In November 2019, Drs. Sharma, Thapa and Baghel attended the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists Endocrine University meeting at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, along with many of the country's endocrinologists-in-training. Fellows were trained by national experts in the management of a variety of endocrine disorders.
LSU Health Shreveport has maintained a fully ACGME-accredited Endocrinology Fellowship program since 1988. Every fellow who has trained with us has achieved Board Certification in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism. This is attributable to the features highlighted below, as well as to the positive setting in which we work. LSU Health Shreveport is a full-fledged academic health center encompassing the medical school and a full complement of departments and centers - including the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, the Regional Transplant Center, the PET Center with onsite cyclotron, and the Gamma Knife Center.
Since 1988, our former Endocrinology Fellows are in practice across the country and the world ... from Milwaukee to Guatemala City, from Manila to Miami.
The Division recently completed a comprehensive evaluation, a Self Study, in keeping with ACGME standards. One result of this Study was the development of our Program Aims:
- To train competent and compassionate physicians in a caring and collegial setting to become capable of independently providing care to patients with endocrine disorders, metabolic diseases and diabetes mellitus.
- To train endocrinology fellows in routine and advanced procedures in endocrinology.
- To train endocrinology fellows in successful coordination of care in multidisciplinary private-practice or academic settings.
- To prioritize fellow wellness and to foster attention to lifelong wellness.
- To foster the value of lifelong learning.
- To implement clinical services for obesity management in northwest Louisiana.
Fellows are required to develop and complete a Scholarly project during their 2-year fellowship. Typically this consists of case reports and poster presentations at national meetings, or writing review articles, book chapters, or participating in clinical studies with assistance from faculty members.
Fellows also design and complete a Quality Improvement project aimed to reduce health care disparities.
Fellows are provided funding annually to Attend a national meeting of their choice, such as the American Diabetes Association, the American Thyroid Association, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, or the Endocrine Society. Fellows also Attend Endocrine University sessions sponsored by the Mayo Clinic and AACE, enhancing their experience and knowledge with national and international expert mentors.
Other benefits of training at our institution can be found here.
Ochsner-LSU Health Shreveport Hospital provides an excellent educational environment and a wealth of patients encompassing the complete spectrum of endocrine disease. The Hospital has 500 beds, offering primary through tertiary care, and is a referral center for a population of over 1,000,000. Yearly, there are over 8,350 admissions to the Internal Medicine Service and over 38,500 visits to medical subspecialty clinics. An electronic health record (EPIC) is used.
Overton Brooks VA Medical Center hosts 130 beds and 330,000 outpatient clinic visits per year.
Fellows are trained through one-to-one teaching with faculty in continuity clinics, weekly curriculum conference, special lecture series, collaborative conferences with related specialties, DXA interpretation, and hands-on use of thyroid ultrasounds and fine needle aspiration biopsy.
Dr. Sudan Thapa was selected to attend the Pituitary Master Course for Fellows-In-Training and the Pituitary Society Congress in March 2019 to give a presentation on neurosarcoidosis.
Dr. Sudan Thapa presented his case report and poster "Severe Exogenous Hyperthyroidism Secondary to Intentional Overdose of Levothyroxine in a Patient with Bipolar Disorder" at the annual ENDO Conference, March 2019.
Drs. Kamal Bhusal (staff) and Sudan Thapa are pictured at the ENDO Conference, March 2019. Dr. Thapa presented "A Rare Case of Resistance to Thyroid Hormone due to Novel Mutation in THRB Gene". Dr. Thapa presented a total of three abstracts at the meeting.
Louisiana State University Health Shreveport (LSUHS) strives to cultivate a diverse and inclusive culture that supports equity, acceptance, and respect for the differences in others. The institution is committed to achieving excellence in fulfilling its mission by utilizing the rich talents of individuals who contribute different backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences to the work and learning environment and who reflect the varied populations of Louisiana. As such, the institution adopts a definition of diversity that embraces a broad spectrum of human expression and characteristics that include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, gender/gender identity, social and cultural attributes, abilities, sexual orientation, religion, rural or metropolitan background, military or veteran status, and age. In addition, diversity also includes life experiences, record of service, and other talents and personal attributes that enhance the work and learning atmosphere. LSUHS is dedicated to building an inclusive and diverse community through the recruitment, enrollment, hiring, and retention/graduation of students, faculty, staff, and leadership who meet this definition of diversity.