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LSU Rural Family Medicine Residency Program (Bogalusa)

Kerry E. Sterling, MD, MS, House Officer III Interim Chief Resident

The beginning of the academic year was met with high enthusiasm by the residents, faculty and staff as we welcomed our new interns. As part of orientation, Dr. Richard Friend, Program Director and all of the residents attended the annual ROPES Course held in Hattiesburg, MS on June 18th. The course included several team building exercises as well as fun physical activities, including the Big Swing, High Wire and Rock Climbing elements. These activities allowed new and veteran residents to bond and prepare mentally and physically for the challenging year ahead.

On June 17th, we held our annual “White Coat Ceremony” at the Bogalusa Country Club. This special event was very moving as the rising 2nd Year Residents assisted the new Interns with the donning of the long white coat. In attendance were friends, family and faculty from the LSU Bogalusa Medical Center (BMC), and Kim E. LeBlanc, MD, PhD, FAAFP, FACSM - Head, Department of Family Medicine, Marie Lahasky Professor of Family Medicine and Director, Rural Education, School of Medicine Chairman of the LSUHSC-NO Department of Family Medicine. Residents took the opportunity to recognize and give gifts to the individuals who support them on a daily basis. Flowers, candy, balloons, and certificates were given to the Residency & Administrative Coordinators, Nursing Staff, Front Office Staff, Lab Tech, and FMC Housekeeper.

Program Director Dr. Friend has worked tirelessly to acquire the MED Challenger Program for Residents. The secure online program is now activated and available for our residents to use as preparation for the various board exams. The MED Challenger is a question bank matrix with more than 10, 000 questions covering the diverse family medicine curriculum. Residents will be required to complete modules that correspond to their monthly rotations. We expect residents to have a significant increase in ITE scores this coming fall.

This year residents & faculty will again participate in the national AAFP GO! Diabetes Program. On August 13th, “Change Agents” Dr. Cain (program faculty) along with PGY-2 Dr. Ron McLendon, and PGY-3 Interim Chief Dr. Kerry Sterling discussed the components of the program and navigation of the METRIC program for input of patient data. Drs. McLendon and Imsais were awarded 2010 AAFP grants to attended the research component workshop held July 29 in Kansas City, MO in conjunction with the AAFP Annual Natl. Resident & Medical Student Conference. It is important to note that last year our residency program received AAFP national recognition for having one the highest percentage participation in the Go! Diabetes program across the nation.

In regards to community service, the next major event was Project H.O.P.E.’s “Annual Teen Summit and Career Workshop/Talent Showcase” held on August 14, 2010 at the Bogalusa High School Auditorium. Project Helping Other People Excel is a community-based organization whose sole mission is to mentor, nurture, support and provide guidance for the youth of Washington Parish. Dr. Sterling, a member of Project H. O.P.E., along with several residents, speared-headed a fundraiser for this event at the BMC. To date, donations have totaled over $700.00. Not only have residents contributed financially but they Also have committed to volunteering for this event with sweat equity. Residents served as guest speakers and logistic coordinators for the Teen Summit.

Upcoming Rural Family Medicine Residency activities include:

Recruitment Season:

• Drs. Friend, Knight (Chief Resident), & Kerry Sterling attended the University of Mississippi student FMIG Residency Fair in Jackson, MS on September 15,2010.

• Drs. Friend & Sterling attended the LSUHSC-Shreveport Family Medicine Residency Fair in Shreveport, LA on September 16, 2010.

• Resident applications are submitted through ERAS no later than 01-Dec- 2010. Please see our website < http://www.medschool.lsuhsc.edu/family_medicine/bogalusa_main.Aspx ACGME ID: 1202113695 > for additional information.

Conference Attendance:

• AAFP Chief Resident Leadership Development conference was attended by Candice LeDuff Knight, MD, MPH in May (Kansas City, MO); the 2nd session of this workshop was held in Sept, 2010 in conjunction with the AAFP Scientific Assembly in Denver.

• Dr. Richard Friend lectured on the topic of the Pediatric Limp at the annual summer LAFP Conference, held in June in Destin, FL.

• AAFP National Conference for Residents & Medical Students, held July 29-Aug 1, 2010 in Kansas City, MO was attended by PGY-2s Drs. Imsais and McLendon.

• PGY-2 residents Drs. Kimberly Crenshaw & Kervin Doctor attended Baylor School of Medicine’s annual “Geriatrics Is Your Future” conference September 10-11, 2010 in Houston, TX.

