Program Leadership

Rajiv Gala, MD, FACOG

Rajiv Gala, MD, FACOG

Vice-Chairman, Women’s Services
Ochsner Baptist Medical Center
Program Director, Ob/Gyn Residency Program
Ochsner Clinic Foundation,
New Orleans, LA and Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center, Houma, LA
rgala@ochsner.org


Jacob Estes, MD, FACOG

Jacob Estes, MD, FACOG

Associate Program Director, Ob/Gyn Residency Program
Director of Oncology Services

Ochsner Clinic Foundation,
New Orleans, LA
jacob.estes@ochsner.org


George “Jody” Morris IV, MD, FACOG

George “Jody” Morris IV, MD, FACOG

Chairman, Women’s Services
Ochsner Baptist Medical Center
New Orleans, LA
jodymorris@ochsner.org


Brent Hemelt, MD, FACOG

Brent Hemelt, MD, FACOG

Local Site Director, Ob/Gyn Residency Program
Ochsner Clinic Foundation
Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center
Houma, LA
v-BHemelt@ochsner.org


Joseph R. Biggio Jr, MD, FACOG

Joseph R. Biggio Jr, MD, FACOG

Associate System Chair, Women’s Services
Ochsner Baptist Medical Center
New Orleans, LA
joseph.biggio@ochsner.org


Faculty - Ochsner Baptist Medical Center

Maternal Fetal Medicine

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Gynecology

Gynecologic Oncology

Gynecologic Urology

Ob Hospitalists

Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility

  • Caroline Juneau, MD
  • Lindsay Wells, MD - Ochsner REI Division Director

Faculty - Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center - Houma, LA

Mentorship

Ochsner Ob/Gyn is happy to provide a special benefit for residents. When beginning residency, PGY-1s are paired with a faculty mentor. The mentor provides a direct means of open access for residents to discuss the many new aspects of residency life and clinical practice. Interns have one-on-one time to interact with staff regarding issues of professionalism, research, ethics, practice-based learning, improvement- and systems-based practice, and confidence-building.

Mentor/Resident Relationship

The mentor/resident relationship is one that is built over time. Initially, assignments will be made by the program director and program coordinator, with resident and staff input. The mentor/resident relationship can change over the course of residents' time at Ochsner, or they may remain with their original mentor.

Mentor Meeting Schedule

Mentors should meet with interns 4 times during the PGY-1 year. A minimum of 2 meetings should be scheduled per year during the subsequent PGY 2-4 years. More meetings are encouraged.

Potential Topics for Discussion

  • Professional development and training
  • Clinical Experiences
  • Interactions with patients, peers, attending staff, ancillary staff
  • Personal/family issues
  • Career expectations
  • Long-term goals
  • Discuss untoward outcomes, morbidity, fetal death, patient complications, etc.
  • Anything and everything that the resident needs to discuss/address

Confidentiality

In order for the mentor/mentee relationship to succeed, strict confidentiality must be maintained between the resident and attending staff.

Resident Responsibilities

Schedule the meetings with your Mentor. These should be scheduled by contacting your mentor’s primary nurse and asking for a mutually agreeable time. Please try to schedule more than 30 days in advance for routine meetings. Mentors should be available on short notice for urgent/unexpected meetings when problems arise.

Attending Staff Responsibilities

Provide a confidential and comfortable environment that will foster open discussion about issues of importance to the resident and pertinent to his or her needs. Be accessible and approachable. Be willing to devote the time necessary to develop the relationship and to guide the resident as he or she matures in the specialty of Obstetrics and Gynecology.