Residents Arrive on Hospital Campuses
Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC) and University Hospital & Clinics (UHC) welcomed a new round of residents to their respective campuses earlier today. Ceremonies were held at each hospital to welcome these future doctors of Acadiana to the Lafayette General Health system, and introduce them to the doctors who will be mentoring them during their training.
Residents are medical school graduates who train for extra years before they practice medicine. Some of the residents that arrived today are recent graduates, while others are rotating in from other locations during their residency period, which typically lasts about three years.
At LGMC, hospital staff filled the lobby and lined the main entry corridor to give the residents a surprise round of applause as they proceeded towards their first assembly in the doctors’ lounge.
At UHC, the residents were treated to a social gathering and breakfast to meet and greet physicians, hospital officials and key staff members. The fun was limited, though, as the residents had to go into full work mode promptly at 8 a.m. to staff the clinics opening at the hospital Tuesday morning.
Approximately 21 residents arrived at LGMC, and 56 were welcomed at UHC. The CEO’s of both hospitals addressed the residents upon their arrival on campus. Patrick W. Gandy, Jr., CEO of LGMC, addressed his group at the Burdin Riehl Center across the street from LGMC before walking them over to their surprise greeting, and Jared Stark, FACHE, CEO of UHC, addressed his group in Voorhies Auditorium at UHC before kicking off the social gathering.
LGMC and UHC are Acadiana’s only two Major Teaching Hospitals, and are affiliated with Louisiana State University’s Graduate Medical Education program.