Queen’s University - Anatomical Pathology - Kingston

2022 R-1 Main Residency Match - first iteration
CMG Stream for CMG

Last approved on October 05, 2021

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Approximate Quota:


Accreditation status : Accredited

Provincial Criteria

Dr. Christopher Davidson
Anatomical Pathology 
Kingston Health Sciences Centre 
76 Stuart Street
Kingston, Ontario, K7L2V7
(613) 533-2850
Departmental Website

Program Contacts

Claudia Trost
Program Administrator

Dr. Christopher Davidson
Program Director
613-548-3232 ext 3538

Important Information

As education innovators, we implemented CBME two years prior to our national peers enabling us to develop experience and expertise in this training model.  

We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted candidates’ opportunities to arrange and complete electives and would like to reassure you that a lack of elective activity this year will not negatively impact your application to our program.


Please refer to the 'Restrictions' section of the Ontario eligibility criteria for messaging regarding COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

General Instructions

Program application language: English

Supporting Documentation

Canadian citizenship
CaRMS partners with third-party organizations to verify your citizenship or permanent resident status. If your status is verified by one of these organizations, you will not need to provide citizenship documents in your application. If your citizenship status is not verified, you must provide one of the documents listed below.
Document must be notarized/certified
Submit one of the following documents to verify your Canadian citizenship:
• Canadian Birth Certificate or Act of Birth
• Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
• Confirmation of Permanent Residence in Canada
• Passport page showing Canadian Citizenship
• Canadian Permanent Resident Card (both sides of card)
• Canadian Citizenship Card (both sides of card)

Proof of valid current citizenship or permanent resident status must be provided by submitting one of the following verifications to CaRMS by the File Review Opening deadline. Failure to provide valid proof will result in your application being removed. No other forms of verification are acceptable:


  1. Notarized/certified photocopy of Birth Certificate/Act of Birth issued by an authority in Canada accompanied by photo ID (must be Canadian government issued photo ID).
  2. Documents must be notarized/certified photocopies. Notarized/certified copies must not be older than two years from the application submission deadline; otherwise, a new notarized/certified copy is required.
  3. Confirmation of permanent residence must be accompanied by photo ID (must be a Canadian government issued photo ID).


CaRMS is partnering with third-party organizations to automate the verification of citizenship/legal status required by postgraduate offices for entry into residency. Third-party verification simplifies the process for applicants and programs. All applicants who do not receive third-party citizenship verification will be required to upload and assign an acceptable proof of citizenship document. Please see additional information here.

Reference documents
Number requested: 3

Three letters of reference are required, preferrably written by faculty.

Additional documents
Medical School Diploma 

Please note: Required if Medical school has been completed.

Medical Student Performance Record 

Custom Résumé / CV 

Medical School Transcript 

Personal Letter 

Anatomical Pathology Candidates are requested to submit with their application a personal letter (max. 1750 word count) outlining how Anatomical Pathology is a good fit for them, their Anatomical Pathology experiences as well as their career goals.

Optional - will be reviewed

May be provided to support application.

Review Process

Applications submitted after file review has opened on January 31, 2022

Supporting documents (excluding letters of reference) that arrive after file review has opened  on  January 31, 2022

Letters of reference that arrive after the unmasking date on January 31, 2022



  • February 28, 2022
  • March 1, 2022
  • March 2, 2022
  • March 3, 2022
  • March 4, 2022
Virtual Town hall:  Monday, February 28, 2022 (morning).

Virtual interviews: Monday, February 28, 2022 to Friday March 4, 2022.

Program will notify all applicants through CaRMS Online and will send email invitations directly to applicants selected for an interview.
There will be a welcome session with the Program Director.  Candidates will have two 20 minutes interviews.  Each interview panel consists of one faculty member and one resident.  Candidates will have the opportunity to speak with current residents to familiarize themselves with the program from the learners perspective.  Total expected time is 3 hrs.  Morning and afternoon interview slots are available (afternoon only on Monday February 28, 2022). 

Selection Criteria

Program goals

At the end of their residency our residents will be competent Anatomical Pathologists well positioned to pursue subspecialty training, further research training or to proceed directly to clinical practice.  Our program will continue to foster excellence in all aspects of training while maintaining a collegial and positive work/learning environment. 

Residents will be entrusted in each of the training stage specific Entrustable Professional Activities and will have completed and communicated a scholarly project.  This will ensure that they have sufficient capacity in all of the CanMeds roles (Medical Expert, Collaborator, Communicator, Leader, Professional, Advocate, Scholar et cetera).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Selection process goals

To develop a rank order list of applicants that reflects their likelihood of success within our training program.  The process may consider demonstrated academic performance, prior experience in Pathology, research experience, collegiality, communication skills and letters of reference.  

nb. Performance on the MCCQE1 will not be considered for residents applying in the final year of medical school.

nb. The program will consider the effect of COVID-19 restrictions when assessing learners' prior Pathology experience.

nb. We welcome diversity among our trainees, and seek to foster an environment that is welcoming to all regardless of gender identity, race, religion or sexual orientation.

