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The Queen's University Accelerated Route to Medical School (QuARMS), is an opportunity for Chancellor's Scholarship Nominees to enter medical school after only two years of undergraduate study in the Arts, Science or Computing programs in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

The primary goal of QuARMS is to offer a carefully selected group of 10 students an exciting, and innovative, two-year curriculum that will culminate with admission into the first year of Medical School at Queen's University, School of Medicine.

10 students from all over the world... AS LONG AS they are EITHER Canadian Citizens OR Permanent Residents of Canada AND they meet ALL eligibility requirements (please see FAQ: "What are the Eligibility Requirements for Application to QuARMS?"), it does not matter where they attend secondary school.

The accelerated route to Medical School is unique among Canadian universities. It is based on an integrated '2 + 4' year training program. This new educational initiative is aimed at shortening the minimum length of undergraduate training for students before entering Medical School at Queen's University.

  • QuARMS students, in years one and two of their undergraduate Bachelor degree program, will be charged tuition and fees associated with the Bachelor degree program they are registered in.
  • QuARMS students, once they progress into the School of Medicine, will be charged the tuition and fees associated with the year in which they are registered in the Doctor of Medicine degree program.
  • Citizenship & Residency - Students have to be a Canadian Citizen OR a Permanent Resident of Canada to be eligible for consideration to QuARMS. As long as a student is a Canadian Citizen OR Permanent Resident of Canada, it does not matter where they attend secondary school.
  • Education/Scholarships - Students must be in their final year of high school AND be nominated for the Chancellor's Scholarship. (For questions regarding a "GAP YEAR", please contact Queen's Student Awards at awards@queensu.ca or 1-613-533-2218)
  • In order to be considered for QuARMS, you must be selected as a Chancellor's Scholarship nominee by your high school.

Students do not apply directly to QuARMS. If you would like to be considered for QuARMS, you must complete the following steps:

Apply for admission to Queen's by submitting a Complete Application through the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) by November 15th to ensure you gain access to SOLUS** before the MAA deadline of December 1st.

Ontario Students: (around November 8)

  • Ask for your OUAC access (PIN #) from your Guidance Office so you can apply for admission to Queen’s by November 15.

Out of Province Students: (around October 15)

  • You can apply via OUAC.

**SOLUS Student Centre - you will receive instructions from Queen's Undergraduate Admissions on how to access SOLUS once you have applied for admission.

  • Sign on to Queen's SOLUS - submit your MAA application by DECEMBER 1!
    • The link to the MAA Application will be in the FINANCES SECTION of SOLUS 

To be considered for QuARMS, you need to be nominated for the Chancellor's Scholarship, submit the Queen's Major Admission Award (MMA) Application, apply to one, or more, of the following Queen's undergraduate direct-entry programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts Honours (QA),
  • Bachelor of Science Honours (QS),
  • Bachelor of Computing Science Honours (QD)

AND meet the admission requirements for the undergraduate program you choose.

(The completed MAA application must be submitted ONLINE via your SOLUS Student Centre NO LATER THAN December 1).

In order to be considered for QuARMS, you must be selected as a Chancellor's Scholarship nominee by your high school. Make sure you have confirmation that your High School will be nominating you. You will need your High School Official's name and email address when you submit the online MAA Application in SOLUS.

Upon submitting your application, an email will be sent to your High School Official requesting they submit the nomination electronically to our office.  You will then receive an email confirming the nomination has been completed.

The number of Chancellor's Scholarship nominees each high school can nominate is limited.  If you are interested in seeking a Chancellor's nomination for QuARMS, we encourage you to be pro-active at your high school and speak with your high school official (i.e. Guidance Counsellor) as soon as you return to school in the fall.

