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A Nicotine Clinical Trial at Ochsner!

(September 22, 2010) Postoperative nausea and vomiting are extremely common occurrences after surgery, but over the years, anesthesiologists have observed that patients who smoke experience significantly less nausea and vomiting after their surgeries than patients who do not smoke—nearly 50 percent less.

Read the ArticleView the Trial Listing | Learn more about Clinical Research at Ochsner

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Ochsner Librarian Speaks at NYC Search Summit

(September 20, 2010) In May, Ochsner Medical Library and Archives Manager Nital Sheridan, MLIS, AHIP, presented by invitation at the 2010 Search Summit in New York City. She spoke to Google web trainers about how to teach the public how to use electronic resources. She gave tips on training various user groups and how to make sessions flow without losing students to technical jargon.

She returned to the Big Apple in June to take the trainer course on Mac computers to not only assist patrons who are Mac users but also to help incorporate the different technical platform into decisions when evaluating future informational resources.

Learn more the Medical Library and Archives at Ochsner

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The fall issue of The Ochsner Journal is now available online

(September 13, 2010) The fall issue of The Ochsner Journal is now available online at ochsnerjournal.org. Mailing of print copies to subscribers will begin September 15. The fall issue includes articles devoted to epistaxis and to pain management in the elderly, as well as articles focused on intraoperative subareolar frozen section in nipple-sparing mastectomies, immunotoxins as a potential treatment for metastic melanoma, and cutaneous manifestations of tuberous sclerosis.

Read the Article | Go to the Ochsner Journal Site | Request a Copy

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Alton Ochsner Award Winners Announced

The Selection Committee for the 2010 Alton Ochsner Award Relating Smoking and Disease is pleased to announce that the 25th Annual Award winners are Kenneth E. Warner, PhD, Dean and Avedis Donabedian Distinguished University Professor of Health, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Jerome S. Brody, MD, Professor of Medicine, Director of the Pulmonary Center and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston.

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Nursing Research Receives Grants

Ochsner’s Center for Nursing Research and Ochsner nurses are involved in a number of projects and recently received a $5,000 award from the DAISY Foundation

Read the Article  |  Learn more about Nursing Research at Ochsner

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The summer issue of The Ochsner Journal is now available in print and online.

The Ochsner Journal is a quarterly publication designed to support Ochsner Clinic and Hospital's mission to improve public health through a commitment to medical innovation, research, and education.

Read the Article | Go to the Ochsner Journal Site

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CME Receives 4-Year Accreditation

The Continuing Medical Education Department at Ochsner Health System was recently accredited for 4 years by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). In addition, the CME Department was deemed compliant in all 15 essential areas of compliance and 3 additional exemplary areas. This decision came from the ACCME board at their meeting in July and is based on the review of the department’s self-study report, evidence of performance in practice, and an interview. The new term will be effective through July 31, 2014.

Learn more about CME at Ochsner

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Dr. George A. Pankey to Present Poster at Two Conferences

Dr. George A. Pankey, Director of the Infectious Diseases Research Laboratory, will be presenting a poster at the 50th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. The presentation is titled “In Vitro Synergistic Activity of Polymyxin B (PB) and Meropenem (MER) against PB and MER-Non-Susceptible Klebsiella pneumoniae Carbapenemase (KPC)-Producing K. pneumoniae.” The meeting will be held on September 12-15, 2010, in Boston. The same study has also been selected for presentation at the 48th Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, October 21-24, 2010, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 

Learn more about Dr. Pankey   |  Learn more about the Infectious Diseases Research Laboratory

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Ochsner Research Presented at SLE Meeting

Dr. Xin Zhang, Laboratory of Cellular Immunology, made an oral presentation in June at the 9th International Congress on Systemic Lupus Erythematosus on "Increased Frequency of Circulating CXCR5+CD57+CD4+ Follicular T Helper Cells in Patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus." Other authors of the study are Drs. Justin S. Lyman, Jerald Zakem, Yong Choi, and Robert Quinet.

Learn more about Dr. Zhang   |  Learn more about the Laboratory of Cellular Immunology

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Online Patient Education Resource Has a New Look

(From the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health)

As of Wednesday, July 14, 2010, MedlinePlus has a new look! The entire site has been redesigned with a new layout and color scheme.

Read the Article  |  Learn more about the Medical Library at Ochsner

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UQ Named to Best Universities List

Ochsner educational partner, the University of Queensland, has been named by U.S. News and World Report to its list of World’s Best Life Sciences and Biomedicine Universities. Ranked 28th on a list of 99, UQ fell between Princeton and Columbia Universities, three places above Duke University. Other U.S. schools ranking above UQ were Harvard (1st), Stanford (4th), University of California, Berkeley (5th), Johns Hopkins (6th), Yale (9th), UC San Diego (12th), UCLA (18th), and Caltech (23rd). The only universities in our region named to the list were Washington University, in St. Louis (45th), and University of Texas at Austin (77th).

