OMSAS – Queen’s University

Last updated: October 4, 2022

University program information changes regularly. Refer to the application and the university’s website for the most up-to-date details.

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Important:

  • The following requirements are for fall 2023 admission. The admission procedures are reviewed annually and requirements from previous years may not apply.
  • Queen’s University reserves the right to change admission requirements at any time, without notice.
  • Submission deadlines are final, and the instructions provided must be followed for your application to be considered.
  • You must submit a completed application, including your documents, by the application deadline to be considered.

About Queen’s School of Medicine

Our Mission is 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.

We offer 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 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 graduates are highly successful in obtaining postgraduate training sites and are known to be committed and enthusiastic citizens of their profession and their communities.

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. One hundred students are admitted annually into the first year of the program and are selected based on a strong academic record and the assessment of personal characteristics considered to be most appropriate for the study of medicine at Queen’s University and the subsequent practice of medicine.

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

Curriculum

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 any postgraduate training program. The curriculum will foster the development of lifelong learning skills necessary for effective practice.

The 4-year Undergraduate Medical Program at Queen’s University is structured in sequential terms that will allow students to progress from scientific foundational knowledge through to clinical foundations of the human systems and, finally, in clinical engagement during a 2-year clinical 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 teaching on foundational basic science knowledge and principles of physician roles, along with clinical teaching, both 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, which 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 1/3 to 3/4 of their time outside of Kingston at regional sites across Ontario.

Note: Access to university and clinical training environments may be impacted and/or may result in revisions to program delivery or design due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This may include the delivery of courses, academic services, co-curricular and clinical opportunities.

Queen’s School of Medicine continues to maintain the integrity of the Undergraduate Medical Education Program and ensure that our graduates are sufficiently prepared to enter residency training programs upon graduation.

Read more about our program.

Facilities

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.

The School of Medicine building includes:

  • a state-of-the-art teaching clinic
  • leading-edge classrooms
  • surgical and technical skills labs
  • simulation labs
  • informal learning spaces
  • dedicated rooms for small group learning
  • science labs
  • student study space

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Admission Process

We admit 100 Canadian citizens or permanent residents annually to first year and have up to 9 additional supernumerary seats for Canadian Forces Members.

They are selected based on:

  • strong academic record,
  • MCAT,
  • Casper and
  • 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.

Equity, diversity and inclusion are priorities for our Admissions Committee and are guiding principles for our process.

Note: When you apply to the Queen’s University Undergraduate Medical Education program, you accept the current admission policies and procedures, as well as the methods applicants are selected by.

All application components must be submitted to OMSAS by the specified deadlines for the application to be considered.

Casper assessment results must be submitted by our program’s deadline. No late submissions will be considered.

Communication

We communicate with our applicants using the email address provided in your OMSAS application. As such, it is your responsibility to monitor your email and all associated email folders (inbox, spam, junk, etc.) during the application process. This includes ensuring that email inboxes are not full and are able to receive incoming mail. We are not responsible for any correspondence that is not answered by stipulated deadlines.

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Application Requirements

It is your responsibility to ensure that OMSAS receives all the required application pieces, including all references, documents, transcripts and registrar statements by the application deadline.

Applications that are incomplete by the specified deadlines will not be considered for admission.

Applications are not carried over from previous cycles. Applicants who have applied previously must resubmit all application requirements for the current application cycle.

Proficiency in the English Language

The Queen’s Medical School Curriculum is conducted in English. Proficiency in English is a prerequisite for admission. Applicants whose native languages do not include English will be required to obtain satisfactory standing in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) proficiency test as part of the application process.

If English is not your native language but you have recently studied for at least 1 complete year at a university where English is the official language of instruction, you may be exempt from the English-language proficiency test. An applicant requesting a waiver of the test for this reason should do so in writing and submit it with their OMSAS application using Secure Applicant Messaging (SAM) in their application. The Medical School Admissions Committee will make determinations in these cases.

The Queen’s School of Medicine requires the following minimum TOEFL scores:

  • TOEFL Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT): 100
  • TOEFL Paper-based Tests: 100

Applicants may submit unofficial TOEFL results through SAM; however, official TOEFL results must be mailed directly to our office by the application deadline.

