Program Director's and Chairman's Message

Residency Director's Message

Chi DolaAs Program Director of Obstetrics & Gynecology, I welcome opportunities to enhance our residents' educational program through their clinical experiences and research endeavors. We have many goals during your four years in our program. Most importantly the resident in our program will learn:

  1. An analytic approach to diagnosing and managing problems in Obstetrics & Gynecology
  2. Technical skills to give surgical expertise at completion of the program
  3. An appreciation for chronic illnesses in Obstetrics & Gynecology, and their care
  4. The assimilate scientific evidence and apply it to all medical decisions
  5. Information technology to access on-line medical information
  6. The practice of ethical standards in all patient care endeavors
  7. Improvement and quality of care by not only assessing one's clinical performance, but by being an example for those around them.

Tulane's patient diversity and award-winning teaching faculty is the strength of our program. The diversity of severity of disease, types of disease and, most importantly, the diversity of people makes for fertile soil for the growth and development of outstanding clinicians. The program seeks individuals with a moral compass… people who see life as something bigger than themselves.

Opportunities for research projects are abundant at Tulane. One research project is required while in the program as a key component of professional development. Small projects such as developing and evaluating quality improvement initiatives within a clinic or hospital setting are indeed practical experiences to have prior to joining any clinical practice. I enjoy mentoring residents in research projects and with your interest and participation, we will continue to contribute to the published literature.

I trained at Tulane and always am grateful for the opportunity to have my residency training at Tulane. That Tulane experience prompted my return, after fellowship training in the West Coast, to humbly join my many respected teachers / mentors in the continued pursuit of the best training program in Obstetrics and Gynecology for the next generation.

Chi Dola, MD, MPH
Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Program Director

Chairman's Message to Residents

Gabriella PridjianI came to New Orleans and Tulane University over 20 years ago. I trained and worked at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics, and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and looked forward to working at Tulane. After all, Tulane had a world-renowned reputation and I couldn't go wrong. I was somewhat skeptical moving to the South, but the charisma and warmth of New Orleans charmed me into staying a long time.

I was always proud that I practiced evidence based medicine and always had the latest techniques in patient care and research and I was able to teach these easily. In reality I don't consider myself a teacher or a professor even though I do have these titles. I think of myself more as a learning facilitator, a guide if you will. The most precious moments in my daily life is when a resident is able to deduce the most appropriate course of action as we discuss the pros and cons of a treatment plan. If had I just told him or her exactly what to do, it would have been forgotten. It is a joy to hear residents say, "Dr. Pridjian, you make it seem so logical and practical."

In Obstetrics & Gynecology the resident needs dexterity, practical deductive reasoning, a sharp intellect, and compassion. Many programs teach most of these skills. Our program at Tulane teaches all of them. Our residents are not only outstanding clinicians and surgeons, but excellent teachers and patient advocates.The Tulane Residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology challenges residents to be the best they can in all arenas. Are you up to the challenge?

Gabriella Pridjian, MD, MBA
Obstetrics & Gynecology Chairman



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