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Plastic Surgery Residency Culture

The most important and defining characteristics of our plastic surgery residency is our Esprit de Corps, which is shared with the Tulane Department of Surgery. This is our shared culture and values which make the Tulane Surgery Department the amazing place that it is! 

Our Esprit de Corps has 5 pillars:
Trust is the Foundation
Each One, Teach One
Aspire to Greatness
The Family in Everyone

 Usually during our interview season we strive to personally demonstrate these values to our plastic surgery residency applicants. We definitely live these values on a daily basis and they help form the strong vision we have in our residency to train ethical and competent plastic surgeons of the future.  While this 2020-2021 interview season is unfortunately virtual, we hope we are able to demonstrate our values to our applicants just as well in this new format.

In addition, we feel that life in New Orleans is fantastic! There are endless opportunities for culture and fun, including music festivals, Mardi Gras, food festivals, and live music! Cost of living is generally better than many major cities. Perhaps most importantly, the culture in our city is unique in all the world; people genuinely care about each other and there is a large-scale sense of community here that you will find nowhere else. More information about living in our wonderful city can be found here:  https://medicine.tulane.edu/admissions/living-new-orleans

The cultural values of our city are imbued into our medical school and surgery department, both of which have a long-standing close relationship with our community. Our faculty are engaged and energetic, and care deeply about our residents’ success, investing significant time and resources mentoring and guiding residents throughout their training. Our sense of community and responsibility to each other are reflected in our commitment to gathering feedback from our residents and using it to continuously improve the program. In addition to formal program evaluation committee meetings, the Program Director and Associate Program Director meet quarterly with all residents at our Residency Educational Committee to discuss rotations, quality improvement projects, research projects, and any concerns that might arise.  The goal is continual program improvement and an excellent educational experience for all of our residents.

Why New Orleans!