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Graduate Medical Education

GME Orientation Welcomes New LSU House Officers

The Office of Graduate Medical Education welcomes all new house officers for the 2015-2016 academic year. EPIC training took place June 24-25th to ensure new residents and fellows receive Pelican training prior to beginning clinical work at the hospital. On Friday, June 26th, the new residents and fellows participated in a full day of introductions to institutional policies and services during the LSU Incoming House Officer GME Orientation. Training concluded on June 30th with ILH orientation. Satellite orientation sessions were conducted for residents in Baton Rouge-based programs.

We wish all of our incoming house staff a successful and productive academic year!

ICD-10 Is Here - Are You Ready?

October 1st marks the official transition of diagnosis coding from ICD-9 to the new ICD-10 coding system. The new ICD-10 system is much more detailed than ICD-9, and contains more than 33,000 codes, (ICD-9 only contains 14,000). While many electronic medical record systems effectively handle this transition for billing, some of our clinical partners do not yet have comprehensive EMR systems in place which can handle it. To assist with the transition for departments still using paper bills, Chris Callac, Office of Medical Education Information Specialist, has developed a web-based system which can assist physicians in generating bills which meet the new ICD-10 coding requirements. The physicians in our various Pediatrics subspecialties are currently using this new system to generate their bills. Additional departments which would like to use this system to generate bills using ICD-10 codes can contact Chris to get their department set up in the system. While only physicians in participating departments can create bills, anyone with an LSU computer account can log into the system to explore the ICD-10 coding system and view the translations from ICD-9 to ICD-10 at

Coordinator Spotlight

The GME Office recognizes the important work of coordinators across the School of Medicine and our Coordinator Spotlight highlights coordinators who give so much of their time and energy to the position. In this third Coordinator Spotlight we would like to recognize Mark Gele, MBA, Fellowship/Grants Coordinator, Medicine-Pulmonary/Critical Care.

GME Coordinator Spotlight

Name: Mark Gele, MBA
Position: Fellowship/Grants Coordinator, Medicine-Pulmonary/Critical Care
Department: Medicine-Pulmonary/Critical Care
Years of Service: 5

What is the favorite part of your job?
The opportunity to establish a strong rapport with the fellows which enables me to serve as a trusted resource as they continue to progress toward becoming astute and confident physicians.  It is truly rewarding to witness the personal and professional growth of each fellow over the course of the training program.

What is the most challenging part of your job?
Rapid changing metrics and processes associated with the NAS and milestone assessment deployment

Hobbies/Interests: Projects around the house, gardening, fishing, cooking and performing routine maintenance/required repairs on my Toyota 4Runner in a quest to transcend the 500,000 mile threshold!  (Editor's note: Currently at 466K)

Enhancing Quality Improvement for Patients (EQuIP) / Patient Safety

2015 UMCNO/EQuIP Residency Rotation Continues to Grow

The 2015 Enhancing Quality Improvement for Patients program (EQuIP) residency rotation at University Medical Center New Orleans (UMCNO) continues to gain speed and participation as the new clinical site enters its second month of service.

The EQuIP rotation is a collaboration between the UMCNO Quality Safety and Risk Management Offices and LSU School of Medicine. UMCNO offers oversight and centralization of all quality and cost variables within the hospital system, while the School of Medicine's EQuIP program educates residents and faculty about Patient Safety (PS) and Quality Improvement (QI) principles and how QI translates to improved patient care. The rotation emphasizes the importance of a multisource, multidisciplinary and interprofessional approach to integrating QI/PS initiatives within the healthcare system.

The ACGME Clinical Learning Environment Review's (CLER) conceptual framework includes focus areas on quality and patient safety, promoting residents' participation in reporting errors, unsafe conditions and near-misses, and improving both systematic and patient outcomes.The rotation is especially relevant as we prepare for our upcoming Cycle 2 CLER visit. The Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requires residents to integrate and participate in interdisciplinary, clinical QI/PS programs and the rotation provides this opportunity.

