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Queen’s University - Diagnostic Radiology - Kingston

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

Last approved on November 05, 2021

Summary of changes

Approximate Quota:

 2 

Accreditation status : Accredited

Provincial Criteria


Dr. Andrew Chung
Department of Radiology 
Kingston General Hospital  
76 Stuart St.
Kingston, Ontario, K7L2V7
(613) 549-6666 ext. 1253
Diagnostic Radiology

Program Contacts

Ms. Lynne Meilleur
Administrative Assistant
LB12@queensu.ca
(613) 549-6666 ext. 1253


Important Information

Transition to Competence by Design

Residents starting on July 1, 2022 will be the first to experience the new Competence by Design (CBD) curriculum developed by programs with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada to provide Competency-based Medical Education (CBME) training to radiology learners. Residents will use time as a framework rather than the basis for progression. It is not anticipated that the duration of training will change for the majority of trainees. Residency programs will be broken down into stages, and each stage will have a series of entrustable professional activities (EPAs) based on required competencies. These EPAs will create more targeted learning outcomes and involve more frequent, formative assessments within the clinical workplace to ensure residents are developing and receiving feedback on the skills they need.

Queen's University is uniquely positioned to make this transition. Queen’s University received approval to adopt a Competency-based Medical Education model in all specialty programs, effective July 1, 2017. We are now in our fifth year post implementation of a CBME curriculum, with our first CBME cohort in their PGY-5 training year. This experience with CBME principles and tools will ensure a smooth transition our training program to CBD. 

Further information on CBD can be found on the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada website at: CBD implementation 

Casper Test - Required

All applicants are required to complete the Casper Test (Altus Suite) to assist with our selection process for the 2022 Application Cycle. 

Casper is an online test that assesses non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics. To complete Casper visit TakeAltus.com to create an account. In implementing Casper, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.  

The Casper test comprises 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. The test typically takes between 75-90 minutes to complete. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for Casper, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at TakeAltus.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test. We strongly urge you to take advantage of the 12-section practice test, which will not only immerse you in the test environment but will also ensure you meet the technical requirements to access and complete the test. 

The test dates for postgraduate programs are in December 2021 and January 2022 and carry a cost to you of $100 (CAD). After your results are processed you will be notified by CaRMS to log in so that CaRMS will assign your Casper score to the programs you've applied to who request the test score. You will not receive your own score.

Casper test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it. This is because your score is reported as a z-score within the group of all other applicants of the same year.

More information is available under Supporting Documentation > Additional Documents (Required)

Electives

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.

COVID-19 vaccination requirements:

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

Applicants are advised to only provide the documents requested by the program. No other documents submitted will be reviewed.
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
Required
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
Required
Number requested: 3

Three reference letters only. If possible, one or more reference letters from a faculty member from Radiology is helpful, but not required. We realize that this may not be possible this year with the restrictions on electives and reassure you that this will not be detrimental to your application.

Additional documents
Required
Medical Student Performance Record 

Order from your Dean's office.

Medical School Transcript 

Transcripts from the applicant’s graduating university (ideally sent directly by the university to CaRMS however if there are administrative barriers to doing this transcripts may be directly uploaded by the candidate)

Medical School Diploma 

Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a notarized translation. Students applying in the last year of medical school will need to submit their most recent marks/transcripts, and will need to provide proof of their MD to CPSO prior to the start of residency training.

Photo 
[Note: Photograph is used as memory aid only]

Personal Letter 

Please tell us about yourself. Maximum 500 words (there is no penalty for being a little over or under).

Custom Résumé / CV 

CASPer exam 

Casper Test - admissions assessments of non-cognitive skills 

All applicants to the Diagnostic Radiology residency program at Queen's University are required to complete the Casper Test (Altus Suite) to assist with our selection process for the 2022 Application Cycle. 

 

How to Complete Casper 

In order to take the Casper Test, you will be responsible for securing access to a laptop or desktop computer with webcam and audio capabilities. You will require the following for both account creation and completing Casper:  

  • Government-issued photo ID
  • Valid email address (the same one you will use to submit your application)
  • Working webcam
  • Working microphone
  • Reliable high-speed internet connection

  

Please go to www.TakeAltus.com to sign up for Altus Suite for Canadian Postgraduate Medical Education (CSP-20201 – Canadian Postgraduate Medical Education) after selecting Canada as the country which the school you are applying to resides in.

  1. Register using your CaRMS ID and a piece of government-issued photo ID.  
  2. Select a Casper test date. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your Casper test. There will be no additional tests scheduled. Please use an email address that you check regularly and that you have used for your application; there may be updates to the test schedule. 
  3. Important: To account for identity verification and payment processing timeline, ensure that you register for your test at least 3 days before your preferred test date and time. Last-minute bookings are not recommended. 
  4. Ensure you have selected CaRMS for distribution before the posted Distribution Deadline. Likely, there will be no additional tests scheduled, but the most up to date information can be found by browsing the Test Dates and Times  on TakeAltus.com. 
  5. Please direct any inquiries on Altus Suite to support@altus.as. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the TakeAltus.com website. 

