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Ochsner Welcomes the UQ-Ochsner Clinical School Class of 2015

(January 20, 2014) The University of Queensland-Ochsner Clinical School welcomed 67 third-year students to New Orleans at the beginning of January. These students completed their first 2 years of medical school in Australia and are now beginning 2 years of clinical study at Ochsner. The third-year students join the 31 fourth-year students already on campus, for a total student population of 98.

The incoming students represent the fourth and largest class the Ochsner Clinical School has welcomed since the program began in 2009. The class includes graduates from some of the top universities in the United States, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Georgetown, Villanova, UCLA, Notre Dame, and Fordham to name a few along with in-state universities LSU and Tulane.

“We are welcoming an extremely bright and enthusiastic class of medical students to the UQ-Ochsner Clinical School in 2014,” said Professor William Pinsky, Head of the UQ-Ochsner Clinical School. “These students’ past educational accomplishments and achievements demonstrate their commitment and drive to success. We are excited to have them on board and eagerly anticipate their impact on our organization and medical school.”

During a full week of orientation, the students were introduced to Ochsner via tours and presentations from system executives and Ochsner Clinical School faculty and staff. The orientation agenda included presentations on patient safety, exceptional patient experiences, and spirituality in medicine, reflecting Ochsner’s commitment to providing high-quality, compassionate care. The students also learned about medical legal responsibilities, mentorship, research opportunities, and Ochsner’s electronic medical record. The culmination of orientation week was the White Coat Ceremony at which all the new students received white medical coats, symbolizing their entry into the medical profession.

After orientation week, the students began their clinical study on Monday, January 13. The curriculum for third-year students consists of five 8-week rotations: general practice, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, and inpatient hospital medicine.

In addition to the Ochsner Clinical School students, Ochsner also welcomed 25 traditional University of Queensland students for their core 8-week rotations. Students enrolled in The University of Queensland School of Medicine have the option to do rotations at the university’s 10 clinical schools. More than 100 traditional University of Queensland students choose to do core rotations at Ochsner each year.

“The student satisfaction scores and feedback demonstrate that the Ochsner staff, faculty, and administration are committed to educating the next generation of healthcare leaders,” said Carl Tholen, Director of Undergraduate Medical Education and Program Director of the UQ-Ochsner Clinical School. “The outstanding clinical and professional education that our medical students are receiving is reflected not only in their satisfaction scores but also in their high rotational pass rates, USMLE Step 2 scores, and Match results.”

For more information about The University of Queensland-Ochsner Clinical School program, click to www.ochsner.org/uq.

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