Unique Medical School Program Takes a Global Approach to Educating Future Physicians

University of Queensland Ochsner Clinical School honors largest class to date

Unique Medical School Program Takes a Global Approach to Educating Future Physicians

NEW ORLEANS– Like all medical students, Joshua Mauro can look back on his schooling and recall many late nights of studying and long hours of hard work in clinical settings. But unlike other medical students, Mauro’s clinical experience included a remote Australian mining village with flights into neighboring aboriginal villages to provide much-needed healthcare services.

"I’m fortunate that I was able to have the experience of a lifetime, without sacrificing my clinical education," said Mauro. "It’s definitely not something I’ll forget anytime soon."

On November 14, Mauro and his classmates from the University of Queensland (UQ) Ochsner Clinical School gathered for another memorable experience — a Culmination Ceremony marking the completion of their medical school training. The class of 63 aspiring physicians was the 4th in this unique program’s brief, but incredibly successful, history.

Since 2009, UQ Ochsner Clinical School has been on a steady growth track — expanding from 9 to an estimated 100 graduates in 2016. Class sizes still remain small with 120 students per year in the program. Students come from undergraduate schools from all over the country, including Johns Hopkins University, Dartmouth College, Brown University, Cornell University and University of California – Berkeley.

"Our students come from leading universities across the nation," said Dr. William Pinsky, Executive Vice-President and Chief Academic Officer for Ochsner Health System. "They

are high achievers looking for unique global educational experiences that more traditional programs simply do not offer."

Marie Claire Lamb is a perfect example. Lamb participated in a global medicine rotation that took her to a remote clinic in Haiti where she bonded with a young girl she met while out on a walk. The six-year-old was walking with a limp from a burn wound. Suspecting infection, Lamb pleaded with the girl to come see her at the clinic where she was treated for the early stages of gangrene. Lamb said of the inspirational experience, "She showed such strength and resilience for someone so young."

Students at the UQ Ochsner Clinical School have not only shown a desire for meaningful experiences, they have also exhibited a strong community connection. Nearly 70% of students find time in their very busy study schedule to volunteer for community service.

As an indication of its success, the program currently boasts a 90% Match rate in the National Resident Matching program — with the majority of students securing a place at their first or second choices for residency. Also of note, 48% of the students choose Primary Care fields, an area of great need in today’s healthcare system.

Mauro chose Internal Medicine as his area of specialization. Among the most important lessons he will be taking with him, he cites the ability to offer care that is both excellent and responsible. "Our training has helped to ingrain a sense of fiscal responsibility when it comes to healthcare resources. We have been taught the value of a thorough physical exam and using labs and tests to augment our findings, decreasing overall cost to the patient."

"We celebrate the commitment and achievements of our students and recognize our dedicated teaching faculty and administration for fostering an outstanding educational environment for the development of our future physician leaders," noted Pinsky in his remarks at the culmination ceremony. "We are proud of their accomplishments and look forward to the tremendous impact each of them will have on the health and well-being of their patients and to the future of health care delivery."

For more information on the University of Queensland Ochsner Clinical School, visit academics.ochsner.org.


Ochsner Health System is Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic healthcare system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by Ochsner's 25 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and more than 50 health centers. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a "Best Hospital" across six specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 90 countries worldwide each year. Ochsner employs 17,000 employees, over 1,000 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts more than 900 clinical research studies. 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.

University of Queensland Ochsner Clinical School – Class of 2015

Kylie Ayame Abe
Phillip Noe Arellano
Ian Jamison Borsecnik
Sarah Amelia Donnell
Susan Madeleine Dragone
Salem Ibrahim Elkhayat
Smaranda Fillip
Brittany Michele Fiorello
Courtney Rose Fox
Brian Scott Grundy
Aneesh Gupta
Karan Gupta
Tripti Gupta
Katharine Elizabeth Hall
Amanda Rose Howland
Jennifer Emily Jones
Jack Chih-Yang Ju
Jessica Kimi Kelley
Megan Coral Kemp
Sachin Kumar
Marie Claire Lamb
Nicholas Quinn Latuso
Alexander Steven Leasure
Bonny Lee
Norman Mau Lee
Eileena Jing Li
Tammy Farrah Lin
Tristan Phillip Alexander Loucks
Jessica Way Lozier
Lindsay Taylor Luce
Thomas Peter Lynch
Daniel Mark Mammel
Michael Patrick Marolda
Joshua Joseph Mauro
Noble Thomas McNaughton
Ashley Sui-Yi Moon
Scott Wilson Murcko
Julie Juwon Park
Dipen Dineshkumar Patel
Mora Violeta Puertolas Lopez
Joseph Thomas Pummer
Robert Andrew Renjel
Ashley Tyner Richman
Caitlin Marie Robison
John Anthony Romano
Eric Michael Perez Sales
Kyle D. Severinsen
Johnathon Patrick Shaffer
John Patrick Sisney
Morgan Taylor Smith
Sarah Ashley Stanwood
Kathryn Joanna Suchow
Gonzalo Ervin Sumarriva
Chantel Amena Taylor
Kiranya Elizabeth Tipirneni
Chadd Jeremy Todd
Richard Constantine Tsen
Anne Elizabeth Tufton
Ashley Field Walsh
Sunmi Yang
Deepthi Yeturu
Emily Mae Zametkin
Timothy Douglas Ziethen

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