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Queen's University
 

The QuARMS Curriculum

Content and Structure 

The curriculum will consist of two components that run in parallel; one will be devoted to meeting the requirements of the first 2 years of an Honours degree in the Faculty of Arts and Science; the other is a unique and integrated set of enrichment/experiential learning modules and electives that will be developed and delivered by members of the School of Medicine (SoM) to prepare students for entry into the School of Medicine at the end of year 2 of their undergraduate Bachelor program.

Faculty of Arts and Science

  • All students will complete 30 units/year over the fall and winter terms (equivalent to 5 courses per term).
  • All students must take BIOL 102/103, MATH 121 (if Calculus has not been taken in high school, STAT 263, or an equivalent course, can be used as an alternative[1]) and English 100. The selection of these courses is a compromise between a longer, more comprehensive list, and no ‘core’ courses. These courses are chosen to provide all students with a fundamental knowledge of biological processes, quantitative reasoning skills, and communication skills.
  • All students will be encouraged to pursue the degree plan of their choice in the Faculty of Arts and Science.
  • At the end of year one, students will participate in the plan selection process and chose an honours plan for which they have the required pre-requisites.

[1]  STAT 263 should be taken in year 2.

Mentorship

  • Upon admission, each student will be assigned a faculty member and a first- or second-year medical student as mentors.

School of Medicine

  • In the fall and winter terms of year 1 and 2, each student will complete a series of mandatory, seminar-based enrichment modules. These modules will require approximately 3 hours/week. They cannot be used for credit towards the degree in the Faculty of Arts and Science.
  • Each student will also complete a compulsory, experiential learning, module that will be offered in the summer term in year 1 and 2. These modules cannot be used for credit towards the degree in the Faculty of Arts and Science.
  • The primary goals of these modules are:
    • To acquire competencies that are relevant to the practice of Medicine.
    • To extend and apply these competencies through experiential learning and electives.

 Progression from year 1 to year 2 and from year 2 to the Queen's School of Medicine

Guiding principles

  • Students may voluntarily withdraw from QuARMS and continue their studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science with no academic penalty.
  • Until students are admitted to the School of Medicine, students will be bound by regulations stipulated by the Faculty of Arts and Science. These regulations include those pertaining to progression from year 1 to year 2 (see the Faculty of Arts and Science Calendar, Academic Regulations and University Policies: regulations 2 and 13).
  • Policies governing the evaluation of seminar-based enrichment modules offered by the School of Medicine and progression from year 2 to the School of Medicine will be based on regulations stipulated by the School of Medicine
  • With the goal of identifying potential problems before they compromise academic performance and acquisitions of competencies related to communicator, health advocate, scholar, collaborator, and standards of professional conduct, students will receive individual academic advice and support from their mentors and the Associate Dean of Life Sciences and Biochemistry
  • Students who fail to meet the criteria for progression to the School of Medicine will be offered the opportunity for remediation. 

Criteria for progression to the School of Medicine

  • Complete 60 units in an Honours degree plan in the Faculty of Arts and Science and,
  • Obtain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 and meet the criteria to be placed on the Dean’s Honours List in the Faculty of Arts and Science in year 2 and,
  • Demonstrate acquisition of competencies related to communicator, health advocate, scholar, collaborator, and standards of professional conduct as judged by the Accelerated Pathway Progress and Promotions Committee.

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