,936.95 in-state;
$61,114.29 out-of-state *
|Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport||Four-year, public; midsize city||MD|| $29,343.25 in-state;
$61,165.25 out-of-state **
|Tulane University of Louisiana||Four-year, private not-for-profit; large city|| MD,
Sources: * Louisiana State University - New Orleans, **Louisiana State University - Shreveport, ***Tulane University.