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.
To provide fourth-year medical students with an advanced experience in General Surgery and one of its sub-specialties. Students will apply and expand their knowledge of surgery through direct patient care and operative experience.
Each student will rotate for two weeks on two busy clinical services, including acute care, breast, endocrine, surgical oncology, laparoscopic surgery, cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, pediatric surgery, and colorectal surgery. The student will choose in advance among various services, and his/her top choices will be honored when available. Students participate actively in all phases of diagnosis and treatment alongside resident and attending staff. Activities include daily work rounds, assisting in the operating room, and evaluation of pre and postoperative patients in both the hospital and clinic settings. He or she will actively participate in the regular conference schedule. Principles of surgical diagnosis, as well as clinical physiology and pathophysiology, are especially emphasized for the student. There is no on call requirement, although students may choose to shadow an intern on call once a week. Fourth year elective rotation performance is designed for students interested in pursuing a surgical career, or those wishing to gain a more intensive or specialized experience in surgery than provided during the third-year rotation.
To permit medical students to observe the diagnosis and treatment of patients with a wide variety of orthopedic problems. The students have the opportunity to learn the scope of this surgical specialty.
The student is assigned to four staff orthopedic surgeons and their residents for a period of one week each, thus having the opportunity to participate in the treatment of a variety of orthopedic conditions since members of the department have subspecialties within the specialty. The student sees patients in the clinic, makes rounds with the staff orthopedic surgeon and the residents, scrubs in on the surgical cases, and assists in the reduction of fractures and the application of casts. He or she also attends all of the teaching conferences of the department.
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