Orientation Scheduled for 250 New House Officers on June 30

On Thursday, June 30, 2016, the staff of the Graduate Medical Education office will welcome 250 incoming house officers for the 2016-2017 academic year. New residents and fellows will enjoy a full day of introductions to institutional policies and services. A satellite orientation session will be conducted for residents in Baton Rouge-based programs.

A series of presentations about issues directly impacting the safety and efficiency of patient care will be presented to the new trainees. Dr. Peter DeBlieux, associate medical director at University Medical Center New Orleans (UMCNO), will address the residents’ new responsibility for facilitating learning for medical students and others. Dr. Bonnie Desselle, director of the pediatric residency program, will speak about teamwork being critical in residency training and why effective transitions in care are central to patient safety.

The GME office also coordinates with UMCNO to ensure new residents and fellows receive Pelican training prior to beginning clinical work at the hospital. Over the course of three days, nearly all of the residents rotating at UMCNO throughout the year will receive EHR training. This level of coordination ensures a full complement of house staff is ready to work at UMCNO on July 1.

All residents and fellows receive a Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) pocket reference card. It lists important phone numbers, staff contacts, and resources available to patients. The card also details how house staff can report adverse events at UMCNO through hospital drives or Pelican. Finally, the card describes basic quality improvement methodologies used at UMCNO. This card will allow house officers as well as hospital staff to have a greater awareness of hospital policies that make up the clinical learning environment at UMCNO.