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Doctor of  Medicine (MD-Ochsner)

Program code: 5579
CRICOS code: 080920G


Teaching Hospitals, St Lucia


4 Years full-time


Semester 1 (03 Feb, 2020)

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 placements 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 clinical placements primarily at the Ochsner Clinical School in New Orleans, Louisiana. Placements include ten core areas, including paediatrics, surgical and medical specialties, and critical care.

We aim to be internationally renowned for our outstanding people, the diversity of our student intake, and the excellence of our education. Our graduates will be recognised for their social accountability, critical scientific thinking and drive to be global leaders in health care.

  • Fast Facts

    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 30 in the world for Life Sciences and Medicine in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Fast Facts

    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. In 2018, our match rate was 95 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
  • Paediatrics, LSU New Orleans Children’s Hospital
  • Paediatrics, 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

    Find a residency when you graduate

    The Doctor of Medicine (Ochsner) has a consistently high match rate, with graduates joining residency programs across the US.


  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    Learn more
  • Alumni

    Meet a UQ-Ochsner graduate



  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    4 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (03 Feb, 2020)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    Teaching Hospitals, St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria


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

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 100, listening 25, reading 25, writing 27, speaking 23.

TOEFL PB - Overall 600, listening 59, reading 59, writing 64/6.

Pearsons - Overall 72, sub bands minimum 72.

CES - Overall 185, All sub bands minimum 185.

BEP and OET are not accepted.

view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Doctor of Medicine are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Learn more about entry requirements

Additional information

Change to MD Admissions

In March 2018, changes to the selection process for the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program were approved. The changes to MD Admissions will be progressively introduced between 2019-2022, allowing prospective students ample time to prepare.

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. Students complete an 8 week Observership at the end of Year 1. In Phase 2 (years 3 and 4) they undertake ten core clinical placements in varied disciplines, as well as a final year elective. These core clinical placements 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 Year 4 placement in Australia.

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:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

USD $67,456
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Doctor of Medicine (MD-Ochsner) for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

Fees for the Doctor of Medicine (MD-Ochsner) are given in US dollars.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Students are expected to fund travel and living expenses associated with placements, some of which may be outside the Brisbane metropolitan area.
  • Senior First Aid Certificate (including CPR) (approximately $155 renewed every 3 years)


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

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The Doctor of Medicine (MD-Ochsner) is only available to citizens of the United States of America, or permanent residents of the United States of America.

To be considered for the Doctor of Medicine (MD-Ochsner), you’ll need to apply through MedEdPath.

There are a number of other requirements for admission to the Doctor of Medicine (MD-Ochsner). You can find out more at MedEdPath.

All other international students should apply for the non-Ochsner version of the Doctor of Medicine program .

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Additional application information

<Direct Entry for Graduates: This program is only available to USA citizens/permanent residents. Applicants must apply via MedEdPath so should ignore any advice to the contrary. The key degree must have been completed within the ten year period preceding the proposed commencement date. A minimum score in MCAT of 504 for new MCAT is also required. Please note that a score of 504 is not a guarantee that you will receive an offer. This is a very competitive program and the final cut-off MCAT scores may be higher than 504. The MCAT must be gained in the three years preceding the year of commencement. Eligible applicants will be invited to participate in a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). Invitations to interview are based on MCAT, GPA and places available.

The University only accepts results from the new MCAT (April 2015).

English language proficiency:This program requires a higher level of English language proficiency than the UQ minimum. For IELTS, an overall band score of 7 AND a minimum score of 7 in each sub-band of writing, reading, speaking and listening is required. Click for alternative evidence of English language proficiency.

Interview: Prospective students will be required to attend an interview in New Orleans.

Intake: UQ admits approximately 120 students per year for this cohort.

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