Postgraduate Medical Education Office

The Postgraduate Medical Education office (PGME) is committed to working with residents to ensure that their educational experience during the time they spend at the University of Saskatchewan will provide them with the best possible program to meet their needs in relation to their future career goals. The role of the PGME office is one of coordination - with residents, with teaching hospitals, various stakeholder agencies and with departments and program directors.

Address
College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, 1121 College Drive, Saskatoon, SK S7N 0W3
Hours
Monday Friday, 8:30 am 4:30 pm

Accreditation

All active residency training programs are accredited for training.


The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) are the national professional associations that oversee the medical education of specialists and family physicians in Canada. They accredit university programs that train resident physicians for their practices.  The College of Medicine is bound to the standards of accreditation and must meet certain criteria in order to remain an accredited university to teach medicine.  The Postgraduate Medical Education Office must uphold the A Standards of accreditation and the Specialty Programs/Family Medicine programs must uphold the B standards of accreditation.  

The next College of Medicine accreditation site visit will occur in 2021.  

To learn more about the Royal College & College of Family Physicians of Canada accreditation and the standards, select a link below:

RCPSC Accreditation Website 

CFPC Accreditation Website

A Standards 

B Standards 


Internal Review Process

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) conduct regular on-site accreditation visits to ensure the quality of the residency programs at the University of Saskatchewan.  In order to prepare for these visits and to identify strengths and areas for improvement, an internal review process has been established.

Internal reviews are an integral component of the accreditation process at the University of Saskatchewan and are conducted at least two years prior to the regular RCPSC/CFPC visits.  These internal reviews are intended as a mechanism to assist the university in maintaining the quality of its residency programs.  They also provide the Postgraduate Medical Education office and Program Directors with valuable information about their programs and enable them to take corrective measures to address any weaknesses before the next RCPSC/CFPC survey. 

University of Saskatchewan Internal Review Process

Awards

The PGME office has several awards available for residents to apply for in a wide range of areas.  Award recipients are recognized at the annual resident appreciation night. 

CanMEDS Awards
Purpose
To recognize medical residents who have excelled in the CanMEDS roles while at the College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan.

The Award

  • One award for each role as determined by the Awards Committee is available on an annual basis.
  • The awards will be granted to a resident training in Family Medicine or a Royal College specialty-training program. 

Eligibility
Any resident currently enrolled in a College of Medicine (RCPSC or CFPC) postgraduate training program at the University of Saskatchewan.

Nominations
Nominations must be submitted by completing the nomination form and must include:

  1. Letter from nominator.
  2. Two additional letters of support.

Undergraduate medical students, residents, faculty and staff of the College of Medicine are eligible to nominate a candidate. Self-nominations are ineligible.

Selection
Nominations are adjudicated by the CanMEDS Awards Committee, an ad hoc subcommittee of the Postgraduate Medical Education Committee. This committee includes the Postgraduate Medical Education Dean (or designate), a Department Head, one faculty member each from Academic Family Medicine (or designate) and a Royal College Specialty, an undergraduate student representative and a postgraduate resident representative. Other members may be added as designated by the Dean, College of Medicine.

The deadline for submitting nominations is June 15, 2017.

For more information, contact Della Toews at 306-966-1941.

CSCI-CIHR Resident Research Award
Each year the Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation (CSCI) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) co-sponsor the Award Program for Excellence in Resident Research.

This prize of $1,000 will be awarded annually for the best resident research project conducted during a RCPSC/CFPC training program at each Canadian medical school. Funding to support this initiative is provided by the Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Prize
A) $1,000 per resident in each medical school
B) complimentary CSCI membership for two years
C) certificate signed by the CIHR and CSCI presidents

More information on the awards is available on the CSCI website.

Selection Criteria

  • Research work must have been completed in the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan.
  • Research work must have been completed while the resident was enrolled in a Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada or a College of Family Physicians of Canada residency training program. Research undertaken during undergraduate medical education, or during a leave from residency training to complete another program (e.g. Masters), cannot be considered.
  • It is acceptable to resubmit a previous submission to this competition; in particular, where there has been further work and/or new publication in peer reviewed journals.