File review process

Review team composition : Program Director with interview team consultation.

Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 0 - 50

Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 76 - 100 %

Evaluation criteria :
File component Criteria
CV May be used, for instance to clarify entries in CaRMS application fields.
Electives Early in the selection process evidence of interest in Anatomical Pathology is examined.
Examinations We do not evaluate this file component.
Extra-curricular We do not formally review this component.
Leadership skills We do not formally review this component.
MSPRs Is considered to clarify performance in undergraduate clinical training experiences.
Personal letters Interest in Anatomical Pathology and likelihood of success within our training program.
Reference documents May be used to clarify entries in CaRMS application fields.
Research/Publications Research experience is considered.
Transcripts Academic performance.

Elective criteria

Ideally an applicant will have completed an elective in our discipline. The program will consider the effect of COVID-19 restrictions when assessing learners' prior Pathology experience.
We do not require applicants to have done onsite electives.

Interview process

Interview format :

We routinely accommodate requests to re-schedule interviews for applicants.

Interview evaluation criteria :
Interview components Criteria
Collaboration skills The interview may be used to clarify collaboration skills.
Collegiality Ability to establish and maintain positive interpersonal interactions. Specifically assessed.
Communication skills Receptive and expressive communication. Specifically assessed.
Health advocacy This is not assessed.
Interest in the discipline Enthusiasm, awareness of and commitment to Anatomical Pathology. Specifically assessed.
Interest in the program The interview may be used to clarify interest in the program.
Leadership skills The interview may be used to clarify leadership skills.
Professionalism Any indication of weak professional attributes will be considered.
Scholarly activities The interview may be used to clarify participation in scholarly work.

Information gathered outside of CaRMS application

Specifically, we may consider:

Ranking process

The behavior(s) exhibited below during the interview process may prevent an applicant from being ranked by our program :

Program Highlights

Anatomical Pathology

The Department of Pathology at Queen's University offers excellent training for individuals pursuing careers in either community hospital-based or academic pathology.  The core programs are supported by state-of-the-art flow cytometry, cytogenetics and molecular DNA diagnostic laboratories and training in each of these areas is provided.  A busy regional cancer clinic is associated with the hospital, allowing a wide range of oncology related pathology.  Pediatric pathology is integrated in a horizontal fashion throughout the program.  An expanding catchment area with a large consultative service ensures an excellent mix of case material and numbers to provide a more than adequate volume.  As a Regional Forensics Centre trainees receive excellent training in Forensic Pathology.  A long tradition of training Anatomical Pathologists at Queen's has ensured excellence and success amongst our Residents.


Program Curriculum

This residency program is for 5 years.

Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.

Pathology, Anatomical -- Quick Facts

Opportunities for interprovincial and international electives while training.

Surgical specimens number approximately 25,000 per year; autopsy cases number approximately 300 per year. Cytology cases number approximately 12,000 cases per year.

Access to electronic medical resources provided

Please see below for training and research

Anatomical Pathology

The training program is organized into four stages, (transition to discipline, foundations of discipline, core of discipline and transition to practice) and progression through the stages occurs after the trainee demonstrates competence in specific professional activities associated with each level.  The competency based approach provides frequent low-stakes formative feedback so that the learning experience can be focused to individual needs/goals.  The essence of how pathology is taught will not change, but by adopting a competency based approach, the trainee will be assured that they are a competent pathologist at the end of their residency ready for independent practice or fellowship training.

The Department has a strong commitment to providing research training for residents who are preparing for an academic career.  Within the Department there are numerous opportunities to work in established laboratories which are using multidisciplinary techniques to investigate aspects of amyloidogenesis and Alzheimer's disease, atherosclerosis, the molecular biology of cancer, coagulation and fibrinolysis, cytogenetics and neuropathology to mention a few. A clinician investigator program is available for residents who are keen to pursue a graduate degree during their residency training.  


Education Sessions 

Our academic half-day series runs on a two year cycle such that residents have the opportunity to revisit subjects in their senior years.  This series covers the central topics in Anatomic Pathology including diagnostic pathology in the diagnostic subspecialties, lab management, advanced diagnostics (genetics).  In addition there are weekly micro rounds, gross rounds, autopsy rounds, neuropathology rounds.  Also, there are regular soft tissue and bone, renal biopsy, pediatric, liver biopsy rounds.  Journal clubs and an annual departmental research day help develop scholarly ability.

Training Sites

Laboratory Services are centralized for the region at the Kingston Health Sciences Centre (Kingston General Hospital site).

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