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Application Process

Applications for Queen's School of Medicine are submitted to Ontario Medical Schools' Application Service (OMSAS). Candidates will be assessed based on materials submitted to OMSAS by the application deadlines. Addendums or supplemental materials sent directly to the School of Medicine, or incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants who have applied previously must resubmit all application requirements each cycle to be considered. 

If you are choosing to apply to a specific category (i.e. Canadian Armed Forces Applicants, Indigenous Applicants or MD/PhD, MD/MSc Applicants), additional items are required with your OMSAS application. Please ensure that you review these additional items here and submit the appropriate documentation for consideration. 

Things to consider

Communication with applicants will be through 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 and associated folders are not full and are able to receive incoming mail. We are not responsible for any correspondence that is not answered by stipulated deadlines.

Applicants are expected to conduct themselves throughout the application process in a manner that is respectful to the community, our faculty, and our staff.

Applicants or their family members, delegates and friends are not to contact the Dean, School of Medicine, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education or Associate Dean, Graduate & Postdoctoral Education directly or indirectly in any form/method/manner regarding the application process or their application. To do so, will be considered a breach of professionalism and any such contact or overtures will be noted and may jeopardize the individual’s application.

Please note that we do not respond to 3rd party inquiries that are sent on behalf of an applicant.

The MD Program at Queen’s University’s School of Medicine is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) - the bodies that accredit MD programs in Canada and the United States. As such, the Admissions Office adheres strictly with the following CACMS standard:

10.2 The final responsibility for accepting students to a medical school rest with a formally constituted admission committee. The authority and composition of the committee and the rules for its operation, including voting privileges and the definition of a quorum, are specified in bylaws or other medical school policies. Faculty members constitute the majority of voting members at all meetings. The selection of individual students must not be influenced by any political or financial factors."

If applying to medical school is a significant financial burden to you, consider applying to the Ontario Medical School Application Fee Waiver Program and save approximately $600. This program subsidizes the costs for up to three Ontario medical schools for the 2022-2023 application cycle ($100 - $130 each) and the $220 Ontario Medical School Application Service processing fee. Applications open on June 28, 2022 (at 11:59pm EDT) and close on August 23, 2022 (11:59 PM EDT). You can assess your eligibility and apply here.


If you have any questions, please contact the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (service@afmcstudentportal.ca). For resources to support your application process, you can connect with the Price of a Dream via email (mdpriceofadream@gmail.com) or Instagram (@priceofadream_md).

 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.

Eligibility requirements

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 on OMSAS must be followed for your application to be considered. When you submit an application to the Queen’s University Undergraduate Medical education program, you accept the current admission policies and procedures, as well as the methods by which the applicants are selected.

To qualify for entry into the School of Medicine, candidates are required to have a minimum of 30 half courses or 15 full courses (or in combination) at the undergraduate university level. This would typically equate to a total OMSAS course load weighting of 30 (see OMSAS Weighting in the table below). This requirement must be fulfilled by the June 30th prior to possible entry into the program.

At the time of application:

Applicants must have completed a minimum 20 half or 10 full courses (or in combination) of the 30 half courses or 15 full 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 and Pass/Fail Courses

An applicant can have no more than one 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 the student does not have a choice to select a numerical or alpha grade. This will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

This will take effect for any courses taken in Fall 2022 and onward.

Prerequisite Courses

We do not require prerequisite courses. With the elimination of prerequisite courses, applicants are able to select a program of study and courses, which best meet the goals of their undergraduate degree program.  We do not recommend any particular course or degree program since no preference is given to applicants who have studied in any particular university program. Applicants are encouraged to consider all of the undergraduate programs available to them and to embark on the course of study in which they have the greatest interest and that would prepare them for an alternate career should they not gain a place in medicine.

Course Weight

Each year we receive applications from candidates who have studied at universities with various credit and grading systems. In order to give each candidate equal consideration, courses are weighted according to their length of study as follows (also see OMSAS Weighting):

Course

OMSAS’ Equivalent Weighting

Full-year

2

Half-year/Semester

1

Three quarter

1.5

Quarter (applies only to American Universities)

0.5

Science laboratory (Graded separately and is weighted as less than a half-year/semester)

0.5

Grade Point Average (GPA)

The Admissions Committee will use ONLY your cumulative GPA in assessment of your application. (This will apply to the 2022-2023 admissions cycle)

The cumulative GPA calculation includes ALL full-time, part-time, summer, or supplemental courses taken at undergraduate university level 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. This calculation includes all courses, regardless of first or second degree or year of study in an unclassified program.

The cumulative GPA calculation does not include the current academic year (Sept–June), as grades for your current academic year of study are not available at the time of the application deadline.