• Program faculty Dr. Elizabeth Cain along with four PGY-3 residents - Drs. Knight, Sterling, Noor Jiwani, & Hongxie “Peter” Shen, will be in attendance at the upcoming AAFP Annual Scientific Assembly September 29– Oct. 2, 2010 in Denver, CO.

• Faculty Stanley Tally, LCSW, Instructor And Coordinator of Behavioral Medicine has been awarded one of the 12 inaugural year-long STFM sponsored Behavioral Science/ Family Systems Educator Fellowships. He will attend the Annual STFM Conference behavioral science educators fundamental skills track at 2011 STFM Annual Spring Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia; he will also be in attendance at the Behavioral science track at 2010 Forum on Behavioral Science Conference in Chicago in Sept 2010.

Sports Medicine:

• On July 30, Drs. Friend, Jiwani, & Intern Stephen Serrano conducted over 30 sport physicals for the Angie High School Athletic Department in Washington Parish.

• Also this year we look forward to serving Side Line Medical Assistance to the mighty “Lumberjacks” Football Team of Bogalusa High School.


• We would like to congratulate Dr. Candice Knight and husband Dr. Collins Knight on the birth of their baby boy Chase.

• Congratulations to faculty member Dr. Elizabeth Cain who has been recently named Assistant Program Director of the LSU Rural Family Medicine Residency Program. She has also been elected as a Fellow to the AAFP, and she will be honored at a Convocation Ceremony in Denver, CO on Oct. 2, 2010 at the Scientific Assembly.

• Off-cycle PGY-3 Joseph Ravid, MD, an inaugural resident of the program, will complete his training in mid September. We wish Dr. Ravid success as he enters private practice in south Florida.

LSUHSC-New Orleans at Kenner
Sheriff Gusman’s Health Fair hosted by the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Department was heldIn May. Members of the LSU Kenner Family Medicine Residency Program participated, along with members of the LSU Healthcare Network to make this a very successful event. This extensive fair was geared toward serving the needs of the entire family. The turnout was great and over 450 participants were served that day. Volunteer health stations included BMI calculations, EKG interpretations, blood pressure readings, blood glucose and cholesterol checks, dental resources, and ophthalmologic services.

Other non-medical volunteers offered information regarding financial services through local banks, childcare services, and tips for healthy food for good living by the LSU Agriculture Center.

Participants from LSU Family Medicine included: Dr. Nana Yaw Adu-Sarkodie (2010- 2011 Chief Resident), Dr. Stephen Jones (2010-2011 Co-Chief Resident), and Dr. Jake Rodi (PGY2). A good time was had by all and we look forward to participating in this activity in the coming year.

On Friday, June 25, 2010 the LSU Kenner Family Medicine Residency Program held its annual graduation celebration and dinner.

It was a bittersweet occasion where we said goodbye to our graduating seniors and also presented our incoming interns. Dr. James Campbell, Program Director, was an excellent host and imparted some key words of advice to our graduates to be aware of all of Murphy’s Law’s. Dr. Marta Robertson, our outgoing Chief Resident’s speech was comical, emotional, and expressive of the collective experience and personalities in her class.

A number of special awards were presented to residents and faculty, as well.

The 2010 Chief Resident and Women’s Health Awards were presented to Marta Robertson, M.D. (2009-2010 Chief Resident and 2010 Graduate), the 2010 Outstanding Resident Award was presented to Nana Yaw Adu-Sarkodie, M.D., MPH, the inaugural Chairman’s Award for 2010 was presented to Stephen Jones, M.D., the 2010 Resident Teacher Award was presented to Jake Rodi,

M. D, the 2010 Research and Scholarly Activity Award was presented to Kevin Johnson, M.D. (PGY2), the 2010 Neonates, Infants, and Children Award was presented to Maricelle Ong, M.D. (PGY3), and the 2010 Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Award was presented to Arakel Movsesyan, M.D. (2010 Graduate). Faculty awards were presented to Herbert Muncie, M.D. and Pramilla Subramaniam, M.D. for Outstanding Clinical Teaching.

Our Program Director, Dr. James Campbell, is meeting with Dr. Mayer Heiman, a geriatrician within the LSU Geriatrics Department to identify ways of planning a program to improve access to healthcare in the Greater New Orleans Area for the homebound. Plans and ideas are in the works towards developing a “master network” where patients can have access to a network of physicians who would be available to them 24/7 in their homes. Currently, our residents see patients in their practices in patient homes PRN. New programs like this would be made available to our residents who are interested in partnering.

