The Ochsner/LSU urology residency provides a balanced education in cognition, attitudes, and skills that will be necessary for a successful urologic practice to insure quality resident education. A committee of Resident Education and Research meets quarterly to review conferences, research projects and other administrative aspects of resident training.

The urology staff maintains an active teaching and education program. At the bi-weekly pathology meeting, a member of the Department of Pathology reviews all the surgical pathology for the preceding two weeks.

The departmental urological x-ray conference is held weekly, and a combined citywide x-ray conference is held with Tulane University monthly. X-ray conferences rotate among Ochsner, Louisiana State University School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital. At a monthly morbidity and mortality conference, reviews of the operative cases from the different hospitals are discussed along with the complications. A weekly one-hour basic science conference is held in which the staff assigns topic-oriented reading lists from textbooks and periodicals, which generate discussion in a formal Q&A period. Other topics are presented by guest speakers from other disciplines. The AUA Update Series, provided by the program, is reviewed on a biweekly basis with staff. A Journal Club is held monthly at a staff member's home. Quarterly Grand Rounds incorporate integrated case conferences and formal presentations. The department sponsors a visiting professor every year in conjunction with Grand Rounds.

The urology resident has the opportunity to work with third-year medical students from LSU School of Medicine who are assigned for two-week periods to the Urology Service at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation or Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans.

All residents are required to submit one paper a year for publication with staff guidance. Most of these papers are presented by the resident at specialty society meetings. Each resident may attend one major urological meeting each year, and as many others as his or her participation generates. Each resident will meet quarterly with the directors of Resident Education and Research to discuss research projects and his or her evaluations.

The yearly in-service exams are taken by all residents. They are administered by the Office of Education of the American Urological Association. The teaching program and conferences are designed to prepare the resident for board certification. Junior Residents (PGY-2 are sent to the Basic Science Review Course at the University of Virginia. Chief residents take a Board Review Course prior to the Part I Qualifying exam given by the Board of Urology.

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.