The University of Queensland has trained more than 14,000 doctors since opening our medical school over 80 years ago. Together with the Ochsner Health System, we are committed to training world class physicians. Our most recent graduates have secured a residency match rate of 94% and have gone on to enter competitive programs across the United States.

To ensure we remain one of the world’s leading medical schools, we must regularly review our program to deliver continual improvements to the way we admit and train future physicians.

A review process is now underway and the recommendations from the review will progressively be introduced to our UQ-Ochsner MD Program between now and 2025.

 

What is the review process?

The review process provides us with an opportunity to reflect on our curriculum and ensure we are continuing to foster a world leading learning environment that prepares graduates to respond to the ever-changing medical needs of the populations they will serve.  The review process has commenced with an extensive consultation exercise engaging staff, students, alumni and the clinical community both in Queensland and Louisiana.

The review is underpinned by four objectives:

  • Attract exceptional students to the program
  • Increase student enrolments from the Gulf Coast of the United States
  • Decrease class sizes to enhance the learning experience
  • Offer a refreshed curriculum that prepares physicians for the future medical needs of the populations they will serve

When are the changes expected to be introduced?

The review process commenced in 2018 and key milestones are outlined in the table below.

Year of Introduction

Milestone

2018

  • Minimum MCAT score for new students increased to 502

2019

  • Minimum MCAT score for new students increased to 504
  • Introduction of the Personal Advisor Network
  • Formalised USMLE preparation courses for year two students
  • Introduction of the Personalised Learning Course (elective) for year four students
  • MD2025 Curriculum Review launched with a view to rolling out agreed changes between 2022 and 2025
  • Introduction of Multiple Mini Interviews for graduate entry from 2020

2020

  • Additional personalised support for USMLE preparation
  • The University of Queensland and the Ochsner Health System will lead admissions for the program including strategies to grow student numbers from the Gulf Coast of the United States.

2021

  • The student intake range will be reduced from around 120 to 90-100  students per year to ensure our students receive the highest quality of education and access to resources
  • The University of Queensland and Ochsner Health System will lead the pre-departure support activities

2022

Is the curriculum changing?

Yes, as is the case for all world-class medical programs, the curriculum is subject to renewal to meet the ever-changing needs of patients and the public, and the demands of healthcare systems. As part of the current review, UQ will be designing a new curriculum for the Doctor of Medicine (MD 2025). We aim to create a program that is innovative, meets changing patient and population needs and stands UQ apart from other medical programs both in Australia and overseas.

What will the curriculum changes be?

The curriculum is currently under review, so we do not yet know what the changes will be. However, we can confirm that the UQ-Ochsner MD Program will continue to operate using the following structure:

  • Four year duration
  • Graduate entry
  • Years one and two will be based in Brisbane
  • Years three and four will be based in New Orleans

The program will be subject to Australian Medical Council approval.

When will the curriculum change?

We are still in the planning stage for MD2025. The earliest we will see any changes to the curriculum is 2022 and then changes will be introduced progressively. Subject to approval of the changes, this means that in 2022, year one students would follow the revised curriculum while year two, three and four students will continue to follow the program rules and curriculum structure in place at the time of their entry into the program. The changes will be introduced this way to ensure minimal disruption for students already enrolled in the program.

Will the changes to the curriculum impact current students?

No. All current UQ-Ochsner MD Program students will continue to follow the curriculum as described at the time of their entry to the program.

We cannot and will not make major changes to the curriculum while you are studying with us, but we reserve the right to make minor improvements to the way we offer the program. Any such improvements would be introduced following consultation with our student body.

What if I need to repeat a course?

We work with students, whose progression through the program is delayed, to support them with their learning in accordance with the program rules that were in place at the time they entered. This means that we will develop personalised plans to support students who are out-of-sync with their original class as we transition to a new curriculum.

Will the curriculum changes impact future students?

Yes, subject to approval from the Australian Medical Council (the Australian national accreditation body), students who commence the UQ-Ochsner MD Program from 2022 onwards will follow a revised curriculum.

We can confirm that the UQ-Ochsner MD Program will continue to operate using the following structure:

  • Four year duration
  • Graduate entry
  • Years one and two will be based in Brisbane
  • Years three and four will be based in New Orleans

Where can I find out more about MD2025 and how the Review is progressing?

Updates on the progress of MD2025 can be found at medicine.uq.edu.au/md2025.