OLOL Joins Academic Medical Centers Across the Country Celebrating National Resident Match Day 03/15/2013
61 New Medical Residents to Begin Training at OLOL this Summer
Across the country, March 15 is National Resident Match Day where fourth year medical students across the country are learning where they will spend their first years as a physician continuing their medical education. Match Day is significant for Our Lady of the Lake as the medical center continues to expand training programs and is considered a major teaching hospital.
Resident and physician training is the backbone of quality healthcare, and research shows that 70 percent of physicians who are trained in Louisiana, stay in Louisiana. Ensuring future doctors in the local communities and state is vital for everyone to receive the healthcare needed. Our Lady of the Lake’s growth as an academic medical center brings benefits to the region very similar to the University of Texas at M.D. Anderson in Houston and Vanderbilt in Nashville. Academic medical centers are important to recruit, train and sustain talented physicians, especially for high-level specialty services such as complex surgeries, trauma, oncology, cardiology and neurosurgery among others .
“OLOL currently has 80 medical residents rotating daily on the hospital campus and today we have the pleasure of announcing 61 new medical residents joining us from prestigious medical schools from across the country to advance their training,“ said Laurinda Calongne, EdD, Chief Academic Officer, Our Lady of the Lake.
Residents will receive training in several programs including the OLOL Pediatric Residency Program; the OLOL-LSU Psychiatry Program; the LSU Emergency Medicine Program; LSU Internal Medicine Program; LSU ENT Program; and the LSU Surgery Program.
“Residents in the LSU Programs will be trained by LSU Physicians/Faculty. The training will take place here on the OLOL Campus. We are building a Medical Education and Innovation Center that will include classroom space, simulation labs and space dedicated for research. In addition, our new Heart and Vascular tower also includes auditorium/classroom space for education,” Calongne explained.
All residency programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), which establishes national standards for approval and assessment of graduate medical education programs.