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Cultural Competence

Updated: Feb 4, 2023

Residents are immersed in a multicultural work environment with a diverse patient population both ethnically and economically. By educating residents to respect and understand different cultures, physicians can better serve different and diverse patient populations.

Cultural competence contributes to the core competencies of interpersonal and communication skills (ICS), professionalism (P), and Patient care (PC)


Orthopaedic Women of Howard Event - Oct 24th 2022

The excellent members of the OWH participated in an event with LSU Health Shreveport to learn more about the initiatives we are working on in our program and enlighten us on newer initiatives we can begin.


LSU Ortho Diversity initiative

LSU Ortho has recruited a diverse range physicians, nurses, extenders and residents to enrich our residents understanding of the issues people with different cultures and backgrounds face.

Cultural Competence Education

Through a variety of lectures and symposium, our residents are exposed to top thought leaders and educators for cultural competence.


Our Residents and faculty mentored 15 undergraduate students for 8 weeks. They participated in the annual Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (UGRAP) sponsored by the Office of Diversity Affairs at LSU Health Shreveport. This program provides opportunities for undergrad students to gain experience in research and inspire them to joint the field of medicine.

2021 Unconscious Bias Training by Dr. Toni Thibeaux, EdD, MPH

Our Residents and Faculty participated in a forum to learn and discuss unconscious bias and how to attempt to remove it from practice and hiring.


Dr. Scott Porter Gave Grand Rounds this year and was a keynote speaker on diversity and inclusion at the Annual Louisiana Orthopaedic Association Meeting.

Dr. Antionio Webb presented Grand Rounds at LSU Health. Dr. Webb is a Spine Surgeon from Shreveport, LA who presented on overcoming adversity. Visit him @ Pictured Left: Dr. Debbie Chandler Associate Dean of Student and Diversity Affairs and Dr. Antonio Webb.

Service to the Underserved

LSU Ortho is a major service provider for the charity care and Medicaid population in the state of Louisiana.

By training residents for how to care for underserved patient populations, we instill a sense of service in our residents.

The majority of our residents who have graduated, donate their time to care for underserved.


County Wide Physicals that all residents participate in to provide a need for all of our local schools. Additionally, residents participate in sideline sports medicine, providing care to a diverse group of student athletes. Pictured Left: Residents provide free physicals for the community athletes.

Extensive Training and Work at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children that cares for underserved children from 4 states and Panama. Residents have the opportunity to travel to Panama annually and also take care of Panamanians locally in Shreveport. Pictured: Doctors from our Shriner's Hospital care for 160 Panamanians.

QI Projects to provide rapid MRI, Physical Therapy and Bracing Services on Underserved Patient Populations.


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