Department of Psychiatry
School of Medicine Queen's University
 

Admission

Admission to the residency program is coordinated through the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS).  Please refer to the CaRMS website for complete information regarding the 2012 Main Residency Match and the most current admission requirements.

Positions Available
Approximate Quota:  5
Approximate IMG Quota: 2
Selection Criteria
  • An academic record which demonstrates special proficiency in medicine
  • Evidence to support the student's interest in the mental health field (personal statement, electives in psychiatry, related work experience).
  • Interest/experience in scientific or clinical research
  • We are looking for and rewarding applicants who have completed a broad range of electives which include our specialty
  • We do not require applicants to do on site electives to be considered for selection
International Medical Graduates
The Queens University, Department of Psychiatry Residency Training Program encourages applications from IMGs. We are looking for candidates who are bright, have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, good clinical judgment, and high ethical and professional standards and a real interest in psychiatry. We strongly advise IMGs to enter assessment through the CEHPEA Assessment Program or other Provincial IMG Assessment Programs (e.g. IMG-Nova Scotia). Please be advised that the Ontario Government expects a return to service commitment from all successful IMG candidates. More information regarding this can be found on the CEHPEA website.  
Supporting Documentation
  • Medical School Transcript - Order from your Registrar
  • Medical Student Performance Record - Order from your Dean's Office
  • Three reference letters
  • A personal letter must be submitted (approximately 750 words). It should communicate your reasons for pursuing psychiatry as a career in general, and more specifically, a residency at Queen's University. Personal strengths and accomplishments that make you suitable to the practice of psychiatry should be highlighted.
International Medical Graduates
  • Medical School Transcript - Notarized copy acceptable
  • Reference Letters (3). Please give some thought before selecting a referee. A good choice would be a referee who has sufficient knowledge of you to enable them to:
    - comment on your interest in Psychiatry
    - comment on your clinical skills and ability to interact with other members of the health care team
    - be able to compare your performance to the expected standard for your level of other students they have worked with
    - references from Canadian referees are encouraged (if available)
    - references should be recent (within the past two years)
  • A personal letter must be submitted (approximately 750 words).
    A personal letter should communicate your reasons for pursuing psychiatry as a career in general, and more specifically, a residency at Queen's University. Personal strengths and accomplishments that make you suitable to the practice of psychiatry should be highlighted.
  • Proof of citizenship status
  • Preference will be given to applicants that have passed their MCCEE exams in the last two years.
  • Language Proficiency Forms will not be accepted from the candidate or a third party. At least one of the documents listed below must be submitted:
    TSE: Minimum score 50
    TOEFL: Minimum score 237, or minimum score 580 for paper-based test.
    TOEFL-Ibt: Passing score is 93 including a minimum score of 24 on the speaking section.
    A minimum score of 5.0 on the essay section of TOEFL is required or a score of 22 on the writing section of TOEFL-Ibt.
    Photocopies of notarized/certified documents are acceptable.  Language Proficiency Forms and/or results will not be accepted by fax or email.
  • Detailed Outline of previous medical practice and/or Documentation of prior postgraduate training in the country of origin and/or Canada (if applicable).   This also applies for previous Psychiatry Residency Training  (i.e. notarized copies acceptable) if applicable.