View the full list  |  Learn about the Ochsner Clinical School  

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STAR Scholars Get Fit at Elmwood 

On Friday, July 2, the 16 STAR Student Scholars took over the Elmwood Fitness Center (EFC)’s Harahan location. Thanks to the coordination of Michael Heim and his staff, the students spent a full 6-hour day getting fit.

Read the Article  |  Learn more about STAR  |  Learn more about the Elmwood Fitness Center

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House Staff Commencement Ceremony

On Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 69 Ochsner residents and fellows completed their graduate medical training in 18 specialty and subspecialty areas and were awarded certificates of completion. The commencement ceremony was held in the Brent House Conference Center, with a reception immediately following in the Hotel Atrium.

Read the Article  |  Learn more about Graduate Medical Education at Ochsner

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Allied Health 2010 Summer Update

The Ochsner Allied Health Division celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2010. We have seen many changes to health care delivery over this time span, and allied health has become an integral part of the overall patient care experience. Allied health professionals comprise more than 60 percent of the health care workforce.

Read the Article |  Learn more about Allied Health at Ochsner   

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New Grants in Basic Science

Dr. Wale Sulaiman, Director of the Laboratory of Neural Injury and Regeneration, has been awarded a Pilot Research Grant from the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation  - and Drs. Jawed Alam and Julia Cook, Co-directors of the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, have received a grant-in-aid from the American Heart Association.

Read the Article  |  Learn more about Basic Science Research at Ochsner

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Ochsner to Host Nursing Conference

The Brent House Conference Center will be the site for “Translating Nursing Research: Changing Practice…Changing Lives,” an all-day conference scheduled for Friday, July 23, 2010. The focus of the conference is “Shifting How You Think About EBP [Evidence-Based Practice] and Nursing Research: New Rules Out of Engagement.”  A pre-conference session will be held on Thursday, July 22, and will address “Embracing the 21st Century: The Role of Technology in Advancing EBP.” For a full listing of conference and pre-conference sessions and registration instructions, please review the conference brochure.



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Learning, Etc., at the iLab

On Friday, May 21, Academic Outreach hosted a DNA forensics laboratory session entitled “Bubble Gum Robber,” in the iLab for students from Learning, Etc., an educational center dedicated to children on the West Bank. This marked Learning, Etc.’s first visit to the Ochsner’s iLab facility, and it was quite the learning experience for the 12 students. Students were aided in the experiment, directed by Dr. Jawed Alam, by 2 adults accompanying them and 2 Outreach staff members. After conducting the experiment, the students played a trivia game to learn more about DNA detection in everyday life.

Learn about iLab  |  Learn about Academic Outreach at Ochsner

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New IRB Administrator  

The Academics Division would like to welcome Stephanie Gaudreau, who became the new Institutional Review Boards administrator in April, to Ochsner and to the division. She has more than 9 years of IRB experience working with Bloomberg School of Public Health and the School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University.

Learn more about the Institutional Review Board

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Research Night 2010 a Hit!

The Academic Division held Ochsner’s Seventh Annual Research Night on Tuesday, May 11, in the Brent House Atrium. The event provided investigators and clinicians the opportunity to discuss and present various topics of research had been performed through 2009. This year’s Research Night brought a record number of submissions, including 26 basic research abstracts, 45 clinical research abstracts, and 17 case reports.

Read the Article |  Learn more about Research at Ochsner


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STAR Class of 2010 Meet and Greet

On Tuesday, May 18, at 6:00 p.m., Academic Outreach team welcomed the recently chosen Science-Technology-Academics-Research (STAR) students and their families to the Doctors Dining Room in the Brent House for a Student Scholars Meet & Greet. In March, the team worked around the clock to carefully select 16 student scholars to participate in the federally funded, 6-week summer program. On Tuesday night, the students were able to mingle with one another and the STAR administrators for the first time. The 36 attendees were treated to beverages and hors d’oeuvres during introductions from STAR staff members and a brief volunteer overview. Then, the students learned everything they needed to know about their duties as an Ochsner STAR student scholars.
Ochsner would like to thank the presenters who successfully steered the event through the evening: Dr. William Pinsky, Dr. Jawed Alam, Janice Piazza, Ethel Madden, Allison F. Sharai, and Mary Kathryn Silvestri.

View the Class of 2010   Learn about STAR |  Learn about Academic Outreach at Ochsner

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Ochsner Clinical School Dedicated

The University of Queensland School of Medicine Clinical School at Ochsner was formally dedicated on Monday, May 10, at a closed ceremony with dignitaries from UQ and Ochsner in attendance. The dedication was followed by a meeting in Baton Rouge with Governor Bobby Jindal and the Speakers of the State House of Representatives and Senate. For more information on the dedication and the Ochsner Clinical School, read the full article on Ochsner News.


