(March 25, 2014) Along with all other medical school graduates across the United States, the members of the second University of Queensland-Ochsner Clinical School (UQ-OCS) graduating class received their residency match results on Friday, March 21. Twenty-two of the 24 students who entered the match received residency spots and will soon be at hospitals across the country, including Mayo Clinic, University of Tennessee, Cook County Emergency Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Stamford Hospital. Ten UQ-OCS grads are returning to Ochsner for residencies in internal medicine, orthopedic surgery, pediatrics, and radiology.
“We are on the cutting edge of global medical education and our continued success in the match really validates the excellent education these future doctors are receiving,” said Dr. William Pinsky, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Ochsner Health System, and Head, UQ Ochsner Clinical School. “I am incredibly proud of all of our graduates and excited to see what their futures hold.”
The class of 2013 UQ-OCS students graduated in December 2013 and will begin their residencies in July 2014. This second graduating class of UQ-OCS students completed 2 years of study at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia (Phase 1), followed by 2 years of clinical study at Ochsner (Phase 2). The innovative medical education program that spans 2 continents was established in 2009.
The UQ-OCS program continues to grow. Currently, 237 students are enrolled in in the first two years of the program in Australia, with 67 students in their third year and 31 students in their fourth year here in New Orleans.