Education

Our residency programs are designed to offer a comprehensive educational experience in all elements of diagnostic and interventional radiology, including chest radiology, mammography, musculoskeletal radiology, gastrointestinal radiology, genitourinary radiology, neuroradiology, pediatric radiology, cardiovascular and interventional procedures, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, and emergency radiology.  Our residents receive training in all required sub-specialties of radiology and have the option to train in neuro-interventional radiology, interventional nephrology, OB/US, PET/MRI, and participate in research rotations. 

 

 

DR Rotations

The rotation schedule for Diagnostic Radiology is designed to facilitate appropriate progression through residency. Below is representative schedule for each PGY year (in weeks).

PGY 2:

  • Chest - 8
  • Musculoskeletal - 4
  • IR - 12
  • Ultrasound - 4
  • Pediatric Radiology - 6
  • Nuclear Medicine - 4
  • Neuroradiology - 4
  • Body Imaging - 4
  • GI/GU - 2
  • Emergency Radiology - 4

PGY 3:

  • Chest - 4
  • Musculoskeletal - 4
  • IR - 4
  • Ultrasound - 4
  • Pediatric Radiology - 4
  • Nuclear Medicine - 6
  • Neuroradiology - 4
  • Body Imaging - 4
  • GI/GU - 4
  • Emergency Radiology - 10
  • Breast Imaging - 4

PGY 4:

  • Musculoskeletal - 4
  • IR - 4
  • Pediatric Radiology - 4
  • Nuclear Medicine - 6
  • Neuroradiology - 4
  • GI/GU - 4
  • Emergency Radiology - 6
  • MRI - 4
  • Breast Imaging - 4
  • OB/US - 4
  • PET/MRI - 4
  • AIRP - 4

PGY 5:

  • Musculoskeletal - 4
  • IR - 4
  • Ultrasound - 4
  • Neuroradiology - 4
  • Body Imaging - 4
  • Emergency Radiology - 4
  • Breast Imaging - 8
  • MRI - 8
  • Electives - 12

**Schedules for ESIR residents and residents participating in the American Board of Radiology's 16-month Nuclear Medicine Pathway will vary and are created to accomodate ACGME and ABR requirements.

IR/DR Rotations

IR/DR residents are required to have at least one critical care rotation and have the opportunity to rotate through vascular surgery, interventional nephrology, and neuro-interventional radiology. The final two years of residency are heavily IR-focused. Below is a representative schedule for our IR/DR residents (in weeks). 

PGY 2:

  • Chest - 8
  • Musculoskeletal - 4
  • IR - 12
  • Ultrasound - 4
  • Pediatric Radiology - 6
  • Nuclear Medicine - 4
  • Neuroradiology - 4
  • Body Imaging - 4
  • GI/GU - 2
  • Emergency Radiology - 4

PGY 3:

  • IR - 8
  • Chest - 4
  • Musculoskeletal - 4
  • Ultrasound - 4
  • Pediatric Radiology - 4
  • Nuclear Medicine - 4
  • Neuroradiology - 4
  • Body Imaging - 4
  • GI/GU - 4
  • Emergency Radiology - 10
  • Breast Imaging - 2

PGY 4:

  • Musculoskeletal - 4
  • Body - 4
  • Pediatric Radiology - 4
  • Nuclear Medicine - 6
  • Neuroradiology - 4
  • GI/GU - 4
  • Emergency Radiology - 6
  • MRI - 4
  • Breast Imaging - 4
  • OB/US - 4
  • PET/MRI - 4
  • AIRP - 4

PGY 5:

  • IR - 32
  • Nuclear Medicine - 4
  • MRI - 4
  • Breast Imaging - 8
  • Electives - 4

PGY 6:

  • IR - 36
  • SICU - 4
  • Vascular Surgery - 4
  • Interventional Nephrology - 4
  • Neuro-interventional - 4

Training Sites

The patient care facilities at our primary teaching facility, Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Academic Medical Center, consist of 459 active teaching beds.  This, in concert with the outpatient clinics, generates approximately 173,000 diagnostic imaging procedures annually.  Ochsner LSU Health is a Level 1 Trauma Center and a primary stroke center, and  serves as a tertiary referral center for patients from  northern Louisiana, southern Arkansas, and eastern Texas.  Patients with a large variety of diseases are regularly seen, including a number of unusual or complicated conditions and, in particular, those presenting diagnostic problems. 

Our residents also rotate at the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center, which offers a broad range of diagnostic, interventional, and nuclear medicine disciplines and exposure to the special patient population of veterans.      

Didactics

Our program holds didactic conferences daily at 7:30am and 12:00pm. Our conference schedule is comprised of core lectures, multi-disciplinary conferences, M&Ms, our physics curriculum, board and in-service reviews, and our structured reading program. Residents are required to have at least an 80% conference attendance rate.

 

Research

The Department of Radiology strongly encourages and supports scholarly activity among it's faculty and residents. Our residency program has established specific research requirements for all residents and provides guidelines and activities to promote scholarship.

Resident Research Requirements:

  • Accumulation of 20 points throughout residency per the department's Scholarly Activity Point System
  • Participation in a PQI project
  • At least one peer-reviewed publication or professional presentation at a scientific meeting
  • Presentation at one departmental research symposium per year (2 offered each academic year)
  • Presentation at one Journal Club per year

Research Guidelines & Activities:

  • Scholarly Activity Point System
  • Monthly research conferences 
  • Department research symposiums offered twice per year
  • Research electives
  • Research time built into certain rotations 
  • 4:00-5:00pm daily may be used for research
  • $1250 annual educational stipend provided by the institution may be used to support travel to scientific meetings (subject to approval)

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