Louisiana State University - Shreveport

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Louisiana State University - Shreveport Program - Dennis Venable, MD, Department Chair

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Louisiana State University - Shreveport
Survey Respondent: 
Dennis Venable, MD, Department Chair
If you were an applicant, why would you choose to train in your residency program?: 
LSU Health Sciences Center - Shreveport offers fully accredited residency training, which is provided in a friendly, supportive environment.
What is your program looking for in a graduating medical student?: 
Well-balanced foundation in medicine and dedication toward pursuing Urology as a career.
What part of an application do you consider most important in ranking applicants?: 
Academic standing (GPA, Class rank), and national board scores represent an initial, objective evaluation guide - supplemented by resume, letters of recommendation and personal statement/personal interview.
What advice do you have for medical students hoping to match in Urology?: 
Take clinical elective(s) to reinforce initial interest and communicate with students in the class above you to gain their additional insight into the specialty and the relative strengths and weaknesses of the various programs at which they may have rotated. I would encourage the students to visit informally with the urology faculty at their schools to discuss their relative competitiveness for residency training, and ways they might increase their changes of a successful match (e.g., getting involved in clinical or basic science projects early on in medical school and perhaps considering applying for an American Foundation for Urologic Disease (AFUD) Medical Student Summer Grant).


Good for operative experience, fantastic hours. Residents seem very happy, many have families, spouses seem to be close (which might be good or bad depending on your view and where you are in life).

However, they don't really have any faculty who can use the robot. Would be great if you were planning to go to a small town or just had an interest in open surgery since the volume is great, but they're a long way from cutting edge.

Actually have 3 robot trained staff.  Robot at LSU hospital and the two private hospitals residents rotate at- no robot at VA yet.