Residents in our program have the opportunity to conduct research on any topic within our field. Residents are encouraged to explore topics that provide them interest and that will a meaningful impact on our field. Ochsner maintains a large database of electronic records and sees a large volume of obstetric, gynecology, and gyn oncology patients which aids in conduction research. Mentors are available among staff to guide in research planning, design, data gathering and review, and manuscript preparation.

Year 1

Residents are encouraged to begin to develop research questions. They are encouraged to participate in research being done by senior level residents. Residents also give a 45 minute presentation during this year at the weekly Morbidity & Mortality conference.

Year 2

Residents perform either retrospective research or begin work on a prospective study. They team up with a faculty mentor and complete research for presentation at the annual John C. Weed Conference (see below).

Year 3

Residents begin work on a second research project or continue work on a previously begun prospective study. The research in 3rd and 4th year is prospective. Previous research has easily won acceptance for presentation at national meetings. Residents also give a 45 minute presentation during the year at the weekly M&M conference.

Year 4

Residents finalize research design with their mentors early in the year (if not already done). They complete research for presentation at the annual John C. Weed Conference (see below).


Ochsner and the Department of Ob/Gyn support residents in their effort to get research and case reports presented at meetings and published in notable journals. Significant assistance in preparing manuscripts and posters is provided by Ochsner through Publishing Services.

When residents are selected to present at national meetings, educational leave and monetary assitance is provided!

John C. Weed Conference

This annual conference, held in May, provides residents the opportunity to present their research to current and past residents of the program, practicing physicians in the community, nursing, and medical staff. The conference each year features a nationally renowned speaker who also provides residents feedback on their research. At a private reception following the conference, cash awards for the top two research projects are given.

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.