We offer a 1-year fellowship dedicated to the performance of advanced diagnostic and therapeutic procedures of the tracheobronchial tree and the pleural space. Trainees are exposed to a range of advanced diagnostic and therapeutic airway procedures, medical pleural procedures, and, in coordination with CT Surgery, thoracoscopy. We accept 1 trainee each year; eligible applicants will have completed their fellowship in Pulmonary Disease. The fellowship is funded by the hospital, and the trainees will spend the year focused on developing their skills in Interventional Pulmonology.
During the one year fellowship, trainees will spend their time in the bronchoscopy suite, operating room, and appropriate clinics. Our academic medical center, situated in northwest Louisiana 200 miles from the nearest medical school, serves a large area with a diverse population; as a result, fellows see a wide spectrum of diseases at various stages.
Fellows will become experienced with the performance, indications, contraindications, and complications of all procedures we offer including linear and radial endobronchial ultrasound, electromagnetic navigation, rigid bronchoscopy, silicone and covered metal stent placement, cryotherapy, electrocautery, argon plasma coagulation, laser therapy, photodynamic therapy, tunneled pleural catheter placement, bronchial thermoplasty, and whole lung lavage. Fellows will also work closely with our thoracic surgeons to learn basic thoracoscopy skills to be used in medical thoracoscopy.
While the focus of the fellowship is to develop procedural skills, it is our hope that fellows will also develop a deeper understanding of both how to apply these skills as well as when to use them. We also hope to help develop fellows'experiences so that they can become an invaluble asset to their practice of pulmonary medicine.
Our approach to the fellowship includes several educational activities. These include:
- Procedural skill development
- Didactic learning with understanding of equipment as well as maintenance and operation of interventional tools available
- Lectures researched and provided by the fellow to the general pulmonary/critical care fellows to help understand interventional techniques better
- Routine journal clubs to discuss new techniques
- Research projects to help get a better understanding and develop guidance for appropriate use of interventional techniques
- Instruction of bronchoscopy to PCCM fellows to help develop educational skills to be used in interventional pulmonology practice
Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport
Beginning in October of 2018, Ochsner and the LSU System entered into a new partnership to leverage the strengths of Ochsner System and our local medical/ educational expertise in the management of our healthcare operation. The main campus/ academic medical center in Shreveport is home to the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center, Regional Burn Center, and serves a large and diverse patient population.