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Message From the Director, Dr. Florencia Polite

On behalf of the faculty and residents in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, I would like to express our appreciation for your inquiry about our residency program.

Our training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at LSU New Orleans is based in four hospitals:

  • Touro Infirmary in New Orleans
  • Interim LSU Public Hospital (ILH) in New Orleans
  • University Hospital Center in Lafayette, LA (formerly University Medical Center)
  • Lafayette General Medical Center in Lafayette, LA

In the last few years, there have been substantial changes in the rotations in an effort to maximize the surgical and educational experience of our residents. Touro Infirmary, a private facility, is the major home of all of our Obstetrical rotations. Moving the location of the obstetrical suite to a private hospital has allowed LSU to continue to attract a high volume of both low- and high-risk deliveries.  Boasting a Labor Suite of 14 delivery rooms and a brand-new NICU, residents manage a busy service of patients (including their own continuity patients) under the supervision of LSU faculty, Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists and private staff.  Outpatient and gynecology services are provided through all four hospitals and the extended clinics.  Residents are involved in patient care under the supervision of a broad range of generalists and sub-specialists.  Our residents are exposed to all aspects of Gynecological surgery during their residency including:

  • Oncology rotations at both Touro and ILH
  • A robust Urogynecology experience
  • Three months of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
  • Laparoscopic, robotic, vaginal and operative procedures

Unique to our training program is the multi-million dollar simulation center which was completed in 2008, where we routinely teach obstetric emergencies, such as shoulder dystocia and postpartum hemorrhage. Gynecologic simulations include the use of virtual simulators, as well as cadaveric laparoscopic surgery. Our department is an active member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Consortium on Simulation and we have been included as a beta test site for the continuous development and improvement of simulation in our specialty.

Our residents participate in Continuity Clinics at 3 sites across New Orleans including the West Bank (15 minutes away). Residents are assigned to Continuity Clinic home for the entire year, ensuring that they function like a practice with their own panel of patients, medical assistants and support staff. All continuity clinics are held on Wednesdays so regardless of rotation, residents are able to go to their site. Exceptions are made for residents on Night Float, vacation or rotations in Lafayette.

In addition, multiple research opportunities exist within the department and each resident completes a research project by the end of 3rd year. We have a biostatistician who helps residents complete their projects and obtain IRB approval.

The mission of our Residency Program is to produce well rounded physicians ready to embark on a career in private practice, academic medicine or fellowship training.  Our unique combination of public and private training opportunities provides the very best curricular material to accomplish that goal.

We encourage applications from the highest caliber medical studens and select those with the best potential, abilities and motivation to achieve the goals of our residency program. We are looking for an applicant that will fit well within our department and training program. We invite you to submit your application through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We look forward to meeting you.

Thank you for your interest,

2013 1:14:02 PM            2013 1:16:45 PM             2015 11:46:13 AM
Florencia Greer Polite, MD FACOG       Stacey L. Holman, MD                             Asha Heard, MD
Residency Program Director                  Associate Program Director                  Associate Program Director


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