Academic Eligibility

To be eligible, you must have a minimum of 15 full courses or 30 half courses (or in combination) at the undergraduate level in a university program. These credits must be achieved by the end of the academic year (September to April) in the year the application is submitted. This would typically equate to a total OMSAS course load weighting of 30 (refer to the OMSAS course weight table).

As a minimum, this requirement must be fulfilled by June 30 prior to possible admission into the program of September of the same year.

At the time of application:
Applicants must have completed a minimum 20 half or 10 full courses (or in combination) of the 15 full courses or 30 half courses at the undergraduate level in a university program, as described by the OMSAS weighting at the time that their application is submitted.

Transfer Credits

Transfer credits (i.e., International Baccalaureate, Advance Placement and CEGEP programs, exchange credits) appearing on your university transcript are not included in your GPA calculation but are considered in the credit requirement totals, provided all other requirements are met.

Credit/No Credit Courses

An applicant can have no more than 1 credit/no credit course in a semester to be eligible for a GPA calculation.

If the structure of your program does not allow for this, then you must submit official documentation from the institution as to why you do not have a choice to select a numerical or alpha grade. This will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

This treatment of Credit/No Credit courses will take effect for any courses taken in fall 2022 and onward.

Only undergraduate university credit courses meeting Queen’s University Basis of Admission for Advanced Study are included in the GPA and credit requirements.

Transcripts

You must submit all transcripts through OMSAS, including education taken outside of Canada. 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 WES evaluation with an overall grade point average (GPA) is required.

Your transcripts must demonstrate you have:

  • obtained 15 full or 30 half courses (or in combination) at the undergraduate university level by June 30 prior to possible entry into the program of September of the same year;
  • maintained a satisfactory GPA, as determined by the Admissions Committee; and
  • will have completed post-graduate studies by August 1 prior to entry into the program, if applicable.

Find more information about the assessment of international grades.

Prerequisite Courses

Queen’s School of Medicine does not require prerequisite courses. With the elimination of all prerequisite courses, you can select a program of study and courses that best meet the goals of your 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 or program.

We encourage you to consider all undergraduate programs available to you and to embark on the course of study you have the greatest interest in and that would prepare you for an alternate career, should you not gain a place in medicine.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

The minimum GPA to apply is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale according to the OMSAS scale.

Note: Admission to the MD Program is competitive. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

The cumulative GPA includes undergraduate university degree credit courses taken, except those taken on foreign exchange and graduate studies, with all years treated equally. Courses and grades must appear on your university undergraduate transcript(s) to be included in the GPA calculation.

Find which courses are not included in the GPA calculation.

The standard cumulative GPA will not be calculated for candidates submitting foreign transcripts. WES evaluations will be reviewed and applications for these candidates will be reviewed on an individual basis.

The GPA calculation does not include the current year of study, as you submit your application in October and final transcripts are not available at that time.

Courses that a “pass” or “credit” grade is assigned for are counted for credit, but we do not include them in the GPA calculation.

If you have withdrawn from a course and there is a grade reflected on your transcript for that course, it will be included in GPA calculations. If there is no grade associated with a withdrawn course, it has no effect on your application.

If you choose to repeat a course and both are listed on the transcript, both grades will be included in GPA calculations.

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

You must write the MCAT prior to the OMSAS application deadline. You must release all MCAT scores to OMSAS and ensure that they are received by the stipulated deadline. OMSAS will report your scores to Queen’s University.

Each year, the Admissions Committee considers scores from the:

  • Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems,
  • Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems,
  • Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behaviour,
  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills and
  • the sum of these parts.

You must meet the minimum score set by the Admissions Committee each cycle for each category and total score.

Notes:

  • The Queen’s School of Medicine imposes no restrictions on the number of times that you may take the test.
  • If you have written the test multiple times, you must ensure that all test results are released to OMSAS by the specified date.
  • All MCAT scores will then be reported by OMSAS to Queen’s University.
  • Test results are valid from any test written within 5 years of the application deadline.
  • Applications will be assessed based on the scores from your best test results.

Applicants who have submitted their MCAT score(s) with a previous application will need to re-submit their scores for the current application cycle to be eligible. It is your responsibility to ensure that these scores are received by OMSAS for the current application by the deadline.

While we use the MCAT in our evaluation process, we do not administer the test. Therefore, we are unable to offer any information or advice on preparation for the MCAT.

