The combined MD/PhD and MD/Master's programs at Queen's University are offered jointly by the School of Medicine and the School of Graduate Studies, with the participation of the graduate programs in Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering (Collaborative Program), Cancer Research (Collaborative Program), Computing, Epidemiology, Microbiology and Immunology, Neuroscience, Pathology and Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Physiology, and Rehabilitation Science.
The program admits a limited number of exceptional students who wish to combine their medical training with advanced training in research. Graduates from our program will be well prepared to pursue postdoctoral or research-intensive residency training, and as fully trained physician-scientists, will contribute to increasing Canada's capacity in basic, clinical, translational and patient-oriented research.
In addition, because of the insight and perspectives gained by the concurrent study of both basic science and clinical medicine, physician-scientist graduates of our combined programs will be in the position to make unique contributions to the education of future members of the medical profession.
Our combined MD/PhD program offers multiple models for degree completion, and this allows for a greater degree of flexibility and for tailoring of the program to individual student needs.
MD/PhD - MD/Master's Program
68 Barrie Street
Kingston, Ontario K7L3N6
Links to participating graduate programs and interested faculty members may be found on the MD/PHD web site at: http://meds.queensu.ca/education/md_phd/graduate_faculty
MD / Master's: students complete the first two years of the MD program followed by a year of full-time enrollment in the chosen graduate program, in which they fulfill course requirements, conduct research and write and defend the thesis. Students are also enrolled full time in the graduate program over the summer months of the first two medical years. Following completion of the Master's degree, students enter the clinical clerkship in years three and four of the MD program.
MD / PhD: there are two models. In the first model, students complete the first two years of the MD program followed by three years of full time enrollment in the PhD program, in which students fulfill course requirements (if any), complete the PhD comprehensive exam, conduct research, and write and defend the thesis. In the second model, students spend the first two years in the PhD program, in which they complete course requirements (if any), complete the PhD comprehensive exam, and conduct research. Students then complete the first two years of the MD program and continue research over the summer months. Following year two of the MD program, students re-enter the PhD program for a final year, in which they complete the thesis research, and write and defend the thesis. In both models, following completion of the PhD degree, students enter the clinical clerkship in years three and four of the MD program.
We recommend that you establish contact with a potential supervisor before applying to the MSc and PhD programs.
Students applying to the combined programs must meet the admissions requirements and be accepted into both the MD program and the chosen graduate program. The minimum requirement for the MD/PhD or MD/Master’s Programs at Queens’s University is an Honours baccalaureate degree. Students with a Master’s degree, graduate students in the second year of a Master’s program, or students currently registered in the MD program at Queen’s University are also eligible to apply. Students registered in a Master’s program at the time of application must complete the requirements for the Master’s degree prior to entry into the combined MD/PhD program, unless promoted to the PhD program through the Mini-Master’s route (Queen’s students only). Applicants must have an obvious and demonstrated research potential.
Applicants complete and submit a regular application to the MD program online on the OMSAS website, (http://www.ouac.on.ca/omsas/) and indicate their request to be considered for a combined program by checking off the appropriate box on the application form.
Applicants also submit a MD/PhD - MD/Master’s application form (available on the MD/PhD Program website) to the general program office listed below, along with copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a current Curriculum Vitae, a letter of intent, and two confidential letters of recommendation (submitted under separate cover).
For graduate programs - If an offer of admission to an MD/PhD or MD/Master’s is made, a graduate research supervisor must be identified, and a School of Graduate Studies online application for the appropriate graduate program submitted at https://eservices.queensu.ca/apps/sgsapp. Materials already submitted to the MD/PhD-MD/Master’s Program will be forwarded to the appropriate graduate program.
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