The program consists of four years of training as recommended by the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA).  During residency, trainees will have the opportunity to interact with numerous specialties and subspecialties who staff all of our participating institutions, which includes Ochsner/LSU Health,
Willis-Knighton, Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, Shriners Hospital for Children, & the VA Hospital.


CBY Level

i. General Surgery Rotations (3 months)
ii. Internal Medicine Rotations (1 month)
iii. Emergency Medicine Rotation (1 month)
iv. Cardiology (1 month)
v. Neonatal Intensive Care Rotation (1 month)
vi. Pediatric Rotation (1 month)
vii. Chronic Pain (1 month)
viii. Neurology (1 month)
ix. Pulmonology (1 month)
x. Beginning Anesthesia Rotation (June in the CBY level)

CA-1 Level

i. Basic Anesthesia Training (2 months in the CA-1 yr.)
ii. Obstetric anesthesia (1 month)
iii. Pediatric anesthesia (1 month)
iv. PACU (1 month)
v. Acute Pain Management (1 month)
vi. Preoperative Evaluation (1 month)
vii. Critical Care Medicine- Medical (1 month)
viii. Vascular Anesthesia (1 month)
ix. Neuroanesthesia (1 month)
x. Airway Tech Rotation (1 month)
xi Critical Care NICU (1 month)

CA-2 Level

i. Basic Anesthesia Training for CA-2 (2 month in the CA-2 year)
ii. Cardiothoracic anesthesia (1 month in the CA-2 year)
iii. Neuroanesthesia (1 month in the CA-2 year)
iv. Core Obstetric anesthesia rotation (1 months in the CA-2 year)*
v. Pediatric anesthesia (1 month)
vi. Regional anesthesia (1 month in the CA-2 year)
vii. Pain Medicine (1 month in the CA-2 year)
viii. Offsite (1 month in the CA-2 year)
ix. Airway Tech Rotation (1 month in the CA-2 year)
x. Vascular anesthesia (1 month in the CA-2 year)

*The "Core" Obstetric Rotation will be the time when the CA-2 resident will be evaluated based on the Six General Competencies and the resident's ability to practice independently in obstetrical anesthesia.  The rotation director will make a checklist of items that should be demonstrated by the resident; however, all the faculty members that work with the resident during the core rotation will evaluate the resident.  The rotation director must certify that the resident is competent to perform subarachnoid blocks, epidural blocks, and a general anesthetic for caesarian  section with minimal to no supervision, labor epidural blocks with minimal to no supervision and start an emergency  caesarian section  in order to earn an overall satisfactory evaluation in the Core Obstetric Anesthesia Rotation.  If a resident fails to earn an overall satisfactory evaluation, the resident will have to repeat the Core Obstetric Anesthesia Rotation. Similar evaluations will be done for all other rotations.


CA-3 Level

In the CA-3 year, there will be an emphasis on clinical competence and independence.  12 months of advanced and complex anesthesia assignments will be provided. All CA-3 level residents are required to take four core subspecialty rotations (cardiothoracic anesthesia, neuroanesthesia, obstetric anesthesia, and pediatric anesthesia).  Residents will review the advanced subspecialty rotation(s) desired with his/her advisor and submit the requests to the Program Director.  Every effort will be made to satisfy the requests. All residents must earn an overall satisfactory evaluation in each core rotation in order to graduate. Rotations must be approved by the Program Director, the Clinical Competency Committee, and the resident's advisor. A curriculum and specific program for each resident must be on file in the department.
An academic assignment is required. These may include grand rounds presentations, preparation and publication of review articles, book chapters, manuals for teaching or clinical practice, or similar academic activities. A faculty supervisor must be in charge of each project.
Trans Esophageal Echocardiography (TEE), a rotation to the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center at New Orleans will be available as rotations for CA3 residents.
Education at the CA-3 level is divided into two distinct "Clinical Tracks".
Advanced Clinical Track (ACT)
The Advanced Clinical Track consists of 6 months of required rotations as stated above and six additional months in selected subspecialty rotations. The selected subspecialty rotations can be any of the subspecialty rotations for the CA-3 level as listed below. The following criteria are considered in selection of advanced subspecialty rotations for each resident:  First, residents who are deficient in the number of cases required by the RRC and ABA will be assigned to rotations that will allow the resident to obtain the number of cases that they need.  Second, residents whom the anesthesia faculty members feel need additional training in certain areas of anesthesia will be assigned to rotations that will allow them to gain that additional training.  After these two criteria have been met, the resident can choose the rotation(s) that s/he wishes to take from the options below.  No particular month(s) can be specified.  The resident will list choices in order of importance (first choice is number one).  No more than 6 months can be in the same subspecialty. All requests for specific rotations must be submitted in writing to the Residency Coordinator by May 1 of the CA-2 year.
The subspecialty rotations for the CA-3 level include:
i. Advanced and Complex Anesthesia
ii. Neuroanesthesia
iii. Cardiothoracic Anesthesia
iv. Pediatric Anesthesia
v. Obstetric Anesthesia
vi. Pain Medicine
vii. Vascular Anesthesia
viii. Regional Anesthesia
ix. Critical Care Medicine
Research Track (CST)
The Research Track is designed for residents who are pursuing a career in academic medicine.  This track allows the resident to spend time in a clinical research project or a basic science research project.  There are both clinical and basic-science research faculty who can be mentors.  The Research Track consists of 6 months of required rotations as stated above and six months in research assignments. All requests for the Research Clinical Track must be submitted in writing to the Program Director by January 31 of the CA-2 year, and all arrangements for research rotations must be finalized by May 1 of the CA-2 year.  This track requires prior approval by the Chairman of the Clinical Competence Committee, the Program Director, and the Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology.


