September 5, 2007
Faced with extinction in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, medical schools in New Orleans reacted decisively, survived, and now are vigorously renewing themselves, according to "Medical Education in New Orleans: A Story of Survival and Renewal," a commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association's annual medical education issue. The commentary was authored by N. Kevin Krane and co-authored by Marc J. Kahn, both from Tulane University School of Medicine; and Richard P. DiCarlo, Louisiana State University School of Medicine at New Orleans.
The revitalized medical education programs in New Orleans are the key to replacing doctors who left the region after the storm and serving the health care needs of the people of New Orleans post-Katrina, state the authors.
The commentary outlines the impact of the 2005 storm on Tulane University School of Medicine and Louisiana State University School of Medicine at New Orleans and the steps that each school took to reestablish medical educational activities. In the immediate aftermath of the storm, Tulane moved its educational programs to Houston, while LSU re-located in Baton Rouge. Despite daunting challenges including communications; funding; finding housing for displaced faculty, staff and students; transferring residents to other institutions for the duration; and continuing with the admissions process for the following year, both schools were able to quickly resume their medical education programs without sacrificing quality.
The revitalized schools are continuing to attract outstanding new students, residents and faculty, and they are playing a central role in educating, training, and bringing new and future physicians to the region and in providing health care in New Orleans.
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