In Phase 2 of the UQ-Ochsner MD program, the core clinical rotations for Ochsner Cohort students must be completed at the Ochsner Clinical School. These core clinical rotations include General Practice, Medicine, Mental Health, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Paediatrics, and Surgery.

Year 3 Clinical Rotations: Medicine, Mental Health, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Paediatrics, and Surgery.

Year 4 Clinical Roations: Critical Care, General Practice, Medical Specialties, Medicine in Society, and Surgical Specialties.

Rotation order: Clinical rotations do not have to be undertaken in any specific order. In Year 3, no student is disadvantaged by taking their rotations in any order. In Year 4, students should try to align their rotation orders based on the medical specialty they intend to apply for in the U.S. Residency Match.

Allocation process: As part of the allocation process, Ochsner students will submit their preferences for rotation order via SiNet. Allocations are conducted as a ballot system whereby you are required to submit your preferences in SiNet and the allocations will be conducted once the preferencing has been completed. It is not conducted on first-come first-serve. Students are selected in random order for allocation to their highest available preference. This will endeavor to allocate each student to their first preference before trying to allocate students to their second preference, and so on. Please refer to the current allocation guidelines.

Travel & assigned locations: All clinical rotations require travel throughout the rotation. Because this is specifically designed as part of the curriculum, no student stays at Ochsner Main Campus for the whole rotation, and no exceptions are made for any reason.

The allocation timeline for Ochsner students is completely different between Year 3 and Year 4. Please refer to the relevant timeline below.

Allocation timelines

Allocation swap requests

The following information relates to Ochsner students only. 

Students may submit even swap requests during the dates detailed on the appropriate timeline listed above. It does not have to be the entire rotation order, it can be rotation-to-rotation, but it must be within the same course and an even swap. i.e. Student A has Surgery in Rotation 1 and wants to swap with Student B who has Surgery in Rotation 4.

  • Requests will be handled in the order received. 
  • Swaps must be pre-arranged between students. We cannot assist you if you do not have someone to swap with and we do not keep a list of students wanting to swap.
  • Students are allowed to have multiple swaps with multiple students, but a separate Swap Request Form must be submitted for each separate request.

Students wishing to submit Sub-Specialty swap requests for Critical Care, Medical Specialties, Medicine in Society, or Surgical Specialties at Ochsner should complete the Sub-Specialty Swap Request Form.

The form should be completed by one of the students only and both students will receive a copy of the request to their official UQ student emails. The form requests information for both students in order to process the swap. The form requires both students' UQ ID numbers and email addresses. You must also know each other's entire rotation order to complete the form. At the conclusion of the application both students will be sent a confirmation email as well as a copy to StudentAffairs@ochsner.org. Please ensure that all parties agree to this swap prior to submitting the form. Once a swap request has been approved and processed it will be considered finalized.

Students wishing to request rotation swaps under the above conditions should complete the Swap Request Form

  • Please ensure you use your UQ student email address.
  • Make sure to select "Ochsner" for "Type of Enrolment."
  • Emails requesting swaps will not be considered. It must be submitted using the online Swap Request Form.
  • When the swap request has been processed, both students will receive an email to their UQ student email address with the outcome. Please allow up to 5 business days for processing.
  • Swaps can only be between Ochsner students.