East Jefferson General Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program

With summer in full swing, we sent the graduating class of 2010 off in style. The graduation dinner reception was held at Ralph’s on the Park, where the graduates received their diplomas. Dr. Raymond DeCorte, EJGH general surgeon and advocate for the residency program received the Teacher of the Year Award. “The Roast and Toast” was held at Dr. Lisa Casey’s new home in Lakeview a few days after graduation.

The graduating class was “roasted” using a jeopardy themed slideshow the PGY 2 class created. Dr. Nancy Anise served as our Alex Trebek and each resident was given a gag gift representing a funny memory each was a part of while at the program. Nancy, thanks for the wonderful job of “MC.” The residents also chose this time to present Patsy DeLucca, our irreplaceable inpatient team case manager, with a retirement gift. Patsy began at East Jefferson Hospital in October 1992 and has been with the program since June 2005. She recently announced her retirement and will be leaving us this October. Patsy, you will be sincerely missed.

We are also proud to bring you the following faculty announcements. Dr. David Euans, Program Director, was elected President-Elect of LAFP at the 63rd Assembly Conference held in July. Dr. Kevin Russ was named EJGH Physician of the Quarter and has continued to oversee the successful implementation of AllScripts. Dr. Lisa Casey was interviewed by Gambit Weekly on preparing your child for the school year, and Dr. Chuck Cucchiara presented the residents with a dazzling noon conference demonstration on botox.

Dr. Gordon Magonet recently attended a Botanical Herbal Medicine Conference as part of his Fellowship endeavors, and Dr. Robert Ryan attended the AAFP Skin Conference.

Our new intern Class of 2013 has rolled up their sleeves and jumped into their EJGH FM duties. They seem to be adjusting quite well to their new MD titles. Their first year will encompass the essential building blocks of Family Medicine (Family Medicine Hospital Service and Clinic, Inpatient Pediatrics, OB, Surgery, and Psychiatry). With the support of EJGH Physician Group Services, we will be hosting an official intern reception at Austin’s Restaurant this August. Welcome once again and keep up the good work!

The Class of 2012 has also rolled smoothly into their second year of training. Many cannot believe how quickly their first year went by. Dr. Laura Dwyer represented EJGH Family Medicine at the annual AAFP Conference held in Kansas City, MO this past July. Dr. William Luster is preparing for Step 3 this August and was named as a co-author in a case report of bacterial infectious panniculitis while on rotation with Tulane Inpatient Pediatrics.

The Class of 2011 is in full clinic mode now, seeing patients four ½ day sessionsPer week in addition to their assigned rotations. “Everyone loves juggling the extra patient loads. It really simulates being in practice independently.” In addition, having implemented EMR in February 2010, the class will have over a year of experience with electronic documentation by graduation.

Dr. Paula Rhode, the program’s clinical psychologist, has also begun preparing the Class of 2011 for job searches and finalizing CV’s for dissemination. Some residents are keeping location options open, but many are interested in staying nearby in Metairie, Houma, Laplace and Covington.

The program is very positive about the upcoming academic year! We look forward to cooler temperatures, the Saints returning to the Superdome, and hopefully a calm/ quiet hurricane season.

LSUHSC-Shreveport at Alexandria

Katheryn Burnaman, Residency Coordinator “Sweet & Savory” was the theme of the 2010 Doctors Day’s Reception, with homemade goodies provided by residency staff members on March 30! In a themed response, faculty members provided a “Fiesta Luncheon” and residents planned a “Pizza Party” to honor staff members for Administrative Professionals, Laboratory Professionals, Nurses and Volunteer Week observance weeks. With diets now blown, exercise came while running for taxis, planes and trains to numerous educational conferences, events, and recruitment fairs: LSU AMA Recruitment Fair in March • at LSUHSC - NewOrleans – Residents Dr Dana Mays & Dr. Joy Odeta

• White Coat Day at the Capitol in Baton Rouge on May 5th – Dr. Bradley Touchet, Associate Director and Dr. Anne Pinfold, Faculty

• 2010 AAFP Workshop for Directors of Family Medicine Residency Programs in Kansas City, MO in June – Dr. Brian Elkins, Program Director

• Family Medicine Board Review and SAMS Working Group in Dallas thisJune – Faculty, Dr. Kiran Balapala and Dr. Natalie Phillips; Residents Doctors Rafia Aftab, Jeffrey Tan, Margo Thomas and Dametria Sinegal.

