Mary Thoesen Coleman, MD, PhD
Bernard and Marie Lahasky Professor and Head of the Department
The Department of Family Medicine is responsible for teaching in the discipline of Family Medicine and provides clinical and academic training that emphasizes the principles of primary care on which the discipline is based. Emphasis is based on clinical activity and hands-on learning experiences. At the predoctoral level, the department conducts a third-year clerkship, a required fourth-year ambulatory-care experience, a required acting internship, and a variety of electives. Department faculty also direct and/or teach in interdisciplinary courses in the Science and Practice of Medicine, anatomy, pharmacology, the Health Promotion Elective, and the AHEC summer preceptorship.
The Department has four Family Medicine Residency Programs, located in Bogalusa, Kenner, Lafayette, and Lake Charles, as well as an accredited Fellowship training program in Geriatric Medicine in Lafayette.