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Ochsner Clinical School - April, 2010 Update

To date, 52 unique 4th year UQ students and 8 unique 3rd year students are scheduled to participate in rotations at the Ochsner Clinical School (OCS) during 2010. The 10 students who participated in Ochsner rotations in Block 1 completed their rotation requirements on March 12.  

Read the article  |  Learn about the Ochsner Clinical School

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Meet the STAR Class of 2010

Congratulations are in order for the 16 high school students who have been selected as Student Scholars for the Summer Technology, Academics, and Research (STAR) Program for 2010. Through their application, essay, recommendations, and one-on-one interviews, these students worked competitively against more than 30 other applicants in order to claim their position in the top 16.

View the List   Learn about STAR |  Learn about Academic Outreach at Ochsner

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Dr. Quinlan Named to Physician Executive List 

Patrick Quinlan, MD, Ochsner’s chief executive officer, was ranked 14th in Modern Healthcare magazine’s 2010 list of the 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives. He has been named to the list all 6 times this list has been produced, only one of five physician executives to have done so.

Read the Article |  Learn more about Dr. Quinlan


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2010 Power Ties

On Friday, March 5, 2010, Ochsner’s Academic Outreach office held its Power Ties event in the Brent House Conference Center. The Junior League of New Orleans partnered with Samuel Green Charter School to provide opportunities for 8th graders to expand their overall knowledge of the professional world, career-fair style.

Read the Article  |  Learn about Job Shadowing   |  Learn about Academic Outreach at Ochsner

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Medical Explorers Post Wraps Up

Ochsner’s Academic Outreach office is pleased to announce the successful completion of the spring 2010 cycle of the Medical Explorers Post program. The Medical Explorers Post is an afterschool program for high school students with a keen interest in the science and health care professions, sponsored by the Boy Scouts of Southeast Louisiana Council and Learning for Life.

Read the Article  Learn about Medical Explorers Post |  Learn about Academic Outreach at Ochsner


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OMC in Top 100 U.S. Teaching Hospitals

The 17th annual Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®: National Benchmarks study has named Ochsner Medical Center to its list of 15 institutions in the “Major Teaching Hospital” category (400 or more beds and high levels of physician education and research). The list appears in the March 29, 2010, issue of Modern Healthcare and online at ModernHealthcare.com. This honor recognizes the hard work and achievements of Ochsner’s outstanding faculty and staff and its dedication to academics. 

Learn about Education at Ochsner  |  View the Thomson Reuters listing

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Pinsky Honored by AIAMC

William Pinsky, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, received the Ethel Weinberg, MD Award from the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers (AIAMC) last week. The award, named for the founder of the AIAMC, is presented on an annual basis to the individual member who best exemplifies the energy and commitment of Dr. Weinberg. The individual selected must demonstrate excellence in providing:

  • Significant service to the AIAMC.
  • Noted leadership in academic medicine, both locally and nationally.
  • Advocacy for the AIAMC by articulating independent academic medical centers’ unique role and contribution.
  • A vision for the future of academic medicine in the independent academic medical center.

Dr. Pinsky has served on the Board of the AIAMC for many years and is fulfilling his last year on the board as immediate past president.

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Ochsner Joins Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium

The Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium (LCRC) has announced that the Ochsner Health System will be joining as a new partner. The decision to bring Ochsner into the consortium was made by the members of the LCRC—Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Tulane University, and Xavier University of Louisiana—with the goal of expanding LCRC’s cancer research activities, particularly increasing the potential for patient participation in clinical trials through access to Ochsner’s extensive health network.

Read the Article


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Girl Scouting at Ochsner

On Saturday, February 27, Ochsner’s Academic Outreach team hosted its third annual Girl Scouts Science Discovery Day in the Brent House Conference Center and iLab. Six Girl Scout troops attended the event: Troop #1228 from Metairie, Troop #408 from River Ridge, Troop #821 from New Orleans, Troop #10845 from Denham Springs, Troop #30111 from Slidell, and Troop #21114 from Luling.

Read the Article  |  Learn about Science Days |  Learn about Academic Outreach at Ochsner

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Ochsner IRB Passes Audit

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported their October 2009 inspection of the Ochsner Institutional Review Board (IRB) is now “closed,” according to Joseph Breault, MD, ScD, chair of the Ochsner IRBs. This is a good report after a lengthy audit, which lasted October 8-20 and included 32 exhibits attached to the inspection report sent to FDA headquarters.

Learn more about the Ochsner IRB 

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Basic Science in Clinical Medicine Lecture

Ochsner’s Academics Division invites you to attend the next installment in its Basic Science in Clinical Medicine series on March 31 at noon in Monroe Hall, when Staff Scientist Om Prakash, PhD, presents “Src Family Kinases and Human Cancer: Lessons Learned from Basic  Research.” Dr. Prakash heads up Ochsner’s Molecular Oncology Laboratory. After the session, attendees will have a better understanding of the role of the Src family kinases in the development and progression of human cancers, transgenic technology for modeling human disease in murine system, and therapeutic approaches targeting Src family kinases.