Minimum GPA

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

GPAs are calculated using converted grade points based on the OMSAS Conversion Scale

Please note that admission to the MD Program is competitive. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

You can find our Admissions Statistics for last year’s incoming class here.

General Information:

The following will not be included in the GPA calculation:

    • Naturopathic and chiropractic medicine
    • Consecutive Bachelor of Education programs
    • College courses (even if transfer credit is granted)
    • Challenge for credit courses
    • Continuing Education programs
    • Graduate courses
    • Undergraduate courses taken while part of a graduate program
    • Doctor of Medicine programs
  • Only the cumulative GPA will be calculated.
  • For repeated courses, all grades obtained are calculated towards the GPA.
  • Degree programs or individual courses are not considered a factor in the calculation of GPAs.
  • Calculations include grades from all courses included on the University transcript for Canadian and United States Universities, including repeated courses.
  • 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.

No adjustments are made based on course load or course levels.

International grades:

Applicants attending university outside Canada, or the United States must have their academic credentials/foreign transcripts assessed for Canadian equivalency by World Education Services (WES). Information pertaining to the assessment of international grades can be found on the OMSAS website.

A course-by-course WES evaluation with an overall GPA is required.

Credentialing assessment means converting international academic credentials into their Canadian educational equivalents. If a World Education Services (WES) assessment includes a copy of your official transcript, you are not required to request a transcript from your registrar.

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

Transcripts

You must submit all transcripts through OMSAS, including education taken outside of Canada. 

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.

 

All applicants must write the MCAT prior to the OMSAS application deadline. You must release all MCAT scores to OMSAS each application year 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. These thresholds are determined annually for each application cycle, for each category, and for the total score. These thresholds are not disclosed however you can find our Admissions Statistics for last year’s incoming class here.

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.

For further details about the test, applicants should visit www.aamc.org/mcat/.  

The Admissions Committee does not publish previous or current MCAT cut-offs as they vary year-to-year based upon the current applicant pool data. The admissions committee reviews all four subjects as well as the applicants total score.

Financial Assistance for MCAT Registration Fees

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) are offering a fee assistance program for Canadian examinees in financial need who register for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) for the 2021 and 2022 testing years. 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! To check your eligibility and apply, refer to AFMC's website here.

All applicants to the Undergraduate Medical Education Program at Queen’s University are required to complete an online assessment, Casper through the Atlus 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.

Casper is a standardized online assessment that measures different competencies and attributes such as personal and professional characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program. Casper is a 100-120 minute online, open-response situational judgement test. It is a compliment to the other tools that we use for applicant screening. In implementing Casper , we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.

In order to take Casper , you will be responsible for securing access to a laptop or desktop computer with webcam and audio capabilities and a reliable internet connection with a internet speed of at least 1.5 Mbps and upload speed of at least 2 Mbps. You will require the following for both account creation and taking the test:

  • Government-issued photo ID
  • Valid email address (Please use the email address that you used on 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
  • Your OMSAS Reference Number for the current application cycle. (i.e. 8xxxxx) as this is used as one of our identifiers when linking your score to your application (Do not use previous OMSAS reference numbers )
  1. Please go to www.TakeAltus.com 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 ID (8xxxxx) for the current admissions cycle.
  2. Select a Casper test date. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your Casper test. There will be no additional tests scheduled. Please use an email address that you check regularly and that you have used for your OMSAS application; there may be updates to the test schedule.
    1. Exceptions will not be provided for applicants who are unable to take Casper during one of the available test dates.
    2. Important: To account for identity verification and payment processing timeline, ensure that you register for your test at least 3 days before your preferred test date and time. Last-minute bookings are not recommended.
  3. Ensure you have selected Queen’s University for distribution before the posted Distribution Deadline. Likely, there will be no additional tests scheduled, but the most up to date information can be found by browsing the Test Dates and Times  on TakeAltus.com.
  4. Please direct any inquiries on Altus Suite to support@altus.as. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen on the TakeAltus.com website.

Accommodations: If you require testing accommodations for Altus Suite you will need to submit the Accommodations Request Form signed by you and your qualified professional 3 weeks in advance of your desired test date. More information regarding accommodations can be found here.

Notes:  

If you take Casper during this cycle but before one of our testing dates that is okay! You will still be able distribute your score to us. You simply will need to wait until you have received your OMSAS ID (8xxxxx) for this year's application and then request that your score is distributed to Queen's as the OMSAS ID is a requirement. Please do not use an OMSAS ID from previous years or make one up as we use this number as one of our identifiers when linking it to your application. The testing dates listed under Queen's are there because it will be at that time you will have your OMSAS ID available.

