Structure/Model of Training
The Ochnser Department of Orthopedic Surgery is a high-volume academic department at the busiest medical center in Louisiana. We treat a diverse spectrum of patients and conditions, from professional athletes to uninsured patients. Residents are assigned to two-month service-based rotations, and are exposed to all aspects of Orthopedic surgery through experiences in both the clinic, operating room, hospital wards and lectures.
All residents participate in a daily fracture conference and didactic lecture series including a recurring two-year lecture series, case/indications conferences, and both written and oral board exam preparation. Additionally, service specific academic events including cadaver labs, journal clubs and lectures occur on a monthly basis.
The faculty emphasize graduated responsibility in both resident’s clinical decision making and autonomy in the operating room. Although many graduates choose to pursue a fellowship, at graduation, residents are fully capable of running a complex Orthopedic Surgery practice.
Duty Hours and Working Environment
The Duty Hours Policy of the Department of Orthopedics complies in all aspects with both the Institutional Duty Hours Policy of Ochsner Medical Center and ACGME guidelines of 80 hours per week duty limit. No elective surgery, outpatient clinics, or education conferences are held on Saturdays or Sundays. No resident is assigned on primary call for more than 2 weekend days on a 4-weekend month or 3 weekend days for a 5-weekend month. All residents have at least 2 weekends per month free of all clinical responsibility. The institutional duty hour guidelines are strictly monitored to ensure that no single shift exceeds 30 continuous duty hours. If the resident on call has remained in-house for his/her entire 24-hour shift, he/she is relieved of further duties the following morning after morning rounds. The Orthopedic faculty is committed to maintaining a safe environment for both patient care and resident education.