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ADMISSIONS TIMELINE

Primary Application:
  June 1 – December 15
  Early Decision (August 1)
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January 15
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Deposit (to hold place): May 15
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Registration: August 4, 2014
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Classes Begin: August 4, 2014

In Their Own Words

Tulane School of Medicine students answer the question, "What is it like to go to medical school in New Orleans?"

Laura DouglassLaura Douglass

"Going to medical school in New Orleans is more than the books – it means becoming part of a bigger community. If you're working in the clinics and really listen to your patients, you will feel the city's heart beat. There is a sense of awe and appreciation of history when I talk with patients who lived through Hurricane Katrina. Even though I wasn't here, I feel a shared sense of community with my patients in helping bring this city back to life. Some will even thank you for coming to New Orleans. During the past 3 years, I have spent endless hours learning in the classroom and on the wards, and it's the patients, the community and the city of New Orleans that put my hard work in perspective."

 

Ali KardanAli Kardan

"New Orleans is such a unique and vibrant place, with so many different facets to it. One thing Tulane offers is the opportunity to get involved in the community, providing health care in an important and meaningful way from Day One. From clinic at Ozanam Inn homeless shelter to providing free screenings at local events, Tulane students become an important and valued part of the community immediately. To be able to have these kinds of experiences in such a vibrant city is truly amazing."

 

Katherine LohmannKatherine Lohmann

"As a medical student at Tulane, I have ample opportunity to become involved in rebuilding the New Orleans healthcare system. Tulane medical students actively take part in community healthcare projects and have the unique possibility to assist the current citywide effort to improve the healthcare of New Orleans. Tulane student-based initiatives have included the growth of free clinics that provide individualized patient education and mental health screening in addition to treatment. At the same time, the Tulane faculty is responsive to student ideas and dedicated to helping students reach their educational and professional potential. Tulane fosters a positive learning environment between the students and faculty that closely mirrors the partnership it has formed with the New Orleans community. The collaboration between the students, faculty, and city yields an enriched educational experience while providing the opportunity for Tulane medical students to give back to the community. And let’s face it, where else are you going to find better food?"

 

William McEachernWilliam McEachern

"I truly appreciate attending medical school in the city of New Orleans for two somewhat disparate reasons. On the one hand, New Orleans is a place of great need and Tulane’s School of Medicine is answering the call to meet the city's health care demands. It's a real privilege to take part in the work done through the school's student-led health clinics as well as numerous other service opportunities that my classmates spearhead. Yet, on the other hand, New Orleans is characterized by a great deal of cultural traditions and local pride. It’s a blast to get involved in the excitement surrounding Saints football, Mardi Gras and Jazzfest, as well to take advantage of local music venues, museums and city parks. One key reason that I chose Tulane is because I felt that the school embraces a balance between work and play and desires for its students to take full advantage of the city's offerings."

 

Cynthia OkayeCynthia Okaye

"I'm from Anambra state, Nigeria but I was born and raised in Lagos state. Before I started medical school, I was not sure what to expect, as I had never lived in New Orleans and for the first time in 22 years I faced the unenviable position of being in a city without any family or friends. Within the first couple of months my anxiety was abated because I found out that people in New Orleans are hospitable, and the Tulane faculty and students are extremely supportive. This amicable atmosphere made the transition much easier than anticipated. The diversity of people and cultures as well as their experiences make studying at Tulane more exciting and broadening. Medical school is no stroll in the park. However, I believe New Orleans enriches the experience and reduces stress because the city boasts a myriad of activities; from the festivals, music events, variety of night life and of course, Mardi Gras. Studying during the weekend is definitely a constant battle that my classmates and I go through together. In one word, going to medical school in New Orleans is 'AWESOME!' and I could not have made a better decision."

 

Becky ReimersBecky Reimers

"My first two years of medical school in New Orleans were wonderful. Our schedules were busy but there was always something going on in the city, so when we had free time great restaurants, festivals, bars, architecture, museums and sports events were always options. Our student government also organizes outings to the zoo, street festivals and post-test themed events to get everyone together to celebrate. So when I learned about the opportunity to move to Baton Rouge for my clinical years, I didn't even consider moving, that is until I went to the Baton Rouge campus to visit and heard from students I knew in the Baton Rouge program. We have the unique opportunity to work one-on-one with practicing physicians and to take on a higher level of responsibility and care for our patients. I have learned a tremendous amount in a short time because of this environment. The group of students in Baton Rouge is smaller and closer-knit than the big group in New Orleans but we are still close enough to drive down for the weekend or an afternoon to see friends in New Orleans. Baton Rouge is a more suburban and modern city than New Orleans, but there are lots of nature trails to explore, restaurants, shopping areas, and sports and recreation areas. Every Thursday we go to our longitudinal preceptor in the morning and have discussions with community leaders in the afternoon to learn about aspects of medicine that are not commonly addressed, like insurance, the business of medicine, hospital management, or the interface of politics and healthcare. We have great support from the Baton Rouge campus dean, our program coordinator, the clerkship directors, and the hospital administration and staff."

 

Carol ShihCarol Shih

"A New Orleans native, I left for college on the East Coast two weeks after Hurricane Katrina hit. My family moved around in Texas after the disaster, and I always felt like I abandoned my city when it was struggling to be rebuilt. Coming back to New Orleans and Tulane for medical school was, and still is, a dream come true – in more ways than one.

I had always considered medicine as a career choice, but my pre-med classes did a good job of convincing students otherwise. “Weed-out classes” made us question how much we really liked science and whether we wanted to sleep at night. After lots of clinical exposure and countless talks with resident friends, I realized that I could not imagine doing anything else with my life.

After researching many schools, Tulane was my top choice because of its dedication to helping the greater community in a way unmatched by any other medical institution. The field of medicine inherently involves service and sacrifice to fellow human beings. Because Tulane plays an integral part in the healthcare rebuilding of New Orleans, I wanted to be a part of this exciting time in the city’s history. Tulane gives students a plethora of opportunities to serve New Orleanians. There are health fairs, a volunteer schedule at student-run clinics, and countless other events that raise health awareness. I think this is the best part about Tulane’s curriculum: interacting with lots of patients firsthand as a student.

Last but certainly not least, going to medical school in New Orleans provides an easy excuse to relax and have plenty of fun. Mardi Gras, Jazzfest and crawfish boils (among many others) are welcome study breaks and make for well-rounded students. Tulane students are well-known for studying hard, and playing hard, too."

 

April WallApril Wall

"New Orleans is a vivacious city with incredible personality. In addition to Mardi Gras, New Orleans has a plethora of culinary, cultural and musical traditions that give the unique city its remarkable character. I am so happy that I chose to attend medical school at Tulane because it has allowed me to not only be immersed in the tremendous culture of New Orleans, but has also allowed me to maintain a balanced life throughout medical school. Hours of studying are obviously intrinsic to medical school. However, this city provides so many options for needed, and definitely well-deserved, study breaks. Some of my favorite memories over the past years are from the numerous crawfish festivals I attended, listening to impromptu jazz bands perform in the French Quarter, and going to several Saints games at the Superdome. The camaraderie of the New Orleans community has immensely contributed to the resiliency of the city post-Hurricane Katrina. The opportunity to be a part of a medical school so closely intertwined with the local community has been incredibly rewarding. I look forward to the coming years in New Orleans (and the hundreds of hush puppies I will inevitably consume)."

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