Find more information about MCAT preparation from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Financial Assistance for MCAT Registration Fees

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) offer a fee assistance program for Canadian examinees in financial need who register for the MCAT. The AAMC and the AFMC are committed to providing support to Canadian students who would be unable to take the MCAT without financial assistance. This will contribute to a diversity of students enrolled in Canadian medical schools.

If paying for MCAT expenses out of pocket would be challenging for you, please consider applying.

Check your eligibility and apply.

Casper

All applicants to the Undergraduate Medical Education Program at Queen’s University are required to complete Casper through the Altus Suite platform to be eligible for admission. We do not require applicants to complete Snapshot or Duet, and they will not be included in review of your application even if completed.

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.

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
    • Important: Use the email address that you used in your OMSAS application, as this is used as one of our identifiers when linking your score to your application.
  • Working webcam
  • Working microphone
  • Reliable high-speed internet connection
  • OMSAS Reference Number for the current application cycle (i.e., 8xxxxx)
    • Important: This is used as one of our identifiers when linking your score to your application. Do not use a previous year’s OMSAS reference number.

Go to the Altus Assessments 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 and your OMSAS Reference Number for the current admission cycle.

Once you have registered, select a Casper test date. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times; these are the only testing dates available for your Casper test. There will be no additional tests scheduled. Use the email address that you used for your OMSAS application and check it regularly; there may be updates to the test schedule.

Important:

  • Exceptions will not be provided for applicants who are unable to take Casper during one of the available test dates.
  • To account for identity verification and payment processing timelines, ensure that you register for your test at least 3 days before your preferred test date and time. We do not recommend last-minute bookings.
  • Ensure you have selected Queen’s University for distribution before the posted Distribution Deadline.

Direct any inquiries about the Altus Suite to: support@altus.as. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen on the Altus Assessment website.

Accommodations

If you require testing accommodations for the Altus Suite, you will need to submit the Accommodations Request Form [PDF] signed by you and your qualified professional 3 weeks before your desired test date.

Find more information regarding accommodations.

Additional Notes

  • Casper scores are available for only 1 application cycle and the test is offered only on a select number of days. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years are expected to re-take it.
  • If you take Casper during this cycle but before one of our testing dates, you will still be able to distribute your score to us. You will simply need to wait until you have received your OMSAS Reference Number for this year’s application and then request that your score be distributed to Queen’s, as the OMSAS Reference Number is required. Do not use an OMSAS Reference Number from previous years or make one up, as we use this number as one of our identifiers when linking your Casper score to your application.
If you do not follow these instructions, your Casper score may not get linked to your application and your application will be considered incomplete.

It is your responsibility to provide the correct information to Casper that correlates with your current OMSAS application. We are not responsible for Casper scores that are not linked to an application due to incorrect or mismatched information being supplied.

If you are applying to another university or program that requires you to write the Casper assessment in French, you will need to write it again in English for this application.

If you are writing a different version of the Casper assessment (other than CSP-10201 – Canadian Professional Health Sciences for your MD application) you will also need to complete the CSP-10201 version for this application.

There is a separate fee for that Casper test that you must pay directly to Altus Assessments. This fee is not included in the OMSAS/Queen’s application fees.

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Autobiographical Sketch (ABS)

Queen’s School of Medicine uses the detailed ABS as part of the application evaluation. This submission provides our assessors with a snapshot of your personal experiences and achievements.

We consider the following 5 categories in the ABS:

  • Employment
  • Volunteer Activities
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Awards and Accomplishments
  • Research

Ensure that items selected are those most relevant to a medical school application. Items listed in the Other category will not be considered.

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 not review activities from high school. If you started an activity in high school and continued in postsecondary education, only the time after high school is reviewed.

Note: The Admissions Committee is unable to review and evaluate ABSs that are not written in English.

Read more about ABS requirements.

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References

You must ask 3 different individuals to provide a reference on your behalf:

  • 1 academic- or employment-related referee
  • 1 non-academic referee
  • 1 referee of your choosing

You should choose referees who can evaluate you in a non-biased fashion, avoiding family members, family friends, neighbours, acquaintances, friends or spiritual advisors. We do not consider them to be objective. Ideally, applicants should choose referees who can collectively address qualities and attributes in both academic and non-academic domains. Forms from non-objective references will not be considered.