Current rotation participants include PGY 3 residents from the departments of Pathology, Radiology and Internal Medicine. Rotation activities so far this year include "A Day in the Life," a real-time code blue simulation exercise which was conducted prior to the opening of UMCNO, as well as the grand opening and movement of patients from the former ILH to UMCNO. The ILH/UMCNO move offered rotating residents in July and August a unique opportunity, rarely afforded anyone, of a hospital site move involving patients and the subsequent licensing and inspection process.

The EQuIP office continues to work to develop quality improvement and patient safety knowledge and practices at the LSU School of Medicine. New initiatives are underway in faculty development, interdisciplinary education, and a range of clinical projects.

Quality champions Teresa Lake, Patient Safety RN, and Drs. Zee Ali, EQuIP Director and Fred Rodriguez, Rotation Director, are expanding the rotation to include interested departments.

For more information, visit the EQuIP Rotation site at or contact Leigh Peters, EQuIP Coordinator, at

UMCNO Companion App

The UMCNO Companion App is the latest source for up-to-date policy and protocol changes at the newly opened University Medical Center New Orleans.For more information on campus and departmental resources, policies and protocols, and the upcoming Joint Commission visit, download it today!

Getting the UMCNO Companion App:

1.       Find the app on iTunes or Google Play searching for "umcno".

2.       The first time you open the app, use the Access Code: umcno

3.       Tap to start downloading the companion resources.

4.       After a time, you should see: next to UMCNO Companion.

5.       Tap to access the UMCNO Companion resources.

Viewing the UMCNO Companion on the web:   

1.       Go to:

2.       Select "FOR EMPLOYEES" - found at the top of the home page.

3.       You can find the "UMCNO COMPANION" link in the menu on the left.

Helpful Information:      

         The app works offline so you don't need to worry about connectivity.

         Please tell us how we can improve the UMCNO Companion using the simple Feedback  feature found within the App.

         If you need help using the App then you can email us at:

         Tap to quickly access the different sections within the App.

         When viewing a resource tap to 'pin' it as a favorite.

         Tap to view any resources you have 'pinned'.

         Supported devices are Apple's iOS 7.0+ and Android 4.0.3+

For more information, contact Dr. Zee Ali, EQuIP Director, at or Leigh Peters, EQuIP Coordinator, at To view the 2015 forum webcast and keynote address, visit the EQuIP website at .

B-SAFE: Your Ace in Patient Safety at UMCNO

Patient safety involves everyone at UMC, whether you are a student, housekeeper, nurse, resident, lab technician, office worker or physician. As a vital member of the team, you have the power to help us reach the highest standards of patient safety and quality. We launched B-SAFE to highlight the critical role that everyone needs to play.

This initiative empowers you to report any incident in the hospital or outpatient setting that causes or could potentially cause a medical error or harm, or prevent you from appropriately caring for a patient.

You can dial 2-SAFE (2-7233) from within UMCNO only to record a message at any time to report an issue or concern - either anonymously or by giving your name. Or, you can send an email to to report the incident.

If you see an issue that needs immediate attention, DON'T HESITATE - ESCALATE!

STAFF should ESCALATE as soon as possible to:

  • Department Supervisor, Manager or Director; if unresolved, then to...
  • The House Supervisor at (504) 702-4639; if unresolved, then to...
  • The Administrator on call; if unresolved, then to...
  • The Medical Staff in charge of care (when a medical issue); if unresolved, then to...
  • The Chief Medical Officer; if unresolved, then to...
  • The CEO

RESIDENTS should ESCALATE as soon as possible to:

  • Supervising Faculty; if unresolved, then to...
  • The Hospital Center Director; if unresolved, then to...
  • The Administrator on Call; if unresolved, then to...
  • The Chief Medical Officer; if unresolved, then to...
  • The CEO

Thank you for helping to create a safe environment for UMCNO patients, staff and visitors!