AccreditationThe Ochsner Clinic Foundation is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide Continuing Medical Education for physicians.

DesignationThe Ochsner Clinic Foundation designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

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STAR Informational was a Success! 

On Wednesday January 28, 2010, Academic Outreach hosted its first STAR Program Informational. The 50 guests received general program information such as the program dates and deadlines, curriculum, and associated costs; they were also able to ask the STAR administration and 2009 STAR alumnus, Emily Moskau, in-depth questions about the STAR program. Prospective 2010 STAR participants received application packets and helpful tips for applying. After attending the informational, the potential applicants all appeared very enthusiastic about the program.

Learn more about STAR  |  Contact the Senior Admin. Outreach Project Coordinator

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UQ Accreditation Process Proceeds  

Professor David Wilkinson, Head of the School of Medicine at the University of Queensland, updated students about the status of the accreditation of the UQ-Ochsner Clinical School with the Australian Medical Council (AMC). The documentation process has almost been completed, and the mock-accreditation team is pleased with the progress of the effort. In the next steps, Wilkinson will meet with the AMC review team in late April, the mock accreditation visits will occur in New Orleans in June and Queensland in July, and real AMC visits to New Orleans and Queensland in August and September, respectively.

Learn about the Ochsner-University of Queensland Program


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Brownies Visit Ochsner

On Saturday, January 23, 2010, Academic Outreach hosted the first annual Brownies Science in Action Day in the Brent House Conference Center and iLab. Within 20 minutes of being opened to registration, the event was filled due to popular demand. A total of 47 Brownies from Troop #40260 in New Orleans, Troop #1346 in Luling, and Troop #349 in Metairie, ranging in ages from 6 to 9 years, came to Ochsner to earn their Science in Action Try-It.

Read the Article  |  Learn about Science Days |  Learn about Academic Outreach at Ochsner

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Dr. White Featured in New Orleans Article 

Christopher J. White, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FAHA, FESC - Chairman, Department of Cardiovascular Diseases was recently featured in a New Orleans Magazine article on the state of cardiology in the region, noting that Ochsner has actually expanded its Cardiology service since Katrina. The entire article is available via the myNewOrleans Web site.

Read the Article  |  Learn about Dr. WhiteLearn more about Cardiology at Ochsner 

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Dr. Lavie Honored by JACC for Peer Reviews

In the world of science, your colleague’s opinions hold particular significance: Just ask Ochsner Cardiologist Carl J. Lavie, MD, who is being honored for his excellence in the evaluation of manuscripts for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Read the article | Learn more about Dr. Lavie | Learn more about Cardiology at Ochsner  

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February is Patient Education Month

As part of Ochsner’s mission to educate our patients and their families, the Ochsner Leadership Team is committed to ensuring high standards for the educational materials we provide. The Patient Education Committee—created in early 2009 and chaired by Sharon Cusanza, BSN, RN, CPHQ, and Ethel Madden, MLIS, AHIP—has developed initiatives that will revolutionize the patient education process.

Read the Article  |  Patient Health Information  |  Patient Education Resources  | Class Schedule

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Research Night 2010  

The Seventh Annual Ochsner Health System Research Night is scheduled for Tuesday, May 11, 2010, from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. in the Brent House Atrium. Research Night is an annual event featuring the biomedical research of investigators within the Ochsner Health System. This group includes students of the Ochsner Graduate Medical Education program, as well as postdoctoral fellows, researchers, clinical residents and fellows, and nurses. The event includes a poster display and session with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails.

Learn more about Research Night  |  Learn more about Research at Ochsner


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Ochsner-UQ Makes “Best of New Orleans”

Ochsner's partnership with the University of Queensland was highlighted in the article “10 for the State: Queen of the Wins” on the Best of New Orleans Web site, published by The Gambit.

Read the Article  |  Learn about the Ochsner-University of Queensland Program

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New UGME Staff 

The Undergraduate Medical Education team welcomes Scott Peters, who has accepted the position of Education Program Manager for the Ochsner Clinical School-University of Queensland program. He comes to UGME from the Medical Library and Archives, where he has served as Library Services Coordinator. As we transition and develop space for this program, Scott’s office will temporarily remain in the Medical Library, where he has graciously offered to stay and train his replacement when hired.

Scott's New Contact Details  |  Learn about the Ochsner-University of Queensland Program 

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Major Changes to NIH Publications

Are you planning to submit an NIH grant application? If so, please note that all applications intended for due dates on or after January 25, 2010 require the use of new forms and instructions. Major changes include:

  • Restructured forms to align with review criteria
  • Significantly shorter page limits

Read the Announcement  |  Learn about Grant Support at Ochsner  |  Go to the NIH site

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Patrick Taylor Students Complete Internships

This fall, nine high school seniors from Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy completed 20-hour internships at Ochsner as part of their Senior Project Course. The students interned in various departments, with one assigned intern mentor.

