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.

Ochsner Research, covering a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines and expertise from molecular and cellular biology to epidemiology, is organized around three centers/institutes:

The Institute of Translational Research is home to Ochsner’s laboratory-based research with ongoing investigations in various diseases including hypertension, diabetes, cancer and neurological disorders.

The Institute of Clinical Research supports investigator-initiated clinical research and sponsored clinical trials in nearly 30 medical specialties with particular emphasis on Cardiology and Oncology research. If you have questions about how to get involved in clinical research at Ochsner, please contact the Department of Clinical Research Support at 504-842-4685.

The Center for Health Research focuses on outcomes and effectiveness research; current studies include investigations in medication adherence, chronic disease management, and healthcare information technology.

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 unparalleled with free support in data retrieval, biostatistics/epidemiology, grant/proposal development, medical editing and medical illustration-to name a few-all with the intention of helping you achieve your goals.

The Internal Medicine Residency Research Curriculum and Integration Series

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

  1. CITI Course – education in the responsible conduct of research
  2. CARE Lecture Series – education series in the design and interpretation of clinical research
  3. Abstract submission to Local or National Conference – Including ACP, Southern Hospital Medicine Conference, or national sub-specialty academic society conferences. If accepted, attendance paid for.
  4. Research Block – During ambulatory weeks, time available if desired to pursue research opportunities
  5. Responsible Conduct of Research Lecture Series
  6. Safety and Quality Improvement Research and Modules – Intersection with Morbidity and Mortality conference and Institute for Healthcare Improvement Modules
  7. Journal Club – critical analysis and interpretation of clinical research literature.
  8. Senior Grand Rounds Talk – with presentation of your personal research or meta-analysis of topics on which you feel passionate.
  9. Voluntary Participation in Ochsner Research Day Presentation

Performance, Safety and Quality Improvement

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.

Ochsner’s Annual Research Day

Research Day is an annual May event that showcases the biomedical research of investigators within the Ochsner Health System including students of the University of Queensland-Ochsner Clinical School, as well as postdoctoral fellows, scientists, clinical residents and fellows, nurses, and pharmacists. The daylong 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 Day gives residents from a multitude of disciplines the opportunity to present their work in a supportive environment, to establish collaborations, and create academic friendships.