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A Brief History of the Australia

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Prehistoric settlers arrived on the continent from Southeast Asia at least 40,000 years before the first Europeans began exploration in the 17th century. No formal territorial claims were made until 1770, when Capt. James COOK took possession of the east coast in the name of Great Britain (all of Australia was claimed as British territory in 1829 with the creation of the colony of Western Australia). Six colonies were created in the late 18th and 19th centuries; they federated and became the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. The new country took advantage of its natural resources to rapidly develop agricultural and manufacturing industries and to make a major contribution to the Allied effort in World Wars I and II. In recent decades, Australia has become an internationally competitive, advanced market economy due in large part to economic reforms adopted in the 1980s and its location in one of the fastest growing regions of the world economy. Long-term concerns include aging of the population, pressure on infrastructure, and environmental issues such as floods, droughts, and bushfires. Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth, making it particularly vulnerable to the challenges of climate change. Australia is home to 10 per cent of the world's biodiversity, and a great number of its flora and fauna exist nowhere else in the world. In January 2013, Australia assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2013-14 term. Read More.

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The School & The Program

Australia-U.S. Medical School - The School & The Program

Study Two Years in Australia & Two in the U.S.

Admitted U.S. students will study two years of Basic Sciences at The University of Queensland School of Medicine. Australia is widely considered one of the most academically outstanding and desirable locations for U.S. students studying abroad. They will then spend two years in New Orleans and/or Baton Rouge, Louisiana at Ochsner Health System, completing their core and elective clinical rotations. Upon satisfactory completion of the four years, students will be eligible for ECFMG certification, to take the USMLEs, for the NRMP match, and to practice medicine in the U.S.

The MBBS Degree

UQ grants the MBBS degree, which is recognized in the U.S. as equivalent to the U.S. MD degree.

An Ongoing Demand for Quality Physicians

In the U.S. as the population grows and ages, the need for physicians is increasing dramatically and is expected to continue increasing through the next decade. U.S. medical school capacities (even with some current expansions) do not come close to addressing the size of the need. For the many qualified U.S. students who do not gain admittance to a U.S. medical school or for those who prefer a more international experience, the Queensland-Ochsner cohort is distinctive in being comparable to the highest quality U.S. medical education.

The University of Queensland School of Medicine Ochsner Cinical School

The University of Queensland is one of Australia's finest medical schools. Founded in 1936, it is renowned globally as an award-winning research institution of excellence and rigor. Accreditations for Australian medical schools are recognized by the U.S. government and Department of Education as exacting as those of the U.S. accrediting bodies.

The Ochsner Health System, established in 1942, has a nationally recognized forward-looking clinical delivery system, anticipating the medical needs of the future. Ochsner is highly regarded for the quality of its patient care and clinical services. Students will have the benefit of a well supervised and cohesive clinical experience.

Preclinicals in Brisbane

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At UQ we offer a medical program with a structure that will be familiar to U.S. students. The program is 4 year, graduate entry, with the first 2 years largely 'pre-clinical' and the last 2 years, clinical training.

We used a 'blended learning' approach. By this we mean a mixture of large group teaching (lectures) and small group learning (tutorials and self-directed learning). Also, a mix of face to face teaching, and online support.

In Years 1 and 2, students study body systems, once each year. So, for example, the cardiovascular system is studied in both years, covering different diseases each time, but also reinforcing key principles each time. Approximately 10 systems are studied for about 4 weeks each.

Each week during the first 2 years has a typical structure. There is a mix of lectures, Problem Based Learning tutorials, Clinical Skills Sessions, and tutorials (for example pathology) and laboratory sessions (anatomy and physiology and so on).

Year 1 has more of a focus on the basic biomedical sciences, with Year 2 having more of a clinical focus.

Then, in Years 3 and 4, students rotate through a series of Core Clinical Rotations. There are 8 of these, including an elective, and each is 8 weeks long (5 Rotations in each year).

In Year 3 we do medicine, surgery, general practice/family medicine, rural/community medicine, mental health. In Year 4 we do obstetrics, paediatrics, medical speciality, surgical speciality (including acute care), and the elective.

The philosophy we follow in terms of teaching is: provide clear direction in terms of the curriculum and expectations; work hard as an individual and work well within your study group; provide a mix of learning opportunities; provide sufficient time for your own study.

Clinicals in New Orleans

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The 3rd and 4th years of the MBBS at Ochsner will build on the foundations provided in years 1 and 2 in Brisbane.

Through core clinical rotation at Ochsner, students rotate through clinical services with a diverse patient base and exposure to medical practice in an integrated health care delivery system. Core Clinical rotations include medicine, surgery, general practice / family medicine, mental health and rural / community based practice, obstetrics & gynaecology, pediatrics, and medical and surgical specialties.

Students will be provided a mix of learning opportunities working with the physician faculty at Ochsner as well as experience team based learning with other healthcare professionals. Rotations will cover formal teaching, problem based learning sessions, facilitated clinical teaching, and clinical work.

General Practice and community rotations will focus on exploring the community context of health and illness and everyday management of health and health problems.

Electives made available for 4th year students will provide opportunity for further exploration of areas of specific clinical interest. Electives currently offered include, but are not limited to; addiction psychiatry, anesthesiology, diagnostic radiology, emergency medicine, ophthalmology, general pediatrics and pediatric critical care, and physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Curriculum and student assessment at Ochsner will meet the objectives established by The University of Queensland.

Leveraging the unique strengths of both Ochsner and The University of Queensland, students will have an experience unlike any other available.

USMLE Overview

Student resource package (individual resources)

  • Copy of First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 (Year 1)
  • Copy of Kaplan Step 1 QBook (Year 1)
  • 12-month subscription to Kaplan Step 1 QBank (Year 2)
  • 12-month subscription to USMLEWorld Step 1 QBank (Year 2)

USMLE Tutorials

  • “Introduction to USMLE Study Techniques” video-tutorial with Professor Stephen Smith, Brown University, at the start of Year 2
  • Weekly USMLE Tutorials are available to UQ-Ochsner MBBS students during Year 2
    • 2 – 3 hours a week, classes of approximately 20 students
    • Tutorial content is structured to match the Year 2 curriculum timetable
    • Tutorials are run by tutors who have recently achieved good scores in USMLE Step 1
  • In 2011, Year 2 students initiated peer tutorials for Year 1 UQ-Ochsner MBBS students. These tutorials are student-driven and run, allowing early adoption of USMLE study techniques and encouraging networking between the Phase 1 cohorts

USMLE Resource Library

  • UQ has established a USMLE text library for UQ-Ochsner MBBS students to use in conjunction with their weekly tutorials
  • The library resources have been selected based upon recommendations by program directors and previous examinees at Ochsner Health Service
  • Library resources are available at each of the tutorial locations


Application Process

The University of Queensland School of Medicine Ochsner Clinical School program has rolling admissions. Seats are offered on a first come first served basis to students who meet the requirements for admission. We recommend that interested students submit their applications as early as possible.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the Class of 2014: $56,480 USD per year. (Tuition deposit: $3,000 USD).

Overseas Student Health Cover for International Students is required and fees vary. Please contact us for more info.

Financial Aid

UQ is accredited by the United States (US) Department of Education to administer various need-based loans to eligible students and/or parents as part of the William D. Ford Direct Loan Program (DL).

The US Department of Education does not offer grants and scholarships to students studying at educational institutions outside the US. Loans are the only available financial aid while studying at UQ and other foreign schools.

Please contact us for more info.

Further Information

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