Read the article | Learn more about Academic Outreach at Ochsner

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Girl Scout Science Days Coming in 2010

Ochsner’s Academic Outreach Department is proud to host two Girl Scouts Science Days in 2010! The 2009 Science Discovery Day was such a hit that we added one more for next year. The dates and times are Saturday, January 23, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and Saturday, February 27, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

To make these events a success, we need the help of Ochsner employees. If you would like to volunteer for one of multiple shifts available on either day, we would love to have you. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided to all volunteers. Nurses, this would be a great opportunity for you to earn Clinical Ladderpoints. Employees will be given a certificate for your annual evaluation. This will be a great opportunity to impact the lives of young girls through science, so don’t miss out.

Interested? Contact Academic Outreach at 842-5321 or AFischtziur@Ochsner.org.


Edgar Burns Visiting Professorship of Urology Symposium

The 3-day lectureship was designed to complement emerging areas of urology within the LSU/Ochsner residency program. The visiting professorship will focus on:

  • Prostate cancer screening, treatment, guidelines, and prevention.
  • Robotic partial nephrectomies, slings, and stress urinary incontinence.
  • Surgery, robotics, and treatment of advanced disease.

Learn more about CME at Ochsner  |  Learn more about the Symposium

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Research Night 2010: Save the Date!  

The Seventh Annual Ochsner Health System Research Night is scheduled for Tuesday, May 11, 2010, from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. in the Brent House Atrium. Stay tuned for the Call for Abstracts, which will be sent January 5, 2010.

Learn more about Research Night  |  Learn more about Research at Ochsner


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STAR Program Accepting Applications

The Academic Community Outreach Department is pleased to announce that the application cycle for the 2010 Science, Technology, Academics, and Research (STAR) Program is now open. The STAR Program is a free 6-week summer educational program for students who might be interested in a science or medical career. The STAR 2010 program dates are June 7-July 16. An informational session will be held on January 27, 2010, for those who are interested in the program.

Ochsner Employees: If you or your department would like to become involved with the 2010 STAR program, please contact us!

Learn more about STAR  |  Contact Allison Fischtziur at AFischtziur@ochsner.org

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Ochsner Authors’ Published Works

Interested in your colleagues’ contributions to the research literature? Check out the most recent annual Published Works lists from Medical Editing. To ensure that your publications are included in this year’s list, send citation information to librarian Barbara Attebery at battebery@ochsner.org. 

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Knowledge Management Office Move

The Center for Knowledge Management (KM) is pleased to announce that its Administrative offices as well as Medical Editing, Academic Outreach, and Academic Systems has moved across Jefferson Highway to new offices in the rear of the Tansey Building.

Read the article  |  Learn more about the Center for Knowledge Management

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UQ awards international achievements 

The School of Medicine won the Organisational Unit Award for its commitment to international student exchange, with more than 350 medical students undertaking an international learning experience in 2009, many in developing nations, including 60 at a specially developed Clinical School in Brunei.

Read the article  |   Learn more about our Queensland program


AAUW Women Attend Women's Health Speaker Series

The Metairie-Eastbank Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) came to Ochsner on October 27 to participate in the Women's Health Speaker Series put on by Ochsner Academic Community Outreach and Ochsner Women's Health. Dr. Rajiv Gala of the Ob/GYN Department facilitated the discussion on topics such as cancer risk, metabolism changes as women age, how to age gracefully, and health risks associated with women over the age of 50. Watch here for news about the next session!

Learn more about:  Academic Community Outreach | Ochsner Women's Health | AAUW  

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Evidence Based Practice Poster Display

From 10/29 through 10/30, Nursing sponsored a viewing of 14 posters representing EBP projects and original research completed by nurses at main campus. One of the posters (by Tere Crouchet and Kerry Anderson) won 1st place at the International Transplant Nursing Society Meeting on September 25, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

View the flyerView the poster | Learn more about Nursing Research at Ochsner

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PubMed Changes on the Horizon 

The Medical Library and Archives wants Ochsner users to be aware that the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced a major redesign of its free PubMed online database will be released later this fall. Get a first look at what the new site will look like!

View the preview  |   Learn more about our Medical Library

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SPSS is Here

The Academics Division has invested in a new analytic resource for your use: the PASW/SPSS software package, among the most popular statistical analysis applications available. For access to SPSS, please contact:  Robert Jones (rjones@ochsner.org).

Learn more about the Center for Knowledge Management.

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2009 Ochsner Award Winner Announced

The Selection Committee for the 2009 Alton Ochsner A ward Relating Smoking and Disease is pleased to announce the selection of Steven A. Belinsky, PhD, as this year’s recipient. Dr. Belinsky is the Director of the Lung Cancer Program, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute; Co-Director of the Cancer Epidemiology and Control Program for the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; and Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins University Lung Specialized Program of Research Excellence. Read the article.


