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Residency Program Overview

The Neurosurgical Residency Training Program at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport provides an academic environment that fosters excellence in both clinical neurosurgery and research. The primary site is the LSUHSC-Shreveport, with affiliated sites at Willis-Knighton Medical Center, Overton Brooks VA Medical Center, and LSUHSC- New Orleans. Funding for resident education is provided by LSUHSC and affiliated institutions. At the completion of the program residents are expected to be outstanding clinicians, active investigators, and experienced educators.

The residency in neurosurgery training is a seven-year program. As a PGY-1 (NS 0 - Intern year) three months will be spent with General Surgery, three months with the Neurology Department and three months of electives as directed by the program director. These are generally in Neuropathology, Neuroradiology, or Neurosurgery. A PGY-2 (NS 1), 12 months are spent on clinical neurosurgery at LSUHSC-S; As a PGY-3 (NS 2), 12 months are spent on clinical neurosurgery at LSUHSC-S with a rotation at the VA Medical Center. A PGY-4 (NS 3) spends 12 months in clinical neurosurgery at LSUHSC-S; PGY-5, 12 months of research at LSUHSC-S; PGY-6 (NS 4), 12 months at LSUHSC-S and a rotation at Willis Knighton Medical Center. A PGY-7 (NS 5), spends 12 months as Chief Resident at LSUHSC-S.

Our program offers residents a wealth of clinical exposure with more than 2,000 surgical procedures performed annually. These cases include over 600 craniotomies, 70 skull base procedures, 1000 spinal cases, and 60 aneurysms. The curriculum fosters an environment in which residents build upon skills that enable them to care for patients from evaluation to post-operative care.

Our institution is fully equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including Gamma Knife, Neurosurgery Animal Research Laboratory, Skull Base Lab, Interventional Neuroradiology Suite, Neuro ICU, and PET Scan facilities. Residents also present cases and instruct medical students, as well as publish papers and manuscripts in peer reviewed journals such as Neurosurgery.

Research is integral to the departmental mission. Residents have the opportunity to participate in research through our neurosurgery research division. In the Neurosurgery Animal Research Laboratory, residents acquire knowledge of disease progression, and potential mechanisms of vasospasm and ischemic stroke, along with their treatment modalities.

Residents gain exposure to trauma, spinal instrumentation, skull base, peripheral nerve, vascular, oncology, pediatric, stereotactic, endoscopic, aneurysm, AVMs, and pain specialties.

In addition to the fundamentals of neurosurgical procedures, residents are taught the importance of patient care, professionalism, utilization of resources, and education of and communication with patients, families, clinical, and support staff.