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

View the clinical placement blocks that contribute to each of the semesters in Phase 2 of the MD-Ochsner Program.

MD-Ochsner Clinical Placement Blocks

MD-Ochsner Clinical Placement Dates 2019

Phase 2 Academic Calendar 2019

Clinical placement order: Ochsner students will have the opportunity to nominate their preference for allocation of clinical placement order. Students are not disadvantaged by taking their clinical placements in any particular order. The blocks within the semesters do not have to be taken in any specific order, however students must successfully complete all Year 3 courses before commencing Year 4 courses. In Year 4, students should try to align their clinical placement order 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 clinical placement order via the  Placement Management System, Placements. Allocations are conducted as a ballot system whereby students are required to submit their preferences in Placements 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.

Students should refer to the published 2019 Allocation Guidelines.

Placements is a University wide system for managing your program related placement activities. Placements will allow students to manage and view all placement related tasks and schedules in one location. 

View the 2019 Placements Student Handbook.

Click here to access Placements 

MD-Ochsner 2019 placement deadlines

The following information relates to students enrolled in Phase 2 of the MD-Ochsner Program.

MD-Ochsner 2019 Placement Deadlines

Allocation change requests

The following information relates to students enrolled in the MD-Ochsner Program. 

Students are provided with the opportunity to apply for a placement reallocation at Ochsner after they have been allocated to a confirmed placement. This may include requesting a sub-discipline change or complete block order change.

Placements provides an easy to use streamlined process for students to request changes. This must be done in accordance with the MD-Ochsner 2019 Placement Deadlines. Requests will not be considered outside of the published deadlines. Due to logistical and operational components which occur across 2 continents, no exceptions will be made to these deadlines.

  • Requests will be handled in the order received. 
  • Once a reallocation request has been approved and processed it will be considered finalised.
  • As stated in the 2019 Allocation Guidelines, “students are responsible for ensuring that their enrolment in mySI-net matches their allocated Clinical Placements.”

Students wishing to apply for allocation changes under the above conditions must submit the details via Placements. Click on the Confirmed tab at the top of the screen in your InPlace account. Click the name of the placement you are requesting to change. Scroll down and click on Apply for Placement Reallocation. NOTE: There is a character limit in comment box. If you receive an error, then you've exceeded the character limit.

  • Emails requesting changes will not be considered. It must be submitted using the online system via Placements.
  • Students are notified about whether their request for placement reallocation was successful via a message in the Notifications section on the home page of Placements. If the application is rejected, or additional information is needed, this will also be listed under Notifications. Click on the Change Request submitted link inside the placement if additional response is needed. Students are responsible for checking their notifications in Placements.
  • Please allow up to 5 business days for processing.

Elective - Away Placements

Students have the opportunity to undertake an elective somewhere other than at a UQ Clinical Site.If you plan to do this, then you will need to apply at least 12 weeks prior to the commencement of your placement.  These timeframes are in place to allow the University sufficient time to obtain the appropriate approvals e.g. Student Placement Agreement, academic approval.

Application deadlines for Ochsner Students:


Application Deadline
(12 weeks prior)

Students Notified of
Finalized Placement
(8 weeks prior)

Block 1 15 October 2018 12 November 2018
Block 2 3 December 2018 31 December 2018
Block 3 21 January 2019 18 February 2019
Block 4 1 April 2019 29 April 2019
Block 5 13 May 2019 10 June 2019
Block 6 1 July 2019 29 July 2019

Students can access the elective application form for non-UQ Clinical Sites here.

Please note, this form requires you to submit a 200 word statement around the goals of your proposed placement, and to attach confirmation from your proposed supervisor (where available). A more complete learning plan will need to be submitted separately (as per the requirements for all elective placements) - details in relation to when/how this should be submitted will be provided shortly.


UQ-Ochsner students are covered for Travel insurance while undertaking placements at non-UQ locations, located outside of the Greater New Orleans Area.The OCS Electives Coordinator will advise the student of the relevant forms to complete prior to the placement to be covered for UQ's insurance. Students can also find further information here.

If you intend to travel to a country that is considered to be of high risk to Australian travellers, then you will need formal approval from the University to go there. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) groups countries by perceived risk, and travel to DFAT category 4 countries (do not travel) will generally not be allowed. Travel to DFAT 3 countries (reconsider your need to travel) will require formal approval, and this can take many weeks to obtain, so please consider this in your planning. Generally, we are more likely to allow travel to DFAT 3 countries where you have family there (and intend to stay with them), you know the language and customs etc.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the OCS Electives Coordinator (

Travel & assigned locations

The Ochsner Health System is driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate. Coordinated clinical and hospital patient care, all connected electronically to provide convenience for our patients, is provided across the region by Ochsner’s 29 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and over 60 neighborhood health centers. 

ALL clinical placements have travel built into their schedules and ALL activities are not held on the Ochsner Main Campus. Because this is specifically designed as part of the curriculum, no student stays at Ochsner Main Campus for the whole block, and no exceptions are made for any reason. Travel is required for all clinical placements. Students are responsible for their own transportation. The Ochsner Clinical School is not responsible for transporting students and will not make any site assignments or curricular adjustments for individual students based on transportation preferences or needs.

It is important to note that public transportation in New Orleans is not as efficient as it is in Brisbane and other metropolitan areas throughout the United States. Several clinical sites are generally not served by public transportation or have limited service during the early morning and late evening hours which are often required when doing clinical rotations. As a result, all students are strongly urged to have a valid driver’s license and access to a reliable means of transportation. Students are strongly encouraged to prepare in advance and make plans to have their own mode of transportation.