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9.1 4 10
Louisiana August 16, 2007 14388
Ochsner Ortho Residency 2020
(Updated: January 19, 2021)
Overall rating
Staff Surgeons
Operating Experience
Clinical Experience
Overall Experience

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Joints: Chimento (PD)- He headed streamlining joint replacements (pathways and the surgical home). Also headed opening Ochsner Elmwood (outpatient surgery center). Moore - Loves to teach and loves taking care of his patients. Wolfe- Well experience surgeon who is amazing to learn from.
Spine - Celestre (PC) - Goes way out of his way to ensure to hear out or address any concerns or problems we are having as residents.
Peds - Haber- previous Mississippi staff recruited here who is the lead on vertebral body tethers and all the research involved with it. Waldron - sports heavy and is the MPFL reconstruction master. Plost- AI guru.
Sports - Jones/Suri/Montgomery/Choate/(also adding another Godshaw) - take care of Pelicans/Saints/LSU/UNO and other schools in the area. They have 3 fellows every year and are very research and teaching heavy.
Trauma - Mautner/Suglaski - military trained and allow you to operate heavy.
Hand - Sisco-Wise - consultant for many orthopedic companies and travels throughout the country to perform talks on hand surgery. Dunbar - previous ochsner resident, super skilled.
Foot&Ankle - Treuting & Galli - Very involved in having labs for residents.
Onc - Cable - LSU staff as well who spends one day a week to operate and have clinic. Very knowledgeable.
HOUMA - Meyer - lets you run with it and basically run your own practice as a 4 or 5.
Didactics / Teaching
We have resident protected time from 6:15-7:30AM every morning for fracture conference and other academics. This is just residents and med students (no staff to make you feel uncomfortable if you get something wrong). Just upper levels teaching lower levels. This allows you to decompress and learn something new before starting the day. Big reason why I love this residency because it may only be 15 of us in the department, but we see everybody everyday and its a true brotherly/sisterly environment. We have monthly labs with local reps who have cadavers for us. We have a weekly sports conference. Also have monthly residency wide Yoga.
Operating Experience
Despite this being a Level 2 trauma center, you're operating as an intern to start. Only fellowship we have is sports, and since we have some may sports staff, you have no issues playing second fiddle in the operating room. Further, most of us meet our case minimums by at least 3rd year. We still see all the level one stuff, but its just enough to where you feel comfortable going into trauma or taking care of something in the community (which is what most of us go out and do), but not too much to where you're wasting time doing the 800th basic intertroch when you could be learning something else. Every year 1-2 of our 3 residents a year go into general ortho without wanting to do a fellowship - that says they feel comfortable taking care of anything upon graduating from here because we are so well rounded in all areas of the field.
Clinic Experience
If you're a surgeon, you probably don't like clinic and that's okay with us. We have an incredible amount of mid level providers who help see regular postop patients which is why we are a powerhouse for elective orthopedic patients. Further, you'll primarily see new patients in most clinics with staff and since it's more of a mentor type model, you'll have one on one teaching. Also our patient population is the best so our patients actually go to therapy and improve. No 100 patient or so clinics like at some trauma hospitals, 20-25 patients a clinic (such as what you'd be doing if you were actually practicing in the community).
Research Opportunities
Super streamlined. Digital IRB. Statistician. We have our own Journal. Every residents is involved with at least 3-4 studies minimum. Particularly sports, joints, and peds.
3 residents a year. Probably a 20% female population. As I said earlier, we see everybody everyday, so it truly is by far the most family environment I have seen in any of the aways or interviews and that's important to me. We hangout all the time outside of work, (i.e. Marid Gras, red dress run, running of the bulls, Jazzfest, etc. since there's too much to do in New Orleans). Most of our residents are from the southeast, but we have the occasional Wisconsin every now and then.
There is just enough work to feel confident about how to handle anything out in the community, but not enough to where you neglect other portions of your life. We have residents who are single, engaged, married, as well as have kids. The whole spectrum and our residents significant others are all best friends as well.
Location / Housing
10 mins from downtown and housing is relatively cheap. Some residents buy and some rent, but no one is struggling to make ends meet because the New Orleans atmosphere is not even close to what it would cost to live in other big cities. A beer here costs $2 compared to $8 in New York if that gives you a better idea...
Houma is an hour away and most residents commute bc it is so close, but there is an apartment you have if you wanted to stay.
Call room is a hotel room in the Brent House. Single bed, but just has basic amenities.
If you want to be a trauma heavy surgeon, staying up 50hrs straight kinda guy who wants to do nothing but trauma, I would say look elsewhere. Difficult to take primary call when you're operating at Elmwood all day so you sometimes have to go back to Main campus and take care of consults instead of operating.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
Nearly every resident we get has ranked us #1. Further, nearly every graduating resident gets their #1 pick in fellowship. We know how to learn, have fun, and teach you how to actually run a practice when you leave bc that's exactly why you'll be doing when you get done.


I am a current resident of this program.
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