Selection Committee
The nominations will be reviewed by an internal adjudication committee who will then then select the award recipient for our institution.

Nomination Process
Each year, the Postgraduate Medical Education Office issues a call for nominations. Nominations are no longer being accepted for the 2014 Resident Research Prize. Click here to download a nomination form. The nomination form must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • Research Summary Form for Adjudication Committee
  • Abstract or manuscript
  • Summary page

The nomination form and supporting documentation must be submitted to the Postgraduate Medical Education Office, c/o Della Toews.
The deadline for nominations has passed.

CSCI-CIHR Resident Research Award Nomination Form Is Not Available At This Time

Medical Class of 1939 Resident Teacher Award in Medicine
The Medical Class of 1939 Resident Teacher Award in Medicine has been established through a donation from Dr. Donald Wilson (class of 1939) to recognize medical residents who have excelled in teaching while at the College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Wilson made this donation in recognition of the training received by him and his class during their time at the College of Medicine.

The Award

  • Two awards of equal value, as determined by the Award Committee and based on financial resources available, are available on an annual basis.
  • One award will be granted to a resident training in Family Medicine and the other award will be granted to a resident training in a Royal College specialty-training program.

Eligibility
Any resident currently enrolled in a College of Medicine (RCPSC or CFPC) postgraduate training program at the University of Saskatchewan.

Selection Criteria

  1. Excellence in teaching in different settings. Examples include, but are not limited to, bedside teaching, informal teaching, morning report teaching.
  2. Excellence in teaching in different CanMEDS roles.
  3. Evidence of student satisfaction and student learning and impact on educational outcomes.
  4. Demonstrated commitment to teaching.

Selection Committee
Nominations are adjudicated by the Resident Teacher Award Committee. This committee is appointed by the Dean of the College of Medicine and includes the Postgraduate Medical Education Dean (or designate), Department Head, Academic Family Medicine (or designate), undergraduate student representative and postgraduate student representative. Other members may be added as designated by the Dean, College of Medicine.

Nomination Process
Each year, the Postgraduate Medical Education Office will issue a call for nominations. Undergraduate medical students, residents, faculty and staff of the College of Medicine are eligible to nominate a candidate. Self-nominations are ineligible.

The completed nomination form must be accompanied by the following documents:

  1. Nominator’s letter of support.
  2. Minimum of two additional letters of support.
  3. Curriculum vitae of the nominee (abbreviated to two pages).

Nomination forms and supporting documentation can be sent to the PGME Office c/o Della Toews and will be accepted until Monday, June 12, 2017 at 4:00pm

CanMEDS Framework / Training

The CanMEDS Physician Competency Framework describes the knowledge, skills and abilities that specialist physicians need for better patient outcomes. The framework is based on the seven roles that all physicians need to have, to be better doctors: Medical Expert, Communicator, Collaborator, Leader, Health Advocate, Scholar, and Professional.

The CanMEDS Framework is based on empirical research, educational design and College consensus to reflect the work of hundreds of Royal College Fellows and volunteers. The Royal College Governing Council approved the framework in 1996 and it is the basis for all specialty specific objectives of training recognized by the College.

CanMEDS 2015 Framework

The CanMEDS-Family Medicine (CanMEDS-FM) describes the roles and responsibilities carried out by a family physician and builds upon the Four Principles. CanMEDS-FM integrates the CanMEDS roles but replaces “Medical Expert” with “Family Medicine Expert."

Copyright © 2015 The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Reproduced with permission

Committees

The Postgraduate Medical Education Office works together with several committees, subcommittees and working groups to develop well-articulated policies in areas of postgraduate training for current work and planned initiatives.  Terms of Reference for these committees are below:

Accreditation and program enhancement committee
Allocation advisory committee
PGME committee
PGME executive committee
PGME standing committee for appeals

EHR Viewer

The College of Medicine is collaborating with eHealth Saskatchewan to provide you, as a physician-in-training at the University of Saskatchewan, with an innovative way to access patient health information. The eHR Viewer gives authorized Saskatchewan health care providers easy access to all available information easily at any patient/care provider encounter.

The eHR Viewer includes:

  • Laboratory results;
  • Record of prescribed medication;
  • Discharge summaries;
  • Admission/Discharge/Transfers ;
  • Immunization records; and
  • Chronic Disease Management data.

