94 Students Honored at UQ – Ochsner Clinical School Culmination Ceremony

NEW ORLEANS – The University of Queensland (UQ) – Ochsner Clinical School recently honored 94 students comprising the Class of 2016, the largest class to date, at its 5th Culmination Ceremony, marking the completion of their medical school training. The ceremony concluded with a memorable moment for all physicians – the reciting of the Hippocratic Oath signifying their dedication to their patients and profession.

“Each of these students has worked extraordinarily hard for this achievement, and we could not be more proud of them,” said William McDade, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Ochsner Health System. “Our program emphasizes a global approach to medicine and offers students the ability to learn from some of the leading medical professors in the world. As they continue with their medical careers, we are confident they are well prepared to be the next generation of physicians.”

The UQ – Ochsner Clinical School is in its 8th year of providing medical education through a unique training, academic and clinical experience across two continents. Over the course of the four-year program, students complete the first two years of the medical school curriculum in Brisbane, Australia, and the last two years in the curriculum clinical phase of core rotations across the Ochsner Health System.

Five classes have graduated from the UQ – Ochsner Clinical School, boasting a 94% Match Rate in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP). Over 850 student interviews have been scheduled for students for the upcoming Match in 2017. Some graduates also choose to participate in the Ochsner Post Graduate Research Fellowship Program which provides an opportunity for them to remain engaged in clinical and health services research.

“The Culmination Ceremony is a special day for our students because it is a milestone in their lives as they become the caring and compassionate physicians they have trained to be,” said Leonardo Seoane, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Head of School, University of Queensland – Ochsner Clinical School. “Along the way, we have been proud to be their educators and mentors.”

For more information on the UQ – 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 30 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and more than 60 health centers. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across three specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide each year. Ochsner employs more than 17,000 employees and over 1,000 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties, and conducts more than 600 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.

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