Message from our Program Director
Thank you for your interest in the neurology residency program at LSU Health Shreveport. Our neurology program is a Categorical program and we offer five positions every year. The first year is spent in the Internal Medicine Department. This year our program was approved for total of 20 positions and as a result we are offering an additional PGY2 position for July 2023. This position will be included in the NRMP match. Our residents train at the main campus, Ochsner LSU Shreveport Academic Medical Center, and the VA Medical Center. In the inpatient setting, residents rotate through the general neurology service and the Stroke service. Our neurology clinics are located at Ochsner LSU Health - St Mary Medical Center and is also the place residents attend their continuity clinics. We offer comprehensive training in neurology with exposure to variety of neurological disorders. The neurology program is expanding and our dedicated faculty offer excellent mentoring and education to our residents. Our residents rotate through various subspecialty electives such as neuromuscular, Epilepsy/EEG, Stroke, multiple sclerosis, headache and neuro-critical care. Neurology residents have ample opportunity to participate in clinical research and many of our residents have been extremely productive with presentations of their work at national conferences. Most of our graduating residents choose to train further through subspecialty fellowships and have done so at competitive programs. Educational opportunities are ample and include morning report, noon conferences, neurology grand rounds, journal clubs, mortality & morbidity meetings, neuro-ophthalmology lectures, neuroradiology lectures, sleep medicine grand rounds, vascular neurology and RITE/Board review lectures. Shreveport is an excellent place to live and offer all the amenities offered in larger cities. Please contact me or our program coordinator Darian Jones if you have any questions.
The Neurology Residency at LSU Health Shreveport is a fully accredited four year program, offering a PGY1 Transitional year in the Department of Medicine. It has evolved into a mature thriving program since its inception in 2005. The program offers an educational experience in all aspects of neurologic medicine and practice.
Vijayakumar Javalkar, MD, MCh, FAAN
Experienced faculty members supervise residents who are encouraged to make their own decisions with increasing autonomy as they rise through the post graduate levels. Residents are exposed to the subspecialties and career training leading to successful fellowship positions throughout the country. Teaching students and fellow house officers is an integral part of the professional development of our residents, as is research and publication.
All residents have one to two half-day outpatient adult neurology continuity clinics per week. Subspecialty clinics such as Epilepsy, Muscular Dystrophy Association / Neuromuscular, Headache, Movement Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Degenerative Disease/Dementia, Neurorehabilitation and Stroke are available during elective time. They will participate in Pediatric Neurology clinic when on that rotation. Each resident also participates in Procedures Clinics to learn how to do Botox injections for chronic migraine, spasticity and dystonia; Baclofen pump refills and programming, and lumbar punctures.
Phone: (318) 813-1480
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Research and Scholarly Activities
Every resident will complete a scholarly work during each year of training, and present it to the department at the end of the year. Each resident has an assigned scholarly activity mentor, as well as a self-chosen career mentor. The assigned mentor meets with their resident in the fall and spring to discuss their progress. Case presentation posters, scholarly reviews, manuscripts and book chapters, independent research, and quality improvement projects encompass some of the categories of work done in the past. In addition, the neuroscience department has opportunities to participate in bench research if the resident is interested. The department has a research assistant to help with protocol development and IRB submission. Many residents present their works at local, regional and national meetings which builds their portfolio in preparation for fellowship.