NEW ORLEANS – Along with all other medical school graduates across the United States, the nine members of the first The University of Queensland-Ochsner Clinical School (UQ-OCS) graduating class received their match results on Friday, March 15, telling them if they were selected for a residency. The 2012 class achieved a 100% match, and several of the graduates got their top choices.

Four UQ-OCS grads are returning to Ochsner for residencies in internal medicine: Ronald Chong-Yik, Ross Hoffman, Usman Rahim, and Jonathan Lu.

Emily Sineway will pursue a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation. She will do her preliminary year at the University of Louisville and then complete her residency program at Emory University in Atlanta.

Shaun Lawicki matched in pathology at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu.

Satvik Jhamb matched in general surgery at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Katherine Weyer matched in obstetrics/gynecology at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk.

Steven Sushinsky matched in family medicine at Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver.

"The residency match is another terrific milestone in the development of our Ochsner-UQ partnership. I am so pleased for the success of our ‘pioneer class.’ This truly validates their choice to enter our program as well as validating our strategy in opening the school," said Dr. William Pinsky, Executive Vice President Chief Academic Officer and Executive Vice President Clinical Affairs International Business and Head, UQ Ochsner Clinical School.

The 9 UQ-OCS students graduated in December 2012 and will begin their residencies in July 2013. This first graduating class of UQ-OCS students completed two years of study at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, followed by two years of clinical study at Ochsner. The innovative two-continent medical education program was established in 2009.

The UQ-OCS program continues to grow. The class of 2013, currently in year four of the program, includes 34 students on track to graduate this year, and Ochsner welcomed 30 new students at a White Coat Ceremony where the students received their white clinical coats on January 19. Currently, 188 students are enrolled in Phase 1 of the program in Australia: 104 students in year one and 84 students in year two.

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