The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery offers a five year Residency Training Program. Three PGY-1 positions are filled each year through the National Resident Matching Program. The residents rotate through four Shreveport hospitals: Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport, Shriners Hospital for Children, Overton Brooks Veteran Administration Medical Center, and Willis Knighton.

The Department strives to achieve a proper balance between the clinical, educational, and investigative spheres. Of these, the primary goal is excellence in clinical activities. The process of education encompasses more than the acquisition of knowledge and techniques; it includes the assimilation of experiences which, when absorbed and integrated, permit an appropriate response in any situation. Since learning is an active process, it is recognized that the maintenance of a suitable balance in the educational environment requires continual adjustments in emphasis.

Our Primary Objectives

1) Provide for high quality care;


2) Provide progressive resident development in clinical, operative and research skills; and


3) Maintain an environment which challenges the student, resident, and faculty alike, and which provides maximum opportunity for his/her development.

The strongest part of the program is the extensive broad based clinical training received. Overall, the combined facilities provide extensive experience in outpatient and inpatient care, including trauma, reconstructive surgery, children's surgery, and rehabilitation. Each resident performs an abundance of operative procedures, and he/she is expected to demonstrate competent knowledge of the relevant anatomic details, knowledge of the key steps required, and technical competence for the necessary surgical skills. Staff supervision incorporates the active participation of a full-time academic faculty together with talented private practitioners.

Instruction in the basic science aspects of the musculoskeletal system includes an integrated seminar series spanning the four years of residency. The presence of researchers on the full-time orthopaedic faculty, together with an excellent bioengineering laboratory, plus a cell and tissue culture laboratory, offers an opportunity to develop special skills, whether in biomechanics, biomaterials, or basic studies of bone and other musculoskeletal tissues.

Each resident is expected to complete two academic projects, including a laboratory project. This type of endeavor adds a dimension to specialized training otherwise unobtainable, because a resident who plans and conducts an independent investigation and creates an original report acquires comprehensive knowledge of a specialized subject, and this in turn expands his/her interests. The process also sharpens the resident's ability to critically analyze all types of information, regardless of the source, thereby culminating the educational process.


Amy Shelley
Residency Coordinator
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
LSU Health Shreveport
1501 Kings Highway
Shreveport, LA 71103

Residents participate in the annual Orthopaedic In-Training Exam given by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. In addition, residents attend the AO North America Basic Fracture Course and the Dallas Short Course during the PGY-2, the Microsurgery Training Course and MD Anderson Pathology Course in Houston during PGY-3, the AO North America Advanced Fracture Course and a specialty course during PGY 4; the Annual Meeting of the AAOS and Miller's Board Review Course during PGY-5. The department may also provide support for a resident to attend a meeting for which he or she has had a paper accepted for presentation.

Our Orthopaedic Residents' Resource Center contains networked computers, current textbooks, educational DVD/CD-ROMs and video programs, and is accessible to residents at all times. In addition, the institutional LSU Health Shreveport Medical Library provides a liaison librarian to complement the assistance provided by the Residency Coordinator and affiliated staff.

The following conferences are scheduled for all residents:

Trauma Conference

6:30 – 7:30 am


Grand Rounds

6:30 – 7:30 am


Basic Science/Clinical Conference

6:30 – 8:30 am


Journal Club

6:30 pm


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Surgical Skills Lab

The surgical skills laboratory serves as a teaching tool for medical students, residents, faculty, and practicing surgeons of all subspecialty fields.  The lab provides a setting in which learners of all levels may practice and hone their surgical skills.  Using cadaveric specimens allow participants a relaxed setting to strengthen their anatomic knowledge without putting actual patients at risk.


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