Queen’s University - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - Kingston

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

Last approved on January 19, 2022

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Approximate Quota:


Accreditation status : Accredited

Provincial Criteria

Dr. Sussan Askari
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 
Providence Care Hospital  
752 King St. West
Kingston ON , Ontario, K7L 4X3
(613) 544-4900 x53293
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Program Contacts

Heather-Ann Thompson
Department Manager
613-544-4900 x53293

Important Information

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation National Implementation of Competence by Design (CBD)

 In July 2020, Competence by Design (CBD), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons’ implementation of Competency-Based Medical Education (CBME), was implemented in all Canadian Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation programs. Since July 1, 2017, Queen’s University has adopted a CBME model in all specialty programs, including PM&R.

 Residency programs are broken down into four stages, and each stage has a series of entrustable professional activities (EPAs) based on required competencies. These EPAs create more targeted learning outcomes and involve more frequent coaching feedback and documentation of observations within the clinical workplace to ensure residents are developing and receiving feedback on the skills they need.

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

 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

Program start date is July 1, 2022.

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

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.

Three letters of reference are required. All should be from physicians who you have worked with clinically.  Referees should be able to attest to interest and proficiency in our specialty as well as comment on interpersonal skills. See Selection Criteria for more details.

Additional documents
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)

Personal Letter 
Word count
Minimum : None
Maximum : None

Personal letter outlining why you are applying to Physiatry. Please include personal strengths, weaknesses, career goals, and reason for interest in the field and in the Queen's program. Please do not exceed the maximum of 1000 word count for personal letters.

Custom Résumé / CV 

[Note: Photograph is used as memory aid only]

Conditionally required
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.

Optional - will be reviewed

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



  • March 2, 2022
  • March 3, 2022
Virtual interviews for the 2022 Match will be scheduled on March 2 and 3, 2022.

 It is first come, first served for interview dates/times. Please be aware there are limited interview spots on each date.


Program will notify all applicants through CaRMS Online and will send email invitations directly to applicants selected for an interview.
Candidates felt to be acceptable, based on initial assessment of their applications, will be invited for virtual interviews.

Interviews will be conducted by 3 panel members consisting of an attending teaching staff and current PM&R residents with a structured format.

Time will be included for candidates to ask questions about the program.  All candidates are invited to attend a virtual social event the evening prior to scheduled interview date.  Details will follow for those selected for interview.




Selection Criteria

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.

Solid academic record which demonstrates special proficiency in those subjects related to the specialty.

Candidates should have a proven interest in physical medicine and rehabilitation. 

 Referees should be able to attest to interest and proficiency in the specialty as well as comment on exemplary interpersonal skills.

Candidates with an interest and proven experience in research, both in basic science and clinical research.  Accomplishments, academic or otherwise during the period of medical school.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

We are looking for applicants who embrace change and have a growth mindset, are passionate, resilient and receptive to feedback.

Program goals

The program goal for residents, upon completion of the PM&R program at Queen’s University, is to:

be a competent specialist in PM&R (Physiatrist) capable of assuming a consultant’s role in the specialty. The resident must acquire a working knowledge of the specialty, including its foundations in the basic medical sciences and research. Residents must demonstrate the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes for effective patient-centred care to a diverse population. In all aspects of specialist practice, the resident must be able to address issues of gender, sexual orientation, age, culture, ethnicity and ethics in a professional manner. (Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, 2011)

Selection process goals

The resident must acquire a working knowledge of the specialty, including its foundations in the basic medical sciences and research. Residents must demonstrate the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes for effective patient-centred care to a diverse population. In all aspects of specialist practice, the resident must be able to address issues of gender, sexual orientation, age, culture, ethnicity and ethics in a professional manner. Other considerations are:

- a solid academic standing

- an interest in medical education and clinical medicine 

- excellent communication skills

- demonstrates leadership skills 

- research activities 


File review process

Review team composition : 1 Program Director
3 faculty members

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

Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 51 - 75 %

Evaluation criteria :
File component Criteria
CV Provides a general overview of the candidate and their accomplishments
Electives Clerkship evaluations are required and will be reviewed. 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.
Examinations We do not evaluate this file component.
Extra-curricular Well rounded, contribution to the community, demonstrated ability to maintain work-life balance
Leadership skills Demonstrated leadership skills in academic and non-academic settings
MSPRs Academic performance and personal contributions during medical school
Personal letters Genuine interest in PM&R and the Queen's Program. Maximum 1000 word count.
Reference documents Professionalism, interpersonal skills, strong communication skills, advocacy, leadership and team work
Research/Publications Demonstrated interest, knowledge and experience in research during medical school.
Transcripts Academic performance during medical school

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.

2022 candidates: Due to COVID-19 pandemic electives in PM&R are not required.

Interview process

Interview format :

We may accommodate requests to re-schedule interviews for applicants due to weather, technology failure, or unforeseen circumstances.