 

Accommodations: If you require testing accommodations for the Casper Test you will need to submit the Accommodations Request Form signed by you and your qualified professional 3 weeks in advance of your desired test date. More information regarding accommodations can be found here. 

  

More About Casper 

The Casper test comprises 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. The test typically takes between 75-90 minutes to complete. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for Casper, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at TakeAltus.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test. We strongly urge you to take advantage of the 12-section practice test, which will not only immerse you in the test environment but will also ensure you meet the technical requirements to access and complete the test. 

Casper test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it. 

For a more detailed look at the Casper test, please see this video. 

Optional - will be reviewed
Abstract/Publications 

Undergraduate Transcript (Bachelor's Degree) 


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



Interviews

Dates:

  • March 3, 2022
  • March 4, 2022
Interviews are mandatory. The objectives of the interview are to meet the applicant, review his/her application, and assess his/her communication skills. Only applicants being offered an interview will be contacted, via email, on February 18, 2022.  Interview dates are Thursday and Friday, March 3 and 4, 2022. All interviews this year will be conducted virtually over Zoom, with details to follow at time of interview offer.

Program will notify all applicants through CaRMS Online and will send email invitations directly to applicants selected for an interview.
There are two interviewers per room. Interviews are expected to be conducted by three radiologists and three residents. The interview format is not formally structured, and there will be no tests of clinical knowledge or radiologic images. Only candidates who have interviewed will be ranked.


Selection Criteria

We are looking for applicants with varied experiences in medicine, but also a demonstrable interest in radiology and record of strong academic performance. Queen’s radiology is a close-knit community of residents and radiologists, and candidates should possess strong communication and interpersonal skills as well as an interest in Kingston and contributing to the Queen’s medical community. Residents at Queen’s have access to immense opportunity for hands-on learning, with early and in-depth experience with procedures and advanced imaging, which at some institutions might be reserved for more senior trainees or clinical fellows. We are seeking candidates comfortable with maximizing these opportunities through staff-led and self-directed learning. Endorsements of professionalism and work ethic, particularly in the Medical Student Performance Record (MSPR) and letters of reference are highly valued.

Information from the CaRMS file review and in-person interview will be used to determine rank order.

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.

Program goals

The overall goal of our program is to produce competent diagnostic radiologists who are knowledgeable in all forms of diagnostic imaging and are able to assist referring physicians in arriving at a diagnosis. The program recognizes and respects the need for both academic and community-based radiologists and is designed to facilitate training in both of these major career pathways.

Training is founded on graduated experience and responsibility, and the trainee must acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes appropriate to the specialty and profession through a comprehensive program of diverse academic and clinical experiences, including: case review and reporting, procedures, consultations, call, academic half-day, lecture and case-based rounds, and research.

The program is designed to assess resident progress, attitudes, and abilities with respect to their peers at comparable levels and to provide timely communication of the results of assessment through constructive feedback and encouragement in order to help modify and/or optimize their learning experience. New residents will be evaluated through the framework of competency-based medical education (CBME), which allows for more continuous and focused feedback and clearly defined training objectives. Each resident is paired with a staff radiologist, who serves as their Academic Advisor to provide feedback on their performance at quarterly intervals and who may provide mentorship and guidance throughout residency.

The program is also committed to continual improvement, and residents take an active role in the evaluation of faculty, individual rotations, and the program as a whole.

Selection process goals

Successful candidates should exhibit: 

  • History of academic achievement, including faculty-led and self-directed learning
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, demonstrating maturity and empathy
  • Professional attitude, including punctuality and work ethic
  • Interest in research and critical appraisal
  • Interest in Kingston and desire to contribute to the Queen’s medical community
  • Manual dexterity and visual perception skills

File review process

Review team composition : File review is conducted by at least two radiologists (including the Program Director) and at least two residents

Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 51 - 200

Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 26 - 50 %

Evaluation criteria :
File component Criteria
CV Education and work history, awards and achievements, research experience
Electives Varied elective experience, at least one in radiology, is preferred
Examinations Academic performance
Extra-curricular Contributions to the community/ability to maintain work-life balance
Leadership skills Leadership roles undertaken, endorsements of leadership qualities
MSPRs Academic performance, endorsements of interpersonal and professional qualities
Personal letters Clarity of communication, interest in radiology, interest in Kingston/Queen's
Reference documents Endorsements of performance, work ethic, interpersonal and professional qualities
Research/Publications Research history, publication/presentation, experience with methodology, interest in radiology
Transcripts Academic performance

Elective criteria

We are looking for and rewarding applicants who have completed a broad range of electives including in our discipline.
We do not require applicants to have done onsite electives.

