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Research/Scholarly Activities

Ochsner is committed to a multi-disciplinary, clinically integrated research program of biomedical innovation and discovery with the ultimate goal of improving the health and wellness of our patients. We believe the ability to create and pursue research projects is an essential part of not only of your residency, but also in the development of your future career. No matter what your interest, we know that Ochsner will provide you with a platform for success.

In the Department of Radiology, Ultrasound, Interventional Radiology, Neuroradiology, Neurointervention, and MSK have active research sections which lead to publications and presentations at national meetings. Ochsner also has a focus on a culture of continual improvement in the fields of quality measures, patient safety, systems practices and much more. Our staff resources are extensive with free support in data retrieval, biostatistics/epidemiology, grant/proposal development and medical editing-to name a few-all with the intention of helping you achieve your goals.

The Ochsner Journal is a good avenue for peer-reviewed publication of staff and resident research. This is a growing quarterly publication, and the Radiology Department has a recurring column called “Clinical Images” within each journal. Ochsner radiology residents regularly present abstracts at national meetings throughout the year. Ochsner provides funding for these activities to support the research mission.

Components of our Research Curriculum which you will complete through our support during residency:

  • CITI Course – education in the responsible conduct of research
  • Abstract submission to Local or National Conference – Including Radiological Society of North America, American Roentgen Ray Society, or national sub-specialty academic society conferences. If accepted, attendance is paid for.
  • Responsible Conduct of Research Lecture Series
  • Safety and Quality Improvement Research and Modules – Institute for Healthcare Improvement Modules
  • Journal Club – critical analysis and interpretation of clinical research literature. We hold quarterly Journal Clubs at local New Orleans restaurants.
  • Voluntary Participation in Ochsner Research Week.

Our vision at Ochsner is that everyone has the best health care possible, and we believe to achieve this goal we must be continually striving to improve ourselves. Quality and performance improvement is a key initiative at our institution with a focus on improving the safety of our patients through the science of improvement. We emphasize innovation, teamwork, and systems practices in a multidisciplinary setting to create sustainable changes. For our residents, we begin by teaching you the foundations of improvement, safety, system design, and leadership through our online CITI course and via access to the Institute for Healthcare Improvements Open School. We continue your educational development through a series of interactive workshops lead by our Graduate Medical Education Office.

Research Week is an annual May event that showcases the biomedical research of investigators within the Ochsner Health including students of the University of Queensland-Ochsner Clinical School, as well as postdoctoral fellows, scientists, clinical residents and fellows, nurses, and pharmacists. The weeklong event includes plenary sessions, a noon keynote address, a poster display, and an evening networking session with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails in the Brent House Atrium. Research Week gives residents from a multitude of disciplines the opportunity to present their work in a supportive environment, to establish collaborations, and create academic friendships.

This is a virtual research event with participation by Ochsner, LSU-Shreveport, LSU-New Orleans, Tulane, and UTHealth Residency programs, and students of the University of Queensland – Ochsner Clinical School. Residents and medical students are encouraged to participate and add to their CV using this forum.