We encourage all of our residents to participate in research as understanding research methodology is an incredibly important component of training. There are various research opportunities available to our residents including basic science research, clinical/translational research in multiple fields/specialties, and even VA sponsored research.
QI Projects are required annually. Our residents work in groups of 4 with each group consisting of 1 intern, 1 PGY-2 resident, 1 PGY-3 resident, and 1 PGY-4 resident. The PGY-4 resident serves as the group leader. The projects are presented at the institution's annual regional poster presentation.
Our residents participate in several different projects throughout the year. These opportunities include various drives including book drives, clothing drives, and canned good drives. Our residents also recently made “Blessings Bags” for the homeless in the community which where distributed by the Shreveport Police Department. Annually, our residents join forces with the Orthopedic Residency Program to perform physicals for youth and young adult athletes in the area. Residents can also volunteer their time at the MLK Health Center and Pharmacy, which is a free clinic and pharmacy located in Shreveport, LA. Thomas Rutherford, PGY-2, is our Med-Peds Community Chair and is in charge of organizing community service events for our program.
Our residents are frequently involved in leadership roles. They are part of residency and hospital committees. They are also frequently elected to serve on the GME Residency Council. Almost every year, a Med-Peds resident is selected for the Gold Humanism Honor Society and/or the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.
There are numerous teaching opportunities for residents. On both the medicine and pediatric wards, there are frequently 3rd year and/or 4th year medical students to teach and mentor. Below are other teaching opportunities:
- H&P Mentor: Mentoring 2nd year medical students and providing them feedback on H&P presentations
- FLG (Foundations Learning Group) Leader: Leading and facilitating a group of 1st and/or 2nd year medical students on topics such as ethics, professionalism, and giving bad news, to name a few examples
- Physical Exam Teaching Sessions: Teaching a small group of medical students how to perform physical exam skills such as a cardiac or abdominal exam
- Lectures including Grand Rounds Presentations, Morning Report, Noon Conference
Global Health Elective
This is a month-long elective that has been available annually during non-COVID times for those that are interested. Currently, this takes place in Kenya. Haiti may become an option in the future.