Major Teaching Hospital

Lafayette General Health supports Acadiana’s only two premier teaching hospitals. These teaching hospitals are facilities aligned with accredited medical schools to supervise, train and instruct medical school graduates until they meet certification requirements in their field of specialty or subspecialty.

Since opening in 1982 in a partnership with LSU School of Medicine, University Medical Center had been the primary graduate medical education center in Lafayette, training residents and cultivating some of the finest physicians now practicing in Acadiana. But, on July 1, 2013, after taking over management of University Hospital & Clinics (UHC), Lafayette General Medical Center joined the ranks of teaching hospitals by welcoming its first residents onto campus.

Being a Major Teaching Hospital in Louisiana requires:
  1. Participation in at least four approved medical residency programs with at least two of the programs in surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, family practice, emergency medicine or psychiatry, or;
  2. An equivalency of at least 20 filled positions in family practice located more than 150 miles from the accredited medical school. 

Changing the Future of Health Care in Acadiana

In tandem, the two LGH teaching hospitals aim to make Lafayette a prestigious destination for young, upcoming doctors. With this partnership, the teaching component makes these two hospitals important to insurers and attractive to companies that pursue medical research and innovation. The teaching component also makes it attractive to surrounding communities because residents are more likely to practice within 100 miles of their training hospital. Today, UHC and LGMC jointly support the following residency programs: anesthesia, family medicine, internal medicine, ophthalmology, orthopedics, otolaryngology and general surgery. UHC also offers fellowships in cardiology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, retina and urogynecology.

Having two Major Teaching Hospitals to serve Acadiana and South Louisiana allow these facilities to target overall population health and diseases specific to this part of the country. This can influence the types of clinics the hospitals will establish, and the types of physicians that need to be recruited to this region.

For the purposes of recognition as a Major Teaching Hospital in graduate medical education, a facility must pay for all costs of the training program, including salaries and benefits, a portion of the cost of the teaching physicians’ salaries and benefits attributable to medical education, and other administrative costs of the program. The program also calls for specified residency requirements and approval by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The ACGME uses Review Committees to evaluate and monitor the performance, board scores, curriculum and structure of a program. It is their mission to improve health care by assessing and advancing the quality of a resident’s training through accreditation.

LGH is committed to growing additional residency programs. This means LGH will continue to train residents and expand partnerships with surrounding medical education facilities to attract and retain the best health care practitioners to Acadiana.