Thank you for your interest in the Neurology Residency Training program at the Ochsner Neuroscience Institute.

First, let me congratulate you on having chosen a career in neurology. It is a specialty that offers an impressive phenomenology, intellectual challenges, and an ever-increasing number of treatment options for treating and curing disease. As you already know, the practice of neurology requires mastering a unique set of skills for the clinical evaluation of your patients, and demands from each practitioner an attention to detail that rewards the observant and insightful. You have chosen a specialty that will provide you with a lifetime of intellectual and emotional satisfaction.

Neuroscience at Ochsner

We believe that we have the tools to give you a great start on your journey. The faculty of the Ochsner Neurosciences Institute (ONI) are committed to delivering excellent care to our patients and our commitment has been recognized at the national level. The Neuroscience program at Ochsner was recently ranked 24th in the country in US News and World Report’s annual survey, and our main campus hospital (our training hospital) was ranked as the number one hospital in Louisiana. We are the recipient of a $4M CMS innovations grant to improve stroke care, and the first program in Louisiana to receive Comprehensive Stroke Center certification. We are home to a Level 4 Epilepsy Center and Parkinson’s and MS Centers of Excellence. We have a 25 bed Neuro ICU and a dedicated floor within the hospital for neuroscience patients.

Program philosophy

The residency program is a major focus of effort for our faculty and is closely integrated with our quality clinical mission. The current structure and organization of the training program was designed to teach residents to deliver excellent patient care in a supportive and collegial educational environment. We seek to expose residents to therapeutic general and subspecialty care for neurological disorders through their supervised participation in the continuity of patient care across inpatient and outpatient settings. We offer subspecialty training in stroke, epilepsy, neuromuscular disease, movement disorders, sports neurology, memory disorders, headache, neuro-critical care and MS. We encourage close working relationships with teaching faculty in their areas of major expertise in order to prepare residents to work in private practice or academic settings.

A Few Words about New Orleans

“Madame Lily Devalier always asked "Where are you?" in a way that insinuated that there were only two places on earth one could be: New Orleans and somewhere ridiculous.”
Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume

New Orleans is easily one of the most interesting cities in the United States. Architecturally and culturally, it is a product of French, Spanish, and Caribbean influences. There is much to explore and experience: from Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, myriad festivals year round, crawfish boils, and Saints games, to some of the best music clubs and restaurants in the country. The city is easy to navigate and possesses several unique neighborhoods, each with its own personality and attractions. Her people are warm, enjoy telling stories and love to celebrate life.

Final Thoughts

In sum, I believe our program offers excellent training by committed faculty in one of the most interesting cities in the country. I hope you will consider coming down for a visit to meet our faculty and learn more about the ONI and New Orleans.

Dan Larriviere MD, JD, FAAN

Program Director