The Admissions Committee recommends 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.

You must request Confidential Assessment Form (CAF) submissions by 3 references. Referees need to submit CAFs to OMSAS by October 31. We will not consider applications that do not have all 3 CAFs.

Note: The Admissions Committee will only review CAFs written in English.

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Application Assessment

A select number of applicants will be invited for an interview. This invitation will be based on the review of the application submitted. You will be considered for admission only if you are invited for an interview.

Note: The Admissions Committee will only review documents written in English.

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Interview

Queen’s School of Medicine typically uses a combined Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) and panel interview in the assessment of qualifying candidates. The goal of using the MMI is to assess the non-cognitive qualities of an applicant more effectively, which could include empathy, critical thinking, ethical decision making and communication skills. Selected candidates will be invited to the MMI portion. A select number of candidates who complete the MMI will then be invited for a panel interview.

All interviews will be conducted virtually for the 2022-2023 admission cycle.

From the applicants that complete the MMI component, a select number of these candidates will then be invited for a panel interview.

The Admissions Committee reserves the right to alter the elements of the interview process.

It is your responsibility to monitor your email and all associated email folders (inbox, spam, junk) during the application process, as invitations are sent via email. This includes ensuring that email inboxes are not full and are able to receive incoming mail. Any invitations that are not answered by our stipulated deadline will be considered declined. (No exceptions.)

If you have been invited for an interview and require an accommodation, you must email Queen’s Accessibility Services.

Note: All candidates invited to interview will be required to sign a Confidentiality Non-Disclosure Statement to ensure the integrity and security of the interview process. Any violation of the signed statement or failure to sign will result in removal from the admission process.

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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 combined MD/PhD and MD/Master’s programs provide benefits to both scholarship and the professional development of physician-scientists by allowing better integration of clinical and research training experiences and providing better opportunities for fostering translational research.

Our programs are in keeping with the strategic directions of both the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Strategic Plan and Government of Canada’s Science and Technology Strategy, which emphasize the need for:

  • providing increased trans-sectorial and multidisciplinary training,
  • building research excellence,
  • translating knowledge into practical applications and
  • deepening the pool of highly skilled individuals.

Students in combined MD/graduate programs bring a distinctive, clinical/translational perspective into their laboratories and, conversely, these students also bring a basic science perspective to share with their fellow medical students. This is especially relevant in the context of the greater emphasis now being placed on team-based learning approaches as an important component of the Queen’s medical curriculum.

The programs admit a limited number of exceptional students who wish to combine their medical training with advanced training in research. We generally have 3 spots available in this combined program.

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 these programs in your OMSAS application.

Note: There are additional items required for the MD/PhD or MD/MSc programs that you must submit through your OMSAS application.

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.

You must meet the admission requirements for both programs (both the MD and PhD programs or the MD and MSc programs) and will be assessed for eligibility for admission by each program.

Note: There are different eligibility and application requirements for the MD component and the PhD or MSc component of this combined program. Ensure that you review our How to Apply page as well as the MD/PhD and MD/MSc website.

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

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Indigenous Applicants

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 Indigenous people of Canada.

The Committee has developed an alternative process for assessing Indigenous candidates. We may admit 4 qualified Indigenous applicants per year to the MD program by this alternate process.

You must apply through OMSAS and indicate that you are applying as an Indigenous applicant.

If you wish to be considered through the Indigenous application category, you must submit the following documentation through OMSAS by the application deadline:

  • A separate letter to the Chair, Admissions Committee, in which you declare your Indigenous ancestry and give specific information about First Nation, Treaty, community or organizational affiliation.
    • Your letter should request consideration by this alternate process and expand on your academic and personal background, how you are culturally connected to your Indigenous community, and your reasons and motivation for wishing to become a physician.
    • Maximum 1 page.
  • A letter of support from a representative of your First Nation, Band Council, Tribal Council, and/or Treaty, community or organizational affiliation.
    • This individual should be able to speak to your Indigenous community involvement and personal character traits that would qualify you as a promising candidate to pursue a future in medicine.
    • Maximum 1 page.
  • Proof of Indigenous ancestry. You must submit one of the following documents:
    • Indian status cards from First Nations that are federally recognized and those listed on the Indigenous & Northern Affairs Canada website.
    • For Non-Status First Nations persons, 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 member of a Non-Status First Nation that is currently in a court case (e.g., the Algonquin land claim).
    • Métis citizenship from organizations that are members of the Métis National Council.
    • Nunavut Trust Certificate card or Inuit roll number.