New Roles in GME for Amedee, Ventura

Ronald Amedee, MD, and Hector O. Ventura, MD, will be taking on new leadership responsibilities within Ochsner’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) area.  

Learn more about Dr. Amedee and Dr. Ventura |  Learn more about Graduate Medical Education

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Deichmann to Present Lecture in Queensland

Richard Deichmann, Jr., MD, Associate Medical Director of Adult Primary
Care, has been invited to deliver a lecture entitled “Disaster Preparedness: Lessons from Katrina” as part of The University of Queensland (UQ) School of Medicine’s Head of School Lecture Series on Wednesday, September 16, in Australia.
Read the article | Learn more about the UQ/Ochsner program

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CME Opportunity in Palliative Care

The Ochsner Palliative Care Seminar is scheduled for Friday, October 2, in the Brent House Conference Center. This conference seeks to update physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and administrators who are involved in the care of patients with terminal and advanced chronic illness. For more information, please see the meeting brochure

Ochsner staff may attend this conference at no charge, but the Continuing Medical Education office asks that you register no later than Friday, September 25. For more information, or to register, please visit www.ochsner.org/cme or call 504-842-3702.

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Department of Clinical Research Support Presents

Engaging Communities in Recruitment and Retention of Clinical Trials: It’s All About Communication

Presented by Mona N. Fouad, MD, MPH - Professor, Medicine/Division of Preventive Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Monday, September 28, 2009  2:00 - 4:00 pm at Monroe Hall, Ochsner Medical Center - New Orleans

View the Flyer | Learn more about Dr. Fouad | Learn more about the Department of Clinical Research Support  

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Ochsner Orthopedic Surgery Research Wins Award

A poster presentation by Misty Suri, MD, orthopedic surgeon in the Section of Sports Medicine of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, was honored by being selected as the “Best Poster” by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM). The poster will represent AOSSM at the Orthopaedic Research Society’s 56th Annual Meeting, to be held in New Orleans, March 6-9, 2010.

Dr. Suri was also selected as an AOSSM 2009 Annual Meeting Poster Award recipient, awarded second place at the AOSSM Annual Meeting held in Keystone, Coloroado, July 9-12, 2009.

The title of Dr. Suri’s poster is “Improved Percentage Fill After Microfracture with Complete vs. Central Hole Placement in a Mature Lapine Model,” and coauthors are Juan J. Rodrigo, MD; John D. Des-Jardins, PhD; Douglas J. Wyland, MD; Steven B. Singleton, MD; Paige Boatwright, BS; and Matthew Hoyle, BA.

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Back to School!

Since 2007, Ochsner has awarded and funded scholarships annually to 10 students in conjunction with Jefferson Dollars for Scholars. The students must be Jefferson Parish public high school seniors attending Louisiana colleges or universities View the list of award winners.


Ochsner Librarian Presents to Palliative Care Group

On July 30, Nital Sheridan, Manager of the Ochsner Medical Library and Archives, was a guest presenter at the meeting of the Palliative Care Institute of Southeast Louisiana and the Louisiana-Mississippi Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, held in the Pimsoll Club of the World Trade Center in New Orleans. Read the article.

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Duke Intern Creates Connections in Academics 

Amy Zhang, a Duke University sophomore studying economics and premedicine, spent 8 weeks of her summer at Ochsner shadowing physicians, working with new Ochsner initiatives, and assisting Academic Community Outreach staff. Amy lent most of her time to the Reach Out and Read program spearheaded by the Ochsner for Children physicians and staff.  Read the article.

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Summer Intern Gets Around

New Orleans native Dale Hanan spent the summer of 2009 interviewing executives, teaching teenagers about career choices, working on library initiatives, and developing creative solutions for organizational problems, an extraordinary summer for a 21-year-old rising college senior. Read the article.

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Bone Marrow Transplant Program Returning to Ochsner

Ochsner Clinic Foundation will be reconstituting its Bone Marrow Transplant program in partnership with joint physician faculty from Ochsner and the LSU School of Medicine, to be located within the Ochsner Cancer Institute at the Main Campus. Read the article.  

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Neurology Department Awarded $600K for Stroke Program

Ochsner’s Department of Neurology, in partnership with Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (LDHH) and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, has been awarded a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Optional Funding grant of $200,000/year for 3 years to support a stroke telemedicine program for rural hospitals.

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Academics Staff Victorious in Spelling Bee

Polly Gonzalez, RN, and Ana Dardis, RN, of the Center for Health Research—competing as the Mexican Jumping Bees—won first place in Ochsner’s 4th Annual Spelling Bee for Adult Education, held in May. The spelling bee raised more than $430 for the Adult Education Fund, which pays for General Equivalency Diploma tutoring for Ochsner employees. The event is coordinated by the Organizational Development arm of Human Resources.

