First UQ-Ochsner Medical Students Become Physicians
|(November 30, 2012) Ochsner Health System and the University of Queensland hosted a culmination celebration on Saturday, November 17, at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel for 9 program graduates—the first class of new physicians to complete the UQ-Ochsner program since it began in January 2009.
The 2012 graduates are
Emily Sineway Boyd
Ross M. Hoffman
Jonathan Jin-Chin Lu
Steve Joseph Sushinsky
Katherine L. Weyer
“We are extremely proud of these students,” said Dr. William Pinsky, Professor and Head of the Ochsner Clinical School and Ochsner Health System Executive Vice-President and Chief Academic Officer. “They have been part of a truly unique learning experience in which they were able to benefit from some of the best medical education opportunities available in two of the world’s leading nations.”
Joining Dr. Pinsky at the culmination ceremony was keynote speaker Professor Peter Hoj, Vice Chancellor and President of The University of Queensland, as well as Warner Thomas, Ochsner Health System Chief Executive Officer, and Professor David Wilkinson, Dean of Medicine and Head of the School of Medicine at The University of Queensland.
“As a leader in healthcare, it is Ochsner's responsibility to ensure that the medical needs of the next generation are met. The University of Queensland partnership allows Ochsner to not only continue providing the quality academic training we are known for, but to also expose these students to the global market,” Thomas said.
Upon completion of the celebration, the 9 graduates recited the Hippocratic Oath, marking their official entry into the medical profession as physicians. As graduates, the students will participate in interviews across the country for the National Residency Match Program in areas such as Internal Medicine, Surgery, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Family Medicine, and Obstetrics and Gynecology. All graduates are scheduled for residency interviews at prestigious institutions such as Ochsner Medical Center, Yale, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Indiana University, Emory University, Dartmouth, and the University of Texas.
“This experience has been a very unique and rewarding adventure. Studying medicine in Australia was incredibly exciting, and then being able to come home to the United States and complete my clinical rotations here at Ochsner, in this welcoming and familiar environment, with such a devoted and engaging staff, was the perfect culmination to my medical school experience!” said new physician Emily Sineway Boyd.
Her classmate Ross Hoffmann added, “The program has prepared me well for a career in medicine. I'm grateful to have had a global learning experience in medical school, and to have followed an enterprising new path in my career.”
Members of the UQ-OCS Class of 2012 pose with Teacher of the Year Dr. Raj Warrier.