School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Graduate Diploma in Medical Sciences & Professional Master's of Medical Sciences

 

Medical Sciences collage

 

Program Contact

Dr Andrea Winthrop
Clinical Lead, GDPM
Department of Surgery
76 Stuart Street, Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 2V7
Phone: 613.549.6666 ext. 2128
E-mail: winthrop@queensu.ca

Dr Michael G. Blennerhassett
Research Lead, GDPM
Gidru Wing, Kingston General Hospital
Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 3N6
Phone: 613.549 6666 x 6523
E-mail: blennerm@queensu.ca

Jolene McLean
Program Assistant
15 Arch Street, Room 115, Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 3N6
Phone: 613.533.6000 ext. 32088
E-mail: medicalsciences@queensu.ca

Program website: http://meds.queensu.ca/education/medical_sciences

Why Graduate Studies in Medical Sciences?

Graduate Diploma in Medical Sciences and Professional Master's of Medical Sciences are offered through a partnership between the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences (DBMS), Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME), and Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME). The programs are designed to enhance students’ research and clinical skills to align with the requirements of the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS) process and to promote research and scholarship activities in future physicians. The main goals of the programs are to engage students to explore current issues in medical sciences and to enhance students’ clinical skills in the context of the Canadian healthcare system.

Opportunities

The programs in Medical Sciences have been developed to provide graduates of medical schools, both in Canada and internationally, with an opportunity to enhance their clinical and research skills before applying to a postgraduate residency program.  Students will build on the foundations of their medical degree in a variety of ways.  They will further develop their clinical skills in the context of the Canadian healthcare system and explore current issues in medical sciences.  They’ll interpret foundational research and its relationship to clinical practice, conduct research responsibly using appropriate guidelines and procedures, and apply ethical behaviours consistent with academic integrity and professional standards.  

The Graduate Diploma and Professional Master's of Medical Sciences are expected to prove beneficial when graduates submit their applications for postgraduate residency positions.  The residency admission process, coordinated through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS), is highly selective and applicants will be well-positioned to demonstrate the new clinical and research skills they have developed through these programs. 

Career paths – employment opportunities

For graduates of medical school, the ultimate goal is to become an independently licensed physician who can practice medicine in a wide variety of clinical settings.  In order to earn such an independent license, students must first complete a postgraduate medical education residency program.

During residency, some learners will develop a special interest in research and wish to combine this with their clinical training.  This can be done through a clinician investigator program, an intensive, research-based program involving a minimum two years of structured, rigorous research training in addition to the existing specialty program requirements.  This program prepares learners for careers as clinician scientists who will become not only researchers, but clinicians, supervisors, mentors, teachers, and academics in general.

Both programs in Medical Sciences have been designed to foster the development of students’ professional identities and achieve their future career objectives as clinician scientists and medical science professionals. These programs are unique in Canada and will help address the growing demand for health care professionals who require advanced knowledge regarding both research and clinical skills.

Degrees Offered / Program Structure 

Graduate Diploma in Medical Sciences - course-based program. Students may start either in July or January, and complete the program within 6 months.

Students in the Graduate Diploma program may elect to apply for the Professional Master's of Medical Sciences OR they may ladder into other MSc programs in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Professional Master's of Medical Sciences - coursework and a project. Students may start either in July or January, and complete the program in a year.

Students who complete the Professional Master's and wish to pursue further training in research, may opt to apply for one of the PhD programs offered in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Method of Completion

Graduate Diploma in Medical Sciences - at a minimum, the completion of 12 credit units, including a Research Methodology course (MSCI 800, 3 credit units), one elective graduate course (3 credit units) chosen from the approved list, and a clinical skills training course (MSCI 801, 6 credit units).

Professional Master's of Medical Sciences - at a minimum, the completion of 24 credit units. In addition to the three courses required for the Graduate Diploma, the Professional Master's also requires another clinical skills training course (MSCI 802, 6 credit units), and a research project in medical sciences (MSCI 898, 6 credit units).

Medical Sciences program map

Faculty

Both clinical and science-based faculty support the GDPM program, and are based in several different departments. These include the Department of Family Medicine, Public Health Sciences, and the Department of Biological and Medical Sciences (DBMS). DBMS is the principal location for basic medical and biomedical sciences, with 6 different research groups.

Application &  Fees

Please note that we do NOT accept applications from international citizens for the academic year of 2020-2021.

All fees are in Canadian dollars and are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

Please note that you MUST hold an MD in order to be considered for admission to our programs. Please note that we do NOT accept applications from international citizens for the academic year of 2020-21

In order to be considered for admission to both the Graduate Diploma in Medical Sciences and the Professional Master's of Medical Sciences, applicants need to hold an MD or equivalent from a medical school on the International Medical Education Directory, and have a B+ graduating average or higher in all postsecondary education. For those who are eligible to apply, students are required to submit:

  • Official Transcripts from all postsecondary education;
  • A Personal Statement indicating the alignment of the applicant’s background and career aspirations with the objectives of the program;
  • A Curriculum Vitae;
  • Two references from individuals familiar with the candidates academic and/or clinical performance;
  • Medical Student Performance Record or Dean’s Letter;

INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO SUBMIT ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS WILL BE SENT TO YOU BY EMAIL UPON APPLICATION SUBMISSION. 

Applicants who hold an MD from a Canadian or U.S. university will need to submit their score reports on the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part 1.

Applicants who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents who hold an MD or equivalent from a country other than Canada or U.S. will need to submit their score reports on the National Assessment Collaboration examination (NAC) and the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part 1.

After review of the complete application, competitive candidates will be invited for an interview.

For those who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma and wish to apply for the Professional Master's of Medical Sciences, applicants must obtain at least a B+ in all courses in their Graduate Diploma program and apply for the Professional Master's within five years after completing the Graduate Diploma.

Application Deadline & Start Dates

The online application is now open

  • Application deadline (and all accompanying documents) – April 22nd, 2020 for a July 2020 start

  • Application deadline (and all accompanying documents) – October 15th, 2020 for January 2021 start

If you are eligible and interested in our programs, please submit your online application via the School of Graduate Studies:

Official postsecondary transcripts should be sent to:

 School of Graduate Studies
Queen's University
Gordon Hall Room 425
74 Union Street
Kingston, Ontario
Canada K7L 3N6

* Information on how to submit the remainder of your documents will be emailed to you.

Learning Outcomes

Anticipated learning outcomes for the Graduate Diploma in Medical Sciences include the following:

  • Display competency in basic clinical skills that align with the Canadian healthcare system context;
  • Acquire and use a basic understanding of the CanMEDS competency framework;
  • Apply ethical behaviours consistent with academic integrity and professional standards;
  • Interpret foundational research and its relationship to clinical practice;
  • Use appropriate guidelines and procedures for responsible conduct of research;
  • Apply the knowledge and skills acquired from research activity to address theoretical and practical aspects of clinical practice.

Anticipated learning outcomes for the Professional Master's of Medical Sciences include the following:

  • Perform advanced clinical skills that align with the Canadian healthcare system context;
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the CanMEDS competency framework with ability to integrate each of the roles into patient encounters:
  • Introduce the principles of teaching, assessing, and giving feedback to junior medical learners;
  • Apply ethical behaviours consistent with academic integrity and professional standards;
  • Clearly communicate ideas, issues, and new knowledge in a variety of ways with multiple stakeholders;
  • Competency in critical analysis of research and practice outcomes in medical science;
  • Demonstrated abilities in independent research and scholarship through critical evaluation of knowledge gaps in medical sciences;
  • Creation, execution and evaluation of hypothesis-driven original research.