• LAFP 63rd Annual Assembly and Exhibition in Destin, Florida in July - Dr. Michael Madden (Faculty) and Dr. Dana Mays (PGY-III) On June 26th, our program was honored to have DHH Secretary Alan Levine deliver the keynote address to the graduating class of 2010 and few hundred of their closest family, friends and associates at Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center. Convocation was followed by an after-party at England Airpark, which was planned and hosted by the PGY-2 class following our program’s tradition. All ofThe graduates will practice family medicine in rural or medically underserved areas, directly impacting the shortage of primarycare physicians where they are most needed.

Congratulations to our class of 2010: John Rainey, MD – solo practice in Vill• e Platte in Evangeline parish

• Bryan Rosedale, MD – staff of Jackson Parish Hospital in Jonesboro, Louisiana

• Dametria Sinegal, MD – group practice of Primary Care Specialists in Alexandria (Rapides parish)

• Jeffrey Tan, MD – practice of Peninsula Community Health in Bremerton, Washington

• Margo Thomas, MD – group practice in Shreveport (Caddo parish) Seemingly simultaneously, we welcomed our Intern Class of 2010-2011:

• James Donnell, St. George’s University School of Medicine

• Avneet Gill, Windsor University School of Medicine

• Ryan Myers, American University of the Caribbean – School of Medicine

• Lynda Odom, St. George’s University School of Medicine

• Connie Olson, University of Sint Eustatius School of Medicine

• Leo Verlander, Tulane University School of Medicine Special thanks to Central Louisiana AHEC for providing relocation stipends to the interns. As part of the orientation process, the interns spent time at LSUHSC-Shreveport, Rapides Regional Medical Center, and the VA Medical Center – Pineville. During clinic orientation, they enjoyed daily “getacquainted” luncheons hosted by the various clinic departments. In addition to receiving certification in BLS, ACLS, PALS and NRP, the six interns also traveled to Lake Charles for late July Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) course with faculty instructors, Doctors Brian Elkins and Michael Madden.

Dr. Madden was also an instructor at the June ALSO Course in Lafayette. Rapides Regional Medical Center hosted an Intern Welcome Reception at the Alexandria Golf & Country Club on August 19th.

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Madden, who was named one of the five finalists for the AAFP Family Physician of the Year Award; the winner will be announced at the AAFP’s Scientific Assembly in Denver this fall. Dr. Chrisadel Heath and Dr. Dana Mays assumed their elected posts as Chief Residents in May. Kudos to our nursing team who scored a whopping 98% in the DHH Vaccines for Children audit in April, exceeding the national goal of 90% for a second year. The percentage reflects the number of children (through age 2 ) that are up-to-date on their immunizations.

At this writing, the humidity factor is 113 degrees, with a rapidly failing central a/c unit. How hot is it? Well, the trees are whistling for the dogs! Best wishes to all for some Louisiana heat relief and a really cool recruitment season.

LSUHSC-Shreveport at Monroe

Since our last writing, we had a wonderfulGraduation ceremony for our graduating class of 2010. This was held at the beautiful ULM Alumni Center. Dr. Cesar Gonzales was recognized with the Resident of the Year award and Dr. William Rutherford was recognized with the Faculty of the Year award. Both of these doctors are well deserving of this award. Congratulations!!

Three of our recent graduates are staying right here in the Monroe area. Drs.

Rubeena Anjum and Samina Fakhr are joining Glenwood Regional Hospital where they will run a newly built Family Medicine outpatient clinic. Dr. Cesar Gonzales will be joining Palmetto Recovery Center in Rayville, Louisiana. Dr. Aqfa Sultana will be going to Jackson, Mississippi and Dr. Sandhya Grandhi is heading north to Carbondale, Illinois. Dr. Yubaraja Bhatttari who is leaving later than the others is still weighing his options.

Congratulations to Dr. Cesar Gonzales and Anita Thompson who were recently married on the beautiful beach in Mexico.

Welcome to our new residents Rahmath Begum, Glen Capulong, Ruma Dahal, Mohammed Jameel, Christine Livek, Darshan Patel, Nandini Sunkireddy and Pavana Tirumanisetti. They have survived the first month of residency. They look a little tired and are turned around in the hospital but overall doing a great job.

LSUHSC-Shreveport at Shreveport and Vivian

The new academic year is in full swing along with the blazing heat of August.

