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Two students in white coats standing in front of Ochsner building


A unique global medical education and experience.

Our program

As an UQ-Ochsner MD student, you’ll spend your first 2 years of the program in Brisbane, Australia. During Years 3 and 4 you’ll gain hands on clinical practice at the Ochsner Clinical School in Louisiana, USA. You'll learn from clinical experts and complete your clinical preparation and placements at world-class facilities.

Our program is led by The University of Queensland's Medical School and the Ochsner Clinical School.


You’ll graduate:

  • eligible for ECFMG certification
  • prepared to take the USMLEs for your NRMP match
  • able to practice medicine in the US
  • qualified for medical practice in Australia.

Explore the UQ-Ochsner MD pathway

Watch Discover the UQ-Ochsner MD program on YouTube.

Program structure

Year 1

Your four-year medical journey will begin with the Foundations of Medicine, learning fundamental concepts of medical sciences, clinical and professional skills including a whole of person approach and the role of the doctor and the health system.

As a first-year medical student you will:

  • join a ‘learning community’,
  • begin your medical studies with a four-week transition to the MD program to set you up for success, and
  • have one day a week of clinically relevant experience, which includes: simulations, small group clinical coaching and hospital / community visits.

Year 2

Year 2 will enable you to develop your knowledge and skills and to continue your development as a student member of the medical profession.

As a second-year medical student you will:

  • spend up to two days a week in a clinical setting,
  • develop your clinical and professional skills through clinical coaching, case-based learning and longitudinal clinical placements in the community and hospital, and
  • build your own unique medical degree through a scholarly choice elective. 

Year 3

From year 3 onwards, you will be immersed in clinical environments – both in the hospital and the community. Your learning will be grounded in the clinical 'workplace' setting, supported by structured teaching and learning activities. The focus will be on clinical experience across the lifecourse.

As a third-year medical student you will:

  • spend four days a week in clinical placements either in eight-week blocks or longitudinal clinical clerkships,
  • gain hospital experience with people at all stages of life, and
  • have one day a week of formal structured teaching providing core material to supplement your clinical experience.

Year 4

Your clinical immersion will continue over the two semesters of Year 4. Semester one will focus on the management of emergency and complex chronic conditions both in hospitals and in general practice. Your MD will culminate in a ‘transition to practice semester’ in year 4, where you will have the opportunity to be an active pre-intern member of a clinical team.

As a fourth-year medical student you will:

  • focus on complex presentations and emergency care in hospital and community settings,
  • have 20% structured learning, 80% clinical exposure in Semester 1, then 10% structured learning, and 90% clinical exposure in Semester 2, and
  • be an active member of healthcare teams as a pre-intern.

99% match rate for 2024

Graduate with confidence and enter the residency match in a strong position, with our 2023 graduating class securing a 99 per cent match rate.

Discover where they matched
Match Day 2023

Australian Medical Council Accredited

The program meets the stringent accreditation standards of the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and is recognised by the Medical Board of Australia.

AMC is an independent national standards body simliar to the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) in the United States. UQ is also accredited by the United States Department of Education to administer various need-based loans to eligible US students and/or parents as part of the William D. Ford Direct Loan Program.

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