Infectious Disease Fellowship
Fellows gain clinical experience through consultant rounds at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport and the outpatient clinics. The consult team usually includes one or two fourth-year medical students, an internal medicine resident, the fellow, and a faculty attending. The consult team averages 10 to 15 new consults per week, or 50 per month. The fellow can take an elective month on the pediatric infectious disease consult service during the second year.
The fellow gains hands-on experience in diagnostic clinical microbiology by working at the bench in the hospital’s clinical microbiology laboratories. The fellow learns laboratory techniques for identifying pathogenic bacteria, mycobacteria, fungi, and viruses.
Outpatient clinics staffed by the Infectious Disease faculty and fellows include the Viral Therapeutics Clinic for viral hepatitis treatment, the Viral Disease Clinic for patients with HIV infection, and the general Infectious Disease Clinic for other infectious diseases. In these clinics, the fellow has the chance to follow patients longitudinally.
Each fellow will see over 450 consults during their 12 months on the consult service.
The first year is devoted primarily to developing competence in clinical infectious diseases, starting a research project, and learning about laboratory diagnosis of infections by working for a month in the clinical microbiology laboratory. The second year is devoted to clinical infectious diseases and research. A month elective rotation in pediatric infectious disease is encouraged. The clinical and research rotations are scheduled in blocks. The fellow selects a faculty mentor to guide clinical and research activities. The faculty mentor has major responsibility for research instruction and guidance.
During the second year, the fellow has a rotation with the hospital Infection control department, learning about infection control and hospital epidemiology. The fellow works with the infection control nurses, checking for infection hazards, monitoring infection rates, and investigating outbreaks. The fellows are members of the hospital Infection Control and Antibiotic Review committees.
Our Program History
The Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport was founded in 1965, admitted its first class in 1969, and graduated its first class in 1973. Since 1975, entering classes have numbered about 120 medical students. The fellowship in infectious diseases started in 1977. Graduates have entered both academic medicine and clinical practice. Since its start, the infectious diseases fellowship has been approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
Clinical facilities include Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport and its outpatient clinics. The hospital is a 340 bed teaching hospital.
Phone: (318) 675-7620