Access to the eHR Viewer is easy, secure and available on computers, laptops or iPads connected to the eHealth Saskatchewan website.  

If you have any questions about the eHR Viewer or require assistance gaining access, please contact Reola Mathieu or call 306-966-5557.

MD Management

Practice Management Seminar
This full-day seminar is offered each year by the Canadian Medical Association for senior residents. Practice management is included in the CanMEDS competencies and is essential for future success as a physician. Topics include contract negotiation contract negotiation, financial wellness, insurance requirements, tax and accounting issues, and various aspects of practice management. Breakfast and lunch are provided and residents are encouraged to bring their spouses.

The 2018 Practice Management Seminar dates are TBD.

For more information please contact Lindsay Katz.

PGME - FMEC Guidelines

Released in March 2012, this report outlines the results of the Health Canada-funded Future of Medical Education in Canada Postgraduate (FMEC PG) project. The project set out to conduct a thorough review of postgraduate medical education in Canada and establish whether the structure and processes of the current system are designed for the best possible outcomes to meet current and future societal needs. The 10 recommendations in this collective vision aim to prepare the Canadian postgraduate medical education system for the century ahead.

Future of Medical Education in Canada Postgraduate Project Public Report

Required Courses

For more information on any of the courses below please contact Betty Rohr at (306)-966-8548

Critical Appraisal Course - Introductory Course For Residents
The introductory Critical Appraisal Course for Residents is a mandatory course which must be completed by all residents at the University of Saskatchewan at some time during their residency. This course is part of the overall curriculum in the College of Medicine, which aims to enable residents to access information efficiently, evaluate the quality of the evidence underlying information and then to apply it competently to their clinical practice.  It is the expectation of the College of Medicine that all departments will augment this training with ongoing activities such as journal clubs.

During this course we provide a series of interactive experiences focusing on three main objectives:

  1. To increase residents' familiarity with pre-appraised sources of medical information and their benefits and drawbacks with the goal of facilitating more effective and efficient point of care management.
  2. To briefly review foundational concepts of epidemiology and statistical analysis pertinent to the critical appraisal of the medical literature.
  3. To apply critical appraisal techniques to the medical literature in a resident’s area of specialization.

These objectives will be met through a combination of interactive, online activities and small-group, in person discussions facilitated by experts in informatics, epidemiology & statistics and applied clinical practice (clinicians in the resident's area of study).   

Resident Access to the Critical Appraisal Course Online Module

Resident Access the 2015 Critical Appraisal Schedule will be available soon


Residents as Teachers Orientation (online module)

As a Resident at the University of Saskatchewan, you will be expected to teach a variety of people including patients, medical students, clerks and fellow residents. Teaching others improves your understanding of medicine because it forces you to rethink your knowledge and skills in a particular area. Clerks and medical students like having residents as teachers because your experiences are fresh. In your first year as a resident at the University of Saskatchewan, you will be expected to take TIPS for Residents which is a formal two day introduction to teaching course. This orientation is meant to provide you with some very basic knowledge about teaching until you are able to take the course.

This learning module is meant to help guide your teaching practice and prepare you for the TIPS workshop. It will take approximately 45 minutes to review the core material and readings, however the comprehensive learning activity and assessment resources available may take a few hours to thoroughly review. We expect that residents will work through the core material and complete the questionnaire by 11:59 pm July 31, 2017. We recommend that residents refer back to the resources available in this module as they take on more teaching responsibilities throughout their training.

Resident Access to the Residents as Teachers Orientation Module


Teaching Improvement Project Systems (TIPS) Course

All residents are required to complete TIPS and the cost is covered by the College of Medicine.

Residents play an important and essential role in the teaching of medical students, resident colleagues, patients, and other members of the health care team. For most physicians, including non-academic physicians, the ability to effectively communicate information in a learning environment is essential. In recognition of the important role that residents play in teaching, and the need for effective teaching skills in practice, the Teaching Improvement Project Systems (TIPS) course provides an opportunity for residents to acquire and strengthen effective teaching skills – it is very interactive with much group discussion and practice teaching. The course generally receives very positive feedback, and our research has shown that teaching skills and confidence improve significantly as a result of the course.

