NEW ORLEANS -- 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 two years of study at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, followed by two years of clinical study at Ochsner. This innovative medical education program that spans two continents was established in 2009.

The UQ-OCS program continues to grow. Currently, 237 students are enrolled in the first two years of the program in Australia, and there are 67 students in their third year and 31 in their fourth year here in New Orleans.

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Ochsner Health System is southeast Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by 10 hospitals, both owned and managed, and more than 40 health centers in Louisiana. Ochsner has been named the Consumer Choice for Healthcare in New Orleans for 18 consecutive years and is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across eight specialty categories. Ochsner employs more than 14,000 employees, over 900 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts over 300 clinical research trials annually. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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