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QuARMS in Brief

QuARMS in Brief

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

The goal of QuARMS is to offer a carefully selected group of up to 10 outstanding Black and/or Indigenous peoples that are graduating high school, an exciting and innovative 2-year pathway that culminates with application for admission to the first year of Medical School at Queen's University.

This educational initiative selects up to 10 high school students who are Indigenous or who self-identify as Black African, Black Caribbean, Black North American or multi-racial students who have and identify with their Black ancestry. These students undertake two years in an undergraduate degree program in Arts, Sciences, Computing, Life Sciences (Faculty of Arts and Science) or Health Science, and then apply for admission to the 4-year MD 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 wherein the first two years are devoted to acquiring a foundational post-secondary education. Students are then given the opportunity to apply for admission to the School of Medicine.

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 required 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 providing exceptional high school students with the opportunity to shorten the minimum length of undergraduate training required prior to applying for admission to Medical School at Queen’s University, while at the same time enriching, and focusing, their curricular and extracurricular university experiences that prepare them for 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. Identify as Black African, Black Caribbean, Black North American, multi-racial students who have and identify with their Black ancestry OR Indigenous. The Indigenous and Treaty rights of the Indigenous peoples of Canada are recognized and affirmed in the Constitution Acts of 1867 to 1982 (section 35). Section 35(2) indicates that Indigenous peoples of Canada include First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
  3. Apply through the Ontario Universities’ Applications Centre (OUAC) for admission to the Faculty of Arts and Science   (Arts, Science, or Computing) or Health Science.