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Library Orientations in Demand

With the new 2009 residents and fellows beginning their programs in July, the library has been included in many orientations, from Anesthesiology to Pediatrics. Library orientations include an overview of services and resources: how to access articles from online journals, requesting literature searches and articles, using MyLibrary for remote access, and much more! View the July 8 Anesthesiology Orientation presented by Jessica Delgado, Systems Librarian. If you would like to schedule a quick overview for your next departmental meeting, please email infodesk@ochsner.org.

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2009 House Staff Commencement

On Tuesday, June 9, 63 Ochsner residents and fellows completed their graduate medical training in 17 specialty and subspecialty areas and were awarded certificates of completion.

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STAR Students Launch Newsletter

The 2009 Ochsner Science, Technology, Academics, and Research (STAR) Program students have implemented a new and exciting feature to this year’s program: a weekly newsletter created, written, and published by the students. It features weekly recaps and updates, a word of the week, and a quote of the week. This newsletter will help keep the program’s students, faculty, and administration up-to-speed on the happenings of the STAR Class of 2009.

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GME Program Manager Honored

Congratulations go to Kathy Dixon, Program Manager, Radiology Residency, who was recently elected to the Board of the Association of Program Coordinators in Radiology. Additionally, she serves on the Training Administrators for Graduate Medical Education task force, the Residency Review Committee ad hoc committee, and the website, survey, and long-range planning committees. 

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Ophthalmology Welcomes New Residents

The LSU/Ochsner Ophthalmology Residency Training Program welcomes eight new residents on June 15 for orientation and basic science instruction prior to beginning their 3-year residency. They will be training in basic and clinical science orientation sessions at LSU and Ochsner from June 15-30 and will report to normal clinic assignments July 1. They will alternate between Ochsner, LSU, and affiliated locations during their training.

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New Findings on the Obesity Paradox in the Elderly

It is well known that being overweight or obese leads to many health complications, particularly cardiovascular disease and the risk factors associated with it. A new study led by Dr. Carl Lavie, Medical Director, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention, investigated the effect of the “obesity paradox” on mortality rates in elderly patients with cardiovascular disease.

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STAR Program Underway

On Monday, June 1, the 2009 Ochsner Science, Technology, Academics, and Research (STAR) Program has accepted 12 new students hailing from parishes across the New Orleans metropolitan area. Keep an eye out for our 12 rising STARs around the Ochsner Main Campus, Elmwood Medical Office Building and Elmwood Fitness Center between June 1 and July 10, 2009! 

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Hospital Medicine Conference Coming to NOLA

The 10th Annual Southern Hospital Medicine Conference, “Advancing Healthcare Delivery: The Role of the Hospitalist,” is being held October 15-17, 2009, with a pre-course being held October 14, at The Roosevelt Hotel in downtown New Orleans. This conference provides practicing physicians, pharmacists, and other healthcare providers with the newest concepts in healthcare delivery in the hospital setting, such as clinical disease management, practice management, quality improvement, pharmacology, medical technology, evidence-based standards of care, and practice guidelines. Learn more!

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Quarterly Research Forums Coming Up

Dr. William W. Pinsky invites you to attend the Quarterly Noon Research Forum scheduled for Tuesday, June 9th, @ Noon in Monroe Hall. Lunch will be served, and the Physicians Dining Room will be closed. 
- BEST! Science, presented by Dr. Jawed Alam
- Vitamin D Supplementation in Breast-Fed Children, presented by Dr. Robert Gensure  

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Australian Medical Students Arrive in New Orleans!

Students from The University of Queensland School of Medicine in Brisbane, Australia arrived in New Orleans January 25, 2009 to embark on elective and core clinical rotations at Ochsner Medical Center. Their arrival marks the first group of UQ medical students to complete rotations at Ochsner in the newly developed partnership between The University of Queensland and the Ochsner Medical Center, which offers students a unique, exciting opportunity to be part of a global medical school experience. Learn more!

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana funds the 2009 STAR Program 

Ochsner Academic Community Outreach has been awarded a $36,000 grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana to fund the 2009 Science, Technology, Academics, and Research (STAR) summer program for local high school students. This grant will cover the cost of numerous research supplies, classroom supplies, and, most impressively, a brand new Gel Documentation System that will provide technological advancements to the students while they are working in the iLab. This is the second year that Blue Cross Blue Shield has provided funding for the program. Without this partnership, the STAR program would not be able to provide the advanced and extensive programming that it does today. Learn more!

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Girl Scout Science Discovery Day 2009 is a hit!

On March 14, Ochsner hosted 25 Junior Girl Scouts from three different troops as part of its annual Girl Scouts Science Discovery Day, a free program that Ochsner offers in conjunction with Girl Scouts, Louisiana East. The troops hailed from Baton Rouge and Marrero. Learn more!

