OMSAS – Queen’s University


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Last updated: July 13, 2017

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About Queen’s School of Medicine

Our Mission Statement: To advance our tradition of preparing excellent physicians and leaders in health care, we embrace a spirit of inquiry and innovation in education and research.

Founded more than 150 years ago, the Queen’s School of Medicine provides a hands‑on MD program in 1 of Canada’s premier centres for medical research and physical training with a rich array of postgraduate programs that emphasize the fundamentals of clinical medicine in the context of ongoing change, innovation and discovery.

Our graduates and our faculty are leaders in Canadian medicine and their footprints can be seen across Canada and around the world. Kingston and southeastern Ontario community members and public institutions are our most supportive partners in helping our students to excel in their development and contributions as emerging health care professionals.

The School of Medicine’s Undergraduate Program

The School of Medicine’s undergraduate program offers a 4‑year curriculum leading to the degree of Doctor of Medicine. This program is accredited and prepares graduates for postgraduate training leading to licensure and certification.

Its unique strengths are related to the opportunities for close, personal interactions between students and faculty members and for students to obtain particularly relevant, extensive, hands‑on clinical experience under supervision, especially in ambulatory settings.

There is a great potential for students to benefit from the integration of clinical and basic sciences in the curriculum and from increased collaboration with students and teachers from other clinical disciplines.

The goal of the medical curriculum is to produce physicians who have a wide understanding of the content and context of medicine and the knowledge, skills and attitudes to enter into any postgraduate training program.

The curriculum will foster the development of life‑long learning skills necessary for effective practice. Self‑directed learning is emphasized in the curriculum and learning formats include whole class lectures, tutorials, seminars, team‑based learning, symposia and facilitated small group learning.

Queen’s curriculum provides a wide range of clinical experiences extending from primary to tertiary care settings. The medical program provides a variety of innovative primary care educational opportunities at regional sites such as Oshawa, Peterborough, Belleville and smaller communities in the area of southeastern Ontario.

As a student, you can expect to complete at least a few weeks of your clinical education at 1 of these regional sites.

The Queen’s School of Medicine building is a state‑of‑the‑art facility that provides modern simulation labs and educational rooms designed to facilitate modern styles of education. Its central campus location provides an ideal home for the medical school. Find more information about our program.

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Selection Factors

100 Canadian citizens or permanent residents and 5 international students are admitted annually into first year and are selected on the basis of a strong academic record and the assessment of personal characteristics considered to be the most appropriate for studying medicine at Queen’s University and the subsequent practice of medicine.

The Admissions Committee believes that both academic abilities and specific personal attributes are important in successfully studying and practicing medicine, and will assess these factors at different points during the admission process.

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Admission Requirements

Eligible applicants are required to have a minimum of 30 course credits in any university program by the end of the academic year (September‑April) in which the application is made.

Transfer credits resulting from completion of International Baccalaureate programs will be counted toward the total credit requirements for Queen’s medical school admission. Find more information about admission requirements.

Queen’s School of Medicine does not require prerequisite courses. You are able to select a program of study and courses that best meet the goals of your undergraduate degree program.

We do not recommend any particular course or degree program since no preference is given to applicants who have studied in any particular university program.

Only undergraduate university credit courses meeting Queen’s University “Basis of Admission for Advance Study Interpretation Guidelines” are included in the grade point average (GPA) and credit requirements.

The following courses of study will not be included in the GPA:

  • Naturopathic and chiropractic medicine
  • Consecutive bachelor of education programs
  • Challenge for credit courses
  • Diploma or certificate programs
  • Graduate courses
  • Undergraduate courses taken as part of a graduate program

You are required to write the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) prior to the OMSAS application deadline date. All MCAT scores will be reported by OMSAS to Queen’s University; however, only those scores from tests written in the 5 years prior to the application deadline will be used in our evaluation. Queen’s School of Medicine no longer accepts old MCAT scores.

