Our Training Program

The rotation schedule and clinical conferences are designed for a complete educational experience in the 36 months of fellowship training, utilizing the 2019 GI Core Curriculum.  This core curriculum for gastroenterology was established for training standards and guidelines for the clinical education of gastroenterology fellows.  The Gastroenterology Core Curriculum Steering Committee is composed of representatives from the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), American Gastroenterology Association Institute (AGA Institute), and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. 

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First year fellows typically rotate on Inpatient consults at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport and Overton Brooks VA Hospital.  Each first year fellow spends one month on the Hepatology rotation at Willis-Knighton Medical Center.  They also complete a one month rotation in Research. 

Second year fellows rotate on the procedure service at Oschsner LSU Health Shreveport and Overton Brooks VA Hospital.  Fellows also complete one month rotations on Motility, Infusion, and Advanced Procedures as well as 2 months of Hepatology at Willis-Knighton Medical Center.  Fellows complete a one month rotation in research

Third year fellows rotate on 3 months of motility, 3 months of advanced procedures including EUS and ERCP, 1 month of Hepatology at Willis Knighton Medical Center, and 3 months of procedures at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport and Overton Brooks VA Hospital.  They also complete 2 months of research.

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Rotation Descriptions

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Dalton Ferrell

Dalton Ferrell 
Fellowship Coordinator
Section of Gastroenterology
LSU Health Shreveport
1501 Kings Highway
P. O. Box 33932
Shreveport, LA 71130-3932

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Unless otherwise specified, all weekly core curriculum conferences occur weekly on Thursday afternoon between 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the BRI (Biomedical Research Institute) Room F4-42  Conferences alternate on a monthly basis depending upon the week of the month.  Research conference occurs on a quarterly basis.  Fellows are dismissed from clinical activities for dedicated conference time unless an unique clinical experience will occur or an time-sensitive emergency clinical evaluation/treatment of a patient.  Fellows are expected to attend 80% of conference activities. (Effective 7/1/2018, Hrikesh Samant, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine will serve as conference coordinator.)

*GI Grand Rounds (Weekly Core Curriculum Conference) (Mandatory - Fellows/Faculty)
The following topics will be covered during the core curriculum conference:

  • diseases of the esophagus
  • acid peptic disorders of the gastrointestinal tract
  • motor disorders of the gastrointestinal tract
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • disorders of nutrient assimilation
  • inflammatory bowel diseases
  • vascular disorders of the gastrointestinal tract
  • gastrointestinal infections, including retroviral, mycotic, and parasitic diseases
  • gastrointestinal diseases with an immune basis
  • acute and chronic gallbladder and biliary tract diseases
  • acute and chronic pancreatic diseases
  • acute and chronic liver diseases
  • gastrointestinal and hepatic neoplastic disease
  • women’s health issues in digestive diseases
  • geriatric gastroenterology
  • gastrointestinal bleeding
  • genetic/inherited disorders
  • patients under surgical care for gastrointestinal disorders
  • GI emergencies in the acutely-ill patient
  • anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, pathology and molecular biology related to the gastrointestinal system, including the liver, biliary tract and pancreas
  • nutrition
  • surgical procedures employed in relation to digestive system disorders and their complications
  • prudent, cost-effective, and judicious use of special instruments, tests, and therapy in the diagnosis and management of gastroenterologic disorders
  • liver transplantation
  • sedative pharmacology
  • interpretation of abnormal liver chemistries
  • organization and financing of clinical practice, including personnel and business management, scheduling, billing and coding procedures, telephone and telemedicine management, and maintenance of an appropriate confidential patient record system
  • Competencies Addressed:  MK, PBLI, ISC, SBP

Gastroenterology & Hepatology Fellowship