University of Queensland Ochsner Clinical School Announces 2019 Residency Match Day Results


NEW ORLEANS – On Friday, March 15, the University of Queensland (UQ) Ochsner Clinical School graduating class of 2018 celebrated 2019 Match Day with a 93% Match Rate through the National Residency Match Program – a rite of passage in which medical school students from around the globe learn who has been selected or matched to a U.S. residency program for the next chapter of medical training.

Details were shared in a press release.

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The UQ Ochsner Clinical School’s Match Rate is comparable with the national Match Rate for U.S. medical schools. Additionally, 2019 marks the seventh year in a row that UQ Ochsner Clinical School’s Match Rate has been 90% or above. 

“Match Day is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication. Our Match Rate is a testament to the high quality of our students, our faculty and staff and our program, which is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year,” said Leonardo Seoane, M.D., chief academic officer of Ochsner Health System. “We are proud to offer a graduate medical program that spans two continents and provides students with a unique and global perspective as they train to be medical professionals. As we reflect on the last 10 years, it’s incredibly rewarding that our overall Match Rate throughout the history of the program is comparable with the average for other U.S. medical schools.”

This year, 85 students from UQ Ochsner Clinical School’s class of 2018, which graduated in December 2018, participated in the National Residency Match Program. UQ Ochsner Clinical School students matched into residency training programs at many prestigious institutions across the country, including Ochsner Health System, Johns Hopkins, Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Center, University of Chicago, University of Southern California, University of Texas-Houston, and University of Vermont Medical Center, to name a few. Students also matched in the in-state programs at Tulane University, LSU- New Orleans, and LSU-Shreveport. Matched students start residency programs in July 2019.

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Of the UQ Ochsner Clinical School students matched:

73% matched outside of Louisiana for medical training
27% are remaining in Louisiana for medical training
27% of the graduates remaining in Louisiana are staying in the Ochsner Health System for medical training and have accepted positions within one of the 30 residency programs offered by the Department of Graduate Medical Education at Ochsner

The Department of Graduate Medical Education at Ochsner filled:

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100% of positions offered to students from across the globe participating in this year’s match
22 of 58 positions filled were matched from students within the state of Louisiana 
36 of 58 positions filled were matched from students outside of the state of Louisiana

“The White Coat Ceremony, Graduation, and Match Day are three important days in the life of an aspiring physician. We are proud of the success our students have had year over year, matching with high caliber residency programs both here in Louisiana and across the country. Additionally, we are excited that all of the positions offered by our Graduate Medical Education Office were filled in this year’s match without having to go through the supplemental match process,” said Ronald Amedee, MD, head of school and dean of medical education, Ochsner Health System.

“Education has always been a cornerstone of Ochsner Health System and we are truly honored that so many of our students will remain not only in Louisiana, but here at Ochsner for the next step of their medical training,” said G. Dodd Denton, MD, deputy head of student affairs, Ochsner Health System.   

UQ Ochsner Clinical School students matched in a variety of specialties including Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine, Family and Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Neurology, OB/GYN, Pathology, Pediatrics, and Physical Medicine and Rehab and Psychiatry.

To match with a residency program, students enter the National Residency Match Program during the final year of medical school. Throughout the fall and into early winter, students apply and interview with residency programs. From January to February both students and residency programs submit a preference list to the National Residency Match Program, which then uses a computerized mathematical algorithm to match programs and applicants. The final placement results are revealed each year on Match Day. For more information about the National Residency Match Program, visit

The UQ Ochsner Clinical School is a unique four-year training, academic and clinical experience, which takes place across two continents. The first two years of medical school curriculum take place in Brisbane, Australia at UQ, which is recognized as one of the top universities in the world and ranked 42nd worldwide on the 2019 US News Best Global Universities list. The final two years of clinical study are completed with the Ochsner Health System – one of the largest independent academic medical centers in the United States – in New Orleans, LA.

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the UQ Ochsner Clinical School. Since the program’s inception, 118 graduates have matched to Louisiana programs with 75 of those graduates electing to complete their clinical training with Ochsner Health System.


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