Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What are the required courses I need to be eligible?
A. Click here for the UQ website. The School of Medicine strongly recommends that all applicants complete courses in Biochemistry, Human Anatomy and Physiology before matriculating.
Q. Will fees go up every year?
A. Fees are set annually by UQ. Fees generally will have cost of living increases annually.
Q. Do you have scholarships and financial aid? Can I take out a student loan for this program?
A. Eligible students can apply for U.S. Federal Government Stafford loans. For more information, click here.
Q. If I enroll in the UQ - Ochsner cohort, will I be an International Medical Graduate (IMG)?
A. Yes, graduates of this program are IMGs.
Q. What will I have to do to be able to practice in the U.S.?
A. To enter a residency or fellowship program and to practice medicine in the U.S., you are required to take the USMLEs (United States Medical Licensing Examination), tests administered by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).
Current medical students and graduates of the UQ MBBS program are eligible to take the USMLE to be granted a license to practice medicine in the U.S.
Q. Where in the U.S. have UQ Ochsner students done their residencies?
A. We have lists of where members of each UQ Ochsner class have matched on our website and we update the list each March when the Match results become available. We also provide the information we have available about where non-US citizens who graduate from the 4-year program in Brisbane have matched in the NMRP in the US. Click here to see matches.
Q. Can UQ graduates participate in the NRMP match?
A. Yes. Graduates of this program may participate in the Match once they have passed the USMLE Steps 1 and 2.
Q. Can I work in Australia while I am a student?
A. International students, and dependants on student dependant visas, who are residing in Australia and who wish to work, must have a student visa that includes permission to work. From 26 April 2008, international students and dependants will automatically receive permission to work with their visa grant.
Q. How do I apply?
A. For a full set of application instructions, click here.
Q. How soon will I hear if I have been accepted?
A. Once a completed application has been received that has met the stated minimum requirements for that entry year, the applicant is invited to interview, either on site at the Ochsner Clinical School Campus in New Orleans, or via Skype. For more information about interviews click here.
Once the application season for the year has opened, usually in the spring, all completed applications for students who have interviewed will be forwarded to the Admissions Department in Brisbane. Usually, a decision will be made within 6 to 8 weeks.
Q. What is the application process like?
A. The application itself consists of 3 components: the application, MCAT scores, and transcripts. Students send their application to the Mededpath Office. MCAT scores can be mailed or emailed to our office, and should include the AAMC ID number and the verification code: these are both found in the 'Score Report' option on the MCAT website. Transcripts can be mailed directly from the institution to our office, or we can accept them from Interfolio. Recommendations and resumes or CVs are not required but we are happy to receive them. If you have them please send them to us as well. We forward this information to the Ochsner Clinical School faculty for matriculated students only.
Each time a document arrives, we send students an email acknowledging receipt. When a student's application is complete, and has been deemed to have met the minimum standards for that entry year, the student will be invited for an interview, either in New Orleans at the UQ Ochsner Clinical School campus or via Skype. Click here. When an admissions decision has been made, MedEdPath will notify the student immediately by email. Students then have 6 weeks to decide if they would like to accept their offer of a seat in the class.
Q. What MCAT scores and GPAs are typical for students in this program?
A. Each application stands on it own and is judged on its own merits. For the 2016 entry year, the minimum requirements are a B average from a terminal degree earned within the last ten years, and a minimum MCAT score of 26 for the old MCAT or a 499 for the new MCAT.
Q. Can non-US citizens apply?
A. U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents who have completed a bachelor's degree, and who are not Australian citizens, are eligible to apply to The University of Queensland School of Medicine Ochsner Clinical School Program. Non-US citizens are eligible to apply to The University of Queensland School of Medicine to stay in Australia for four years. Click here for the application Such graduates are eligible to take the USMLE’s and apply, via the NMRP, for the Match in the US.
Q. Why does your year start in February? Do you take students in at other times during the year?
A. The Australian late summer is in February, the reverse of the U.S. summer, in late August. The program starts once a year, in February, and ends in late November.
Q. How do I get a visa?
A. MedEdPath will provide information on how to apply for a visa to students who have accepted their offers. For more information, click here.
Q. In which states will I be eligible to practice?
A. Graduates of the University of Queensland School of Medicine are eligible to practice in all 50 states provided they meet individual state licensing requirements as well. As state regulations are subject to change, it is the responsibility of students to check with the medical board in any state in which they wish to practice.