The first month of the program covers the basics and includes lessons on the different types of doctors, how to take a medical history, how to create a SOAP note, and habits that successful medical students and doctors all share. In months 2-12, you will rotate through different Shadowships, similar to how medical students rotate through clerkships. As a student in PremedSKL you will rotate through the following specialties:
Month 1 – Basics
Month 2 – Ophthalmology (these doctors are eye surgeons).
Month 3 – Cardiology (these doctors take care of patients with heart diseases such as ischemic heart disease, myocarditis and valvular heart disease).
Month 4 – Gasteroenterology (these doctors take care of patients with stomach and bowel problems like ulcers, Crohn’s disease and cancers).
Month 5 – Pediatrics (these doctors take care of children and adolescent patients with a variety of diseases including infections, inflammation, and congenital (birth) conditions).
Month 6 – Psychiatry (these doctors take care of patients who are suffering from mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder).
Month 7 – Emergency Room (these doctors assess patients with emergent and life threatening conditions such as heart attack, strokes and trauma).
Month 8 – Endocrinology (these doctors deal with patients who have hormonal problems such as pituitary tumors, thyroid inflammation or diabetes).
Month 9 – General Surgery (these surgeons treat patients with acute problems such as appendicitis, lung and breast cancers).
Month 10 – Neurology (these doctors manage patients with brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerve problems, including stroke, tumors and multiple sclerosis).
Month 11 – Family Medicine (these doctors are at the front line and have to differentiate potentially lethal causes of chest pain like a heart attack and ruptured esophagus from heartburn and manage chronic conditions like hypertension and asthma).
Month 12 – Internal medicine (these are doctors that take care of a number of general medicine problems including those of the kidney like nephritis, anemia and low blood sugars).
Upon successful completion of each course, a certificate will be awarded, there are three courses per quadmester. These certificates are not university credits, but show your interest in, commitment to, and completion of materials relevant to these specialties. Certificates are provided by our sister site MEDSKL.
The PremedSKL curriculum has been designed to be a collaborative step-by-step process. It will require a 2-3 hour commitment per week.
Each and every month we will have a live session which will consist of presenting mystery cases, Q&A sessions with medical students and reviewing important parts of science fair projects.
The core curriculum will consist of both pre-recorded lessons that can be consumed at your convenience and live monthly sessions which will be done in a group setting through Zoom. In addition, there will be weekly live office hours sessions where medical students and doctors will be able to answer your questions about the core material and your personal journey. Finally, there will be patient simulations – similar to the ones used in medical schools – that you will be given access to.
The tuition for PremedSKL is currently $2000 CAD per quadmester. For more information about tuition as well as available scholarships, visit our admissions page.
Our program allows you to learn some of the core material that is taught in many medical schools and feeder BHSc programs. In addition, you will be mentored by and be given a blueprint for success create by a number of leading physicians and medical students.
There is no guarantee whatsoever that you will be accepted into QuARMS, Canada’s only Direct Entry program, a Direct Entry Program elsewhere or into medical school. However, our program has been built by award-winning doctors with expertise in research and education. Furthermore, our curriculum and the lessons contained within it, are used by many Canadian medical students and others around the world.
Further, we do not guarantee that by enrolling in PremedSKL that you will win any awards or prizes at local, regional, national or international science fairs. However, the lessons, tips and guidance that will be used in our live training for science fairs are one that have been used by students who have won special awards, Challenge Awards, Best of Fair, and medals at regional, national and international science fairs.
Once a physician completes their medical education and is a licensed practitioner, they will need to complete ongoing medical education to maintain their license. The process of obtaining further education, online or in person, is called continuing medical education (CME). Our sister platform (MEDSKL) is used by practicing doctors and allows them to earn credits for their licensing purposes. This accreditation was done through Queen’s University’s School of Medicine’s CME Office. Because of this accreditation relationship, students enrolled in PremedSKL can earn completion certificates from MEDSKL.
PremedSKL will be accepting 50 students from around the world for each semester. Each student will submit an application which will be reviewed by our admissions team consisting of medical students, residents and doctors. Successful applicants will be notified by an email.
We do not require students who have already been admitted to the program to reapply for the next quadmester – we simply rollover the student’s application to the following term if the student wishes to continue.
The shadowships are virtual and delivered as autonomous courses students can watch on their own time. The content is based on the experiences medical students have in clinics such as simulations, patient interviews and rotation in different specialties and go pretty in-depth for each “ology” covered i.e. cardiology, endocrinology etc. Students then have the chance to review this content live in weekly office hours and go more in-depth in live monthly 90-min coaching sessions.