Our new interns are adjusting extremely well to their new environment. The revised orientation schedule we implemented for July seems to have worked wonders on getting the interns through that first month with their sanity intact.

In addition to our new interns, our 2nd and 3rd years are also adjusting well to their newRules. Chief Residents Amber Bazler, MD, and Greg Garner, MD, make a great team and are working very hard to improve the program as well as our new website.

In looking ahead at the upcoming year, we are very excited about recruiting season. We have some great ideas for social functions and educational opportunities for our medical students. Our first recruiting event is planned for the end of this month with other events, such as our Halloween Party/ Fall Fest in October and our Cochon de Lait in February, in the works. Be on the lookout for updates.

And good luck to all other programs with the upcoming ERAS season!!!

LSUHSC-New Orleans at Lake Charles

Tejal Jetha, M.D. and Rick Edwards,

M. D. – Chief Residents Time seems to have flown by over the last several months. The residents, faculty, and staff have all managed to stay busy as we begin a new year at the residency. We are pleased to welcome our eight new interns to the fold. They are Drs. Tommy Gould, Joshua Whatley, Mandy Crow, and Danielle Rushing, from LSUHSC-Shreveport; Drs.

Andrew Davies, Matt Courville, & Lan Minh Pham, from LSUHSC-New Orleans; and Dr. Lynda Mbah from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston. They have all seemed to make the transition from medical student to physician very easily and are quickly learning their roles in the day to day functioning at the residency. Orientation sessions went smoothly, ACLS and ALSO courses are completed with more advanced training planned over the next few months.

In order to make room for our new residents, we bid farewell to nine graduates. Dr. Jason Baesler, Dr. Andres Guillermo, Dr. Megha Chandoke, Dr. Ameer Khan, Dr. Aaron Marquardt, Dr. Slade Smith, Dr. Johnny Segura, Dr. Danielle Walz, and Dr. Ben Williams. Our graduates were reluctantly sent off after a celebratory graduation ceremony with keynote address by Senator Willie Mount followed by an entertaining faculty roast. We wish them all well in their chosen career paths and look forward to hearing from them as they begin a new chapter in their lives.

We are also proud to announce that our program director, Alan LeBato, M.D., has recently been sworn in as the new president of the LAFP, replacing part-time Lake Charles faculty member Dr. Mark Dawson. We have all been witness to Dr. LeBato’s tireless efforts here at the residency, and have no doubt that he will carry over his knowledge and expertise into his new position.

We also welcome back Dr. Brian Harrell to the program. Dr. Harrell graduated from our program in 2009 and recently completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine in Baton Rouge.

He will return to the program in a full time faculty position. Dr. Harrell has already begun to team up with fellow sports medicine diplomate and faculty physician, Dr. Bryan Barootes, to continue to strengthen our exposure to musculoskeletal medicine. We are all very excited to have Dr. Harrell back where he belongs. Welcome home Brian.

The second year residents are hard at work with Dr. Danette Null continuing the GO DIABETES! Project. The project entails a systematic chart review of our clinic’s diabetic patients in an effort to ensure that they receive optimal medical management.

The program has already been a success as there has been a conscious effort towards improvement of diabetic care. We hope to see this translate into happier, healthier patients for years to come.

We were honored to have Dr. Lacey Millet represent our residency program and the LAFP at the 2010 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students in July.

Our program continues to be very busy with medical student rotations. Lake Charles Memorial Hospital continued its summer program for those students in between their first and second year of medical school. It is now in its second year and this year two LSUHSC-Shreveport students along with one student from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine completed the program with very positive feedback for the learning experiences gained during this rotation. We also had 2 students do AHEC of a summer rotations with us. We continue to host monthly rotations for third year medical students from LSUHSC- New Orleans for their Family Medicine Core rotation, and this year we are staying busy with fourth year students completing Family Medicine electives. Our faculty and residents will continue to foster mentoring programs with McNeese State University. As the fall semester begins, a new program for some of their pre-med students will be offered, which will allow additional shadowing hours with our inpatient and outpatient teams.

As for the fishing report, C’est tres chaud. It has been very hot this summer. Heat indexes in the 105-110 degree ranges at the end of July have sent the fish into deeper waters to cool off. Not may people are catching their limits of fish. If you do go out to Big Lake, go early…and bring lots of water…or gatorade…

LSUHSC-New Orleans at Lafayette

Things are going very well here at the Lafayette residency. Our impressive group of new interns, who we introduced in the last issue, appears to be settling in nicely and, not surprisingly, have been a pleasure for us to have with us. Their presence has eased somewhat the sting of the departure of our recent graduates this year, many of whom have moved a bit farther away than usual. Keri Melancon entered a group practice in Pigeon Forge, TN. We’ll keep that in mind when visiting the Smokey Mountains!