Interview evaluation criteria :
Interview components Criteria
Collaboration skills Able to work effectively with other health care professionals to provide safe, high-quality, patient care
Collegiality Ability to work with others in a respectful manner
Communication skills We use the interview as an opportunity to assess a candidate's verbal and non-verbal communication skills
Health advocacy Understanding of health advocacy
Interest in the discipline Applied knowledge and understanding of the discipline
Interest in the program Demonstrate interest in the PM&R program at Queen’s University
Leadership skills Evidence of leadership from the applicant's previous experiences
Professionalism Demonstrate professional behaviour during the interview and pre-interview process
Scholarly activities Interest and ability in performing 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

Quick Facts

Our program offers junior rehabilitation rotations in the Foundations of Discipline stage, and longer senior rehabilitation rotations in the Core of Discipline stage.  Although not required by the Royal College, this spiral curriculum allows graduated progression of responsibilities, as well as spaced repetition to consolidate rehabilitation knowledge.

The program includes a particular focus on Clinical EMG training that provides the six month training requirement for EMG certification on completion of the program.

Academic Advising and longitudinal coaching is available during our residency training.

Funding is available to attend relevant national and international conferences ($10,000 during residency training)

Department funding for resident research project is available up to $6,000.

Collegial group of faculty and residents

New accessible hospital on Lake Ontario

Residents are provided the opportunity for at least a one-month community rehabilitation rotation in a small to medium sized community outside the academic medical centre.  

Residents have first on call responsibilities Monday-Thursday each week with the exception to statutory holidays.  The Medical On Call Group is first on call on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and on statutory holidays. 



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 Queen’s University, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation program is a fully accredited program, which meets the training requirements of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The program is structured with a mix of block and longitudinal components.

The Queens PM&R stages of training and rotations are as follows:

Transition to discipline+

2 blocks

Foundations of Discipline

19 blocks

Core of Discipline

34 blocks

Transition to practice

10 blocks

Rehab Basics (2)





Internal Medicine - (4)

(2 of Cardio, ID, Resp + 2 CTU)

Geriatrics (1)

Surgery (2)

(2 of plastics, urology, vasc, nsx)

Selective (2) 

Acquired Brain Injury (1)

Spinal Cord Injury (1)

Stroke (1)

Musculoskeletal (2)

Neurology (2)

Rheumatology (1)

Ortho (2)

Acquired Brain Injury (3)

Spinal Cord Injury (3)

Stroke (3)

Musculoskeletal (4)

EMG (6)

Pediatric Rehab-Ottawa (3)

Cardiac and/or Respiratory Rehab (1)

Prosthetics and Orthotics-Ottawa (1)

Consolidation (4)

Research (3)

Electives (3)

Junior attending


Further EMG training




Based on career plan


Other options:


Extra training


Longitudinal Rotations 


Prosthetics and Orthotics

Program Overview

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency (PM&R) postgraduate training program is five years in length. Residents complete their first two blocks in Transition to Discipline, learning “Rehab Basics.” Foundations of Discipline (FD) is primarily off-service, but residents will have rotations in core PM&R areas as well. In Core of Discipline (CD), residents have the opportunity to revisit these core rotations as a senior resident. Going through the rotations twice allows for graduated responsibility and independence, and consolidation of knowledge from other off-service rotations such as Rheumatology, Neurology and Orthopedic Surgery.

 During PM&R rotations, residents will participate in longitudinal rehabilitation clinics, such as Neuromuscular Rehabilitation and Prosthetics and Orthotics (P&O). Residents complete 3 blocks of Pediatric Rehabilitation and 1 block of P&O in Ottawa. Residents complete 6 blocks of EMG, which affords the opportunity to meet the CSCN (EMG) examination requirements.

 The Transition to Practice (TP) stage allows residents to focus on career planning and preparation for independent practice. Residents in the TP stage are given opportunities to function as a junior attending, with enhanced responsibilities equivalent to those of a consultant in PM&R.

 *Rotation order may vary due to scheduling conflicts and rotation availability

Funding is provided on an annual basis for education leave to attend conferences and courses.  In addition, there is research funding available through the department.



Training Sites


Providence Care Hospital has a 60 bed rehabilitation unit in the rehabilitation/geriatric/complex care/mental health hospital setting. There are outpatient clinics, an EMG lab and a full complement of allied health care professionals. This new state of the art health care facility is the site of all inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services since April 2017. This new site has significantly enhanced the clinical, education and research experiences of residents.

Kingston Health Sciences Centre-SITE: Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston–medicine, surgery, neurology and pediatric ambulatory clinics

Kingston Health Sciences Centre-SITE: Kingston General Hospital–acute-care inpatient services

University of Ottawa (Affiliation Agreements) for 3 blocks Pediatric Rehabilitation rotation at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and 1 block of Prosthetics and Orthotics

Community Rehabilitation rotation– with the option of other sites at multiple locations across Ontario


All residents are provided with a Queen's email address, internet access and dedicated office space with a computer. On-site library facilities include a small departmental library containing print and medical resources and an excellent hospital library with knowledgeable staff. The Health Sciences Library on the Queen's University campus has additional resources.

Additional Information

As a smaller centre, here you are your name, not a student number.  We treat each other with respect, dignity and work well together.  We are here to help you grow into the Physiatrist you've dreamed of! 

Kingston has many advantages with regards to quality of life, cost of living and ease of movement within the Health Sciences Centre. 

Kingston is known for its many recreational opportunities including some of the best fresh water sailing in the world, wilderness parks, an active triathlon community, rowing, exceptional restaurants, an active theatre and music scene, to name a few. For those with a family, it is an ideal environment to raise children with many excellent schools. Past residents have found time to enjoy the richness of life outside of medicine that Kingston has to offer while completing their clinical training.

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