A panel consisting of representatives from the Admissions Committee and the Indigenous community will review the files of all candidates who wish to be considered by this alternative process and select candidates for interview.

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Canadian Armed Forces – Military Medical Training Program (MMTP) 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 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
Email: cmp.dmcpg5@forces.gc.ca

For additional information regarding Medical Officer Recruitment, roles, responsibilities and prospective military service in Health Services, we strongly encourage you to also contact:

Canadian Forces Health Services Attraction Cell
Email: CFHSAttractionCell-CelluledattractionSSFC@forces.gc.ca

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Factors Not Considered in Selection

We encourage you to consider all 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.

We do not:

  • show preference to applicants who have studied in any university program. Applicants are encouraged to consider all the undergraduate programs available to them and to embark on the course of studies that they have the greatest interest in and that would prepare them for an alternative career should they not gain a place in medicine.
  • show preference to applicants at any level of training.
  • consider place of residence and location of the university where studies have been undertaken.
  • consider age, gender, race, religion and sexual orientation in the selection process.

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Successful Applicants

Offers

Queen’s School of Medicine coordinates the first round of offers with all Ontario medical schools. Therefore, applicants who were invited to panel interviews will receive the results of their application in May, with the exception of MD/PhD and MD/Master’s offers, which are typically sent in March, and MMTP offers, which are typically sent in April.

All offers are conditional on the candidate fulfilling the offer requirements.

Upon accepting your offer, conditions will include:

All conditions must be met by their stipulated deadlines.

Note: The University may revoke the offer of admission if you fail to meet any admission requirements or any one of the conditions mentioned.

Find more information on these and other offer conditions.

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.

Read more about tuition fees and potential sources of financial support.

Immunization

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.

We will use the information collected 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.

Read more about the Police Records Check Policy [PDF].

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Essential Skills and Abilities Required for Studying Medicine

Queen’s School of Medicine, in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and University Policy, is committed to providing equal access opportunities to all qualified applicants.

To fulfill the requirements of the MD program and to avoid serious risk to the health and safety of patients, you are required to acquire competency in a wide range of knowledge, skills and abilities.

You should carefully review the OMSAS Essential Skills and Abilities Required.

Once admitted, if you are a student requiring academic accommodations, you should register by email with Queen’s Accessibility Services.

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Deferred Registration

The Admissions Committee will consider requests for deferred registration from highly qualified students who wish to complete the requirements for their undergraduate or graduate degree before enrolling in the School of Medicine.

Requests for deferral are limited and will be considered as they are received. They must be received within 7 days of accepting your offer to be considered.

Normally, deferred registration will be granted for 1 year. Deferral requests after June 30, prior to the commencement of medical school, will generally not be accepted.

You must email a letter requesting deferral directly to the Queen’s School of Medicine Admissions Office.

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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.

Applicants will be deemed ineligible for admissions into the Queen’s School of Medicine program if they:

  1. are a current student, past student or graduate of an Undergraduate Medical Education program at a Canadian medical school and/or
  2. have been required to withdraw from an MD program (to be assessed on a case‐by‐case basis).

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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 MD program, you will be required to withdraw from the program.

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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Notice of Collection of Personal Information

Queen’s University collects information you provide to OMSAS/OUAC as part of your application to our medical program.

This includes the following personal information:

  • name,
  • home/mailing address,
  • telephone number,
  • email address,
  • date of birth,
  • gender,
  • legal status in Canada and
  • academic history.

Personal information is collected under the authority of the Queen’s University Royal Charter, 1841, as amended, and will be used for the purpose of administering the admission, registration, university-related student activities, financial assistance, and reporting to government.

Personal information collected through OMSAS/OUAC will only be accessed by authorized faculty and staff. The information will be protected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Questions regarding the collection or use of this personal information should be directed to Undergraduate Medical Education Admissions at: queensmd@queensu.ca.

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Important Notice for Applicants

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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Contact Information

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

Email: queensmd@queensu.ca
Telephone: 613‑533‑3307
Fax: 613‑533‑3190

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