Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency is a combined program of four years and is ACGME accredited. Our program is affiliated with the parent programs of Categorical Medicine and Categorical Pediatrics, which are both fully accredited by the ACGME. The goal of our program is to provide training that will allow the individual to pursue a variety of career goals: primary care, subspecialty practice, or academic medicine. For more information about the history and concept of Med-Peds, see the web site for the National Med-Peds Residents Association (NMPRA).

The Med-Peds residents at LSU Health Shreveport participate fully in all activities of both departments: clinical, didactic, and social. During pediatric rotations, the residents function as full pediatric residents, attend pediatric conferences and lectures, and vice versa when on medicine.

Clinical Rotations

The general schedule for clinical rotations is outlined on the Training Schedule pages. Training on both services is provided primarily at the 650 bed University Hospital. This institution has undergone several renovations since it became part of the LSU system in 1976, including the addition of two outpatient clinics and addition of a ten story 200 bed wing in 1985. Over 7000 admissions to the Medicine Service occur each year, over 17,000 visits to the medical subspecialty clinics occur per year. The majority of Internal Medicine rotations are completed at the LSU Health Science Center's main hospital. Some inpatient rotations and clinics are also accomplished at a local private hospital, and at Overton-Brooks Veteran's Administration Hospital, both of which are about a five minute drive from the main hospital.

An average of 160 patients are admitted monthly to the general pediatric service, with over 300 admissions per month to the newborn nursery. The Outpatient general pediatric clinic average 2,500 visits per month. Pediatric inpatient rotations take place in the LSU Children's Hospital, located within the main LSUHSC building. This inpatient ward recently underwent complete renovation, and is now a beautiful, state-of-the-are facility. The Pediatric Clinic is located in a newly constructed Women's and Children's Clinic building located directly across the street from the main hospital. For complete descriptions of the various rotations offered by each department, go the Useful links page and click on the departmental websites for Medicine or Pediatrics.

There are over 60 pediatric and 80 medicine faculty members who are firmly committed to help our residents develop the attitudes, technical skills, and knowledge necessary for a fulfilling career. Teaching occurs at the bedside, in general and specialty clinics and in electives. All orders are written by first year house officers under the supervision of senior residents and faculty members.


Mrs. M'Liss Sella
Residency Coordinator
Department of Internal Medicine        
Phone: (318) 675-5915

Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport is the major teaching site of the program. It serves as a tertiary care referral center for an area with a population exceeding one million people. Yearly, there are nearly 7,000 admissions to the Medicine Service; 65,000 Emergency Room visits, 45,000 visits to the General Medicine Clinics, and 27,000 visits to the subspecialty medical clinics. This large clinical base is the foundation of a superb "hands-on" patient care experience for residents.

The clinical facilities include a 16 bed Medical Intensive care/Coronary Care Unit, a 36 bed telemetry unit, a sleep laboratory, imaging facilities, and a bone marrow transplantation unit. The Feist-Weiller Cancer Center and a new 160,000 square foot ambulatory care center was occupied in April, 2006. A state of the art Radiology facility, including a recently completed imaging center, enhance the residents' diagnostic capabilities on the Medicine Service. PET scanning is available in the adjacent Biomedical Research Institute.

Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Children's Hospital is a primary and tertiary acute care facility dedicated to the health and well-being of children in the Ark-La-Tex area. Established in 1996, the Children's Hospital was designated a "hospital within a hospital".

Physically located within the hospital, the Children's Hospital serves as the pediatric teaching hospital of LSU Health Shreveport. The Children's Hospital is staffed by physicians with special training and skills in the management of complicated acute and chronic pediatric illnesses. Over 60 full-time faculty members, plus 30 resident doctors care for our pediatric patients.

Our inpatient hospital services consist of a 33 bed Infant and Children's Ward, a newly renovated 8 bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, a 40 bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and a Newborn Nursery. The Women's and Children's Clinic, located on the corner of Kings Highway and Linwood Avenue, provides convenient access for pediatric outpatients. There are multiple Subspecialty clinics and programs offered. The Children's Hospital also has access to a Positron Emission Tomography Center, a Pediatric Trauma Center, and a Regional Burn Center.

Overton Brooks Veterans Administration Medical Center experience provides an added dimension to the training program. The 197 bed tertiary care hospital is located on a beautiful tree-shaded campus about 4 miles from LSUHSC. There are over 4,200 admissions to the medical service yearly, and approximately 49,000 visits to the outpatient clinics. The Medical Center serves as a referral center for northern and central Lousisiana, southern Arkansas, and eastern Texas.

Internal Medicine residents rotate through the general medical wards and the Medical Intensive Care Unit of the hospital. In addition, there is a full range of clinical programs and medical subspecialty electives that are available to residents. Approximately 20% of the Department of Medicine faculty have their primary appointments in the VA system, making the hospital a key player in the training program.

Inpatient hospital services consist of a 33 bed Infant and Children's Ward, a newly renovated 8 bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, a 40 bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and a Newborn Nursery.

Internal Medicine / Pediatrics Training Program