Making dreams a reality

25 November 2020

The dreams of 103 University of Queensland Ochsner medical graduates have become a reality as they successfully completed their medical education and now take their next steps as doctors.

The class of 2020 marked the occasion with a socially distant culmination ceremony on Friday November 20 on campus at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. The festivities were streamed live to family and friends of graduates.

Chief Academic Officer at Ochsner Health, Dr Leonardo Seoane, M.D. said in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our communities need high-quality doctors now more than ever.

“We are confident our students are prepared to take the next step in their medical careers and look forward to seeing how they will shape the future health and wellbeing of our community,” he said.

Medical graduate, Dr Tammy Do

Medical graduate, Dr Tammy Do, M.D. said it broke her heart a little that she couldn’t be celebrating with her family, but feels immensely lucky to have had their support every step of way.

“It's truly a privilege and a luxury to pursue your dreams, and I couldn't have done this without all the groundwork my incredible family has lay down for me,” Dr Do said.

The class of 2020 marks the ninth graduating class from the UQ Ochsner Medical Program and they will celebrate Match Day in March 2020.

Earlier this year, the class of 2019 received a 95.4% Match Rate through the National Residency Match Program – a rate comparable with the national Match Rate for U.S. medical schools.

Many matched in prestigious institutions in Louisiana and across the country in a variety of specialties, including Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Emergency Medicine and General Surgery.

Medical graduate, Dr Munraj Singh

Medical graduate, Dr Munraj Singh, M.D. said he still can’t believe this dream has become a reality.

“After many early mornings, late nights and chipotle burritos, I can finally take a breath and enjoy this accomplishment.

“Much love for the family and friends that supported me on this wild ride,” Dr Singh said.

During the culmination ceremony recipients of Post Graduate Research Fellowship Awards were also recognized.

  • Dr Diab Ali – A System-wide Retrospective Cohort Analysis toward an Epidemiology of Persistent Post-Concussive Symptoms
  • Dr Kennedy Carpenter – An Anatomical Model for Studying Cerebellar Tonsillar Herniation Related to Raised Intracranial Pressure
  • Dr Colin Carroll – Single-Shot versus Continuous Regional Anesthesia for Treating Acute Postoperative Pain in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery: A Prospective Randomized Control Trial
  • Dr Donald Chang – Investigating Clinical Outcomes and Cost-Effectiveness of Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Generator Change in Patients with Recovered Left Ventricular Ejection
  • Dr Nrusheel Kattar – Post-Operative Outcomes in OSA Patients after Sinonasal Surgery compared to Oropharyngeal, Laryngeal, and Otologic Surgery
  • Dr Akanksh Ramanand – Urinary Sediment Biomarkers for Diagnosis of Acute Tubular Necrosis
  • Dr Katherine Robbins – Contribution of the Notch4-Wnt5a axis to melanoma plasticity and drug resistance

The following medical students were also recognized with individual awards:

  • Dr Diab Ali - Student Excellence Award for Psychiatry
  • Dr Colin Carroll - John Lockwood Ochsner Sr. Surgical Award
  • Dr Elise Le Cam - Internal Medicine-American College of Physicians Excellence Award
  • Dr Iman Malik - Dr. E. Edward Martin, Jr. Family Medicine Award
  • Dr Kali Stewart - Student Excellence Award for OB/GYN
  • Dr Caroline Vasco - Student Excellence Award for Pediatrics
Medical graduate, Dr Donald Chang and family.

We are accepting applications for our 2022 cohort. As a quota program in high demand, we encourage applicants to apply early to secure thier place. Our first interview round is scheduled for March 2021.

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