Welcome to the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship Training Program.

Our fellowship program is a fully accredited three year training program with a primary emphasis on providing excellent training in clinical GI and Hepatology.  A robust exposure to patient cases at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport provides a comprehensive coverage of the national core curriculum in GI and Hepatology training. 

We believe that hands on supervised clinical exposure get the best results.  This builds confident physicians who are qualified to provide excellent patient care in an academic environment or clinical practice. We have formulated a three year curriculum that emphasizes the strengths of our faculty and patient population.  Fellows develop substantial exposure in the clinical management and treatment of a wide spectrum of digestive diseases through direct care to patients in both hospital and ambulatory settings.

Again, thank you for your interest in our program.
James Morris, MD
Program Director


   

Clinical Experience

Our Gastroenterology fellows here at LSU Health Shreveport have already completed a three year Internal Medicine Residency and then enter our fellowship training program for three years of specialized Gastroenterology training.

Our fellows are taught to evaluate patients with gastrointestinal complaints, treat a broad range of conditions, and provide recommendations to maintain health and prevent disease. They learn to care for patients in the office as well as in the hospital.

We believe that hands on supervised clinical exposure get the best results.  This builds confident physicians who are qualified to provide excellent patient care in an academic environment or clinical practice. We have formulated a three year curriculum that emphasizes the strengths of our faculty and patient population. Fellows develop substantial exposure in the clinical management and treatment of a wide spectrum of digestive diseases through direct care to patients in both hospital and ambulatory settings.

Our Gastroenterology fellows also receive dedicated training in endoscopy (upper endoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, and colonoscopy) by our expert faculty members. Endoscopy is the use of narrow, flexible lighted tubes with built-in video cameras, to visualize the inside of the intestinal tract. This specialized training includes detailed and intensive study of how and when to perform endoscopy, optimal methods to complete these tests safely and effectively, and the use of sedating medications to ensure the comfort and safety of patients. They also learn how to perform advanced endoscopic procedures such as polypectomy (removal of colon polyps), esophageal and intestinal dilation (stretching of narrowed areas), and hemostasis (injection or cautery to stop bleeding). Importantly, they learn how to properly interpret the findings and biopsy results of these studies in order to make appropriate recommendations to treat conditions and/or prevent cancer. 
 

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Our fellows receive directed training in advanced procedures using endoscopes such as endoscopic biliary examination (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography or ERCP), removal of tumors without surgery (endoscopic mucosal resection or EMR), placement of internal drainage tubes (stents) and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). This provides them with the training necessary to non-surgically remove stones in the bile ducts, evaluate and treat tumors of the gastrointestinal tract and liver, and provide minimally invasive alternatives to surgery for some patients.

The most critical emphasis during the training period is attention to detail and incorporation of their comprehensive knowledge of the entire gastrointestinal tract to provide the highest quality endoscopy and consultative services. When our fellows complete training they are highly trained specialists with a unique combination of broad scientific knowledge, general Internal Medicine training, superior endoscopic skills and experience, and the ability to integrate these elements to provide optimal health care for patients.

 

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Apply to Our Program

  • We participate in the ERAS Uniform Acceptance Data Program. Your ERAS application should be directed to our program.
  • We are currently participating in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Medical Specialties Matching Program (MSMP) for Gastroenterology Fellowships.
  • We do accept J-1 Visas only
  • Please feel free to call the fellowship coordinator at (318) 675-5915 for any questions concerning the application.
  • All applications will be reviewed.
  • Candidates should be eligible for or certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Successful completion of this examination is expected prior to completion of the Fellowship.

Please note that a license to practice medicine in the State of Louisiana will be required after acceptance and that the Board of Medical Examiners of the State of Louisiana must comply with a State Law requiring that graduates of non-U.S. medical schools be academically scrutinized through regulations that apply to their schools, not specifically to them.

Learn more about our Program:

CONTACT US:

Mrs. M'Liss Sella
Fellowship Coordinator
Gastroenterology & Hepatology
LSU Health Shreveport
Phone: (318) 675-5915

Gastroenterology & Hepatology Fellowship