NEW ORLEANS - Ochsner Health System announced today the full, six year accreditation of the University of Queensland School of Medicine Ochsner Clinical School by the Australian Medical Council (AMC). This accreditation establishes the fourth medical school in the State of Louisiana and will soon bring 120 more physicians graduating from medical school in Louisiana each year.
The creation of the Ochsner/University of Queensland (UQ) partnership was, in part, a proactive response to the growing concern about U.S. physician shortages and the shortage of available seats at top quality U.S. medical schools to meet the demand of highly qualified applicants. In response, Ochsner, as one of the largest independent academic medical centers in the United States, developed a strategy to find a prestigious university and medical school with whom to align and develop a true partnership.
The UQ School of Medicine Ochsner Clinical School is a unique and innovative partnership between Ochsner Health System and UQ that provides U.S. medical students with an unprecedented, international-medical training experience. The collaboration, which began in 2009, provides both overseas (Brisbane, Australia) and U.S. (New Orleans, LA) education for American medical students.
"The accreditation from the AMC confirms the commitment of the UQ School of Medicine to providing a superb, integrated global medical education for all its students," said Dr. William Pinsky, EVP and Chief Academic Officer, Ochsner Health System and Professor of the University of Queensland School of Medicine and Head of the Ochsner Clinical School. "It also reinforces Ochsner's focus on teaching and research, which is at the core of our business and founding principles."
Following an announcement of the accreditation at Ochsner Medical Center on January 26, Australia Day, the Australian flag was raised to symbolize Ochsner's continued commitment to medical education in Louisiana and around the world. Speaking at the event were Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Bruce Greenstein, Jefferson Parish President John F. Young, Jr., and Ochsner Health System CEO Dr. Patrick Quinlan.
For further information on the partnership between Ochsner Health System and UQ School of Medicine, please visit ochsner.org/UQ.
Ochsner Health System is southeast Louisiana's largest non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system with eight hospitals and over 38 health centers in Louisiana. Ochsner has been named the Consumer Choice for Healthcare in New Orleans for 15 consecutive years and is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a "Best Hospital" across seven specialty categories. Ochsner employs more than 12,500 employees, over 850 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts over 300 clinical research trials annually. For more information, please visit ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.