Class of 2018: LSU Health Shreveport biggest class ever

By Nikki Henderson |

Published 07/31 2014 11:18AM

Updated 07/31 2014 11:23AM

Forty-five years after first opening its doors, the School of Medicine at LSU Health Shreveport will welcome its largest class ever on Friday.

The Class of 2018 is comprised of 125 students, an increase of seven over the class before it.

According to Interim Dean John Marymont, MD MBA, this is the first step in the medical school's greater goal of increasing class size by 25 more in the next five years.

Communities across the country and Louisiana are feeling the effects of a physician shortage. The need for more doctors is only expected to grow as demand for services increases at the same time our physician population ages.

Chancellor Robert Barish, MD MBA said, "We want to expand and strengthen the medical school to help ensure our community and state have well-prepared physicians to care for our families." Barish also noted that the majority of students who attend medical school and train at an institution remain in the area to practice.

 Members of the Class of 2018 hail from Shreveport, Bossier City, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette and small towns across the state.

There are parents, former nurses, college athletes, servicemen, a professional cheerleader instructor and a former policeman.  A majority graduated from LSU in Baton Rouge, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Centenary College or another Louisiana school, but others attended colleges like Cornell, Washington University and Notre Dame.

These student doctors will start a four-day orientation Friday before kicking off their four years of medical school. Their first two years will predominantly be in the classroom, followed by two years of clinical rotations. After receiving their MDs in the spring of 2018, the students will enter residency programs to specialize in a particular field of medicine.

Facts about the Class of 2018:
  • Total students=125
  • Applications=1,081
  • Interviewed=253
  • 63 are male
  • 62 are female
  • 1 married couple
  • 4 are legacies
  • Age range 21-32
  • Age mean: 23.4

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