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Faculty member speaking to three residents in surgery gear over operating table

The Surgery Program at Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center is projected to welcome its first cohort of residents on July 1, 2024. The General Surgery Program is a 5-year, fully accredited, free-standing residency program. The program is accepting three categorical PGY 1 interns per year and will be the first graduating class of 2029. Lafayette is part of the Acadiana region, encompassing a significant portion of southern Louisiana. The city is situated on the Vermillion River, which runs through the heart of Lafayette. It is often referred to as the "Hub City" due to its central location in Louisiana.

Lafayette is known for its unique and vibrant Cajun culture and is the economic hub of Louisiana. The city is known for its lively festivals, including the world-famous Festival International de Louisiana, which celebrates the region's rich cultural heritage.

Exterior of Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center

The clinical training for the Surgery program occurs at two facilities. The Ochsner Lafayette General site will provide approximately 90% of the resident's experience. Ochsner Health at Lafayette is an integrated healthcare system in Southcentral Louisiana that provides routine and specialty patient care, including a robust Level 2 Trauma Service. During the five-year in-depth learning experience at this location, residents will develop a broad knowledge of general surgery, including endocrinology, plastic surgery, and endoscopy, while developing superior surgical skills due to the vast amount of pathology.

The resident experience also includes rotations at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation's main campus, including Transplant and Pediatrics. This campus is located in the suburbs of New Orleans and is world known for its richness in food and entertainment. The transplant rotation is recognized nationally as the #1 liver transplant site. This resident experience will occur during the fourth year, in which a formal solid organ transplant experience will be gained, including operative and critical care management. The pediatric experience will occur both as a junior and senior-level resident, covering all facets of pediatric surgical and critical care by our accomplished Pediatric Staff.

Exterior shot of the Ochsner Health Building in New Orleans