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NEW ORLEANS – The University of Queensland Ochsner Clinical School honored its 2022 graduating class at its annual Culmination Ceremony on Saturday, November 19 at The Jefferson Performing Arts Center. Students and faculty attended the ceremony along with family, friends, and other guests.
The 88 graduating students of the Class of 2022 have completed the four-year program which offers training and clinical experience across two continents. Students completed two years of medical school curriculum in Brisbane, Australia at The University of Queensland (UQ) which is ranked 36th in the world for 2022 by U.S. News Best Global Universities Ranking. The final two years of clinical study were completed at the UQ Ochsner Clinical School in New Orleans at Ochsner Medical Center, which is nationally ranked as one of the best hospitals by U.S. News and World Report.
“Students in our program earn a world-class education while developing a global perspective through the unique partnership between The University of Queensland and Ochsner Clinical School,” said Dr. Ronald Amedee, Dean of Medical Education and Head of School for Ochsner Health. “Training the next generation of healthcare professionals is at the heart of Ochsner’s mission. Today, as the need for medical professionals continues to grow, we are honored to help narrow that gap with this esteemed class of professionals. We congratulate our students as they leave this program ready to take on new challenges and care for all in need.”
In 2022, UQ Ochsner Clinical School’s match rate through the National Residency Match program was at 98%, a testament to both the quality of students entering the program and to the curriculum taught by faculty in Queensland and Louisiana. The match rate is comparable with the national Match Rate for U.S. medical schools and was the highest match rate ever for the full cohort of UQ Ochsner Clinical School.
In addition to their extensive training and education hours, this class of students participated in community outreach events in greater New Orleans throughout 2022. In total, 123 students volunteered 1,675 hours across 27 different outreach events. Fourteen of the 123 students volunteered more than 30 hours of service.
The keynote address for this year’s ceremony was delivered by Sam Hawgood, MBBS. Dr. Hawgood is the Chancellor and the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is a distinguished alumni of The University of Queensland and a native of Australia. Dr. Hawgood graduated medical school with First Class Honors, and trained in pediatrics as a resident, followed by specialization in neonatology as a fellow. At UCSF, he was dean of the UCSF School of Medicine and vice chancellor for medical affairs from 2009-2014, after assuming the role of interim dean in December of 2007. His distinguished career at UCSF includes serving as chair of the Department of Pediatrics and associate director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute.
During the 2022 Culmination Ceremony, several UQ Ochsner Clinical School physicians, residents, and graduating students were recognized with awards.
The 2022 Teacher of the Year award – the highest individual award of excellence – was bestowed upon:
The following teachers were nominated:
The following resident teachers were also recognized:
Recipients of Post Graduate Research Fellowship Awards included:
The following students were recognized with individual awards:
About Ochsner Health
Ochsner Health is an integrated healthcare system with a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate. Celebrating 80 years in 2022, it leads nationally in cancer care, cardiology, neurosciences, liver and heart transplants and pediatrics, among other areas. Ochsner is consistently named both the top hospital and top children’s hospital in Louisiana by U.S. News & World Report. The not-for-profit organization is inspiring healthier lives and stronger communities. Its focus is on preventing diseases and providing patient-centered care that is accessible, affordable, convenient and effective. Ochsner Health pioneers new treatments, deploys emerging technologies and performs groundbreaking research, including over 700 clinical studies. It has more than 36,000 employees and over 4,600 employed and affiliated physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties. It operates 47 hospitals and more than 370 health and urgent care centers across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Gulf South; and its cutting-edge Connected Health digital medicine program is caring for patients beyond its walls. In 2021, Ochsner Health treated more than 1 million people from every state and 75 countries. As Louisiana’s top healthcare educator, Ochsner Health and its partners educate thousands of healthcare professionals annually. To learn more, visit https://www.ochsner.org/.