Welcome to the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship Training Program.
Our fellowship program is a fully accredited three year training program with a primary emphasis on providing excellent training in clinical GI and Hepatology. A robust exposure to patient cases at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport provides a comprehensive coverage of the national core curriculum in GI and Hepatology training.
We believe that hands on supervised clinical exposure get the best results. This builds confident physicians who are qualified to provide excellent patient care in an academic environment or clinical practice. We have formulated a three year curriculum that emphasizes the strengths of our faculty and patient population. Fellows develop substantial exposure in the clinical management and treatment of a wide spectrum of digestive diseases through direct care to patients in both hospital and ambulatory settings.
Our Gastroenterology fellows here at LSU Health Shreveport have already completed a three year Internal Medicine Residency and then enter our fellowship training program for three years of specialized Gastroenterology training.
Our fellows are taught to evaluate patients with gastrointestinal complaints, treat a broad range of conditions, and provide recommendations to maintain health and prevent disease. They learn to care for patients in the office as well as in the hospital.
Our Gastroenterology fellows also receive dedicated training in endoscopy (upper endoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, and colonoscopy) by our expert faculty members. Endoscopy is the use of narrow, flexible lighted tubes with built-in video cameras, to visualize the inside of the intestinal tract. This specialized training includes detailed and intensive study of how and when to perform endoscopy, optimal methods to complete these tests safely and effectively, and the use of sedating medications to ensure the comfort and safety of patients. They also learn how to perform advanced endoscopic procedures such as polypectomy (removal of colon polyps), esophageal and intestinal dilation (stretching of narrowed areas), and hemostasis (injection or cautery to stop bleeding). Importantly, they learn how to properly interpret the findings and biopsy results of these studies in order to make appropriate recommendations to treat conditions and/or prevent cancer.
Our fellows receive directed training in advanced procedures using endoscopes such as endoscopic biliary examination (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography or ERCP), removal of tumors without surgery (endoscopic mucosal resection or EMR), placement of internal drainage tubes (stents) and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). This provides them with the training necessary to non-surgically remove stones in the bile ducts, evaluate and treat tumors of the gastrointestinal tract and liver, and provide minimally invasive alternatives to surgery for some patients.
The most critical emphasis during the training period is attention to detail and incorporation of their comprehensive knowledge of the entire gastrointestinal tract to provide the highest quality endoscopy and consultative services. When our fellows complete training they are highly trained specialists with a unique combination of broad scientific knowledge, general Internal Medicine training, superior endoscopic skills and experience, and the ability to integrate these elements to provide optimal health care for patients.
Our aims are
- To train competent and compassionate physicians capable of independently providing care to all patients with gastroenterologic and hepatic problems.
- To train physicians in all areas of endoscopic techniques and provide exposure to more advanced techniques/
- To train doctors in a caring and collegial environment who are capable of succeeding in private practice or academic settings/
- To maintain fellow wellness as a priority and to provide opportunities for lifelong wellness training
- To foster the value of lifelong learning and evidenced based medicine.
Mrs. M'Liss Sella
Section of Gastroenterology
LSU Health Shreveport
1501 Kings Highway
P. O. Box 33932
Shreveport, LA 71130-3932
Phone: (318) 675-5915