Ochsner Health is a system that delivers health to the people of Louisiana, Mississippi and the Gulf South with a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate.
The General Internal Medicine Inpatient Elective is designed to provide students with exposure to the highest quality inpatient internal medicine patient care services in a state-of-the-art medical facility with the most modern diagnostic and therapeutic modalities of care. This elective will allow students to see a wide variety of medical conditions in a diverse patient population in New Orleans.
The elective is based at the main Ochsner Campus on Jefferson Highway. Students will be part of an internal medicine team that includes two third-year medical students, two first-year residents, a second- or third-year resident, a PharmD, and an attending physician. The attendings are Internal Medicine Hospitalists who specialize in inpatient care and who practice and teach effective, efficient, and cost-conscious treatment of hospitalized patients.
The Ochsner Medical Center is both a community medical center for the New Orleans area as well as a tertiary care referral center for patients from the Southeastern United States and Central and South America. Students will therefore admit and follow patients with a wide variety of medical problems ranging from primary through tertiary levels of medical care. Many patients are transferred to OMC for evaluation of renal transplants, liver transplants, advanced endoscopic procedures, and specialized heart failure treatment.
Students will also attend daily noon conference and afternoon report. They will participate in extensive formal patient teaching rounds, during which the team will review in depth the pathophysiology, differential diagnosis, physical examination findings, guideline-directed treatment, and cost-effective practice of medicine. Students will also gain an awareness of the knowledge, communication skills, values, attitudes, and professional responsibilities required to be a successful Internist.
Please log in to the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) for full details and application process and to view our elective catalog. Electives are approved with a maximum of one 4-week elective rotations and are based on academic merit and availability. Because the selection process is highly competitive, we ask that students please allow a minimum of 8 weeks for proper approval.
Because of our increasing number of affiliate partnerships and the high demand for educational rotations at Ochsner, opportunities for visiting students from nonaffiliated schools may be limited.
Visiting students are responsible for locating and securing their own transportation, housing, and meals during the elective rotation(s).
We recommend that final housing and travel arrangements are deferred until enrollment has been confirmed in the event that we are unable to accommodate a specific course request.
Accepted students will be required to provide a completed Attestation Form signed by an authorized school representative, attesting to the student’s compliance with Ochsner requirements. This form must be submitted before the application can be processed. Students who receive a denied application for not submitting proper documentation cannot reapply for the same dates. The requirements are as follows:
*Additionally, all students must submit proof of malpractice coverage from medical school, with limits of liability of $1,000,000/$3,000,000.
Ochsner Clinic Foundation
Undergraduate Medical Education
1401-A Jefferson Highway
Academic Center, First Floor
New Orleans, LA 70121