Program Goals & Objectives
The Allergy/Immunology training program at LSU Health Shreveport is a combined Pediatric-Medicine program with entry tracks for physicians who completed an ACGME-accredited residency in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, or combined. The program provides a 24-month, full-time education in the broad spectrum of the specialty. It is structured according to the ACGME Requirements for Residency Education in Allergy and Immunology and becomes revised whenever new requirements are implemented. Its objective is to prepare skilled A/I specialists capable of delivering primary or consultative medical care, to both pediatric and adult patients, as well as capable of conducting investigative studies.
The program’s components are distributed, time wise, as follows:
50% in activities relevant to patient care, that comprise direct patient care (in both the outpatient and inpatient settings), clinical conferences, case discussions, and medical records reviews. The program provides knowledge in the principles and experience in the diagnosis and management of various allergic and immunologic disorders and related diseases, including rhinoconjunctivitis, sinusitis, asthma, occupational lung diseases, skin hypersensitivities, gastrointestinal hypersensitivity reactions, systemic anaphylaxis, and allergies to specific agents such as foods, food additives, insects, drugs, diagnostic agents, biologicals, and anesthetics. It also includes primary and secondary immunodeficiency diseases and autoimmune disorders. Our patient population comprises both children and adults in approximately equal numbers. The program is complemented with rotations in certain relevant specialties, with specified goals and responsibilities.
25% in research and scholarly activities
Research can be clinical, basic, or combined. The specific areas of research are selected according to the A/I resident’s special interests and the potential scientific merit. The A/I resident is expected to act as a principal investigator in at least one research project, in which he/she takes the primary responsibility of designing the study, prepares the study protocol, obtains the Institutional Review Board approval, performs the practical work, analyzes and presents the data, prepares the findings for presentation at regional and/or national meetings, and prepares manuscript draft for publication. The scholarly activities can be library search, scientific discussion, preparing review articles or book chapters, preparation for conferences, and other related activities.
25% in other educational activities that promote scientific knowledge, enhance academic advances, and improve patient care. This may include participation in scientific discussions, literature search, attending local, regional, national and international A/I conferences, and teaching primary care residents, medical students and allied health professionals.