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.
Program application language: English
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:
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.
Three letters of reference are required, preferrably written by faculty.
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.
May be provided to support application.
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
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).
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.
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 %
|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.|
Interview format :
We routinely accommodate requests to re-schedule interviews for applicants.
|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.|
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.
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
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.
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.
Laboratory Services are centralized for the region at the Kingston Health Sciences Centre (Kingston General Hospital site).
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