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Frequently Asked Questions

Academics (GPA, courses)

GPA is calculated using the OMSAS Conversion Scale.

When GPA is calculated, there are two calculations made, and the highest GPA calculations becomes the one associated with your application:

  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 do not submit final transcripts until later in the cycle.

Graduate/Master’s/PhD programs are not included in GPA calculations, as well as any professional programs. (i.e., Law, Pharmacy, Dentistry etc.)

Each year the Queen’s School of Medicine Admissions Committee determines minimum requirements based on the GPAs and MCAT scores from within the current applicant pool.  Therefore, these requirements vary, sometimes significantly, from year to year and there is no way to predict what they will be based on past years.  Once determined, these cut-offs are applied to all applicants to determine who will progress to the file review process. 

We therefore do not publish our previous or current GPA and MCAT cut-offs.

Queen’s Undergraduate Medical Education program will include repeated course in total credit count as listed on your official transcript.  GPA calculations include all grades listed on the transcript, including repeated courses. Therefore, if you choose to repeat a course, both grades will be included into your GPA calculation.

Any year in which you have completed a minimum of 3 courses in each academic semester will be considered full time.

Transfer credits do not have a grade associated with them on your transcript, therefore excluding them from GPA calculations. Applicable transfer credits are however included in the total credit count.

If a practicum course is graded and given a weight on a transcript it will be included in GPA calculations.

If you have completed an extra year, or a non-degree year, we will treat that year the same as other years.

If the year was a full-time year (i.e., a minimum of 3 courses per semester), taken during the academic year of September-April, it will be calculated in both the last two most recent full-time years and the cumulative GPA.

The School of Medicine policy states; if an applicant already holds a medical degree, regardless of what country the degree is from, we are unable to consider you for admission into our program. 

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If you have completed 36 months or more of study in a medical program this disqualifies you from being eligible to apply.

Queen's School of Medicine does not have any requirements related to carrying a full course load. You are free to select courses and course loads that are best for you. Our standard for full time study is a minimum of 3 courses per semester, and this is required for the 2-year GPA calculation. If you do not carry this minimum full course load, you are eligible for the cumulative GPA only.

Queen's does not assess its applicants based on what course levels they have taken in each year.

For a variety of reasons, we are unable to accept applications for transfer into our curriculum.

All candidates must complete the application process and if you are a successful candidate, you must complete all components of the program curriculum. You are not able to transfer any course credits.

No. It is the 2 most-recent, full-time years that are automatically used in this calculation.

Summer or part time courses are taken into consideration; however, we only use these courses for calculating your cumulative GPA.  When we calculate your last two most recent full-time years, we do not consider summer courses in this calculation.  All summer and supplemental courses credits will be included in 15 full or 30 half-credit requirements.

If you withdraw from the course prior to being assigned a numerical grade, it will have no affect on your application. If a grade has been provided on the transcript for this course, it will be included in GPA calculations.

All applicants must meet a minimum of 15 full credits or 30 half credits at the undergraduate university level in a university program to be eligible for consideration.

If you are considering taking a Credit/No Credit (pass/fail) course, you need to ensure you still meet the above credit requirement.

As there is no numeric value associated with Pass/Fail courses, they are not applicable to your GPA calculation, however Pass/Fail courses will be included in the credit/course count as per the academic requirements.

Students who are in a co operative education program (co-op), are required to have completed two academic terms within each trimester year (fall, winter, and summer). If you have two full-time semesters (3 courses per semester), you are eligible for a 2-year GPA calculation. Any academic year where the student has completed two work terms will not count as part of the 2YGPA.

Eligibility

All Queen's applicants are required to complete the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).  Information regarding the test can be found on the MCAT site.

Yes. All applicants to the Undergraduate Medical Education Program at Queen’s University are required to complete an online assessment, CASPer®, to be eligible for admission.

You are required to have a minimum of 15 full credits or 30 half credits at the undergraduate university level in a university program to be eligible for consideration.

To be eligible to apply to our MD domestic stream, you must be a Canadian citizen or Canadian permanent resident at the time of submission of your application. If you are an international student, you are eligible to apply to the International stream.

