The School of Medicine offers a four-year program leading to the degree of Doctor of Medicine. One hundred students are admitted annually into the first year of the program and are selected on the basis of a strong academic record and the assessment of personal characteristics considered to be most appropriate for the study of medicine at Queen's University and the subsequent practice of medicine. The goal of the medical curriculum is to produce physicians who have a wide understanding of the content and context of medicine and the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to enter into any postgraduate training program. The curriculum will foster the development of life long learning skills necessary for effective practice.
The four year Undergraduate Medical Program at Queen's University is structured in sequential terms which will allow students to progress from scientific foundational knowledge through to clinical foundations of the human systems and finally, in clinical engagement during a two year clinical rotation series; including electives for students to explore areas of interest. Our medical program is well known for the opportunities it provides; for close personal interaction between students and faculty members; for students to obtain relevant extensive hands-on clinical experience under supervision, particularly in an ambulatory setting. Our medical culture encourages participation and offers opportunities for students to engage in the administration development and evaluation of our medical curriculum and our governance structures. Our graduates are highly successful in obtaining postgraduate training sites and are known to be committed and enthusiastic citizens of their profession and their communities.
One of the best ways to explore the history of Queen's University is through the campus itself. As Queen's has grown and changed, the campus has expanded, and new types of buildings have been constructed. From the oldest limestone hall to the brand new modern structures, every building has a story to tell - and not merely when they were built, or what departments have resided there. Many of the buildings at Queen's are named for important figures in Queen's history, and thus serve as a reminder of some of the greatest contributors to this University.
The School of Medicine Building
- a state-of-the-art teaching clinic
- leading-edge classrooms
- surgical and technical skills labs
- simulation labs
- informal learning spaces
- dedicated rooms for small group learning
- science labs
- student study space
The administrative offices of Undergraduate Medical Education are located at 80 Barrie Street. This beautifully restored Victorian home has been converted into a well-functioning office space, with a well-designed front office reception area to meet the needs of students, faculty and guests.
At the corner of Stuart and Barrie Streets, is the major facility building. Presently it houses the Bracken Library, which is the principal Health Sciences library facility, some student facilities, major classrooms and the Departments of Biomedical Sciences and Molecular Sciences.
Bracken Library occupies two floors of Botterell Hall. It offers complete library services and its staff are committed to excellent user service. The library is open 90 hours per week.
Bracken Health Sciences Library is well-known for its teaching activities, which include a complete curriculum-integrated information literacy program for medical students. The courses in this program span all four years of the medical curriculum, and are taught by Bracken Librarians.
The university hospitals in Kingston are responsible for providing specialized care for more than 500,000 residents throughout southeastern Ontario. Together, Kingston General Hospital, Hotel Dieu Hospital and Providence Care Hospital are the regional referral centres for cancer, trauma, rehabilitation, renal, mental health, cardiac, stroke, pediatrics, obstetrics and many other programs. They are also home to some of Canada's leading researchers in urology, human mobility, cancer care, gastrointestinal disease, perinatal, mental health and critical care among others. Most members of the attending medical staff have a Queen's University appointment.
Kingston General Hospital (KGH) is a 456-bed tertiary care hospital that provides inpatient care for the most acutely ill patients in the southeastern region of Ontario who require high end complex tertiary care. As the destination for all ambulances in the Kingston-Frontenac area, and the regional trauma centre, KGH has exemplary emergency and critical care programs. KGH is also home to the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario. It boasts a robust research program and provides hands-on skill training for 1,900 health-care under-graduate and post-graduate students annually.
Hotel Dieu Hospital (HDH) is home to the majority of ambulatory outpatient clinics including ophthalmology, cardiology, children's clinics, orthopedics, plastics and psychiatry. HDH also has a 14-hour urgent care centre and specialty programs surrounding diabetes education, cardiac rehabilitation and breast assessment.
Providence Care consists of Providence Care Hospital, Providence Transitional Care Centre, Providence Manor long-term care home, and more than 20 community-based mental health and support services across the region. As Southeastern Ontario's leading provider of specialized care in aging, mental health and rehabilitation, the focus is on healing and enhancing the quality of life for people who often have long-term hospital stays.
The Kingston Regional Cancer Centre is operated by Cancer Care Ontario (formerly the Ontario Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation) and forms part of the Southeastern Ontario Health Sciences Centre. The Centre is located on the ground floor of the Ronald C. Burr Wing of the Kingston General Hospital and provides comprehensive cancer diagnostic treatment and support services for patients in Southeastern Ontario. The medical, scientific, and professional staff of the Centre comprises the Queen's University Department of Oncology. Training programs are conducted for radiation oncology residents, radiation therapy career students and medical physics trainees. Research activities encompass molecular biology at the Cancer Research Laboratories of Queen's University, health services research at the Radiation Oncology Research Unit in Kingston General Hospital, photodynamic therapy, medical physics, cancer genetics and clinical trials research at the Centre. The Centre is a partner in the Southeastern Ontario Health Sciences Centre, a member of Cancer Care Ontario Regional for Southeastern Ontario and a member of the Healthcare Network of Southeastern Ontario.