OMSAS – Queen’s University
Note: This application contains information for fall 2021 admission.
University program information changes regularly. View the application for the most up-to-date details.
Last updated: July 9, 2020
- About Queen’s School of Medicine
- Application Requirements
- Autobiographical Sketch
- Application Assessment
- Admission to Combined MD/PhD or MD/MSc Programs
- Admission Process for Indigenous Candidates
- Admission Process for Canadian Armed Forces Applicants
- Admission Process for International Students
- Factors Not Considered in Selection
- Successful Applicants
- Disability and Admission to Medicine
- Deferred Registration
- Admission with Advanced Standing
- False Application Information
- Contact Information
Submission deadlines are final and the instructions provided must be followed in order for your application to be considered.
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 Doctor of Medicine (MD) program in one 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 excel in their development and contributions as emerging health care professionals.
Our School of Medicine’s Undergraduate Program
Our 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 you 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 fosters 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 MD 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.
Queen’s School of Medicine’s 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.
100 Canadian citizens or permanent residents (landed immigrants) and up to 9 Canadian Forces Members and international supernumerary students are admitted annually to first year. They 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.
All application components must be submitted to OMSAS by the specified deadline for the application to be considered.
Queen’s University School of Medicine reserves the right to change the admission requirements at any time without notice.
Review the Queen’s website for all up to date changes or additions to the admission requirements or processes.
Applicants are required to have a minimum of 30 undergraduate-level credits in any university program by the end of the academic year (September‑April) the application is made in to be eligible to apply. Applicants are required to submit their transcript through OMSAS that demonstrates they have obtained 15 full or 30 half credits, maintained a satisfactory GPA for course grades reported prior to the 2020 winter semester, received credit for courses taken (including those taken in the 2020 winter semester) and, if applicable, will have completed post-graduate studies by August 1, 2021.
Transfer credits resulting from completion of International Baccalaureate programs will be counted toward the total credit requirements for Queen’s medical school admission.
Queen’s School of Medicine does not require prerequisite courses. Applicants may select a program of study and courses that best meet the goals of their 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:
- Master’s or graduate degree programs
- 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
- College courses
Applicants are required to write the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) prior to the OMSAS application deadline date. All MCAT scores must be released to OMSAS by the applicant and will be reported by OMSAS to Queen’s University. Only scores from the 5 years prior to the application deadline will be used in our evaluation. Queen’s School of Medicine no longer accepts old MCAT (prior to MCAT 2015) scores. The highest MCAT score from the most recent 5 years will be the one associated with the application.
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 6 categories included in the Autobiographical Sketch:
- Volunteer Activities
- Extracurricular Activities
- Awards & Accomplishments
Ensure that items selected are those most relevant to a medical school application.
There is room in the form to provide information for up to 32 items.
The Admissions Committee will assess the submission based on the quality of the listed items and the characteristics they represent (not the number of items listed). The Admissions Committee will focus on activities performed after the completion of high school.
Applicants must list the length of time each activity has taken, the location of activity and a brief description, which can be in point form.
Applicants should choose referees who can evaluate you in a non‑biased fashion, avoiding family members, acquaintances and friends. Ideally, applicants should choose referees who can collectively address qualities and attributes in both academic and non‑academic domains.
The Admissions Committee desires referees who have more than a casual relationship with you. You should ask your referee to provide examples of your characteristics they are being asked to comment on. We recommend choosing referees that have known the applicant for a minimum of 6 months.
Applicants must request submissions (letter of reference and Confidential Assessment Form) by 3 references to be sent to OMSAS prior to November 1, 2020, in order to be considered for an interview at Queen’s School of Medicine. We will not consider applications that do not have all 3 Confidential Assessment Forms.
Only a select number of applicants will be invited for an interview. This invitation will be based upon the review of the application submitted. Applicants will be considered for admission only if they are invited for an interview.
Select applicants will be invited for an interview. The interview process has in recent past application cycles consisted of both a Multiple Mini‑Interview (MMI) and a standard, panel interview. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to alter the elements of the interview process. Any changes will be posted on our website.
Interview days typically provide the selected applicants with an information session that includes an orientation to the curriculum and student life at Queen’s, and tours of the School of Medicine building and campus.
Selected applicants will be provided an interview invitation by email at the end of January. We generally hold interviews in March.
If an applicant that has been invited for an interview requires an accommodation for the interview, they must register by email with Queen’s Accessibility Services at least 3 weeks prior to the interview date and provide documentation supporting the request.
Admission 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.
Applicants must indicate their intention to apply to these programs on the OMSAS application. In addition to the OMSAS application, a separate application is required.
Applicants must meet the admission requirements for both programs (both the MD and PhD programs or MD and MSc programs) and will be assessed for eligibility for admission by each program.
Admission 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. We may admit 4 qualified Indigenous students per year to the MD program by the alternative process. Applicants may also choose to apply through the regular admission process.
