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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I submit an application for these programs?
Applications are submitted online through the School of Graduate Studies.

Is there an application fee?
Yes. There is a non-refundable application fee of $105, payable to the School of Graduate Studies.

Can I apply now for programs with start dates in 2018?
Yes. Applications may be submitted for programs with start dates in July 2017, January 2018, or July 2018.

What are the application deadlines?
The deadline to apply for a July 2017 start is April 15, 2017. The deadline to apply for a January 2018 start is September 15, 2017.

Can I Defer an Offer of Admission?
No. Offers of admission must either be accepted or declined. If you decline an offer of admission and want to be considered for a subsequent term, you must submit another application.

If I wish to be considered for both the Graduate Diploma and Professional Master’s, do I have to submit two applications?
No. Students who enrol in the Diploma program will have the opportunity to continue their studies in the Master’s program after successful completion of the Graduate Diploma course requirements. Only one application for admission is required.

What are the tuition fees?
The tuition fees are $12,500 for the six-month Graduate Diploma and $25,000 for the twelve-month Professional Master’s Degree.

When is tuition due?
Tuition may be paid in two equal installments (for the Graduate Diploma) or four equal installments (for the Professional Master's).   For July start dates, installments for the Diploma are due on July 1 and September 30, with additional installments due on January 10 and May 1 for the Degree.  For January start dates, installments for the Diploma are due on January 10 and May 1, with additional installments due on July 1 and September 30 for the Degree. 

Are there English language requirements firm?
Yes. There is a firm requirement of a minimum score of 7 in each IELTS component, or a TOEFL iBT score of 93 including a minimum score of 24 on the speaking section.  Applicants not meeting these minimum requirements will not be considered for admission. 

Can I substitute the USMLE for the MCCEE admission requirement?
No.  The MCCEE is required for admission consideration.

If I start the program in July 2017, will a transcript be available should I wish to apply for the residency match through CaRMS in 2018?
The grades issued in the program will be ‘Pass / Fail’ so a transcript will not be available until completion of the program. However, candidates will be able to obtain reference letters from instructors which are an important component of the residency match process.

Is the program offered on a full-time or part-time basis?
Both the Diploma and Master’s degree programs are offered only on a full-time basis.

What days of the week will classes be taught?
The class schedule has not yet been set but as this is a full-time program, students should plan on living in Kingston for the duration of their studies.

Are courses offered online?
All courses are offered on-campus at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.   Currently, the courses are not available online.

My transcripts do not have letter grades. What does a B+ mean?
At Queen’s University, a B+ is equivalent to a percentage conversion of 77-79.9%and a Grade Point of 3.3.

Do I need to have my transcript assessed by a third-party before submitting it to Queen’s University?
No. The School of Graduate Studies will assess your transcript using the legend provided by the issuing institution.

How do I provide my Personal Statement and CV?
Once you submit your application, an email will be sent to you with instructions on how to submit these documents.

Can OSAP be applied towards these programs?
Both the Graduate Diploma and Professional Master’s degree are expected to be approved for the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). Please contact the Student Awards Office for further information regarding OSAP. http://www.queensu.ca/studentawards/home

How do I submit my transcripts?
For each institution you list on your application, two original transcripts must be sent directly to the School of Graduate Studies (Queen’s University, 74 Union Street, Gordon Hall, Room 425, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3N6).

How are my referees contacted?
Once the application is submitted and the application fee has been received, emails are automatically generated to the referees which contain a link for them to complete the assessment online.  An email is sent to each referee from sgsapp@queensu.ca.  If the referee does not see the email, please ask them to check their Trash/Junk email folder.

Will there be an interview?
Yes. Interviews will be offered to selected applicants in late April/early May and will be conducted by Skype.

Can I submit documents via my physiciansapply.ca account?
At this time, documents cannot be submitted through the MCC’s physiciansapply.ca portal. After you submit an application to the program, you will be sent instructions on how to submit your documents. We hope to be able to accept supporting documentation (but not transcripts) through physiciansapply.ca in the future.

What will my status be during the Integrated Graduate Clerkship?
As you are not registerd in a postgraduate residency program, it is not possible to provide you with an educational license from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.  Therefore, your status will be as an observer.

Will there be hand-on clinical experiences?
Hands-on experiences will be provided through standardized patients and simulation.  The Clinical Simulation Centre is one of Canada's leading university simulation centres and is used extensively by students in both Postgradaute Medical Education and Undergraduate Medical Education at Queen's University.

Of what benefit are the clinical experiences?
The Integrated Graduate Clerkship is intended to allow students to maintain their current level of clinical skills and introduce them to the Canadian clinical context.  New skills will be developed through participation in such programs as the Critical Skills simulation course.

What specialties will be represented in the rotations?
A broad range of experiences will be offered in roations where IMGs currently have the best access to residency positions (eg.  Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, etc)

Will help be provided with future applications to residency positions?
This is not a formal part of the curriculum, although Faculty Advisors will be available to offer support and guidance on an informal basis.