School of Medicine

Department of Surgery

General Surgery Residency

Program Director: 

Lance Stuke, MD, MPH


Program Coordinators:

Brandi Donelon
(504) 568-2729

Jeanne Zar
(504) 568-2249


Salary and Benefits

2023-2024 House Officer Pay Scale

July 1 2023 - December 31 2024

  Annual Monthly Semi-Monthly Hourly
HO 1 $55,911.54 $4,659.30 $2,329.65 $19.10
HO 2 $57,785.79 $4,815.48 $2,407.74 $19.74
HO 3 $59,763.00 $4,980.25 $2,490.13 $20.41
HO 4 $62,067.63 $5,172.30 $2,586.15 $21.20
HO 5 $64,692.73 $5,391.06 $2,695.53 $22.09
HO 6 $67,497.16 $5,624.76 $2,812.38 $23.05
HO 7 $67,497.16 $5,624.76 $2,812.38 $23.05




PGY 1 -  21 days (including weekends) of non-cumulative vacation leave per year.

PGY 2 and above - 28 days (including weekends) of non-cumulative vacation leave per year.


14 days (including weekends) of paid sick leave per year.

Educational Leave

House Officers are permitted five (5) days (including weekends) of educational leave to attend or present at medical meetings.

Maternity / Paternity

To receive paid maternity leave, House Officers must utilize available vacation leave, sick leave, and extended medical leave.  Paid and unpaid  maternity leave for up to six (6) weeks or extended unpaid maternity leave may be granted as appropriate and as required by applicable law.  .  Under special circumstances and/or as required by applicable law, extended leave without pay may be granted.  

Any available sick, and vacation leave will be exhausted concurrently with the extended medical leave.

Military Leave

If called to active duty, House Officers are permitted fifteen (15) days (including weekends) of paid military leave. Additional or other military leave, paid or unpaid, will be granted in accordance with applicable law.

Family Leave

House Officers who have worked for a qualifying state agency for twelve (12) months and 1,250 hours in the previous twelve (12) months, may be  eligible for up to twelve (12) weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in each twelve (12) month period, in accordance with the requirements of the  Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA). See the FMLA information on the LSUHSC website. fmla.aspx

Any available sick, vacation, extended medical, parental or caregiver leave will be exhausted concurrently with the FMLA designation.

Leave of Absence

A leave of absence may be granted subject to Program Director approval and as may be required by applicable law for illness extending beyond  available sick leave and vacation leave; for academic remediation; to address licensing problems; and/or for family or personal emergencies. To  the extent that such leave exceeds available vacation and/or sick leave, any leave granted will be without pay. The House Officer will make  arrangements to make up missed training with the Program Director in accordance with the requirements of the Board of the effective specialty.


Health Insurance

House Officers are eligible to enroll in the state employees' health insurance or state managed health care options (HMO's etc.) through Employee  Benefits (504-568-7780), or LSU Health Sciences Center student/resident health insurance Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc., 235 Highland Drive, Suite 200, Baton Rouge LA 70810, contact: Phone 225-292-3515 or Fax 225-296-3998. If desired, other health insurance may be chosen and must be paid for individually by the House Officer. A House Officer agrees to maintain one of these plans or another plan with equal or better benefits.

Additional information about health insurance plans is available in the  Benefits Guide for House Officers.


Disability Insurance

The Graduate Medical Education Office provides the opportunity for House Officers to participate in group Long-term basic disability coverage /insurance. LSU Health Sciences Center provides disability insurance for all residents. Additional personal policies may be purchased at the discretion of House Officers based on their perceived need. Counseling by third-party insurance brokers regarding additional coverage is offered to House Officers.


Malpractice Insurance

The State of Louisiana provides professional liability coverage pursuant to LSA-R.S. LSA-R.S. 40:1237.1 et seq. to House Officers when acting within the course and scope of their training under the supervision of a health care facility to which they are assigned as part of their prescribed training, regardless of where the services are performed. However, House Officers assigned to a health care facility outside the state of Louisiana may be required to provide additional professional liability coverage with indemnity limits set by the House Officer's Program Director.

House Officers are not provided professional liability coverage under LSA-R.S. 40:1237.1 et seq. when engaging in ANY professional activities outside the scope of the House Officer Program. All professional liability matters should be directed to the Vice Chancellor of Community and Multicultural Affairs (504-568-4810).


Other Insurance

 The following other types of other insurance are also available:

  • Dental

  • Vision

  • Accident Protection

  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment

  • Critical Illness

  • Long Term Care

  • Long Term Disability

  • Identity Theft

  • Term Life

Additional information about these insurance plans is available in the  Benefits Guide for House Officers.


ACGME Extended Medical, Parental, Caregiver Leave: 

  • Effective July 1st, 2022
  • Human Resource Management determines eligibility
    • should be notified as soon as you are made aware
    • FMLA process will help determine eligibility for ACGME
  • Program Coordinators track the leave
  • ACGME, like FMLA, may run concurrent to the usage of sick + vacation leave
  • Allows for up to an additional six (6) weeks of leave + the possibility of one (1) week personal leave
  • Eligibility is only one(1) time per program
  • ACGME can be taken in a lump sum, segment of time or intermittently
  • ACGME can be designated by Human Resource Management and does not require a House Officer to request
  • *Sick leave may be used for a House Officer or immediate family member defined as a spouse, parent, or child of the House Officer*



Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code allows employees of government and non-profit agencies to participate in a Deferred Compensation Plan. All house officers are eligible to participate in the Louisiana Deferred Compensation Program in lieu of Social Security. When choosing this option, 7.5% of the house officer’s gross monthly income is deducted pre-tax for contribution to Louisiana Deferred Compensation. Upon exiting state service, the balance may be withdrawn, without penalty, or transferred to another retirement account. House Officers default to Social Security but have the option of enrolling in the Deferred Comp plan in lieu of Social Security. 


House Staff Association

The mission of the LSUHSC New Orleans Housestaff Association is to advocate for all members of the house staff. The association protects the rights of all house staff and ensures that they are represented in institutional and administrative decisions. All house officers are invited to join.


Educational/Professional Incentives

  • Surgical Intern Boot Camp in July for incoming residents
  • ATLS Trainings (2 days; August)
  • FES Examination Voucher (PGY2)
  • FLS Examination Voucher (PGY3)
  • Financial Assistance with educational and conference meetings to present research
  • Complimentary admission to the annual Cohn-Rives Surgical Society conference and banquet
  • Complimentary admission to the annual Department of Surgery Graduation Ceremonies



  • Meal cards (New Orleans): Residents receive meal cards per month while on services at University Medical Center, Touro and Children's Hospital
  • Call Rooms for breaks while in-service or on-call
  • Two (2) White coats are provided at orientation