I welcome your visit to the virtual campus of the School of Medicine of the LSU Health Sciences Center at Shreveport. I invite you to explore our website to learn more about our institution and the outstanding faculty who help mold our graduates into highly competent clinicians. Of special note is our university teaching hospital, Louisiana's premier tertiary referral center. I have had the privilege of serving on the faculty of the School of Medicine since 1978, less than a decade after our first class of students. You will experience a challenging academic environment that exudes the vigor of a young institution. Yet, the School of Medicine at 44 is mature enough to have developed basic and clinical research strength and to have established a reputation for consistently producing graduates with exceptional clinical skills who successfully compete for high-demand residencies across the country. We are large enough to offer a diverse medical education experience, yet small enough for faculty to mentor students personally. Our curriculum emphasizes small group settings of a variety of different types to facilitate faculty-student interactions, enhances research participation, encourages community service, and instills the requisite skills for lifelong learning. Our Skills Center simulation component allows students to practice complex life-threatening patient management to a successful treatment or "death" in a non-threatening, safe manner to confirm their clinical management skills. Our Standardized Patient component allows realistic but standardized encounters in preparation for our abundant patient interactions and provides the faculty the ability to evaluate our students' competence for the student's continued improvement.
Our campus history can be traced through the university teaching hospital to 1876, nearly a century before the School of Medicine was established. We are proud of our past, our vision is firmly fixed on our future, and we demonstrate daily that our students are our priority.
Andrew L. Chesson, MD
Dean, School of Medicine