Given the limited number of applicants who will be offered admission to QuARMS, eligible candidates will ONLY be selected from the group of Chancellor's Scholarship nominees.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Students are required to have a cumulative GPA of 90% (or higher);
  • Students are required to submit their official high schoool transcript, (grades 9 through last COMPLETED year) AND;
  • a list of ALL of your CURRENT year courses, AND;
  • an asessment of your November grades for the courses you are CURRENTLY studying. (Current year courses and November grades may be hand written on either an official transcript, report card OR on the school's letterhead - signed by a school official)

Less than 250 - 1 nominee**

250-499 - up to 2 nominees

500 or greater - up to 3 nominees

Only ONE Chancellor nominee may be selected as a QuARMS candidate from within each school's respective nomination guidelines (above).

**Schools that are permitted only one Chancellor's nominee (graduating class size less than 250), will have the option to nominate one additional Chancellor's nominee provided one of the two nominees is a QuARMS candidate.

Schools that over-nominate will be contacted by Queen's and asked to confirm ONE candidate.

We look for candidates that:

  • Are nominated for the Chancellor's Scholarship:
    • Chancellor's Scholarship looks for:
      • Nomination from student's high school 
      • Superior academic ability
      • Creative and original thinking
      • Proven leadership qualities
  • Have outstanding academic performance (the benchmark is met by being nominated for the Chancellor's Scholarship which requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 90%)
  • Have demonstrated participation in extracurricular activities during high school
  • Have attributes in leadership, critical and creative thinking, curiosity, integrity and altruism
  • Are mature and have the ability to relate to others

We DO NOT choose candidates based on students' research experience. Research has never been, nor will it be, a criterion we assess when selecting candidates. Some of our successful QuARMS students may have had some research experience; however, that is only by chance, NOT by any requirement. In other words, if you are only doing research to increase your chances of being selected as a QuARMS student, DON'T, it will not help you one way or the other!

QuARMS is seeking applicants who demonstrate a commitment to service, proven academics, critical and creative thinking, leadership qualities, and service to the community.   The Queen's Chancellor's Scholarship nominees exemplify these characteristics; therefore, are an excellent pool of candidates for the 10 students that will ultimately be selected for the QuARMS program.

Given the limited number of applicants who will be offered admission to QuARMS, eligible candidates will only be selected from the group of Chancellor's Scholarship nominees.

High Schools are strongly encouraged to select, as a Chancellor's nominee, the student who best demonstrates leadership, community service, creative and original thinking and exceptional academics.  The Chancellor's Scholarship program remains first and foremost, an opportunity to recognize outstanding students applying to any first entry, undergraduate degree program, regardless of the program of study they choose at Queen's.

Schools with a graduating class size of less than 250 will have the option to nominate one additional Chancellor's nominee, provided one of the two nominees is a QuARMS candidate

If you’re applying for the Chancellor’s Scholarship, make sure you have confirmation that your High School will be nominating you. You’ll need your High School Officials name and email address when you submit the online MAA Application in SOLUS. Upon submitting your application, an email will be sent to your High School Official requesting they submit the nomination electronically to our office. You will then receive an email confirming the nomination has been completed.

As long as you are a Canadian Citizen, or Permanent Resident of Canada, and meet ALL other eligibility requirements, you will be eligible for consideration to the QuARMS program regardless of where you attend secondary school in Grade 12.

  • Mid-February: A select group will be sent a supplementary application specifically for QuARMS.
  • Mid-March: Approx. 40 candidates will receive invitations to the QuARMS interviews that are held on campus at Queen's University, in the School of Medicine. (*Travel Bursary Available)
  • Early April: QuARMS interviews are held. (full day event)
  • End April/Early May:  All interviewed candidates will be notified via phone of their QuARMS admissions status. (status: will be receiving an offer OR will not be receiving an offer)
  • JuneTop ten students who have accepted the offer of admissions to the QuARMS program will be sent the admissions checklist.

You are required to attend your interview in person, on campus at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. There will be no exceptions.

Invited candidates may be eligible for a travel bursary to assist with travel expenses to Queen's University. Further information will be provided to the candidates invited to the QuARMS interviews.

