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QuARMS Program at Queen's University

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

QuARMS is the only pathway of its type in Canada.

The Queen’s University Accelerated Route to Medical School (QuARMS) is a unique opportunity for high school students to apply for entry to medical school after only two years of undergraduate study in the Arts, Science, Computing Science, Life Sciences or Health Science in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

QuARMS offers 10 exceptional Black and/or Indigenous students graduating high school a unique educational experience that provides them with the opportunity to apply for admission to Queen’s School of Medicine at the end of two years of undergraduate study at Queen’s University. In addition to their enrollment in first and second-year courses in the Faculty of Arts and Science, QuARMS students will be exposed to experiential learning strategies aimed at honing their skills in advocacy, communication, collaboration, and professionalism.

This educational initiative, unique among post-secondary institutions across Canada, affords students the possibility of shortening the minimum length of undergraduate training before applying for admission to medical school at Queen’s, while at the same time enriching and focusing their curricular and extracurricular university experiences. Students who are successful may then receive a Medical Degree (MD) from one of Canada's premier medical schools in a reduced timeframe.

  • Step 1: Apply through OUAC to QUARMS in Arts, Science, Computing, Life Sciences or Health Science and ensure application is submitted by the deadline.
  • Step 2: If selected, complete the supplemental application process.
  • Step 3: After the supplemental application process, if invited, participate in interview process.
  • Step 4: Successfully complete 2 years in Undergrad, fulfilling QuARMS requirements including participation in enriched QuARMS sessions.
  • Step 5: Apply to MD program directly to the School of Medicine Admissions Committee.
  • Step 6: If you are accepted to the MD program, then you are a first year medical student! If you are not accepted, or choose not to apply, then you may remain a student in your degree program.