The Neurosurgical Residency Training Program at LSU Health Shreveport provides an academic environment that fosters excellence in both clinical neurosurgery and research. The primary site is Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Academic Medical Center, with affiliated sites at Willis-Knighton Medical Center, and Overton Brooks VA Medical Center. Funding for resident education is provided by LSU Health and affiliated institutions. At the completion of the program, residents are expected to be outstanding clinicians, active investigators, and experienced educators.
The residency in neurosurgery training is a 7-year program:
- PGY-1: The 12-month internship year is separated into 6 modules consisting of 3 months in critical care, 1 month in neurology, 1 month in neuropathology, 1 month in neuroradiology, 1 month in anesthesia, and 5 months in neurosurgery.
- PGY-2: 12 months are spent on clinical neurosurgery at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport.
- PGY-3: 6 months are spent on clinical neurosurgery at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport, and 6 months are spent at the VA Medical Center in Shreveport.
- PGY-4: 6 months are spent in clinical neurosurgery at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport, and 6 months are spent at Willis-Knighton Health System.
- PGY-5: 12 months are spent on research and electives.
- PGY-6: 12 months are spent as a Senior Resident at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport.
- PGY-7: 12 months are spent as Chief Resident at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport.
Our program offers residents a wealth of clinical exposure with more than 3,000 surgical procedures performed annually. These cases include over 600 craniotomies, 70 skull base procedures, 1000 spinal cases, and 60 aneurysms. The curriculum fosters an environment in which residents build upon skills that enable them to care for patients from evaluation to post-operative care.
Our institution is fully equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including Gamma Knife, the Skull Base Lab, the Interventional Neuroradiology Suite, Neuro ICU, PET Scan facilities, and the LSU Health Animal Research Laboratory. Residents also present cases and instruct medical students, as well as publish papers and manuscripts in peer reviewed journals such as Neurosurgery.
Research is integral to the departmental mission. Residents have the opportunity to participate in research through our neurosurgery research division and collaboration with other departments to create a multi-disciplinary approach to neurosurgical research. In Dr. Sun’s lab, for example, residents acquire knowledge of disease progression, and computational techniques to investigate structural and functional connectivity abnormalities in patients with neurological disorders including traumatic brain injuries, multiple sclerosis, tumors, and epilepsy.
Residents gain exposure to trauma, spinal instrumentation, skull base, peripheral nerve, vascular, oncology, pediatric, stereotactic, endoscopic, aneurysm, AVMs, and pain specialties.
In addition to the fundamentals of neurosurgical procedures, residents are taught the importance of patient care, professionalism, utilization of resources, and education of and communication with patients, families, clinical, and support staff.