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Ochsner and Australia Partner for Long-Term Solution to Physician Shortages
Date:4/30/2009

Collaboration with University of Queensland Medical School in Australia Provides Overseas and New Orleans Education for U.S. Medical Students

NEW ORLEANS, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Ochsner Health System (www.ochsner.org) and The University of Queensland Medical School in Brisbane, Australia, proudly announce the opening of the University of Queensland School of Medicine Clinical School at Ochsner, a unique, joint affiliation that will provide U.S. medical students with unprecedented training experience. Additionally, this will work toward alleviating physician shortages in Louisiana and the Gulf South. U.S. medical students will have the opportunity to complete two years of pre-clinical training in Brisbane, Australia and their third- and fourth-year training at Ochsner Health System. Australian medical students will also have the opportunity to spend part of their third and fourth years at Ochsner, benefiting from a variety of medical specialties, research and core rotations.

In January 2009, 16 U.S. medical students traveled to Australia and began two years of their four-year medical training. In addition, Ochsner welcomed current University of Queensland Medical students for fourth year elective and core rotations. The goal is to admit 80 additional U.S. students in 2010 and reach a steady state of 120 admissions in 2011.

"Very few organizations in the world can offer this type of collaboration, whereby U.S. medical students can broaden their medical training and experience the best education opportunities of two different countries," explains Dr. William W. Pinsky, M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Ochsner Health System. "This is a completely unique opportunity in the United States."

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