Dr. Wiese

Residency Director's Message

Jeff Wiese, MDYou made it to our website! And I am very excited to have this opportunity to connect with you. Whether you are an interested as an applicant or just interested in us, I promise you won’t be disappointed in what we have going on at Tulane Internal Medicine. Explore this site and see more about the amazing aspects to our residency program that we continue to work to make even better.

Let me first start by telling you a bit about my road here to be the Tulane IM PD. Along this path, you will see just why I am so proud of this program – the compassion, the courage, the character of this program.

The first thing you gotta know about me is that I am a New Orleans Girl. I grew up in New Orleans, left for a bit (college), came back for a bit but overall just couldn’t get away from city. I did medical school at LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. I was in the middle of my third year of medical when Hurricane Katrina hit. And what a defining moment that was for this city of New Orleans and for me. As a city and as a long-time resident of this city, we developed a sense of pride in this place we call home. We wanted to make sure that no external or internal force could threaten our city and its resilience. The comeback required compassion and courage but we came back stronger than ever. When you come to visit or come to live, that sense of pride is still palpable (I promise).

I left for Med/Peds residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In Alabama, I received a solid graduate medical education and strong appreciation for the role of a clinician-educator.  The formation of a professional identity starts in medical school, but the greatest growth occurs in residency and I sure felt it! Those moments in residency shaped me as a clinician and as an educator and set up the path for my future. During my time there, I presented at a few regional conferences which allowed me to network with my future employer. Luckily for me, Tulane School of Medicine had an opportunity for me to continue on my path as a clinician-educator. I got the chance to do what I love in the city that I love, and I just couldn’t pass it up!

When I interviewed for a job here at Tulane and started working here, I just knew this program was different. The residents and its program director demonstrated a level of compassion and courage that was infectious. This compassion and courage were built into the framework of this program. Every day, every month, every year, the residents here continue to amaze me in their commitment to this city, to its patients, and to each other. Their compassion to improve healthcare delivery and advance patient care is evident. The courage is best demonstrated in the program’s innovations over the years as change is never easy. But the residents and the program through its resilience (much like this city) to generate some of the most successful innovations in residency such as the x+y system (4+1), academic half-days (Monday and Friday school), Curriculum for Additional Skills and dedicated “Resident Rounds.” These features are back bones to our residency and allow our residents to grow as clinicians, educators, scholars and leaders.

As a faculty to an Associate Program Director, I have internally observed the character of this program. As the Program Director, I invite you to see the compassion, the courage, the character of this residency program. Come for a day, but I promise you will want to stay for longer as the program and this city can captivate you.

Deepa Bhatnagar, M.D.
Internal Medicine Residency Program Director