Mark Your Calendar

    Important Upcoming Dates

    2015 Important Upcoming Dates

  • November 19 - GME Webinar - Evaluations to Support Milestone Assessments - Lions Building Room 544 at 11:00AM
  • November 19- GMEC Meeting - Conference Room 7 at 1:00PM
  • November 19 - CORE Meeting - MEB Lecture Room B at 2:00PM
  • December 10 - GME Webinar - Program Coordinator Series - Learning Center Lecture Room at 11:00AM
  • December 17 - GMEC Meeting - Conference Room 7 at 1:00PM

    2016 Important Upcoming Dates

  • January 4, 2016 - Residency Planning Day - Learning Center Lecture Room at 12noon
  • January 21 - GMEC Meeting - Conference Room 7 at 1:00PM
  • February 18 - GMEC Meeting - Conference Room 7 at 1:00PM
  • February 18 - CORE Meeting - MEB Lecture Room B at 2:00PM
  • March 31 - Academy Spring Symposium - Learning Center Lecture Room (time TBD)

Undergraduate Medical Education

Class of 2009 Holds a Special 6 Year Reunion

On the first weekend of August, LSUHSC hosted the School of Medicine Class of 2009 for a very special "6 Year Reunion". The highlight of the festivities was a cocktail fundraiser held on Saturday, August 1st. Nearly $10,000 was raised in support of the Dr. Matthew Matherne Foundation and the West Monroe Civitan Smiles Park, two charities close to the hearts of members of this class. Honorary recognition was also bestowed upon Dr. Joseph Delcarpio, Ms. Bobbie Millet, and Ms. Lindy Mills of the student affairs office for their service and contributions to LSUHSC. An academic CME event entitled "Katrina: Lessons Learned in Medicine" took place in conjunction with the fundraiser along with a commemoration of the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. 

AHEC Rural Primary Care Elective Program

The Office of Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) and the Area Health Education Centers of Louisiana (AHEC) wrapped up another successful year of the Rural Primary Care Preceptorship Elective Program. The continued success of this program is marked not only by its sustained growth and opportunity, but also by the impact that it has on our students. This impact was undoubtedly displayed in our annual Feedback Luncheon held on July 22, 2015. It was in that final session where students spoke honestly and wholeheartedly about their experiences, valued relationships, and ambitious plans in primary care.

It is moments such as these that create lifelong impressions and passageways for our future doctors of medicine.    

Many thanks to the Class of 2018 for another exceptional year!

Continuing Medical Education

Need More CME?
Make sure you've earned your CME credit for 2015 by checking your transcript on the LSU School of Medicine website. Go to

If you are seeking additional opportunities for CME credit offered through LSU School of Medicine, check the CME Upcoming Events page by clicking here: 

LSU Neurosurgery Presents 2nd Annual Peripheral Nerve Dissection Course-The Kline Legacy

The LSU Department of Neurosurgery is holding a two-day, hands-on workshop for peripheral nerve dissection. Course directors Dr. David Kline (LSU) and Dr. Gabriel Tender (LSU) along with Dr. Robert Spinner (Mayo Clinic) have invited world-class faculty to teach course attendees here at LSU. The course is designed for neurosurgeons or other specialists with an interest in peripheral nerve dissection. For additional information including the agenda and registration, visit:  www.regonline,com//lsuperipheralnervecourse2016

Office of Medical Education, Research and Development

The 2015 Fall Symposium and Educational Scholarship Day was held on October 28. Educational Scholarship Day featured 17 research projects which included recognition for the completion of several Educational Enhancement Grant projects. In addition, our new Teaching Academy members were inducted and the 2013-15 Docere Fellowship cohort was recognized for successful completion of the program. The Fall Symposium included a keynote session and several breakout sessions related to LSUHSC's Inter-professional Education (IPE) initiative. Thank you to all of our attendees and participants for another wonderful event!

For a full list of new Teaching Academy members, along with Educational Scholarship Day project abstracts, please see the latest issue of the Academy Bulletin (Volume 7, Number 1) which is available online at

SAVE THE DATE-The Spring Symposium will take place on Thursday, March 31, 2016.

Learning Center

SonoSim has Arrived!
Ultrasound simulators have arrived in the Learning Center. As part of the new curriculum, L1s participate in ultrasound training.  The 15 computer-based ultrasound simulator programs feature teaching modules designed for learners to independently progress while using an attached probe for visualization. The simulators are also portable, creating additional flexibility for classroom use. 

If you would like more information about these simulators, please contact the Learning Center.

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