We emphasize clinical and academic excellence in our neurology teaching curriculum. We have 100% participation from our dedicated neurology faculty in didactic lectures, journal club discussions, various conferences, symposia, grand rounds, and in the outpatient and inpatient services. There is a one-to-one faculty to resident ratio, and we adhere to an "open-door" policy of accessibility. Each resident is assigned a mentor to help foster individual growth. Care is taken to build the basic foundation of neurologic clinical and basic science and to add relevant subspecialty courses and electives. Up to date research opportunities are available, and all residents are encouraged to publish and/or present case reports, reviews or other academic manuscripts. The art of medicine and the business of medical practice are equally engaged in the educational experience. Upon graduation, our residents are fully competent and prepared for further academics or private practice.
The first year is a categorical year in the Department of Medicine. Applicants and new residents are encouraged to review their Website for details. This year fulfills the requirements by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for eligibility to sit for the certification examination, when followed by an appropriate three year neurology residency as follows:
A minimum of six months of training in internal medicine, not including rotations in neurology, family medicine, or emergency medicine
At least two of the additional six months must be spent in internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine, and/or emergency medicine
No more than two of the remaining four months may be spent in neurology. Please consult the ABPN Website for details.
During this year, the resident is in the first year of the neurology program. In June, all PGY 1's participate in the month-long Neurology Orientation elective. Five to seven months are spent on the inpatient adult neurology service under the supervision of a PGY-4 chief resident and a faculty attending. The resident learns neurologic patient management and has an opportunity to teach the medical students on their clinical rotation, and work alongside anesthesiology, psychiatry and neurosurgery rotators. The other months are spent on psychiatry, neuroradiology, neuropathology, and EEG. PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents split call which generally occurs 4-5 times per month.
The PGY-3 resident has the capability to offer consultation to other services under attending supervision and to learn about other branches of neurologic practice. They will have approximately 4-5 months on the neurology consult service,(OLHS and VA), 1-2 months neurohospitalist, 2 months child neurology, and 3-4 months of electives.
The senior neurology resident will spend 3-4 months as chief resident and will be responsible for running all aspects of the inpatient service and 2 months consults, 1 month pediatric neurology. The rest of the year is elective time in preparation for fellowships and other career advancement. Emphasis is given to teaching the lower level residents, spending more time in research, and presenting and publishing academic works. PGY-4 residents do not take call, but are considered as "back-up" for any needs that arise while they are functioning as Chief Resident.
All residents participate in continuity outpatient neurology clinics, 1-2 half-days per week.
- Inpatient adult neurology service
- Inpatient adult neurology consults
- Child Neurology
- Subspecialty Elective
Each resident will have at least 10 and up to 12 months of electives during the residency. The most common electives chosen are listed below; if a resident has a more specific rotation they would like to pursue, this can often be arranged. However, electives outside of the Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport system are not allowed at this time.
- Movement Disorders
- Multiple Sclerosis/Neuroimmunology
- Neurovascular Interventional Radiology
- Advanced EEG
- Advanced EMG