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The University of Queensland (UQ)

  • 29% international / 71% domestic

Doctor of Medicine

  • Doctorate (PhD)

The Doctor of Medicine (MD-Ochsner) provides American students with an opportunity to study two years in Australia and two years in New Orleans.

Key details

Degree Type
Doctorate (PhD)
4 years full-time
Course Code
5719, 0101740
Intake Months

About this course

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.

Study locations

Teaching Hospitals

St Lucia

What you will learn

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

Career pathways

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