We understand that due to COVID-19 restrictions, electives may have been limited or not possible at all for candidates this year.

Interview process

Interview format :



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

Interview evaluation criteria :
Interview components Criteria
Collaboration skills Communication style, direct or indirect discussion of inter-professional collaborative experiences
Collegiality Communication style, demeanour, direct or indirect discussion of conflict management +/- examples
Communication skills Communication style and clarity
Health advocacy Direct or indirect discussion of patient advocacy issues +/- examples, demonstrable awareness of the role of radiology in patient diagnosis and treatment
Interest in the discipline Direct or indirect discussion of reasons for choosing radiology, radiology experience, research
Interest in the program Knowledge of the program/city, reasons for interest in program/city, personal ties to program/city
Leadership skills Direct or indirect discussion of leadership and teaching experiences, communication style
Professionalism Communication, demeanour, discussion of professional conduct (experiential and/or conceptual)
Scholarly activities Academic history and performance, research/teaching experience and interest

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

  • Close-knit program of residents and radiologists provides a warm and enjoyable interpersonal and professional experience
  • Excellent faculty-to-trainee ratio and immense resident opportunity for hands-on learning, with early and in-depth experience with procedures and advanced imaging, which at some institutions might be reserved for more senior trainees or clinical fellows
  • Early adoption of competency-based curriculum provides a robust system of continual feedback, individual mentorship (each resident is assigned a faculty Academic Advisor), and clearly defined goals and objectives for competency
  • Located in Kingston, one of the most picturesque and liveable small cities in Ontario; highlights including: waterfront properties and activities, historic downtown, short commute times, lower cost of living, a bustling restaurant and tourism scene, central location between numerous larger metropolitan areas (Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Syracuse), and proximity to numerous beautiful leisure destinations (Prince Edward County/Sandbanks Provincial Park, the Thousand Islands)


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.

The curriculum meets or exceeds all current requirements for eligibility to write the final Royal College examination. The precise composition of blocks may be subject to some changes as we optimize the curriculum for implementation of the new nationwide Competence by Design (CBD) curriculum being implemented on July 1, 2022.

 

Transition to Discipline (8 blocks)

Neurology

ER

Internal Medicine

General Surgery

Urology

Research

Elective/Other

 

Foundation of Discipline (14 blocks)

 

Ultrasound

Neuroradiology

Abdominal CT

Chest

Gastrointestinal/Genitourinary

Breast

Nuclear Medicine

MRI

Musculoskeletal

Research

Elective/Other

 

Core of Discipline (38 blocks)

 

Breast

Abdominal CT

Abdominal MRI

Cardiac

Fetal Imaging

Nuclear Medicine

Neuroradiology

Interventional Radiology

Ultrasound

Chest

Musculoskeletal

Gastrointestinal/Genitourinary

American Institute of Radiologic Pathology (Washington, DC)

Pediatrics (Sick Kids - Toronto)

Research

Elective/Other

 

Transition to Practice (5 blocks)

 

Junior Staff

Elective

 

 

Research

Dedicated research time tailored to the development of critical appraisal skills. Topic to be chosen with and supervised by the Resident Research Director. Each resident is expected to participate in a single research project. This might be in quality assurance, clinical study, or basic science. Projects are performed under the supervision of a staff radiologist, and the overall process is guided by the Resident Research Director. 

The research project is expected to start in the Transition to Discipline phase. A research block is scheduled in that phase, as well as during the Foundation of Discipline (FOD) and Core of Discipline (COD) phases, and additional elective time is available for research later in residency. 

Seminars

A variety of seminars are offered during the five year training program to include: basic radiography, medical ethics, physics, contrast media, research methodology, quality assurance, and hospital administration. The department has an active visiting professor program consisting of three two-day visits during each academic year.


Training Sites

The Kingston Health Sciences Centre sites include:

Kingston General Hospital

Hotel Dieu Hospital

See description of hospitals in the Introduction to Queen's University programs in the carms.ca website.

Other facilities used include:

Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario (for the mandatory three (3) block pediatric rotation.  Residents live in a shared two bedroom condominium leased by the Faculty of Health - which is used by all Queen's University residents).

American Institute of Radiologic Pathology, Washington, D.C. (four week radiologic pathology course).

 


Additional Information

There are opportunities to take interprovincial and international electives while training in our program.

While there are no mandatory rural rotations, residents have used their elective blocks for this purpose.

Ratio of residents to faculty is 1:1.6

Average patient load: 162,000 cases at 2 institutions (divided by 15 residents in the program at present)


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