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Students enjoy the iLab "Bubble Gum Mystery" 

Academic Community Outreach was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from Cox Charities for expanding the use of the iLab by middle schools throughout the New Orleans metropolitan area. This grant award is intended to support outreach to at least 10 area middle school classes, in the form of a classroom science experiment to be conducted in the iLab with Dr. Jawed Alam, the Outreach scientific director. Learn more!

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Ochsner Furthers Medical Education at “All That Jazz” Cardiology Conference

The John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute cardiologists are doing their part to help revitalize New Orleans' medical education initiatives as well as drive tourists to the area by supporting the 18th Annual All That Jazz Peripheral Angioplasty Cardiology Conference May 20-22 at the Sheraton Hotel, 500 Canal Street.

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Congratulations to the IRB staff!

Congratulations to the IRB staff on the publication of the article, “Protecting Human Subjects in Disasters: Reflections 3 Years Post Katrina,” in the February 2009 issue of the ACRP Monitor. If you would like to read this article, please request it through the Medical Library and Archives Interlibrary Loan System.

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Basic Science in Clinical Medicine Lecture

The next Basic Science in Clinical Medicine Lecture will be presented by Li Li, MD, PhD, Associate Director, Laboratory of Cellular Immunology, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, on Friday, March 20 at noon in Monroe Hall. Dr. Li will be presenting "Lymphoma Stem Cells." Learn more about Dr. Li and her research.

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Nursing Research Director to Present at AGS Conference

Karen Rice, DNS, APRN, ACNS-BC, ANP, Program Director for Ochsner’s Center for Nursing Research, has been selected as a presenter in the Presidential Poster Session at the 2009 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS). Rice’s presentation is titled “Nurses’ Recognition of Delirium in the Hospitalized Older Adult.”

Only abstracts receiving the highest scores during the peer review process are included in the Presidential Poster Session. Posters in this session will be reviewed by the AGS Research Committee, and one poster award will be given in each of the abstract review categories. Poster award winners will be announced the following morning at the AGS Awards Ceremony. 

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Library Receives $20K Technology Award

The Ochsner Medical Library and Archives has received the Library Technology Award for 2009. The funding is for $20,000 and is awarded annually by the National Library of Medicine to assist member libraries that are interested in implementing large-scale technology applications to further library improvement and expand library services.

With this award, the Ochsner Medical Library and Archives will be digitizing a primary collection of historical items such as photographs and documents. This project will provide better search capabilities as well as the preservation of the delicate archival materials.

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2008-2009 Resident Writing Awards

To stimulate research and give experience in medical writing and publishing, the Ochsner Clinic Foundation gives annual awards for excellence in medical writing by residents and fellows at House Staff Graduation. Papers in manuscript form written between April 1, 2008, and March 30, 2009, are eligible for competition and must conform to the rules and instructions found on the Medical Editing website.

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Cox Charities Fund Awards Ochsner $5,000

On Wednesday, January 21, Ochsner’s Academics Division received a $5,000 grant to design a biotechnology program geared at middle school students. Learn more!

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Girl Scouts Science Discovery Day

Once again this year, Ochsner will be hosting the annual Girl Scouts Science Discovery Day, to be held Saturday, March 14, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. That day Ochsner researchers and administrators will host between 35 and 40 Junior Girls Scouts, providing experiment stations that offer innovative ways to learn about science and technology. The girls will conduct fun experiments, interview a female scientist, and explore the iLab. At the end of the day, all of the Junior Girl Scouts will receive their Science Discovery patch. We will need your help this year to facilitate exciting experiments, help the girls with rotations, and make it a fun experience for everyone involved. If you would like to participate, please contact Academic Community Outreach Senior Administrator/Project Coordinator Allison Fischtziur at 504-842-5321.

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6th Annual Research Night

The Sixth Annual Ochsner Health System Research Night is scheduled for Tuesday, May 12, 2009, from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm in the Brent House Atrium. Research Night is always an excellent opportunity for our investigators to present to the Ochsner community their recent studies and findings. We are encouraging clinicians, researchers, residents, fellows, allied health professionals, and nurses throughout the Ochsner Health System to submit their work and to attend the evening’s reception. Continuing education credits are available for physicians, nurses and other health care professionals. Further details about the instructions for submission as well as the event itself may be found on the Research Night website.

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The STAR Program 

The Science, Technology, Academics, and Research (STAR) Program is an educational summer camp sponsored by the Academics Division of Ochsner Health System. It provides qualified high school students with a unique opportunity to conduct cutting-edge, inquiry-based scientific experiments in the student laboratory, the iLab; acquire hands-on experience with sophisticated medical technologies; learn about the latest advancements in medicine and health care from Ochsner physicians, nurses, and administrators; develop professional and life skills; and participate in other stimulating and informative activities such as stress management exercises, cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification, and debates on current social issues impacted by science and medicine. These and other activities are designed to fulfill STAR’s mission to inspire, educate, and prepare students for the future. The 2009 STAR Program will be held June 1 - July 10, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 


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