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Welcome from the Designated Institutional Official

Ochsner training programs utilize over 750 practicing physicians who help to fulfill our mission as an organization to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate, and Innovate in our day-to-day clinical activities. Our house staff are trained in a supportive, positive environment, where learners are always respected for their contributions as a valued member of the healthcare team. These teams focus on the needs of the patient regarding aspects of patient care, education, and research. You will be afforded opportunities to conduct clinical research in an environment where it will be directly translated to patient care. We also cultivate a friendly and collegial atmosphere between faculty, trainees, and other healthcare professionals.

As Designated Institutional Official for Graduate Medical Education, it is my responsibility to ensure that our training programs at Ochsner not only meet but exceed both national and institutional standards thereby providing an outstanding educational experience to our trainees. The staff in the GME Office is charged with providing quality service to all of our applicants, trainees, program directors, and program managers. We hope that you will see the GME Office as a resource for both internal and external questions regarding your medical education.

The training environment at this institution promotes innovation and excellence at all levels while providing Healthcare with Peace of Mind for the patients we are privileged to treat. We thank you for choosing your medical training and career with Ochsner.

Rajiv Gala, MD
Designated Institutional Official, Graduate Medical Education

House Staff Handbook

Adjusting to life as a resident/fellow can seem a bit overwhelming. We recognize the confusion you face and have structured these Graduate Medical Education Institutional Guidelines (The House Staff Handbook) to help. This manual is a guide to expectations, services, and benefits.

Download The House Staff Handbook