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Doctor of Medicine


Our medical program is one of the most highly regarded degrees in the world and is taught by experts who are passionate about a host of medical specialties. The Doctor of Medicine (MD-Ochsner) provides American students with an opportunity to study two years in Australia and two years in New Orleans.

The Doctor of Medicine (MD-Ochsner) is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and personal qualities expected of leading physicians. Leveraging the strengths and resources of two world class institutions, The University of Queensland and Ochsner Health, you'll graduate with a global perspective on medicine and are able to practice medicine in all 50 states of the U.S. and Australia.

Your first and second years of the program combine biomedical sciences, public health, medical ethics and clinical skills training in a case-based learning context and a series of patient cases, each designed to help you learn the principles of basic and clinical science of health and disease within a relevant clinical context. Early patient contact and opportunities for clinical reasoning and research are embedded to help you develop advanced critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills that are required for safe, high quality clinical practice.

In your third and fourth years you’ll undertake your hands on clinical practice at the Ochsner Clinical School located at the Ochsner Health in New Orleans, Louisiana. You’ll benefit from a health system that has been providing high-quality patient care to Louisiana residents since 1942. You’ll join our Ochsner Health family that today, comprises of more than 25,000 employees and over 1,340 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties. You may also enhance your learning by undertaking a research higher degree. Both UQ and OHS have long traditions of academic excellence and scientific discovery.

Moving overseas to pursue your career in medicine is a big step and sometimes you need a little support. To ensure you get the most out of your medical studies and enjoy your time at UQ and Ochsner, you'll be provided with easy access to a network of staff and students who are there to assist you every step along the way.

Visit the Ochsner MD Program website for more information. You can also check out some of the latest blogs from our medical students, and events and webinars. From first experiences in surgery to great restaurants you won’t find in any tourist guides.

Teaching Hospitals, St Lucia
4 Years
Program Code
Level 9
Teaching Hospitals, St Lucia
A$67456 (indicative per year)
4 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (1 Feb, 2021)
Program Code
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • With an average match rate of 94% our graduates secure residencies in highly competitive programs at leading hospitals across the US.
  • Gain a global perspective on medicine and experience two healthcare systems.
  • Incorporate research into your medical degree.
  • Able to practice medicine in all 50 states of the US and Australia.

37 in the world for life sciences and medicine

QS World University Rankings 2020

1 in Australia for public health

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work
  • Peer-assisted study sessions
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

Placements and work experience

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.

What you'll study

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • General practitioner
  • Surgeon
  • Public health manager
  • Clinical academic
  • Researcher
  • Defence force member
  • Aid project officer

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • Medical Board of Queensland

Program accreditation

The Doctor of Medicine is accredited by:

  • Medical Board of Australia

Entry requirements


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


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

English language requirements

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.

BE and OET are not accepted.

Learn more about English language requirements

Additional application information

Prospective students will be required to attend an interview.

Additional application information

<Direct Entry for Graduates: This program is only available to USA citizens/permanent residents. Applicants must apply via UQ Ochsner Enrollments so you 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 the MCAT of 504 is 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 applicants having satisfied the entry requirements and places available.

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 or via Zoom videoconferencing.

Intake: UQ admits approximately 90 students per year for this program.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Doctor of Medicine are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Fees and Scholarships

Financial aid

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

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

USD $67,456

Indicative annual fee 2021

The indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Doctor of Medicine for the 2021 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. If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

Fees are in US dollars. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about fees

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

Fee information for this program is not yet available.

Fee information for 2021 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2020.

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Doctor of Medicine for the 2021 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

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)



How to apply

Applying online

Submit your application to UQ. The program code for the Doctor of Medicine is 5719.

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Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • Applications should normally be lodged between April and June in the year preceding enrolment

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit