Our medical program is one of the most highly regarded degrees of its kind in Australia and is taught by experts who are passionate about a host of medical specialties. During your studies you'll master clinical sciences and a range of practical skills to prepare you for the challenges and rewards of being a doctor.

  • The Doctor of Medicine (Ochsner) is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and personal qualities expected of leading physicians. It is offered in partnership with the Ochsner Health System and is only open to US citizens and permanent residents.
  • The program is structured in two phases: Clinical Preparation in Australia and Clinical Practice in the US. Across the program, you'll transition from studying specific cases in classes with a tutor to undertaking clinical rotations in hospitals.
  • Clinical Preparation (years 1 and 2) combines the study of basic and clinical sciences with training in research, ethics, public health and clinical skills. You'll also complete an apprentice-style Observership within an Australian healthcare environment.
  • Clinical Practice (years 3 and 4) involves undertaking different rotations primarily at the Ochsner Clinical School in Louisiana. Clinical rotations include 10 core areas, including pediatrics, surgical and medical specialties, and critical care.

The Doctor of Medicine (Ochsner) is a unique opportunity for American citizens and permanent residents to gain an international education and qualify for medical registration in the US and Australia.

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    Global standing

    UQ Medicine is the leading provider of education and research in Queensland and has the largest selection of medical programs in Australia. We were also ranked 32nd in the world for Life Sciences and Medicine in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

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    UQ-Ochsner partnership

    Both UQ and Ochsner are non-profit institutions which emphasise patient care and the mission of the medical profession. Ochsner also owns, manages or is affiliated with 28 hospitals – and more than 60 health centres – across southeast Louisiana, making it the largest health system of its kind in the region.

    Learn more – Ochsner Health System
  • In the classroom

    Meet a Phase 1 UQ-Ochsner student

  • In the classroom

    Meet a Phase 2 UQ-Ochsner student

Career outcomes

MD-Ochsner graduates have a high match rate for US residency training programs.

51 out of 55 graduates who entered The Match in 2016 received residency placements – a match rate of 93 per cent. This rate rivals that of top medical schools in the US. 

Residencies have included: 

  • Emergency medicine, Boston University Medical Center
  • Family medicine, NH Dartmouth 
  • General surgery, Greenville Health System
  • Internal medicine, Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin
  • Internal medicine, Mayo Clinic 
  • Neurology, Dartmouth-Hitchcock
  • Neurology, Yale 
  • OBGYN, Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Pediatrics, LSU New Orleans Children’s Hospital
  • Pediatrics, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Urology, anesthesiology, internal medicine, medicine preliminary, and orthopedics, Ochsner Medical Center

Graduates also qualify for medical practice in Australia and can apply for state or territory internships. In Australia, an internship is completed in the first year immediately after graduating from medical school. 

After a new doctor completes their internship, they are eligible for General Registration and can begin a residency.

Australian residencies typically last for between one and three years, and involve a period of research or further training, in order to qualify for specialist training.

A full list of Australian medical specialities and specialist fields is available through the Medical Board of Australia.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Get a global education

    UQ medical students are eligible to undertake some core clinical rotations in locations outside of Australia and the US, with opportunities to gain global experience in diverse clinical settings.

  • Employability

    USMLE study support

    Ochsner students are provided with a number of resources to support their study for the United States Medical Licensing Exams. Resources are provided for the duration of the program (Phase 1 and Phase 2).

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  • In the classroom

    Develop your leadership skills

    UQ medicine has partnered with the UQ Business School to create the Medical Leadership Program (MLP). Students who enrol in the MLP study four courses about leadership, along with their MD.

    Learn more
  • Accreditation

    Accreditation standards

    MD-Ochsner graduates are eligible for certification by the ECFMG. The MD is also accredited by the Australian Medical Council, which means the program meets the highest standards of medical education in the US and Australia.

  • Research

    Get on track for a research degree

    UQ has an optional Clinician Scientist Track, which lets you study a Master of Philosophy or PhD alongside your MD. Research training gives you a chance to work alongside experts from a variety of medical disciplines.

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  • Students
    “UQ has allowed me to realise that my medical influence goes beyond the borders of the United States. It also has so many opportunities to make a difference in areas that are most important to me. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to learn medicine in a nation that has some of the best beaches in the world!” Nifesimi Olojede, current Doctor of Medicine (MD-Ochsner) student


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    Teaching Hospitals, Ipswich, St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Entry requirements


1. Direct Entry for Graduates: GPA of 5 in a key degree and MCAT.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Doctor of Medicine are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Doctor of Medicine. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

Clinical Placements are an integral component of the MD program. Years 3 and 4 of the program, also known as the clinical placement phase or Phase 2, consist of 10 core clinical rotations. These introduce students to and define the scope of each medical discipline, as well as providing a foundation on which to progress to postgraduate training.

Ochsner students undertake the majority of their clinical placements at the Ochsner Clinical School in Louisiana but must complete at least one x Year 4 placement in Australia. Placements include Mental Health, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Paediatrics, and Surgery.

There are a number of requirements that students must meet prior to commencing clinical placement:

  • A current Blue Card (Working with Children Check)
  • A current Criminal History Check
  • A current First Aid Certificate (including CPR)
  • Evidence of immunisation

Students are liable for any additional costs associated with attending clinical placements.

Further information is available here.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Medical Board of Queensland

Accreditation body

The Doctor of Medicine is accredited by:

  • Medical Board Of Australia

Further study options

Graduates of the Doctor of Medicine have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Courses and Programs

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