Queen's offers need-based assistance to supplement family resources for students admitted to a first-entry undergraduate program at Queen's. (Please Note: the assessment of financial need resides with the Office of the University Registrar-Student Awards and is independent of the School of Medicine, QuARMS selection process)

The Office of the University Registrar-Student Awards administers a comprehensive range of financial aid programs. Information for Government Student Assistance, Queen's Scholarships, Bursaries, and Work Programs can be found here.

A complete list of Awards can be found here.

No, all admissible Chancellor's Scholarship nominees will be eligible for early offers of admission by Mid-February. We will assess you for the Queen's grade-based OR need-based awards, at the time you are offered admission.

The QuARMS Interview Team will be interviewing candidates in April.

You have already done much of the preparation for the interview!  Be prepared to speak about:

  • Commitment to service
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Ability to relate to people
  • Exceptional leadership
  • Diversity of your interests
  • Humility, altruism, humanism, and curious nature

Requests for deferred registration to QuARMS will not be considered. Given the limited size and the structure of the first two years of the QuARMS curriculum, students must be prepared to make the commitment to QuARMS.  Only in extenuating circumstances (i.e. medical) will a request to defer registration to QuARMS be reviewed (but not necessarily granted).

Content & Structure
The curriculum will consist of two components that run in parallel:
 

  • The First Component will be devoted to meeting the requirements of the first two years of an Honours degree in the Faculty of Arts and Science.
  • The Second Component is a unique, and integrated set of enrichment/experiential learning, in-class seminars, fireside chats, group projects and more, that are developed and delivered through the Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Medicine (SOM), to prepare students for entry into the School of Medicine at the end of year two of their undergraduate Bachelor program.

Faculty of Arts and Science
All students will complete 30 units/year over the fall and winter terms (equivalent to 5 courses per term).

All students must take BIOL 102/103CHEM 112MATH 121 (if Calculus has not been taken in high school, STATISTICS 263, or an equivalent course, can be used as an alternative [1]), ENGLISH 100 and PHGY 215/216 [2].

(The selection of these courses is a compromise between a longer, more comprehensive list. These courses are chosen to provide all students with a fundamental knowledge of biological processes, quantitative reasoning skills, and communication skills)

All students will be encouraged to pursue the degree plan of their choice in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

At the end of year one, students will participate in the plan selection process and choose an honours plan for which they have the required pre-requisites.

[1] STATISTICS 263 should be taken in year two
[2] PHGY 215/216 - BIOL 102/103 is a pre-requisite

Yes, you need to have your CPIC and immunizations complete and sent in to our Admission's Office PRIOR to starting QuARMS.

Students MUST have:

  • Completed 60 units in an Honours degree plan in the Faculty of Arts and Science, AND;
  • Obtained a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in their degree program at the end of their second year as defined by the Faculty of Arts and Science, AND;
  • Be placed on the Dean's Honours List in the Faculty of Arts and Science by acheiving a non-cumulative GPA of 3.5 at the end of second year (average of all courses taken during the academic year from September 1 to August 31 of second year), AND;
  • Have demonstrated satisfactory professional behaviour as determined by the School of Medicine Progress, Promotions and Remediation Committee.(Progress & Promotion Policy)    

YES! Students need to have:

  • A criminal record & vulnerable sector screening check (CPIC) completed and submitted.
  • Immunizations & immunization records need to be up-to-date and submitted.

Immunizations Include:

  • Hepatitis B antibody level (anti-HBs)
  • Hepatitis B surfce antigen (HBsAg)
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV
  • Tuberculosis
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella
  • Varicella (Chickenpox)
  • Polio
  • Tetanus/Diptheria/Pertussis
  • Influenza

ATTENTION: Please note, immunizations can take up to three months (or longer) to complete. Therefore, to be assured no disruption to your entry into the QuARMS program, we STRONGLY suggest you start the immunization process as soon as you are accepted into the program!