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Teaching Hospitalists & Distinguished Subspecialists

There are no non-teaching services at Tulane/Ochsner: every patient admitted to one of our hospitals receives care from a Tulane resident who is staffed by one teaching attending. There are no private physicians barking orders without explanation to our residents. And there certainly isn’t the “follow me around and watch me write orders” shadowing on the part of our attendings. This is important, because you cannot learn medicine without being in the position of making the critical decisions for your patients. And this decision-making cannot come by proxy: you only learn the indications and contraindications for an intervention when you are responsible for the outcomes of the decision. Tulane/Ochsner is about autonomy: learning to make decisions and to be comfortable with that role that will define you as a pediatrician.Read More

This is not to say that you will not have supervision; to the contrary, we have robust hospitalist programs at both institutions - clinical mentors who will be available to you, without clinic responsibilities to pull them away elsewhere - to provide guidance and coaching, not to overstep the resident’s intended place as the primary physician managing the patient.

All of the teaching services at Tulane are staffed by teaching hospitalists or distinguished subspecialists, with whom you will have direct contact and educational time every day. The hospitalists attend on the wards as a full time job, so they become very good in knowing the intricacies of the system, and very adept at the art of teaching residents in the context of clinical care. The morning attending rounds, while they obviously must accomplish the work necessary to care for patients, are built to include time for teaching, both at the bedside and elsewhere.

For those interested in a career in hospitalist medicine, the extensive hospitalist system provides a great opportunity to work with mentors performing hospitalist-based research: quality improvement, patient-care protocols, and systems improvement projects.

Despite its relatively smaller faculty size, Tulane ranks in the top third of departments nationally in NIH funding for research, a number that has gone steadily upward over the past few years with Dr. El-Dahr at the chairman's helm.

Advisor/Advisee Relationships

You will be assigned an advisor at the outset of your residency, matched as closely as possible to your specific interests, background and career goals, whose job is to meet with you every few months to help guide your progress as a developing physician. Toward the middle of your intern year, you will have the opportunity to change advisors, if you have identified a faculty member who you feel is a better fit - we don't pretend to omniscient match-making.

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