Monday, July 15, 2024

LSU Health Shreveport Appoints Dr. James Morris as Designated Institutional Officer for Graduate Medical Education

by BIZ Magazine

LSU Health Shreveport has announced the appointment of Dr. James D. Morris as the Designated Institutional Officer (DIO) for the School of Medicine, effective January 1. Dr. Morris will concurrently retain his role as the Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education and VA Affairs, along with his position as a Professor of Internal Medicine.

In his new role as DIO, Dr. Morris will assume the ultimate responsibility for leading and overseeing all graduate medical education (GME) programs at LSU Health Shreveport. Graduate medical education encompasses the residency or fellowship period, during which physicians undergo specialized training before transitioning to independent practice.

LSU Health Shreveport currently hosts 607 house officers participating in 45 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited programs, 2 Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) accredited programs, and the dental practice residency. Dr. Morris will be tasked with reviewing accreditation information and submissions, collaborating closely with GME staff on program and resident matters, maintaining budget and operational guidelines for all GME activities, and more.

Dr. Morris brings a wealth of experience to his new position, having been actively involved in medical and graduate medical education. He served as the Program Director for the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship and as a GME IRS subcommittee member. His recent roles include serving two years as the General Faculty President and Chair of the School of Medicine Academic Societies. Dr. Morris is a recipient of the 2021 Allen A. Copping Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Clinical Sciences and has previously been honored with the ARCUS Humanitarian in Medicine Award. Beyond LSU Health Shreveport, he has served as the President of the Louisiana Gastroenterology Society and currently holds the position of Treasurer of the Louisiana Chapter of the American College of Physicians.

The appointment of Dr. James Morris as the Designated Institutional Officer reinforces LSU Health Shreveport’s commitment to maintaining high standards in graduate medical education and ensuring the continued success of its diverse programs.

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