Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

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The Pathology Residency Program at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, LA is fully accredited for combined training in anatomic and clinical pathology. The anatomic pathology rotations include autopsy pathology, surgical pathology, cytopathology, nephropathology, dermatopathology, forensic pathology, gastrointestinal pathology, breast, gynecologic pathology, and neuropathology. Clinical pathology rotations include hematology, cytogenetics, medical microscopy/urinalysis, blood bank, chemistry, microbiology, cytogenetics, molecular pathology, virology, toxicology, and informatics. Also, research rotations are permitted. Residents attend weekly sign-out conference with the entire surgical pathology staff using a multi-headed microscope and are expected to participate in yearly research projects with staff members. In addition to conducting conferences for residents and medical students, opportunities for teaching medical students and allied health students are available.

The four-year Anatomic Pathology/Clinical Pathology Program is approved for 12 residents.

LSU Hospital is the main teaching institution with 478 beds. Per year, the Pathology Department processes 15,000 surgical specimens, 36,000 cytology specimens, and 1,500,000 clinical laboratory tests. Yearly autopsies average approximately 500, which includes both forensic and non-forensic cases. Many recent department improvements have enhanced the learning environment for residents, including the purchase of individual and library textbooks, updated microscopes, and personal computers with 26-inch monitors. A newly remodeled conference room and a remodeled sign-out room with six internet connections, microscopes with cameras for digital imaging, and a comfortable study area are available.

The Shreveport/Bossier City metropolitan complex has a population of approximately 400,000. Public schools are excellent. There is an abundance of performing arts, including the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and several theatrical groups. Other leisure options include numerous galleries, museums, and festivals. The Louisiana Boardwalk situated along the Red River offers over 50 unique outlet stores, a 14-screen Regal Cinema, Cajun Cuisine, and many other amenities. There is easy access to several excellent lakes for fishing and water sports. The climate is pleasant and traffic in Shreveport/Bossier City flows smoothly.

Application Instructions

Applications must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) and received prior to December 1 to be considered for appointments the following July.

Applicants must be graduates of approved medical schools and must be able to obtain a Louisiana license. Graduates of foreign medical schools must have an ECGMG certificate. Candidates must have passing grades on USMLE Step 1 and 2 prior to enrollment.


The salary range is $49,475 to $55,071. Chief residents receive an additional monthly and book allowance stipend. Additional resident benefits include generous monthly meal allowance options; $900 book allowance; research stipend; free lab coats and monogramming, free scrubs, free parking, and paid airfare/travel expenses to present research. Malpractice and disability insurance are paid in full. A variety of medical and dental insurance benefits are available. First year residents receive three weeks paid annual leave and four weeks beginning in their second year.