OMSAS – Queen’s University
Note: This application contains information for fall 2022 admission.
University program information changes regularly. View the application for the most up-to-date details.
- 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
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 an immense 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 Southeastern Ontario area.
The 4-year Undergraduate Medical Program at Queen’s University is structured in sequential terms that allow students to progress from scientific foundational knowledge to clinical foundations of the human systems and to clinical engagement during a 2-year rotation series, including electives for students to explore areas of interest.
The pre-clerkship experience comprises the first 2 years at Queen’s and is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge needed for clinical experiences in clerkship and in residency.
The curriculum is designed to combine foundational basic science knowledge and the principles of physician roles, along with clinical teaching in the classroom and in clinical skills.
In addition to attending large-group, classroom-based sessions, students will work closely with tutors in small groups, and will learn in a variety of settings, including laboratories, clinical skills centres, the simulation laboratory, and in hospital and community settings.
The clerkship experience at Queen’s provides students with a wide breadth of clinical experiences to prepare them for future practice. Encompassing the final 2 years of medical school training, it is a blend of clinical rotations in core disciplines, classroom-based consolidation experiences and elective opportunities.
Students can engage in either block-based clinical rotations or integrated clinical experiences that are anchored in Family Medicine and combine clinical opportunities from a variety of disciplines.
Clerkship is delivered in a regional format and students are expected to spend anywhere from one-third to three-quarters of their time outside of Kingston at regional sites across Ontario.
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.
We admit 100 Canadian citizens or permanent residents (landed immigrants) annually to first year and have up to 9 additional supernumerary seats for Canadian Forces Members and international students. They are selected based on a strong academic record, MCAT, CASPer® 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.
Equity, diversity and inclusion are priorities for our Admissions Committee and are guiding principles for our process.
The Admissions Committee also 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.
Note: When you submit an application to the Queen’s University Undergraduate Medical education program, you accept the current admission policies and procedures, as well as the methods by which the applicants are selected.
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 15 full credits or 30 half credits at the undergraduate level in a university program to be eligible to apply. These credits must be achieved by the end of the academic year (September to April) in the year the application is submitted.
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 2021 winter semester, received credit for courses taken (including those taken in the 2021 winter semester) and, if applicable, will have completed post-graduate studies by August 1, 2022.
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. With the elimination of all prerequisite courses, applicants can select a program of study and courses, which best meet the goals of their undergraduate degree program.
We do not recommend any course or degree program as there is no preference given to applicants who have studied in any particular university program.
We encourage applicants to consider all the undergraduate programs available to them, and to embark on the course of study in which they have the greatest interest and that would prepare them for an alternate career, should they not gain a place in medicine.
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
- College diploma or certificate programs
- Undergraduate courses taken as part of a graduate program
- College courses
Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
Applicants are required to write the 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 2016) scores. The highest MCAT score from the most recent 5 years will be the one associated with the application.
All applicants to the Undergraduate Medical Education program at Queen’s University are required to complete an online assessment, CASPer, to be eligible for admission.
CASPer is an online test that assesses for the personal and professional characteristics we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program. It is a compliment to the other tools that we use for applicant screening. In implementing CASPer, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.
To take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a laptop or desktop computer with webcam and audio capabilities. You will require the following for both account creation and taking the test:
- Government-issued photo ID
- Valid email address (the email you use for your OMSAS application)
- Working webcam
- Working microphone
- Reliable high-speed internet connection
- Your OMSAS Reference Number for the current application cycle. (2022-80xxxx) (Do not use previous OMSAS reference numbers)
Visit the CASPer website to register your CASPer account and sign up for the CSP-10201 – Canadian Professional Health Sciences version of CASPer using a piece of government-issued photo ID.
You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times based on the admission timeline and requirements. You must select Queen’s University for distribution before the posted Distribution Deadline. The most up-to-date information can be found by browsing the Test Dates and Times on the CASPer website.
We will not provide exceptions for applicants who are unable to take CASPer during 1 of the available test dates.
To account for identity verification and the payment processing timeline, ensure that you register for your test at least 3 days before your preferred test date and time. Last-minute bookings are not recommended. If you require testing accommodations for CASPer, you will need to submit the Accommodations Request Form [PDF] signed by you and your qualified professional 3 weeks in advance of your desired test date. Read more about CASPer accommodations.
Direct any inquiries about the test to the CASPer Support Team. Alternatively, you may reach out to the CASPer Support Team through the chat bubble on the CASPer website or in your CASPer account.
Note: CASPer scores are only available for 1 application cycle and the test is only offered on a select number of days. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years are expected to re-take it.
There is a separate fee for the CASPer test that is paid by the applicant directly to Altus Assessments. This fee is not included in the OMSAS/Queen’s application fee.
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. We consider the following 5 categories 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. You are not required to fill all available spots.
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. When you indicate the number of hours, specify if it is per week or per month.
You should choose referees who can evaluate you in a non-biased fashion, avoiding family members, family friends, 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. We recommend choosing referees that have known you for a minimum of 6 months. You should ask your referee to provide examples of the characteristics they are being asked to comment on.
Applicants must request submissions by 3 references to be sent to OMSAS prior to November 1, 2021, 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.
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. In past application cycles, the interview consisted of a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) and a panel interview. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to alter the elements of the interview process. Any interview process changes will be posted on our website.
We typically email an interview invitation to selected applicants at the end of January/beginning of February. We generally hold interviews in March.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to monitor their email and all associated email folders (inbox, spam, junk) during the application process, as invitations are sent via email. Any invitations that are not answered by our stipulated deadline will be considered declined.
If an applicant who 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.
Note: There are additional items required for the MD/PhD or MD/MSc programs. These items were previously submitted outside of the OMSAS platform; however, you are now required to submit these items through OMSAS.
These additional items include:
- A current Curriculum Vitae
- A letter of intent indicating your research interests and accomplishments, and graduate program(s) of interest
- Abstracts of any publications, if available
- 2 additional confidential letters of recommendation focusing on your research accomplishments and potential to become a physician-scientist (in addition to the 3 references that are required for the MD application). Further information is provided to you in your OMSAS application.
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, they should submit the following documentation through OMSAS by October 1, 2021:
- A letter of intent to the Director of the Admissions Committee that 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 (maximum 1 page in length).
- A letter of support from an individual representing the First Nations, community or organization you belong to.
- Proof of Indigenous ancestry. Indigenous applicants must submit 1 of the following documents:
- Indian status cards from First Nations who are federally recognized and those listed on the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada website.
- For Non-Status First Nations, your parents’ and/or grandparents’ Indian status card and your long form birth certificate or baptismal certificate.
- A membership card indicating that you are a Non-Status First Nations who is currently in a court case (example: Algonquins of Ontario).
- Métis citizenship from organizations that are members of the Métis National Council.
- Nunavut Trust Certificate card or Inuit roll number.
Selected applicants will be invited to complete an MMI and/or panel interview with members/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. 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.
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: Ms. 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 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.
- We do not give preference to applicants at any particular level of training.
- Place of residence is not a criterion in selection.
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 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 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.
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 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
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. Requests for deferral 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. Deferral requests after August 1 will not be considered. Deferrals will only be granted for a maximum of 1 year. A request for deferral letter must be emailed directly to the Queen’s School of Medicine Admissions Office.
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.
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 admission requirements or processes.
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