Application Information

Program Interview/Application Requirements

Individual Programs will be responsible for coordinating and scheduling interviews and accepting applications.  Programs must provide applicants with the required information below when interviewing.

1.    Any applicant interviewed for a resident/fellow position must be provided information on the following: 

  • Sample Contract 
  • Financial Support
  • Vacation/Sick and other leaves of absences
  • Professional Liability
  • Hospitalization/Health/Disability and other insurance accessible to residents/fellows and their eligible dependents 
  • Certifications that will be required prior to start per department specific requirements (BLS, ACLS, etc.)

2.  Applicants must sign LSUHSC-S acknowledge statement.

3.  Any applicant that will need J-1 Visa sponsorship should be informed of the process and requirements to obtain keep J-1 Visa sponsorship.  H1-Bs are not accepted for residency/fellowship programs.  

4.  Applicants must fill out the GME 2 page application.
 

FYIs

  • Applicants must be able to obtain a Louisiana Medical License in order to start training.  Applicants should check THIS LINK to ensure they are eligible to obtain a Louisiana Medical license.
  • If you are a physician seeking J-1 sponsorship or currently sponsored by ECFMG, visit THIS LINK to find information about the requirements and categories of ECFMG sponsorship, and details on selected federal regulations and application materials. Essential pre-arrival, travel, cross-cultural, and visa maintenance information is also provided on these webpages.  LSU Health Shreveport only sponsors J-1 Visa holders.

Program Eligibility

Resident Medical Education

Only applicants who meet the following qualifications are eligible for appointment to accredited residency programs sponsored by the Hospital.

Medical Education

Only applicants who meet one of the following qualifications to be eligible for appointment to an ACGME-accredited program

Graduation from a medical school in the United States or Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)

Graduation from a college of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (AOACOCA)

Graduation from a medical school outside the United States or Canada and meeting one of the following additional qualifications:

  • Holding  a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) prior to appointment
  • Holding a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine 644 in the United States licensing jurisdiction in which the ACGME-accredited program is located

Foreign-Born Medical Graduates

Only applicants who meet the following qualifications are eligible for appointment to accredited residency programs sponsored by the Hospital.
 

Entry of Foreign-Born Medical Graduates to the United States

 
The entry of foreign-born graduates of non-U.S. medical schools to the United States is governed by the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended, which is administered by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). It is a violation of federal law to provide employment to a non-U.S. citizen who does not hold an appropriate visa or other appropriate work authorization documents from the USCIS. 
  • Residency program directors considering foreign-born applicants should carefully review the applicant’s visa status to ensure the applicant holds a visa valid for graduate medical education [exchange visitor (J-1), or immigrant visa]. International medical graduates must also hold a currently valid Standard Certificate of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).  LSU Health Shreveport does not sponsor H1-Bs for training purposes. 
  • The Office of Legal Affairs must be notified of all non-US citizens accepted for residency training. Legal Affairs will ensure the Resident holds an appropriate visa and assist in processing the paperwork required for visas for residency training at LSU Health Shreveport. 

Prerequisite Residency Training

Only applicants who meet the following qualifications are eligible for appointment to accredited residency programs sponsored by the Hospital.
 

Prerequisite Residency Training

All applicants must satisfy any requirements for prerequisite residency training, as established by the relevant Residency Review Committee and/or certifying board for the specialty. If a program director wishes to recruit an applicant who does not meet the criteria established for prerequisite training, written approval to appoint the applicant as a Resident must be obtained from the Residency Review Committee and/or certifying board.  All prerequisite post-graduate clinical education required for initial entry or transfer into ACGME-accredited residency programs must be completed in ACGME-accredited residency programs, AOA-approved residency programs, or in Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)-accredited or College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) - accredited residency programs located in Canada, or in residency programs with ACGME International (ACGME-I) Advanced Specialty Accreditation.

  • Residency programs must receive verification of each resident’s level of competency in the required clinical field using ACGME, CanMEDS, or ACGME-I Milestones evaluations from the prior training program upon matriculation.
  • A physician who has completed a residency program that was not accredited by ACGME, AOA, RCPSC, CFPC, or ACGME-I (with Advanced Specialty Accreditation) may enter an ACGME-accredited residency program in the same specialty at the PGY-1 level and, at the discretion of the program director of the ACGME-accredited program and with approval by the GMEC, may be advanced to the PGY-2 level based on ACGME Milestones evaluations assessments at the ACGME accredited program. This provision applies only to entry into residency in those specialties for which an initial clinical year is not required for entry.

Resident Eligibility Exception

  • The Review Committee for the appropriate program will allow the following exception to the resident eligibility requirements:
  • An ACGME-accredited residency program may accept an exceptionally qualified international graduate applicant who does not satisfy the eligibility requirements listed but who does meet all of the following additional qualifications and conditions:
        Evaluation by the program director and residency selection committee of the applicant’s suitability to enter the program, based on prior training 
           and review of the summative evaluations of this training; and
        Review and approval of the applicant’s exceptional qualifications by the GMEC; and
        Verification of Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certification
  • Applicants accepted through this exception must have an evaluation of their performance by the Clinical Competency Committee within 12 weeks of matriculation.

Resident Eligibility Exception

Resident Eligibility Exception

Review Committee

Allows Resident Eligibility Exception

Allergy and Immunology

Yes

Colon and Rectal Surgery

No

Nuclear Medicine

Yes

Preventive Medicine

Yes

Fellowship Eligibility Exception

Fellowship Eligibility

Review Committee

Option 1

Option 2

Allows Fellowship Eligibility Exception (not permitted with Option 2)

Anesthesiology

X

 

Yes

Dermatology

X

 

Yes

Emergency Medicine

X

 

Yes

Family Medicine

X

 

Yes

Internal Medicine

X

 

Yes

Medical Genetics and Genomics

X

 

Yes

Neurological Surgery

 

X

Exceptions not available with Option 2

Neurology

X

 

Yes

Obstetriccs and Gynecology

X

 

No

Ophthalmology

X

 

Yes

Orthopaedic Surgery

X

 

Yes

Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

X

 

Yes

Pathology

X

 

Yes

Pediatrics

X

 

Yes

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

X

 

No

Plastic Surgery

X

 

Yes

Preventive Medicine

X

 

Yes

Psychiatry

X

 

Yes

Radiation Oncology

X

 

Yes

Radiology

X

 

Yes

Surgery

X

 

No

Thoracic Surgery

X

 

No

Urology

X

 

No

Graduate Medical Education