Internal Medicine Residency Students

Our entire program (prelims included) has transitioned to a “4+2” system. This means that every 4 weeks of inpatient or consultative services is followed by 2 weeks of outpatient ambulatory clinics for categorical residents, or a consult or elective rotation for prelim residents. This division allows your focus to remain on your team during your time on an inpatient rotation, and to cultivate a thriving panel of continuity clinic patients during your clinic time. 

Categorical Internal Medicine Residents will rotate through:

  • Hospital Medicine Wards
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit
  • Vascular Neurology
  • Hematology and Oncology
  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Night Float Rotation
  • Consults include but not limited to:
    • Cardiology
    • Endocrinology
    • Infectious Diseases
    • Internal Medicine Consults
    • Nephrology
    • Neurology
    • Oncology
    • Pulmonary
    • Rheumatology
  • Elective time
  • Resident Continuity clinic
  • Clinics include but not limited to:
    • Bone Marrow Transplant
    • Cardiology
    • Dermatology
    • Endocrinology
    • Gastroenterology
    • Headache
    • Heart Failure
    • HIV Clinic
    • Infectious Diseases
    • Neurology
    • Oncology
    • Primary Care
    • Pulmonary
    • Rehab
    • Rheumatology
    • Right Heart Cath
    • Wound Care/Vascular Medicine
  • Built into Ambulatory curriculum is Board prep independent study weeks for our PGY3’s

Sample Schedule

PGY-1 Categorical Sample Schedule
Number of Weeks
General Hospital Medicine Wards
12 Weeks
Medicine Intensive Care Unit
6 Weeks
Night Float
2-4 Weeks
Emergency Room
4 Weeks
Hematology & Oncology
4 Weeks
4 Weeks
14 Weeks
4 Weeks


Ochsner's Internal Medicine Residency Program is committed to the education of its residents and, to this end, offers a wide variety of conferences focused on training great physicians for primary and subspecialty practice in diverse settings.

Intern Academic Half Day

Intern year can be hard—it’s hectic, and there is a huge amount of information to learn. Thankfully, we make it easier by protecting an afternoon every week dedicated to helping you build a strong foundation of knowledge. Components include:

  • Core lectures on key subjects in the practice of medicine delivered by our subspecialist faculty
  • Focused case-based learning to develop comfort in applying diagnostic and management strategies for common diagnoses
  • Sessions with our clinical pharmacists and pharmacy residents, highlighting important topics the therapies we prescribe, such as antibiotic stewardship, anticoagulation management, or insulin therapy
  • Lectures to help you navigate our hospital system and practice more effectively and efficiently, including blood bank, documentation, EPIC training, smoking cessation/case management resources, medical student teaching skills, and more

Resident Academic Half Day

As an advanced learner, residents should receive the advanced teaching they deserve. By protecting a weekly block for upper-level residents, we’re able to provide a diverse curriculum, including:

  • Subspecialist lectures geared at high level topics, such as caring for transplant patients, advanced heart failure modalities, and stem cell therapy.
  • Small group case-based learning to hone our clinical reasoning and management skills
  • Resident-led teaching sessions on topics selected by the residents themselves
  • Board preparation question sessions, lead by our teaching hospitalists
  • Diverse lectures on crucial “non-clinical” topics led by experts from Ochsner and beyond: quality improvement and patient safety, legal issues in medicine, information technology in clinical practice, medical student education, communication skills, and more

Ambulatory School

Outpatient medicine requires its own specialized knowledge base. Our ambulatory faculty have created dedicated Friday morning sessions for our residents during their clinic weeks.

Afternoon Report

There’s no substitute for learning from the complex cases we care for every day. Having a structured forum to work through our residents’ most interesting cases helps hone the clinical thought process and bridges the gap between didactic learning and clinical experience.

Subspecialty Didactics

Built into our subspecialty rotations are opportunities for didactic experiences that expose our residents to the finer points of each field. This includes our critical care curriculum, fellow lectures, tumor board, pathology and imaging review conferences, emergency medicine lectures, and more.

Monroe Hall Lectures

From presentations on active research to palliative care discussions to special guest lecturers speaking on a broad array of topics, our residents benefit from exposure to a variety of system-wide lectures and workshops on an ongoing basis.

Journal Club

Journal Club is a monthly conference conducted by a junior or senior resident, who presents a journal article on a topic in an evidence-based format. This provides the resident with skills in electronic literature searches and in critiquing medical literature. The resident also learns to apply this information to clinical scenarios and present the findings to his or her colleagues. Ochsner house staff, medicine and subspecialty staff, and program directors attend, and everyone enjoys a dinner together at one of our local restaurants. 

Bedside Teaching Rounds

Whether in the hospital or in your continuity clinic, we believe that you learn through active patient care. We believe in providing you the autonomy to make medical decisions while ensuring you an unwavering support system. Our dedicated teaching faculty utilize every patient encounter as an educational opportunity. 

Afternoon Teaching

Lectures can be tedious. Learning throughout the day is the key to retention of material and perfecting your patient care. Each resident at Ochsner teaches his or her peers, interns and medical students. Not sure of your teaching approach? Don’t worry, our “Residents as Teachers” curriculum help you develop your skills!

Simulation Training

We begin teaching on bedside procedures starting in your PGY1 year. We utilize our state of the art simulation center to help you get comfortable placing central venous catheters, performing lumbar punctures, intubations, cervical health screenings and much more. All of our residents go through our central line training course which is run by Critical Care and Anesthesia staff to help you learn the safest and most up to date methods. Other available simulation courses include basic and advanced airways, midlines/PICC lines and SIM man code training.