Our Fellowship Program
The fellowship at the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport has been in place since 1988, graduating one or two fellows per year.
The key characteristics of our program are:
- One-on-one teaching: Each patient seen in clinic by a fellow is seen with a faculty member. Over the course of the two-year program, most fellows will have seen all common endocrine conditions and the majority of rare conditions in a patient with whom they have shared evaluation and treatment personally with a faculty physician. In-patient consults are treated similarly.
- Large patient base with range and depth of pathology: Both the LSU Hospital and the Overton-Brooks VAMC draw on a large geographic area embracing the northwest half of Louisiana and more. The other tertiary care academic health centers in the state are headquartered in New Orleans. While they have some subsidiary facilities in the Baton Rouge area, our LSU-Shreveport affiliated institutions must serve patients from an area that encompasses the western half of the state all the way to the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the entire northern half of the state. The LSU Hospital has 21,000 admissions per year and nearly 400,000 clinic visits. The VAMC hosts 330,000 clinic visits per year.
- Proven Record of Quality Endocrine Training: Every fellow who has trained with us has achieved Board Certification in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism. This is attributable to the features highlighted above, as well as to the positive setting in which we work. LSUHSC is a full-fledged academic health center with a full complement of departments and centers - including the adjacent Biomedical Research Foundation, the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, the Regional Transplant Center, the PET Center with onsite cyclotron, and the Gamma Knife Center.
- Diversity of Clinical Experiences: LSU Hospital handles a large volume of critically ill and complex patients, including such challenging cases as pregnancy complicating hyperparathyroidism, pheochromocytoma, thyroid storm, or diabetic ketoacidosis. The VA Hospital has complex cases as well, but also provides a significant amount of diabetes care to the nearby veteran population through its dedicated diabetes clinic. Our fellows read DEXA scans with VA staff, providing a depth of experience often not available in other programs.
- Outstanding Training and Practice in Thyroid Ultrasound and US-Guided FNA: Many Friday clinics at LSU and weekly Tuesday and Thursday afternoon sessions at the VA are dedicated to USG thyroid FNA. Fellows receive hands on training with our faculty and accumulate a large personal experience in this procedure.
- Research Experience: Multiple opportunities for clinical projects and clinical case reports are available with our Section faculty and with faculty in our affiliated departments.
- Off Campus Learning: Fellows are provided funding annually to attend a national meeting of their choice, such as the American Diabetes Association, the American Thyroid Association, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, or the Endocrine Society. In the second year of fellowship, fellows attend the Endocrine University at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester where their experiences in thyroid US, FNA and DEXA interpretation can achieve formal certification.
- Regional Color and Atmosphere: Northwest Louisiana partakes of both Southern and Louisiana culture. People are naturally somewhat informal and friendly. You may be called "Sugar" by almost anyone. Music, food, and art festivals occur throughout the year. Shreveport is a comfortable, convenient city where you almost never have to pay to park your car and where commutes are always short. Those requiring a periodic "urban fix" will find the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex 3 hours to the west on Interstate 20, with Houston and New Orleans just a little farther to the southwest and southeast.
In sum, our fellowship program offers superb clinical training in an excellent academic setting, enhanced by a warm, friendly atmosphere.
We welcome all inquiries from qualified applicants.
Email Dr. Steven Levine at email@example.com.
Please note that we cannot sponsor H1-B visa holders, though we can sponsor J1 visa holders.