LSU seeks medical school expansion in Baton Rouge
BATON ROUGE - LSU is asking a national accrediting agency to allow it to operate a Baton Rouge branch of its New Orleans-based medical school.
It's the first step toward having a full-blown medical school campus in Baton Rouge as LSU looks to train more physicians to address in-state shortages.
If approved, a phase-in would begin as early as July with some more senior medical school students based in Baton Rouge.
LSU's New Orleans-based medical education programs moved to Baton Rouge after 2005's Hurricane Katrina devastated the area, sparking talk of a permanent move in some circles. LSU Health Sciences Center-New Orleans Chancellor Dr. Larry Hollier said the current move is all about expansion.