The University of Queensland – Ochsner Clinical School (UQ-OCS) students do much more than just spend time in the classroom and study. These students participate year-round in numerous volunteer opportunities throughout the community.
The students complete two years of study at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, followed by two years of clinical study at Ochsner. This innovative medical education program that spans two continents was established in 2008. The UQ-OCS program continues to grow. Currently, 255 students are enrolled in the first two years of the program in Australia, and there are 102 students in their third year and 63 in their fourth year here in New Orleans.
While students focus on a rigorous study program to prepare to become future doctors, they are also strongly encouraged to get involved in community outreach efforts. And that they do. The UQ-OCS have participated in a number of events in 2015 including: volunteering at the King Cake Festival by staffing the race course, helping out at the finish line and staffing the medical tents; volunteering at a health fair in Algiers where they helped screen over 150 participants; participating in maintaining the gardens and trails in Lacombe as part of “Work/Play Days” organized by the Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges; and serving as Running Buddies with local teens at the fundraising races, in partnership with Youth Run NOLA.
And it doesn’t stop there. The students have several upcoming events to continue to give back to their communities.