As part of the application, you would be required to have any foreign transcripts assessed by WES (World Education Service) at the time of application. https://www.wes.org/ca/

If you obtain permanent residency in the future, please see information pertaining to applicant procedure. School of Medicine Admissions and OMSAS: Application Center.

Queen’s does not have any restrictions based on place of residence in the admissions process. There are no provincial or regional quotas in the admissions process.

  1. The Admissions Committee does not give preference to applicants who have studied in any university program. Applicants are encouraged to consider all the undergraduate programs available to them and to embark on the course of studies in which they have the greatest interest and that would prepare them for an alternate career should they not gain a place in medicine.
  2. There is no preference to applicants at any level of training.
  3. Place of residence and location of the university where studies have been undertaken are not criteria in selection.
  4. Age, gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation are not factors considered in the selection process.

Queen’s University Undergraduate Medical Education program does not require prerequisite courses.

With the elimination all prerequisite courses, applicants can select a program of study and courses, which best meet the goals of their undergraduate degree program.  We do not recommend any course or degree program since as there is no preference to applicants who have studied in any university program. Applicants are encouraged to consider all 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.

MCAT

Valid MCAT scores are ones that have been completed within 5 years of the year of application submission deadline (October 1st).

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.

Applicants best test results are associated with their application.

While we utilize the MCAT in our evaluation process, we do not administer the test.  Therefore, we are unable to offer any information or advice on preparation of the MCAT. We suggest you refer to the MCAT website for further information on preparation. https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/

The MCAT is still a requirement for application to Queen’s School of Medicine. We are very much aware that the dates available for writing the MCAT have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Future applicants should refer to the AAMC MCAT site for up-to-date information on available testing dates.

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.

OMSAS Application

Application deadlines are posted on the OMSAS website.

Applicants are expected to choose appropriate referees to complete the Confidential Assessment Forms.   Referees should have extensive personal knowledge of the applicant and be able to reasonably make statements concerning the applicant's character, personal qualities, and academic capabilities.  It is recognized that referees may not be able to evaluate all the characteristics requested; however, applicants should ensure that, in choosing their three referees, the subject areas are covered. At least one referee should be a non academic/character referee.

Please note: The Admissions Committee is unable to review and evaluate letters of reference that are not written in English.

All application components are to be within the OMSAS application and are to be transmitted to Queen’s School of Medicine through OMSAS.

To update and/or change your address, or other demographics on your application, please contact Ontario Medical Schools Application Service (OMSAS). https://www.ouac.on.ca/guide/omsas-app-guide/

If a student studies outside of Canada and the grades are not reported on their home university transcript a WES evaluation is required. If grades are reported back to the home university with course equivalents, weights, or grades a WES evaluation is NOT required.

A 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 and 2 Year GPA cannot be calculated for candidates submitting only foreign transcripts. The admissions committee will review applications for these candidates on an individual basis.

Late submissions will NOT be accepted.

Financial

Tuition information can be found on the website for the Office of the University Registrar.

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.

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), 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). 

Interviews & Offers

We will continue to make offers from our waitlist until the class is full. This can sometimes continue through August. There is no way to predict how long the process will take. Movement of the waitlist will not commence until after the first round offered candidates have had a chance to respond.

When the class is full, an email will be sent to remaining waitlisted candidates.

It is our policy not to disclose an applicant's position on the waitlist.

Attendance at an interview is mandatory. A reasonable effort to accommodate students who have conflicting interviews or compelling personal circumstances may be accommodated. Due to the limited availability of interview times, such accommodation is not always possible.

Invitations are sent to e-mail to the address you provide in your OMSAS application. All applicants who are offered an interview must reply by a given date. It is the responsibility of the applicant to monitor their email and all associated email folders (inbox, spam, junk, etc.) during the application process as invitations are sent via email. Any invitations that are not answered by our stipulated deadline in the invitation will be automatically set to declined.

Interviews are typically conducted in February and March. Applicants will be notified by email.