Thank you for your interest in our program! The LSU Health Shreveport Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency is a medium-sized program with a close-knit group of residents and faculty. Most of the residents' training is completed at our region's tertiary care center, offering excellent exposure to pathology while providing compassionate care for our primarily underserved population. Residents benefit from the depth of training that Med-Peds has to offer in a supportive learning environment, achieving competency in both inpatient and outpatient settings. About half of our residents pursue careers in primary care with the other half pursuing fellowship training. We will welcome you with Southern hospitality and more birthday parties, switch parties, and gift-giving occasions than you can imagine! You will work with dedicated and enthusiastic attendings and colleagues in a challenging but nurturing environment. Please feel free explore our website and contact our residency office for any questions. We look forward to meeting you!
We offer an intensive clinical experience with a wide range of patients and clinical settings. At the end of 4 years of clinical training, our residents are well prepared for independent primary care practice or continuing on for further fellowship training.
Traditionally, about half of our residents have pursued primary care practice at completion of their training and about half have pursued further training in medicine, pediatric or combined fellowship training programs. Increasingly, Med-Peds physicians are being sought out for hospitalist positions. Our graduates generally have their choice of exceptional private practice jobs and have successfully competed for fellowships at top academic medical centers.
Internal Medicine is a three year residency program leading to Board Certification in Internal Medicine. Pediatrics is also a three year residency program leading to Board Certification in Pediatrics. While there is no Med-Peds board, once a physician successfully completes a four year Med-Peds residency program they are eligible to complete the board certification exams in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Med-Peds programs are accredited by the ACGME and AOA as a combined program instead of separate accreditation in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.
While Med-Peds residency provides exceptional training for Primary Care, Med-Peds training also leaves open the option of pursuing a subspecialty in either Internal Medicine or Pediatrics or both (e.g. Cardiology, Infectious Disease, Pulmonary/Critical Care, Women’s Health, Sports Medicine, etc). This allows over 20 fellowship possibilities for graduates as well as Primary Care and Hospitalist Medicine.
Note that while Med-Peds Primary Care training provides comprehensive primary care, it differs both structurally and philosophically from Family Medicine. A physician trained in Med-Peds can care for the newborn to the geriatric patient. Med-Peds prepares a physician well for private practice, academic medicine, hospitalist programs, and fellowships. Med-Peds is a versatile, exciting, and fulfilling career choice that we hope you will consider.
House staff learn to provide compassionate, respectful, patient-centered, cost-effective, and evidence-based care in a variety of academic and community settings. The primary instructional strategy is experiential learning, which occurs through the residents' meaningful patient care responsibility and graduated autonomy. Through direct observation and feedback from faculty and peers, trainees first learn the fundamentals of patient care. Over time, trainees develop the skills of self-evaluation and reflective practice in order to improve their own skills throughout their career. Graduates are prepared to enter the practice or to pursue fellowship training, either in internal medicine or pediatrics, or in a combined fellowship program.
Hello and welcome to our website! I am proud to be a graduate of this program and to have been able to watch it grow over the years. Since our first residents began training in 1992, our program has strived to train competent and compassionate physicians and to prepare them for whatever career they choose, whether in primary care, subspecialty, academics, or otherwise. Our program emphasizes not only excellence in didactics and clinical learning for our residents but also places a strong emphasis on their well-being in a positive and caring culture.
If you are interested in visiting us for an interview, please submit your application through ERAS. Thank you again for your interest!
Please contact me if you have further questions.
Lauren Beal, MD
Med-Peds Program Director