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New application process for the QuARMS program at Queen’s University

The Queen’s University Accelerated Route to Medical School (QuARMS) is an opportunity for ten outstanding young Canadians to apply for medical school after only two years of undergraduate study in the Faculty of Arts and Science. QuARMS students will apply directly to the School of Medicine and will not be required to provide MCAT scores; however, they are not guaranteed admission.

In addition to their degree-related curriculum, QuARMS students “will be exposed to learning experiences that are closely aligned with the core competencies for physicians.” These enrichment and experiential learning opportunities “will hone the students’ skills in advocacy, communication, collaboration, and professionalism.” Students will be encouraged to interact with their local communities and also build new connections with communities in other parts of Canada and abroad.

Candidates for QuARMS should demonstrate the following skills and characteristics:

  • Commitment to service
  • Proven academic ability
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Ability to relate to people
  • Exceptional leadership qualities
  • Curiosity
  • Diverse academic interests
  • Maturity and integrity
  • Humility, altruism, and humanism

A QuARMS application no longer requires a nomination from UCC. Students express their interest in the program by clicking a button on OUAC next to their program option at Queen’s (ideally before November 20) and submitting their Personal Statement of Experience through their SOLUS account before the December 1 deadline. Queen’s will then contact students of interest and request a supplemental application. Forty students will be selected to participate in the final interview process.

More information is available here.