  • Casper scores are only available for one application cycle and the test is only offered on a select number of days. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years are expected to re-take it.
  • If you do not follow these instructions then your Casper score may not get linked to your application and will be considered incomplete. It is the responsibility of the applicant 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 you MD application) you will need to complete the CSP-10201 – Canadian Professional Health Sciences version as well for this application. 
  • There is a separate fee for that Casper test which is paid by the applicant directly to Altus Assessments. This fee is not included in the OMSAS/Queen’s application fee.

This video, highlights how an applicant can register.

Autobiographical Sketch:
 
The Queen's School of Medicine uses the detailed autobiographical sketch as part of the application evaluation. This submission provides our assessors with a snapshot of a candidate's personal experiences and achievements. We consider the following 5 categories in the Autobiographical Sketch:
  • Employment
  • Volunteer Activities
  • Extra-Curricular Activities
  • Awards & Accomplishments
  • Publications & Research

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

 

General Information:

  • The Admissions Committee will not review activities from high school.
  • The autobiographical sketch is completed through the OMSAS application and then disseminated to the Admissions Committee for review.
  • Please ensure that items selected to include are those most relevant to a medical school application.
  • There is room in the form to provide information relating to 32 items. You are not required to fill all available spots.
  • Submissions are assessed based on the quality of the listed items and the characteristics they represent (not the number of items listed). 
  • The candidate must list:
    • What year in your education the activity occurred (i.e. 1st year undergraduate, summer between 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate, graduate, post graduate etc.)
    • The length of time each activity has taken,
    • The location of the activity and
    • A brief description, which can be in point form/

When you indicate the number of hours, specify if it is per week or per month.

Note: The Admission Committee is unable to review and evaluate Autobiographical Sketches that are not written in English.

Please visit the OMSAS website for further details about the ABS requirements and submission details here.

Confidential Assessment Forms:

You are required to ask 3 different individuals (we refer to them as referees) to provide a reference on your behalf:

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

Applicants should choose referees who have more than a casual relationship with you and can evaluate you in a nonbiased fashion, avoiding family members, family friends, neighbours, acquaintances, friends or spiritual advisors for example. 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. We do not provide specific feedback on who an applicant should choose to be a referee or for which type of referee. We will refer you back to this page.

Select referees who have extensive personal knowledge of you and, as a result, are in a position to answer the Confidential Assessment Form (CAF) questions. 

The Admissions Committee desires referees who have more than a casual relationship with you. We recommend 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.

In order for referees to provide uniform information that admission committees are specifically looking for from the reference process, each of your referees will be asked to fill out a CAF. It is your responsibility to inform your referees that they must fill out the CAF, and that additional letters of reference will no longer be accepted.

On the CAF, your references will be asked to respond to the following:

  1. Would this applicant make a good physician?

  2. Rate the applicant on each of the following attributes:

    • Communication skills

    • Problem-solving skills

    • Professionalism (e.g., commitment to ethical practice, standards of behaviour and accountability to others)

    • Empathy (e.g., demonstrating consideration of others’ perspectives)

  3. Identify and comment on 1 area of improvement for the applicant.

  4. Share any other information you feel may be relevant to a medical school’s admission committee.

Information about Dates of Submission

Referee information needs to be in by the application deadline.

All Confidential Assessment Forms must be received by OMSAS by October 31st of the application cycle. It is each candidate's responsibility to ensure they have selected three appropriate referees to submit a Confidential Assessment Form. In the event less than 3 letters are submitted by the submission deadline, the application will be considered incomplete and will not be assessed further. 

Note: The Admission Committee is unable to review and evaluate Confidential Assessment Forms that are not written in English.

Please visit the OMSAS website for further details about the CAF requirements and submission details here

The Queen’s School of Medicine typically uses a combined MMI and panel interview in the assessment of qualifying candidates.  The goal of using the MMI is to more effectively assess non-cognitive qualities of an applicant, 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.

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

We email an interview invitation to selected applicants. It is the applicant’s responsibility to monitor their email and all associated email folders (inbox, spam, junk) during the application process, as invitations are sent via email. Any invitations that are not answered by our stipulated deadline will be considered declined. (no exceptions)

If an applicant that has been invited for an interview requires an accommodation for the interview, they must register by email with Queen’s Accessibility Services at the time they receive the interview invitation,  prior to the interview date and provide documentation supporting the request.

Note: All candidates attending interviews 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 the statement will result in removal of the admissions process.

Candidates offered interviews should be aware that interviews are only scheduled once per year. Rescheduling, regardless of the reason, will not be accommodated.

Please note: For 2022 -2023 admissions cycle, all interviews will be conducted virtually.

2022- 2023 Interview Dates:

MD/PhD & MD/MSc

  • TBD

MD - MMI

  • TBD

MD - Panel

  • TBD