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Applications for the Queen's School of Medicine are made through the Ontario Medical Schools' Application Service (OMSAS). Please visit the OMSAS site for information regarding the application process.  

All documents and application materials must be submitted through the OMSAS application centre.  Candidates will be assessed solely based on materials submitted to OMSAS by the application deadlines

(Addendums or supplemental materials sent directly to the School of Medicine will not be considered.)   

If you have a concern regarding the submission of your application materials or require additional information, please contact the Ontario Medical Schools' Application Service (OMSAS)

Ontario Medical School Application Fee Waiver Pilot Program (2021-2022)

If applying to medical school is a significant financial burden to you, consider applying to the Ontario Medical School Application Fee Waiver Pilot Program and save approximately $600. This pilot-program subsidizes the application costs for up to three Ontario medical schools for the 2021-2022 application cycle. This program was collaboratively developed by the  Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC), Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine (COFM), Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC), Community of Support (COS), and Price of a Dream (POD). Applications open on June 24th and close on August 23rd. You can find more information on eligibility here .

 If you have any questions, you can contact AFMC (service@afmcstudentportal.ca) or the POD (mdpriceofadream@gmail.com). 

Application Requirements

Please note that if you are choosing to apply through a specific category (i.e. Canadian Armed Forces Applicants, Indigenous Applicants, International Applicants or MD/PhD, MD/MSc Applicants) there are additional items required to be submitted with your OMSAS application above and beyond the ones listed below. Please ensure that you review these additional items here and submit the appropriate documentation for consideration. If your application is missing the required documents, your application will not be considered.

Note: 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.

All application components must be submitted to OMSAS by the specified deadline for the application to be considered. Queen’s University School of Medicine reserves the right to change the admission requirements at any time without notice.

 

In order to qualify for entry into the School of Medicine, candidates are required to have a minimum of 30 half or 15 full courses credits (or in combination) at the undergraduate level in a university program as described below. This requirement must be fulfilled by the June 30th prior to possible entry into the program. Transfer credits appearing on your university transcript will be included in the credit requirement (i.e.  IB, AP, exchange credits).

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.

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:

  • Full-year: course weight of 1
  • Half-year: course weight of .5
  • Semester: course weight of .5
  • Three quarter: course weight of .75
  • Quarter: course weight of 0.25 (applies only to American Universities)
  • Science laboratory (Graded separately and is weighted as less than a half-year/semester): course weight of 0.25

Two undergraduate grade point averages (GPAs) will be calculated for each candidate:

  1. Cumulative GPA: includes all full-time, part-time, summer, online or supplemental courses.  This calculation includes all grades, regardless of first or second degree or year of study in an unclassified program.
  2. Two most recent full time year GPA: which only includes courses taken between the traditional school year from September to April, online or in-person. (Queen’s University School of Medicine defines Full-time study as a minimum of three courses per semester) This calculation can include 2 years in unrelated programs, for example the last year of one undergrad program, and the first year of a second undergrad program.
  • The GPA calculations do not include the current year of study as you submit your application in October and final transcript are not available at that time.

    Note: The following courses of study will not be included in GPA calculations: naturopathic and chiropractic medicine, consecutive bachelor of education programs, challenge for credit courses, diploma or certificate programs, graduate courses, and undergraduate courses taken as part of a graduate program. Graduate/Master’s/PhD programs are not included in GPA calculations, as well as any professional program that is taken after your university undergraduate program. (i.e., Law, Dentistry, graduate professional programs etc.). A university undergraduate pharmacy program will typically be consider for your GPA calculation.

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

Each year the Queen's School of Medicine Admissions Committee determines minimum requirements for undergraduate GPAs. These minimums vary, sometimes significantly, from year to year.  We do not publish our previous or current GPA as they do not predict what minimums will be in future application cycles.    

General Information:

  • Both GPA calculations will use only grades from courses completed by the application deadline
  • There is no requirement for full time study, however only the cumulative GPA will be calculated for those not enrolled in full time study
  • Full time study is defined as a minimum of three courses per semester
  • Full time study must be completed during the academic year, from September to April
  • For repeated courses, the credit is only counted once but 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 transcript, including repeated courses
  • Courses with Pass/Fail grades or transfer credits (including International Baccalaureate, Advance Placement and CEGEP programs)  are not included in GPA calculations, but are considered in credit requirement totals
  • No adjustments are made based on course load or course levels

International grades:

Applicants who have studied outside of Canada or the USA for two or more semesters must have their foreign transcripts evaluated through The World Education Services (WES). Information pertaining to the assessment of international grades can be found on the OMSAS website.

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 CGPA and 2YGPA will not be calculated for candidates submitting only foreign transcripts.  Applications for these candidates will be reviewed on an individual basis by the admissions committee.

 Note: The admissions committee does not publish previous or current GPA cut-offs as they vary year-to-year based upon the current applicant pool data.

All applicants are required to write the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) prior to the deadline date for submission of the application to OMSAS. 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 and Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills as well as the sum of these parts. The applicant must meet the minimum score set for each category and the total.

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

  • The Queen’s School of Medicine imposes NO restrictions on the number of times that the candidate may take the test.
  • In the event an applicant has written the test multiple times, the applicant must ensure that all test results are released to OMSAS by the specified date https://www.ouac.on.ca/guide/omsas-dates/.
  • 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 submission, but this only applies to the 2015 MCAT as the committee no longer assess the older version of the MCAT test scores .
  • Applicants whose MCAT score have not been submitted prior to the assessment of their file may be disqualified.
  • Applications will be assessed based on the scores from the candidate's best test results.

Note: 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, and it will not be included in review of your application.

CASPer is an online test that assesses for the personal and professional characteristics we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program. 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. 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 used on your OMSAS application)
  • Working webcam
  • Working microphone
  • Reliable high-speed internet connection
  • Your OMSAS Reference Number for the current application cycle. i.e. 8xxxxx (Do not use previous OMSAS reference numbers)
  1. Please go to www.TakeAltus.com or www.takeCASPer.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:

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 take CASPer during this cycle but before one of our testing dates, you will still be able distribute your score to us however you 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 input an OMSAS ID from previous years or make one up as we use this number as one of our identifiers.

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.

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

General Information:

  • 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 Admissions Committee will focus on activities performed after the completion of high school.
  • The candidate must list the length of time each activity has taken, location of activity, and a brief description which can be in point form. When you indicate the amount of hours, specify if it is per week or per month.  

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

Referees/Confidential Assessment Forms:

You are required to ask 3 different individuals to provide a reference on your behalf. At least 1 of your 3 referees should be academic- or employment-related and 1 should be non-academic. The third reference can be 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, acquaintances, and friends for example. Ideally, applicants should choose referees who can collectively address qualities and attributes in both academic and non-academic domains.

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.

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

All Confidential Assessment Forms must be recieved by OMSAS prior to November 1, 2021. 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: https://www.ouac.on.ca/guide/omsas-referees/

The Queen’s School of Medicine 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.  From the applicants that complete the MMI component, a select number of these candidates will then be invited for a panel interview.

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 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 2021 - 2022 admissions cycle, all interviews will be conducted virtually.

2021-2022 Interview Dates:

MD/PhD & MD/MSc

  • Friday, February 11 & Saturday February 12, 2022

(Please note that the panel interviews will be conducted on the Friday and the MMI will be on the Saturday.  MD/PhD & MD/MSc candidates need to be available both days.)

MD - MMI

  • Saturday, February 12, 2022

MD - Panel

  • Saturday, March 26 & Sunday, March 27, 2022