Dept. of Anesthesiology
LSU Health Shreveport
1501 Kings Highway
PO Box 33932
Shreveport, LA 71130-3932


Residency Program
Ben Strickland
Phone: (318) 626-4041

Graduation Requirements

Case Requirements (Cumulative)

I. 40 vaginal deliveries
II. 20 C-sections
III. 100 pediatric cases (< 12 years of age, including 15 infants < 1 year of age, and 1 infants < 45 weeks gestational age)
IV. 20 cases involving cardiopulmonary bypass
V. 20 intrathoracic non-cardiac cases
VI. 20 intracranial cases (Including some intracerebral vascular cases)
VII. 20 major vascular cases
VIII. 10 Major Trauma cases
IX. 50 subarachnoid blocks
X. 50 epidural blocks
XI. 40 peripheral nerve blocks for surgical procedures
XII. 25 nerve blocks for pain

Technique Requirements (Cumulative)

  1. 10 Laryngeal Mask Airway placements

  2. 5 Double lumen ETT placements

  3. 1 fiber optic intubation

  4. 20 arterial line placements

  5. 20 central venous catheter placements

  6. 10 pulmonary artery catheter placements

  7. 1 EEG monitoring

Board Eligibility as Deemed by the American Board of Anesthesiology

The ABA is transitioning to a new assessment program that will complement the movement of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) toward competency-based training and promotion. The American Board of Anesthesiology now requires candidates who will complete residency training on or after June 30, 2016 to be in the Staged Examination system. Rather than taking the Part 1 Examination at the conclusion of residency, ABA candidates will take a staged Part 1 Examination that will consist of two separate examinations. The first of these examinations, the BASIC Examination, will be taken in July of the CA2 year. It will be followed by the ADVANCED Examination after the conclusion of residency training. Once a candidate has successfully completed the ADVANCED Examination, he/she will then be eligible for APPLIED Examination.


Core lectures are held every Tuesday morning from 6:30am-7:30am, with a delayed operating room start to allow for Faculty and Residents to attend.  In addition break-out lectures by class are held from 7:30a-8:30am.


A Summary of the Core Lectures includes:

  • Faculty Lectures
  • Grand Rounds
  • Morbidity & Mortatlity Conferences
  • Journal Club
  • QI Project Presentations
  • In-Training Review

Intern lectures are every Tuesday & Thursday from 12:00pm-1:00pm.

Simulation Lab

The mission of the Simulation lab is to support LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine's educational mission through the use of real-time interactive simulation systems. The lab works closely with departments, course directors, individual faculty and other health care organizations to develop education experiences which utilize simulation. A total of three simulation suites are available for use. Each suite contains state-of-the-art equipment including sophisticated computers and life-like mannequins. The specialized mannequins are anatomically accurate and demonstrate various clinical signs and scenarios, such as hemorrhage, respiratory and cardiac arrest. The computers are capable of a wide array of clinical scenarios and additional equipment is available to further enhance clinical training and skill development.

Education & Training

Anesthesiology Residency