Message from our Program Director
Thank you for your interest in the Neurology Residency Program at LSU Health Shreveport. Our categorical program offers five positions each year. The first year is spent in the Internal Medicine Department. 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 and stroke services. Neurology clinics are located at Ochsner LSU Health - St Mary Medical Center, where residents also attend their continuity clinics.
We offer comprehensive training in neurology with exposure to a variety of neurological disorders. The expanding neurology program features dedicated faculty who provide excellent mentoring and education to residents. Residents rotate through various subspecialty electives, such as neuromuscular, epilepsy/EEG, stroke, multiple sclerosis, headache, and neurocritical care. Neurology residents have ample opportunity to participate in clinical research, and many have been extremely productive with presentations of their work at national conferences. Most graduating residents choose to train further through subspecialty fellowships at competitive programs.
Educational opportunities are ample and include morning report, noon conferences, neurology grand rounds, journal clubs, mortality and morbidity meetings, neuro-ophthalmology lectures, neuroradiology lectures, sleep medicine grand rounds, vascular neurology lectures, and RITE/Board review lectures. Shreveport is an excellent place to live, offering all the amenities of a larger city.
Please contact me or our program coordinator, Ms. 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.
Experienced faculty members supervise residents, who are encouraged to make their own decisions with increasing autonomy as they rise through the postgraduate levels. Residents are exposed to the subspecialties and receive career training that leads to successful fellowship positions throughout the country. Teaching students and fellow house officers, as well as research and publication, are integral parts of the professional development of our residents.
All residents have one or 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. Residents participate in the pediatric neurology clinic when on that rotation. Each resident also participates in procedures clinics to learn how to perform Botox injections for chronic migraine, spasticity, and dystonia; baclofen pump refills and programming; and lumbar punctures.
Every resident completes one scholarly work each year of training and presents it to the department at the end of the year. Each resident has an assigned scholarly activity mentor and a self-chosen career mentor. The assigned mentor meets with their resident in the fall and spring to discuss their progress. Some examples of scholarly work include case presentation posters, scholarly reviews, manuscripts and book chapters, independent research, and quality improvement projects. Additionally, the neuroscience department offers opportunities for residents to participate in bench research if they are interested. The department has a research assistant to help with protocol development and IRB submission. Many residents present their work at local, regional, and national meetings, which builds their portfolio in preparation for fellowship.