Residency Program Descriptions

PGY-1

The PGY-1 year consists of 3 months of general surgery core rotations, 3 months of surgical subspecialty rotations (such as SICU, Colorectal Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Trauma, and Transplant) and the remaining 6 months are spent on the Urology service at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Academic Medical Center.  This first postgraduate year emphasizes acquisition of general surgical skills and knowledge of pre- and postoperative management, circulatory physiology (including the effects of shock and principles of hemostasis), physiology of surgical stress, and anesthesia principles.  During the 6 months on the Urology service, the PGY-1 resident begins to learn and practice the essential knowledge and skills of “office urology,” including laboratory evaluation, common radiologic and diagnostic tests, treatment of common Urologic illnesses, and development of management plans and follow-up.  During this year, the resident also begins to learn and practice basic outpatient office procedures, such as cystoscopy, urodynamics, and TRUS prostate biopsy.  This year of training is designed to enhance resident education and to prepare residents for the practice of Urology.  The Urology Department also enrolls its two PGY-1 residents in the American College of Surgery-sponsored Fundamentals of Surgery Curriculum – a web-based, interactive, modular curriculum comprised of 109 case scenarios designed to teach and strengthen the above surgical principles.  During the final month of their PGY-1 year, the residents also attend the annual Fundamentals in Urology Conference sponsored by the American Urological Association’s Office of Education. 

PGY-2

The PGY-2 year represents the resident’s entrance into full-time Urological training.  This year of training is equally divided between the Ochsner LSU Hospital and the private rotation at the Willis-Knighton Health System.  Under close supervision by faculty and senior residents, the PGY-2 resident hones their evaluation and management of common Urologic disease processes and expands their surgical skills.  During this year, the resident is expected to perform a variety of endoscopic procedures and other minor surgical procedures under senior resident and/or faculty supervision and direct operative assistance.  The PGY-2 resident also assists more senior physicians with complicated or technically difficult surgical procedures. 

PGY-3

PGY-3 Urology residents rotate 6 months each at our Dean’s Affiliate Overton Brooks Veteran Affairs Medical Center and on the adult urology service at Ochsner LSU Hospital.  Residents continue to refine their abilities to perform and/or interpret more complex uroradiological tests, such as Urologic ultrasonography and Doppler flow studies, MRI, and radionucleotide studies.  Their ability to provide diagnosis and interdisciplinary care for more complex Urologic patients exponentially increases.  Transurethral resection of the bladder and prostate is taught and honed, and residents begin to develop skills in percutaneous nephrostomy tube placement and percutaneous calculus manipulation under real-time ultrasonographic and fluoroscopic monitoring and guidance.  The PGY-3 Urology resident begins to demonstrate graded responsibility in assisting more junior residents and interns in Urologic endoscopic diagnostic and minor surgical procedures.  The degree of technical difficulty of cases performed by the PGY-3 resident increases as the resident’s experiences, technical skills, and competence progress, as demonstrated through direct observation and supervision by faculty.

PGY-4

PGY-4 Urology residents assume more administrative and clinical responsibility by serving as the Senior Urology Resident for 6 months on the private urology service at the Willis-Knighton Health System and 6 months on the Ochsner LSU Hospital rotation.  While on the Willis-Knighton rotation, the resident coordinates the efficient and thorough work-up and management of hospitalized patients and coordinates Urology resident participation in educationally-valuable OR cases and outpatient clinic activities at the Willis-Knighton South and Pierremont offices.  The PGY-4 resident is also responsible for coordination of Urology resident on-call scheduling.  While on the Ochsner LSU Hospital rotation, the PGY-4 resident is primarily responsible for the outpatient clinic operation and assisting the Chief Resident and faculty in complex oncologic, laparoscopic/robotic, female/reconstructive, and pediatric urologic cases.  The PGY-4 resident also assists and teaches junior residents in minor open and endoscopic operative cases and continues to acquire knowledge and skills in the six general competency areas. 

PGY-5

The PGY-5 residents serve as Chief Administrative Residents for their two 6-month rotations at Ochsner LSU Hospital and Overton Brooks VAMC, respectively. Chief Resident responsibilities include coordinating the efficient and thorough management of hospitalized patients as well as organizing and coordinating individual Urology resident assignments and participation in OR cases and outpatient clinic activities at their respective institutions.  They also supervise junior residents and 3rd- and 4th-year medical students rotating on the Urology service.  Chief Residents also coordinate other departmental administrative and educational functions such as organizing data for the monthly M&M conferences and selecting appropriate teaching cases for presentation at the didactic conferences and Journal Clubs.  The Chief Residents also assist the Program Director in collecting patient care data, maintaining an accurate operative experience list from each of the affiliated training institutions, and regularly monitoring resident duty hours and observation of fellow residents for signs of fatigue and/or sleep deprivation.  The Chief Residents concentrate their clinical and operative experiences in the areas of endo-urology/robotics, oncology, and reconstructive/female urology.

Contact Us

LSU Health Shreveport
Department of Urology
1501 Kings Highway
Shreveport, LA 71130
(318) 675-5601


Monya Gallagher
(318) 675-6250
mgall1@lsuhsc.edu

ROTATIONS

An example of our rotation schedule:

Year

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun
PGY
5 (1)
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PGY
5 (2)
VA OLH VA OLH
PGY
4 (1)
OLH WK OLH WK OLH WK
PGY
4 (2)
WK OLH WK OLH WK OLH
PGY
3 (1)
OLH VA OLH VA OLH
PGY
3 (2)
VA OLH VA OLH VA
PGY
2 (1)
OLH WK OLH WK OLH WK OLH
PGY
2 (2)
WK OLH WK OLH WK OLH WK
PGY
​​​​​​​1 (1)
GS OLH GS OLH
PGY
​​​​​​​1 (2)
OLH GS OLH GS

 

Locations and Size of our Partner Facilities:

Willis Knighton South
2510 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop
Shreveport, LA 71118
                    
Number of Beds:  112
Number of ORs:     10
da Vinci Xi and Si

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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 allows participants to strengthen their anatomic knowledge in a relaxed setting.

Education Training

Urology Residency