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Candidate Assessment

You are invited for an interview on the basis of your GPA, MCAT scores, Autobiographical Sketch and letters of reference. You will only be considered for admission if you are invited for an interview.

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Autobiographical Sketch

The Queen’s School of Medicine uses the detailed Autobiographical Sketch as part of the application evaluation. This submission provides our assessors with a snapshot of a candidate’s personal experiences and achievements. There are 7 categories included:

  • Formal Education
  • Employment
  • Volunteer Activities
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Awards & Accomplishments
  • Publications & Research
  • Other

Please ensure that items selected to include are those most relevant to a medical school application.

There is room in the form to provide information relating to 48 items.

Submissions are assessed based on the quality of the listed items and the characteristics they represent (not the number of items listed).

The candidate must list the length of time each activity has taken, location of activity, and a brief description which can be in point form.

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References

You should choose referees who can evaluate you in a non‑biased fashion, avoiding family members, acquaintances and friends. Ideally you should choose referees who can collectively address qualities and attributes in both academic and non‑academic domains.

Referees who have more than a casual relationship with you are desired and you should encourage the referee to cite examples of specific attributes, rather than just list them.

You must request 3 references to be sent to OMSAS prior to November 1 for you to be considered for an interview at Queen’s School of Medicine. Applications that do not include all 3 letters of reference and accompanying Confidential Assessment Form will be considered incomplete.

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Personal Assessment

Select candidates will be invited for a personal interview. The interview process will consist of both a Multiple Mini‑Interview (MMI) and a standard, panel‑type interview. You will be ranked for offers and placement on the waiting list using the results from the personal assessment.

Offers will be conditional on your ability to maintain an academic standing that is acceptable to the Admissions Committee and complete all required credits.

An attempt is made on the interview days to provide you with an information session that includes an orientation to the curriculum and student life at Queen’s.

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Admissions to Combined MD/PhD or MD/MSc Programs

The combined MD/PhD and MD/MSc programs at Queen’s University are offered jointly by the School of Medicine and the School of Graduate Studies.

The programs admit a limited number of exceptional students who wish to combine their medical training with advanced training in research.

Graduates from these programs will be well prepared to pursue postdoctoral or research‑intensive residency training and, as fully trained physician‑scientists, will contribute to increasing Canada’s capacity in basic, clinical, translational and patient‑oriented research.

You must indicate your intention to apply to this program on the OMSAS application. A separate application in addition to the OMSAS application is required.

You must meet the admissions requirements for both programs and will be assessed for eligibility for admission by each program.

Find more information about combined MD/PhD and MD/MSc programs and application materials.

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Admissions Process for Indigenous Candidates

The Admissions Committee recognizes the critical shortage of Indigenous physicians in Canada and the need to educate more Indigenous physicians to serve as role models and to address the health care needs of Canada’s Indigenous people.

The Committee has developed an alternative process for assessing Indigenous candidates. 4 qualified Indigenous students per year may be admitted to the MD program by the alternative process. You may also choose to apply through the regular admission process.

If you wish to be considered by the alternative process, submit the following documentation, through OMSAS, by October 2, 2017:

  • A separate letter to the Director of the Admissions Committee, in which you declare your Indigenous ancestry and give specific information about First Nations, treaty, community, or organizational affiliation. The letter should request consideration by this alternative process, and should expand on your academic and personal background, and reasons and motivation for wishing to become a physician.
  • An application letter, accompanied by a letter of support from an individual representing the First Nations, community or organization to which you belong.
  • Proof of Indigenous ancestry.

Once you are identified by the screening panel, you will be invited for an interview at the same time as the general applicants. If selected, you will complete the MMI and a standard panel interview with a team of representatives from the Indigenous community.

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Admissions Process for International Students

In September 2017, Queen’s University will admit an additional number (up to a maximum of 5 per year) of qualified international students (non-Canadian citizens, non-permanent residents).

