UQ-Ochsner medical program


UQ-Ochsner students at the White Coat Ceremony in New Orleans in January 2014.

One medical degree, two continents, and endless possibilities.

In 2008, the University of Queensland (UQ) joined together with the Ochsner Health System to establish the UQ-Ochsner Clinical School. The collaboration is the first of its kind in the US.

The joint affiliation provides a unique medical experience where US medical students gain clinical experience in both Australia and the US, and also supports outward mobility of the traditional UQ medical student cohort through clinical rotations. Learn more about the academics at the Ochsner Clinical School

Admitted US students spend their first two years of medical school studying basic sciences at UQ’s School of Medicine in Brisbane. They then spend their final two years in New Orleans and/or Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at the Ochsner Health System, where they complete their core and elective clinical rotations.  Students who successfully complete the program receive their medical degree from the University of Queensland.

MedEdPath, based in New York City, is the program’s admissions representative for The University of Queensland School of Medicine Ochsner Clinical School. MedEdPath handles all of the recruitment and application processing for this program.


UQOchsnerInformation for applicants

The University of Queensland School of Medicine Ochsner Clinical School program has rolling admissions. Seats are offered on a first-come, first-served basis to students who meet the requirements for admission. We recommend that interested students submit their applications as early as possible. Note that applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.

Full requirements for admission, as well as the application form and instructions, can be found on the MedEdPath website.


OMSAOchsner Medical Student Association

The Ochsner Student Medical Assocition (OMSA) is a student advocacy organization run by the students of the UQ-Ochsner Program, a joint collaboration in medical education between the University of Queensland and Ochsner Health Systems.

Founded in March 2011, OMSA represents the student body in matters related to their medical education. Academics, research, community outreach, and social events are a few of the facets of student life in which OMSA is involved. In essence, OMSA’s mission is to help its students make the most of their education in the MBBS Program and to prepare them for U.S. residency training following graduation.


About the Ochsner Health System

The Ochsner Health System, established in 1942, is southeast Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system. Ochsner has a nationally recognized forward-looking clinical delivery system, anticipating the medical needs of the future. Ochsner is highly regarded for the quality of its patient care and clinical services.

Ochsner is a national leader in medical research with more than 300 ongoing research trials and 200 annual publications in medical literature. It is one of the largest non-university based physician training centers in the USA, with over 200 Ochsner-sponsored medical residents, over 300 medical residents from affiliated residency programs, over 600 medical students, and 400 allied health students annually.