If an applicant wishes to be considered by the alternative process, submit the following documentation through OMSAS by October 1, 2020:
- A separate letter to the Director of the Admissions Committee, in which the applicant declares your Indigenous ancestry and give specific information about First Nations, Treaty, community or organizational affiliation. In your letter, you should request consideration by this alternative process and expand on your academic and personal background, and reasons and motivation for wishing to become a physician.
- A letter of support from an individual representing the First Nations, community or organization you belong to.
- Proof of Indigenous ancestry.
Once an applicant is identified by the screening panel, they will be invited for an interview at the same time as the general applicants. If selected, the applicant will complete the MMI and a standard panel interview with a team of representatives from the Indigenous community.
Admission Process for Canadian Armed Forces Applicants
At the request of the Department of National Defence, the Queen’s University Undergraduate Medical Education program has completed arrangements with the Department of National Defence (DND) to create up to 9 additional training positions in the Queen’s Medical Doctorate Program. Canadian Forces Staff who are supported by the DND would be eligible to apply for these positions and offers of admission will be made to those who qualify.
Regular Force military candidates interested in the Military Medical Training Program (MMTP) can obtain more information by consulting the Officer Specialist Training intranet website.
Military candidates who apply through the MMTP program must meet all application eligibility requirements, including the completion of the necessary prerequisite courses. These candidates must follow the same application procedures as all other applicants. The application fees and institutional levy will apply, and the candidates must follow the same method of payment as all other applicants.
- An introduction letter must be sent directly to the Faculty of Medicine, indicating that you have applied through OMSAS for admission through the MMTP with the Canadian Forces.
- All military candidates wishing to apply to medical schools under MMTP sponsorship must inform the Director General Military Careers DMCPG 5-2 by email at the same time of their application to the medical schools.
For additional information regarding the MMTP application process, contact:
Name: DMCPG 5-2
Title: Commissioning and Education Programs Supervisor, Director General Military Careers
For additional information regarding Medical Officer Recruitment, roles, responsibilities and prospective military service in Health Services, it is strongly encouraged that you also contact:
Name: Maj Tina Lipcsey
Title: Staff Officer Attraction and Retention, CF Health Services Group Headquarters
Admission Process for International Students
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 they intend to practice medicine in are fulfilled.
All international applicants must have completed (or be in their final year of study of) the equivalent of a Canadian 4-year university bachelor’s (honors) 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 GPA is required.
When applicants apply as an international student, they are required to notify Queen’s School of Medicine immediately if their immigration status changes. Failure to do so will make the applicant ineligible for the program. If the applicant becomes a permanent resident (landed immigrant) or citizen during the admission process, their application data will be moved to the domestic student applicant pool.
Factors Not Considered in Selection
The Admissions Committee does not give preference to applicants if they have studied in any particular university program. Applicants are encouraged to consider all of the undergraduate programs available and to embark on the course of studies that they are most interested in and that would prepare them for an alternative career should they not gain a place in medicine.
- We do not show preference for any particular level of training or location of the university attended.
- We do not consider age, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation in the selection process 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. Requests for this information will not be provided.
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.
The Admissions Committee will adjudicate the rank order of all applicants who have reached and completed the interview phase of the assessment process.
Offers will be conditional on the applicant’s ability to maintain an academic standing that is acceptable to the Admissions Committee and complete all required credits.
Tuition and Deposit
A non-refundable deposit of $1,050 is required when an offer of admission is accepted. The deposit will be put toward the tuition fees.
All incoming students 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.
Police Records 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 incoming students provide a current Police Records Check and a Vulnerable Sector Screening.
The Police Records Check includes a check of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police national Canadian Police Information Centre database. Queen’s reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission based on the results of the Police Records Check.
Heart and Stroke Foundation Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Certification or CPR Level C
As a medical student, you are responsible for ensuring that your CPR Level C/Heart and Stroke Foundation BLS Provider certification is up to date. The School of Medicine does not provide CPR/BLS certification as part of its curriculum; however, it does offer an ACLS Certification course during MEDS 482: Transition to Residency in April of your final year.
In order to take the ACLS Certification course, incoming students must have a current Heart and Stroke Foundation BLS Provider Certification card; other certifications will not be accepted. The onus is on you to maintain your certification on your own time and at your own expense. You may certify through other providers during pre-clerkship if you wish; however, you must have the Heart and Stroke Foundation BLS Provider Certification in order to complete the ACLS Certification course offered in your final year of clerkship.
We highly recommend that you re-certify annually during the month of May through the Heart and Stroke Foundation to ensure that your certification is current at all times and will permit you to participate in the ACLS Certification course in your final year.
Disability and Admission to Medicine
Read the Essential Skills and Abilities Required to apply.
Once admitted, if you are a student requiring academic accommodations, you should register by email with Queen’s Accessibility Services.
The Admissions Committee will consider granting a request for deferral of admission only in exceptional circumstances and are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
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.
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.
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 MD program, you will 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, as per the Admissions Committee Policy.
Check the Queen’s website for any changes or additions to the admission requirements or processes.
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