Rock-n-BowlYou could train anywhere in the United States; there are many good residency programs, but none quite like Tulane.
The Tulane Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology offers the combination of educational innovation, patient diversity, research excellence, career advancement and preparation for life-long learning. For these reasons, some have called Tulane "the best kept secret" in residency training programs.


Here's the executive summary: 10 reasons why you should train at Tulane

1. High Quality Residents

The Tulane Ob-Gyn Program has high quality residents who are not only intelligent and collegial, but just real, down-to-earth people with whom you will easily become friends. Although the faculty is always around, most of your time will be spent with your fellow residents, so you have to like them. It is important that you get along well with your co-residents. We would describe our group of residents as our Ob-Gyn family.

While Tulane's admission standards are competitive, the final decision in selecting the Tulane resident is based upon an applicant's character and capacity for teamwork. We feel this is so important that our residents not only interview our applicants, they help rank them. We listen to our current residents and have not ranked some applicants who they felt might not have the capacity for teamwork. See our admissions standards and the admissions process for information on how Tulane guarantees that its team is composed of only the finest people.

Ob-Gyn at Tulane does well in the match. We have residents from all over the United States. We take pride in our diversity and academic excellence.

2. Excellent, Dedicated Faculty

Tulane's Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology has over forty academic and clinical faculty devoted to the training of the Tulane residents. More impressive is the nature of these faculty members. Several have won national teaching awards and have dedicated their career to education. Others have large referral practices providing an extraordinary experience for the Tulane Resident. And of course, each faculty has added time to devote to mentoring Tulane residents' research projects. With faculty like this, its no wonder that the Tulane Team has enjoyed an outstanding board pass rate, fellowship match rate, and research productivity.

3. Patient Diversity: Our Three Hospitals

The unique strength of Tulane Ob-Gyn has always been the patients for whom we provide care. The Tulane residents and faculty provide service for Tulane-Lakeside Hospital and University (Charity) Hospital. Additional supplemental rotations at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, LA and West Jefferson Hospital in New Orleans add to the core rotations to provide training opportunities with patient of diverse demographics (race, religion, socio-economic status), but also of diverse disease and severity of disease. The Tulane resident repeatedly manages diseases only read about in most programs, and sees diseases that most of the country considers to be only of historical significance. We have expanded our patient-care mission by building community-based clinics: bringing medicine to the people, instead of asking the people to come to medicine.

4. Resident Ownership & Autonomy

Responsibility evolves from being put in a position of being responsible. The residents, not the faculty, own the Tulane residency program. Residents are involved in review of the rotations and meet monthly with the faculty to discuss any immediate needs or modifications. The administrative chief residents make the resident call schedules and all the senior residents decide how the ward services and clinics operate. Senior residents work in conjunction with lower level residents to efficiently optimize the training experience.

Surgical exposure occurs early in the training. Decisions regarding medical management, big & small, are made by the resident team. This includes schedules, operations of the clinic, how the ward service operates, how the team teaches students, and (believe or not) the match list. We also believe that the responsible resident, more than the administration, knows what is best for him or her when it comes to designing his or her schedule. Residents who know they want to apply for a fellowship are groomed early to be competitive at application.

5. TGIF: Thank Goodness It's Friday (educational afternoon):

If you are tired of power-point lectures in dark rooms, well, we have the answer for you. Residency training should not be years 5, 6 and 7 of medical school. No, a residency curriculum should acknowledge that learning medicine should be an active, not a passive process…. and it should emphasize team-work, not merely individual performance. Finally, a residency curriculum should acknowledge that a resident's time is precious, and that a resident should never be put in the position of choosing between caring for her patient and attending a lecture.

There are no noon conferences at Tulane- during the noon hour, residents are free to continue with a great teaching session on attending rounds, or get an early start on completing patient management plans laid out during attending rounds. Each Friday however, every resident in the program has four hours of protected time to participate in an interactive, team-based curriculum.

6. Research Opportunities

Research opportunities abound at Tulane. In addition to the Department of Ob-Gyn specific research, Tulane offers the added benefits of The Tulane Cancer Center, The Tulane Primate Center, The Hayward Genetics Center, The Center for Bioenvironmental Research, and over 16 other centers for research excellence. With the undergraduate campus in town, residents can also take advantage of the research and courses offered at the Tulane undergraduate campus. And then there is the world-renowned Tulane School of Tropical Medicine and Public Health. As one of the largest NIH recipients in the south, there is no question that you will have the opportunity to pursue a research project of your choosing.

If you are looking for a great academic career, or a great fellowship, we will help you tailor your training and research experience to be competitive. To be successful in achieving a fellowship, you must be well-trained, have a good understanding of and have performed some research, and finally be a good teacher because as a subspecialist, you will be teaching someone the rest of your life. Tulane Ob-Gyn can give you these opportunities.

7. Teaching Excellence

Tulane is about training world-class academic leaders. We know that not every graduating resident will choose a career in academics, but we want every resident to have the skills to make that choice for himself when the time comes. Tulane residents are taught to teach like no other residency program in the country. With this awareness, the great teacher becomes an even better clinician. And that's what happens at Tulane, and that's why Tulane graduates are sought after upon their graduation.

8. Career Advancement

As the tenth oldest medical school in the US, Tulane has enjoyed a renowned reputation for almost two centuries. Combine Tulane's name recognition with the national recognition of the Tulane resident's excellent clinical training, research skills, teaching excellence and collegiality. In recent years, all of our fellowship applicants were successful in obtaining a position. See where the lastest applicants have gone.

9. Riding on the City of New Orleans -The Big Easy 

Since the 17th century, New Orleans has been a bastion of culture and diversity, and that definitely continues today. Whether it is great performing arts, incredible music, elaborate festivals, tasty food, year-round outdoor activities, professional sports or just the freedom to find yourself, no city matches New Orleans. Once again, we believe that requisite for being a great physician is being a great person, and there are few places better to develop yourself than the Big Easy. In addition to being a city of unique character, New Orleans is also a renewed city: the schools are new and improved, housing is more than available, and the festivals march on. Check out residents' votes for the best things to do in New Orleans (arranged by one of our residents), and why we love this city so much.

10. A Program With a Purpose and a Mission

A residency program should be more than a series of lectures and clinical assignments: didn't you have enough of that in medical school? Residency should be about developing the virtues of the great physician, and it should have an underlying philosophy that ensure this development. Developing autonomy, responsibility, stewardship, and a sense of social justice… these are the products of the philosophy that underlies the Tulane method. Check it out.

Great teams are bound together by more than just lectures and day-to-day activities. It a common mission statement that makes great teams exceptional. And with this, even in the face of adversity, great teams do not dissolve. Check out the mission statement of our program, especially if you are that special type of person who really wants to make a difference in your life… not later, but now.

Thanks again for checking out the Tulane Ob-Gyn Team. I hope you'll take the time to visit Historic New Orleans and to meet first-hand the incredible people that comprise our Tulane team. I know you will enjoy New Orleans and I definitely know you'll enjoy meeting our team.

See you soon!

Chi Dola, M.D.
Program Director of the Tulane Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency


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