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QuARMS in Brief

QuARMS in Brief

Queen's University Accelerated Route to Medical School (QuARMS)

In alignment with the Queen's University Academic Plan, the primary goal of QuARMS is to offer a carefully selected group of up to 10 outstanding high school students, an exciting and innovative 2 year curriculum that culminates with admission to the first year of Medical School at Queen's University.

This educational initiative selects up to 10 national students per year. These students undertake two years in an undergraduate degree program in Arts, Sciences or Computing (Faculty of Arts and Science), and then gain entrance into the 4 year degree program at Queen's University in the School of Medicine (Faculty of Health Sciences).

This accelerated route to medical school is unique among Canadian universities. It is based on an integrated ‘2 + 4’ year training program where the first two years are devoted to acquiring a foundational post-secondary education that prepares these 10 selected students for entry into the School of Medicine in their third year of undergraduate university.

This represents a unique opportunity to develop a curriculum that draws on foundational information provided by core courses in the Faculty of Arts and Science, along with new strategies for inquiry-based learning developed by the School of Medicine.

QuARMS students are expected to take a selection of core science and arts courses in their first year at Queen’s. This strategy recognizes how essential it is to offer the QuARMS students new opportunities to build on key concepts through interdisciplinary pursuits. This goal is realized through a series of enrichment and experiential learning events that tie together concepts in the social sciences, health economics, and core competencies related to the medical profession.

In addition to their degree-related curriculum, QuARMS students are exposed to learning experiences that are closely aligned with the core competencies for physicians. These experiential learning opportunities hone the students’ skills in advocacy, communication, collaboration, and professionalism.

QuARMS students are encouraged to broaden their interactions within their municipal and provincial communities and to develop new connections with other communities in Canada and abroad. In doing so, they gain important personal experiences and foster a life-long commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

QuARMS students also play a direct role in promoting a healthy community of students by serving as mentors for new students entering via the Accelerated Route.

In summary, this educational initiative is aimed at shortening the minimum length of undergraduate training for students entering Medical School at Queen’s University, while at the same time enriching, and focusing, their curricular and extracurricular university experiences that prepare them for direct entry into medical school.

For those wishing to be considered for admission into QuARMS you must: 

  1. Be a Canadian Citizen OR a Permanent Resident of Canada.
  2. Apply through the Ontario Universities’ Applications Centre (OUAC) for admission to the Faculty of Arts and Science   (Arts, Science, or Computing).
  3. Be nominated by your High School of full-time study for the Queen's University Chancellor's Scholarship (High schools may nominate one (1) Chancellor's Scholarship candidate to QuARMS).

The Admissions Committee assesses not only the candidates’ outstanding academic performances and their demonstrated participation in extracurricular activities during high school, but also assesses the candidates’ attributes in leadership, critical and creative thinking, curiosity, integrity, altruism and both their maturity and ability to relate to others.

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