Michelle Menard joined a group practice in New Iberia, LA. Raphael Paula is working as a hospitalist in Naples, Florida. Ernesto Pruna is doing urgent care in Dallas, Texas. Abiola Shitta-Bey is working as a hospitalist in Sulphur, LA. Nixcella Ares-Valdes is with a group practice in Houston, Texas.

Ronnie Vu appears to have gone farthest away and is practicing in Litchfield, Arizona. Finally, as we mentioned in an earlier issue, Luke Janeczek headed east to Tampa, Florida.. We wish these folks well in their careers and know that they will continue to be in our thoughts. We will, also, have fond memories of their graduation ceremony and dinner which was at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The event was comfortable and enjoyable. Particularly impressive was the audio/visual presentation of events in the life of each of the graduates. Nixcella Valdes’ daughter, Arlen, did a wonderful job of compiling the photos and putting them to music!

The departure of our recent graduates was made a bit easier by virtue of our having learned in May that the Lafayette program was awarded continued full accreditation by the Residency Review Committee for Family Medicine. We appreciate the hard work and dedication of our residents and faculty who did so much to make that accomplishment possible. Special thanks to program director Alan Broussard, MD who literally worked tirelessly in putting together the finished Program Information Form document describing what it is that we actually do to train residents to become competent family physicians!

Also helping to get the new academic year off to a positive and pleasant start was the Lafayette Family Medicine and Student BBQ at the home of faculty member Wayne “Boo” Cestia, MD on July 18th. It was nice for residents, faculty and students to be able to mingle in a non-work environment and get to know each other on a more casual level. Many thanks to Dr. Cestia and wife, Shelly, for being gracious hosts and for providing such a comfortable environment in which everyone could truly relax.

Recent social events included the annual New Doc on The Block Party to welcome new Family and Internal Medicine Residents to Lafayette. Always an impressive event, it was held at the City Club at River Ranch this year. We thank Southwest Louisiana AHEC and the numerous vendors that were present for their support and for helping us welcome the new people by providing them with a very good time as well as information about their programs.

Yet another positive event was the arrival of a second geriatric fellow. On August 1st Shravantika Reddy, MD started the Geriatric Fellowship Program based here at University Medical Center in conjunction with the Lafayette Family Medicine Residency. She completed her residency at San Jacinto Methodist Family Medicine Residency in Baytown, TX. We are delighted to have her with us and feel reasonably certain that David Persuad, MD is happy to have some company in the geriatric fellow category.

Speaking of geriatrics, faculty member Glen Mire, MD was in the spotlight a bit as he took the show on the road and gave two presentations at the Louisiana-Mississippi Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Leadership Conference held in New Orleans July 27-30, 2020. He presented, “The Management of Non-Pain Symptoms in Patients with Life Limiting Illness” and “Evaluation and Management of Constipation in Patients with Life Limiting Illness”. Congratulations to Glen for the recognition inherent in having the opportunity to be involved in such activities.

We are, also, very proud of and offer our congratulations to faculty member, Leanne LeBlanc, MD who, in conjunction with Kim Edward LeBlanc, MD, recently had an article published in Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice. The article, “Musculoskeletal Disorders”, appears in the June 2010 issue (Vol 37, Number 2, pp 389-406) devoted to and entitled, “Integrative Medicine in Primary Care, Part II: Disease States and Body Systems.” Leanne was also involved in organizing and presenting an Advanced Life Support – Obstetrics (ALSO) course on June 22nd and 23rd in Lafayette. With the generous and invaluable assistance of faculty physicians Michael Madden, MD (Alexandria), Danette Null, MD (Lake Charles), Richard Friend, MD (Bogalusa) and our own Boo Cestia, MD, the course was attended by Lafayette incoming interns and a small group of upper level residents from Lake Charles. Dr. LeBlanc found it very gratifying to be able to work with faculty from other programs in that cooperative effort. She feels strongly that the ALSO Course makes a significant difference in the confidence levels of the residents when they get to the labor unit. Additional courses are, apparently, being scheduled soon in Lake Charles and Kenner for residents from those and other programs.

Until the next issue we wish everyone a productive, rewarding and safe summer!