Surgical Critical Care Fellowship TRAINING
Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Academic Medical Center
is a 407-bed tertiary referral center serving north Louisiana, northeast Texas, and south Arkansas. This facility contains the only American College of Surgeons verified adult Level 1 Trauma Center in north Louisiana and serves a large catchment area, as the closest centers with a level 1 trauma designation are in Dallas, TX (185 mi) to the west; Little Rock, AR to the north (215 mi); Jackson, MS (225 mi) to the east; and Baton Rouge, LA (240 mi) and New Orleans, LA (310 mi) to the southeast. The Trauma Center is busy with 3,400 trauma activations and 25% penetrating trauma annually. The hospital houses a dedicated 14-bed Trauma ICU, 14-bed Surgical ICU, 14-bed Neurological ICU, 18-bed Medical ICU, and 14-bed overflow Intensive / Intermediate Care Unit. The Burn ICU is temporarily not operational due to staffing limitations. Burn Surgery patients with ICU level of care are currently on the Medical ICU floor with a co-management care model until personnel challenges are resolved.
Ochsner Health System serves as the managing partner of the hospital affiliated with the LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine and its 23 AGME-accredited residency programs, 22 ACGME-accredited fellowship programs, and an additional 6 non-ACGME-accredited fellowship programs. This partnership has been clinically and financially successful and allowed for significant advancements in facilities, equipment, funding, and patient care outcomes since its inception in the Fall of 2018.
LSU Health Shreveport Center for Medical Education
A new $74 million, 5-story, 187,000 square foot Center for Medical Education for advancing medical student and house staff education is currently under construction. The complex will feature technology-rich training labs, multiple hospital room and operating room simulation suites, and a state-of-the-art clinical skills center in addition to a wellness center, small group study rooms, classrooms that can accommodate 250 people, and a large multipurpose auditorium that can accommodate 500 people. Construction was 75% complete as of January 2023 and is schedule to be completed in the Summer of 2023.
There are numerous other facilities in the Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport system including Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport St. Mary’s Medical Center, Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Monroe Medical Center, outpatient imaging centers, sports medicine and rehabilitation centers, and multiple primary care clinics and urgent care facilities that will not serve as educational sites for the Surgical Critical Care fellowship program.
BENEFITS & SALARY
House officers are provided with a variety of benefits which are summarized below. For more thorough information, please visit the Graduate Medical Education section of our website.
SCC Program Resources
It is the Program Director’s firm belief that to best promote self-study and guided study throughout the fellowship year, fellows must have access to at least one major Trauma Surgery and one Surgical Critical Care textbook. Fellows are provided with the most recent edition of Trauma by Mattox, Feliciano, and Moore in addition to the most recent edition of either the fellow’s choice of the Textbook of Critical Care or Current Therapy of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care. Additionally, fellows are provided with a paid critical care practice examination. The Multidisciplinary Critical Care Knowledge Assessment Program (MCCKAP) exam is a 4-hour, 200-question multiple-choice examination designed to assess knowledge and identify areas of weakness to focus study in preparation for Surgical Critical Care board certification.
House officers will be paid a salary in accordance with their post-graduate year level. House officer salary for the 2023-2024 academic year will be $67,570.92 for PGY-VI level trainees and $80,000 for PGY-VII and higher-level trainees.
LSU Health Shreveport offers a tiered Meal Plan for house staff for the academic year. One of three plan options may be selected. Deductions will be made each pay period throughout the year. House officers may choose to opt out of the plan if desired. A meal allowance of $125, $200, or $250 is available for a biweekly pay period deduction of $9.25, $18.50, or $23.00 respectively.
The institution offers a variety of healthcare insurance coverage options for its house officers. Details can be found in the annual Benefits Guide available on the Employee Benefits section of the Human Resources webpage.
The State of Louisiana provides professional liability coverage to house officers when acting within the course and scope of their training at no cost to residents and fellows. Moonlighting is not covered. Any questions regarding coverage or claims should be directed to the Office of Legal Affairs.
House officers are provided with a basic group disability insurance coverage while employed by the institution at no cost. Further details or questions can be directed to the Office of Graduate Medical Education.
Deferred Compensation Plan
Employees of the State of Louisiana do not contribute to Social Security. The Deferred Compensation Plan is a state-sponsored retirement plan that functions in a similar capacity to Social Security withholding each pay period. A representative is available to assist with enrollment if desired.
All house officers are assigned to a specific parking lot at no cost. Vehicles must be registered with the Office of Auxiliary Enterprises. University Police are available for an escort at any time.
All services requiring overnight in-house call coverage have designated call rooms in the hospital in proximity to patient care areas. Clean linens are provided on a daily basis. There is a House Staff Lounge adjacent to the majority of the call quarters which includes a sofa, microwave, TV, telephone, refrigerator, and other amenities.
Medical Library and Reference Resources
LSU Health Shreveport has an excellent Medical Library located within the School of Medicine. Experienced Librarians are available to assist with inquiries or literature searches for clinical or research purposes. A large number of online resources including textbooks and academic journals are available through the medical library subscriptions.