If accepted into the program, it will be the international student’s personal responsibility to ensure all licensing requirements of the country in which they intend to practice medicine are fulfilled.

All international applicants must have completed (or be in their final year of study) the equivalent of a Canadian 4-year university Bachelor’s (Honours) Degree. No specific course prerequisites are required.

Applicants attending university outside Canada or the United States must have their academic credentials assessed for Canadian equivalency by World Education Services (WES).

A course‑by‑course evaluation, with an overall grade point average is required.

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Factors Not Considered in Selection

The Admissions Committee does not give preference to you if you have studied in any particular university program. You are encouraged to consider all of the undergraduate programs available and to embark on the course of studies that you are most interested in and that would prepare you for an alternative career should you not gain a place in medicine.

  • No preference is shown for any particular level of training.
  • Place of residence and location of the university where studies have been undertaken are not criteria in selection.
  • Age, gender, race, religion and sexual orientation are not factors considered in the selection process.
  • Due to the large number of applications, it is not possible to provide specific feedback about unsuccessful applications or suggestions as to how you might improve your chances for acceptance into the MD program.

Decisions of the Admissions Committee are final. In the event of an appeal, the Committee will ensure that correct procedures of assessment were followed but will not re-assess your file.

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False Application Information

If it is discovered that any application information is false or misleading, concealed or withheld, the application will be disqualified; or, if discovered after an offer of admission has been sent, that offer will be withdrawn.

If these circumstances are discovered after you are admitted into the medical program, you may be required to withdraw from the program. The Queen’s School of Medicine may, at its discretion, refuse to accept future applications to the MD program from a candidate who has submitted a false, misleading or fraudulent application in the past.

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Immunization

You are required to be immunized against certain diseases before entering the clinical setting. These requirements must be fulfilled in order to meet the standards set out in the Public Hospitals Act, Section 4.2, Ontario Regulations 965.

The information collected will be used to ensure these standards are met in order for you to participate in clinical activities.

Failure to comply with the Immunization and Communicable Disease Policy [PDF] may lead to limited participation in clinical aspects of the MD program and successful completion of the program could be compromised.

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Police Record Check

In recognition of the requirements of the clinical agencies and the Faculty’s responsibility to ensure that its health sciences students do not place vulnerable populations at additional risk, the School of Medicine requires, as a condition of admission, that you provide a current police record check and a Vulnerable Sector Screening.

The police record check includes a check of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) national Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) database. Queen’s reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission based on the results of the police record check.

Find more info about the Police Records Check Policy [PDF].

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CPR

You must complete a CPR Basic Rescuer Course that includes the following and be able to produce valid certificates before enrolling in medical school.

  • AED Training
  • CPR for Adults
  • CPR for Children
  • CPR for Infants
  • Adult/Child 2 Person CPR

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Disability and Admission to Medicine

Find more info about the essential skills and attributes required to apply.

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Deferred Registration

The Admissions Committee will consider granting a request for deferral of admission only in exceptional circumstances and normally only to allow highly qualified students to complete the requirements for the degree program they are already enrolled in.

Requests for deferral must be made within 2 weeks of the date of offer for admission and only after that offer is accepted. Deferrals will only be granted for a maximum of 1 year.

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Admission with Advanced Standing

Because of the unique structure of the medical curriculum, you will not be considered for admission with advanced standing in any MD courses.

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Tuition and Deposit

A non‑refundable deposit of $1,050 is required when you accept an offer of admission. The deposit will be put toward your tuition fees.

Find more information about tuition fees and potential sources of financial support.

Note: Queen’s University School of Medicine reserves the right to change the admission requirements at any time without notice.

Check the Queen’s website for any changes or additions to the admissions requirements or processes.

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Contact Information

Undergraduate Medical Education
School of Medicine
Queen’s University
80 Barrie Street
Kingston ON  K7L 3N6

Telephone: 613‑533‑3307
Fax: 613‑533‑3190

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