Last Updated on June 17, 2020

How To Prepare For The QuARMS Interview

QuARMS Interview Preparation

As an applicant who has secured an interview for the coveted QuARMS program at Queen’s University, you are already off to the races. The QuARMS interview is an ever changing screening tool, intended to secure only the best 10 high school students in Canada.

Due to it’s highly competitive nature, the interview is intended to challenge a candidate’s ability to think on their feet, demonstrate a high level of maturity and exhibit a true passion for medicine. Less than 60 candidates are typically invivted for an interview, and as such your chances of acceptance are not approximately 20% or 1:5 students. The QuARMs interview is therefore the most crucial step in determining your success. Early preparation is the most important thing you can do to succeed. For most high school students, interviewing at this high level is rare. As a result, nerves and emotions can often overcome even the most polished candidate. Practice and expert coaching can help build confidence, strengthen communication skills and prepare for even the most challenging of interview questions.

The QuARMS website hints at the following core competencies that are expected of candidates. These included but are not limited too:

  • Commitment to service
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Ability to relate to people
  • Exceptional leadership
  • Diversity of your interests
  • Humility, altruism, humanism, and curious nature

In addition to the above core qualities, the QuARMs candidate must also think about the other diverse roles of medicine, which are used at the undergraduate and postgraduate level of medical education. These core competencies provide a framework of how to succeed as a physician. For e.g. the CANMEDS roles are ones typically looked to as the sought after outline of how to be a successful medical student, medical residency or clinician. As a result, these would be important to review prior to interview day.

CanMEDS is a framework that identifies and describes the abilities physicians require to effectively meet the health care needs of the people they serve. These abilities are grouped thematically under seven roles. A competent physician seamlessly integrates the competencies of all seven CanMEDS Roles.

The CanMEDS Roles include:

Medical Expert (the integrating role)




Health Advocate



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