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Benefits

The Neurosurgery Residency Program provides residents with a broad spectrum of training in neurosurgical procedures, research, patient care, and evaluation.

Residents maintain a close working relationship with skilled physicians in an environment that is highly conducive to the learning process. With services provided to some 10,000 patients and more than 2,100 surgical procedures each year, residents gain critical hands-on neurosurgical patient care experience in a structured and educational setting. The program provides access to state-of-the-art facilities for patient care, training, and research.

Malpractice, Disability, Health Care Insurance

The State of Louisiana provides professional liability coverage pursuant to LSA-R.S. 40:129939 et. seq. to House Officers when acting within the course and scope of their training or staff which they are assigned as part of their prescribed training, regardless of where the services are performed. However, House Officers assigned to a health care facility outside the State of Louisiana may be required to provide additional professional liability coverage with indemnity limits set by the House Officer Program Director.

Malpractice Insurance is provided through the State of Louisiana self-insurance plan at no cost to the House Officer, and covers in-house duties only. Moonlighting is not covered. Any questions regarding any malpractice claims or legal inquiry should be reported to the Office of Legal Affairs (675-5406).

House Officers receive, without charge, a basic group disability insurance benefit. Additional coverage may be purchased by the House Officer. Any questions concerning the Disability Program and its benefits should be directed to the Medical Education Office. The Medical Education Office then will refer the House Officer to the current representative of the benefit.

It is required that proof of Health Care Insurance be presented at the beginning of each contract year. The institution does not offer free health care to House Officers. The institution offers a variety of Health care insurance coverage benefit options for its employees. House Officers may purchase health care insurance as part of the benefits package. Questions should be directed to the Benefits Section of Human Resources.

Meal Allowance

Residents are given $250.00 each month on their Employee ID Badges. This money can be used for meals at the Cafeteria in the hospital and the WOW Cafe in the ground floor of the medical school. Money does not carry over from month-to-month and there is a bi-weekly payroll deduction. Vending machines are also available. 

Compensation

House Officer Salaries are reviewed on an annual basis. Salaries are listed below:

PGY-I $45,934.72

PGY-II $47,320.00

PGY-III $49,066.16

PGY-IV $50,991.65

PGY-V $52,748.85

PGY-VI $55,054.94

PGY-VII $57,086.46

Deferred Compensation

House Officers have the option of participating in the State Deferred Compensation Program instead of contributing to FICA/Social Security.

A representative from the State Office assists the House Officer with their enrollment and assists when the House Officer is no longer in a training program and must determine how the accumulated dollars will be managed or withdrawn. If the House Officer does not wish to participate, the normal withholdings will be processed by the Payroll Office.

Medical Library and Departmental Reference Resources

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport has an excellent medical library located in the school adjacent to the hospital. The Library is staffed with qualified medical library professionals who are available to assist House Staff with any query they may have. In addition, there are many on-line journals and other periodicals available to the House Staff and/or their clinical departments. The Library also houses the computer lab and several copy machines.

Each clinical department has a designated “reference” area in their department that is readily available for the House Staff and faculty. Library Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30am – 11:00pm, Saturday 9:00am – 11:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm – 11:00pm.

On-Call Quarters

Services requiring overnight coverage have designated call rooms on the 9th floor of the hospital. Clean linens are provided on a daily basis. Each room has a telephone for call-back.

The House Staff Lounge is also on the 9th floor and has sofas, a microwave, TV, telephone and refrigerator.

Parking

House Staff are currently assigned to “P” and “M” lots at no charge, but must register to park with the Parking & ID Office. Applications for parking are obtained from the Parking & ID Office on the first floor of the Administration Building. The registration record of your vehicle must be presented at the time of completing the parking application.

Laundry and Clothing Services

Residents are issued three initial white coats from the GME Office. Cobalt Scrub Suits are worn ONLY in the Operating Room Suite. Blue Suits, initial issue is two. These suits may be worn in the Health Sciences Center other than the restricted areas as outlined.

University Police has been directed to instruct personnel leaving the institution with “Hospital Owned” scrub suits of the current scrub suit policy (hospital owned scrub suits are not to leave the designated areas). Continued abuse of the scrub suit policy may result in disciplinary action.

House Staff are encouraged to dress appropriately as a medical professional. Individuals are reminded that personal hygiene is also an aspect of a physician's professionalism.

Office of Medical Education

For complete information, visit the LSUHSC - Shreveport GME site Office of Medical Education or visit the ACGME site.