The Department of Surgery at LSU Health Shreveport has a legacy of resident-initiated, faculty-supervised research. The Department’s commitment today is no different than when it was started by Dr. John McDonald in 1977. The acquisition of new knowledge is one of the three components of the Department’s mission and is a vital aspect of any residency training program.
Annual Surgical Research Project
PGY 1-4 residents are required to complete an annual original work project. Projects can be based on clinical research, translational research, basic science, or quality improvement. Projects must present original data, i.e., data generated at LSU Health Shreveport or one of its affiliate sites. Literature reviews and case presentations are not acceptable as projects. All faculty members are available to assist with projects.
In addition to working together on the annual surgical research project, it is also the goal of the program to allow time for faculty mentors and surgery residents to develop a mentor relationship that will result in open and frank discussions of such other factors as fatigue, workload, study habits, and resident’s perception of how well he or she is progressing in the program.
Based on faculty evaluations of the research presentations, four residents will be chosen as finalists for the research award. They will present their work during the annual Abramson conference. The best of these will be recognized with an annual research award.