TIPS will be offered on the following dates in the 2017/17 academic year (FM – Family Medicine; RC – Royal College):
Saskatoon 2017:
  • Thursday, August 17th & 24th – FM Saskatoon
  • Wednesday, September 13th & 20th – RC Saskatoon
  • Friday, October 27th & November 3rd – RC Saskatoon
  • Wednesday, November 8th & 15th – RC Saskatoon
  • Tuesday, November 21st & 28th – RC Saskatoon
  • Friday, December 1st & 8th – RC Saskatoon
  • Tuesday, December 12th & 19th – RC Saskatoon
Distributed Sites 2017:
  • Wednesday, July 12th & 19th – RC Regina
  • Thursday, July 13th & 20th – FM Regina
  • Tuesday, July 25th & August 1st – FM Swift Current
  • Wednesday, July 26th & August 2nd – FM Moose Jaw
  • Tuesday, August 22nd & 29th – FM Prince Albert
  • Wednesday, September 27th & October 4th – FM North Battleford & La Ronge
Saskatoon 2018:
  • Thursday, January 11th & 18th – RC Saskatoon
  • Tuesday, January 30th & February 6th – RC Saskatoon

CLR 800.3 – Clinical Research Methodologies (online course)

Course Instructors: Viv Ramsden, Bill Albritton, Shari McKay, Susan Murphy, Resident Research Coordinators

This Blackboard Learning System delivered course is designed to provide awareness, understanding and skill development in various clinical research methods including: study design, quantitative, measurements , clinical trials, qualitative methodologies, community-based participatory research, Aboriginal research, research ethics, communication skills, N=1 studies, quality assessment and knowledge translation. This course is directed for students conducting a patient/individual/community-based or translational project.

All residents in the Family Medicine program are required to complete this course. Some Royal College programs also require the completion of this course; please contact your program for more details.

CLR 800 is offered twice per year with intake in July and October.

Strategic Plan

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Originally founded as the School of Medical Sciences and located in the University Greenhouse in 1926, the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan has come a long way from its humble beginnings. 

Vision: Establish the U of S PGME as a major sought after training site that offers high quality training in a collegial learning environment and fosters appropriate professional enculturation

Mission: We develop competent physicians with professional values to meet changing societal needs / demands

Values: Integrity - Respect - Diversity - Inclusivity - Responsibility - Excellence

FAQs

1. I'm a new resident, who is my employer?
As a resident, you are both an employee and a student of the University of Saskatchewan.  Type B residents are only students of the University.


2. What are my benefit entitlements as a resident?
As a resident (excluding Type B) you are automatically enrolled in the health and dental plans provided through the University of Saskatchewan’s Sun Life Group Insurance Policy. Your fees are paid on your behalf for the duration of your residency in the province.  You have the option to enroll in Life and/or Disability Insurance provided through the SMA.  You can reference the PAIRS agreement for more information.

BENEFIT SUMMARY
SUN LIFE REGISTRATION TUTORIAL
SMA
PAIRS AGREEMENT


3. How do I request a leave of absence?
For any type of leave, first talk to your program director or program administrative assistant.

For maternity, personal, medical or sick leaves (longer than 5 days) please see the Leave of Absence Information & Guidelines.  


4. I need a document notarized. Who do I call?
Notary services are provided to residents as they relate to residency training (i.e. licensure, electives, fellowships, preparation for practice).  Please call 306-966-1640 to schedule an appointment.

Please bring the following to the appointment:

  • Original document requiring notarization and a copy – Documents are not to be signed in advance of the scheduled appointment.
  • Government Photo Issued ID with a signature (i.e. Driver’s License)
  • Requirements noted on the form such as a photograph

5. Where will I find more information about my residency training?
Everything you need to know about residency at the University of Saskatchewan can be found in the Resident Handbook.


6. How do I make an appointment with the Associate Dean?
All meetings should be booked with the Associate Dean's Administrative Assistant.  Please call Maureen Lumbis at 306-966-7649


7. How do I update my address?
Your current address can be updated on the U of S website in the PAWS system.  The University of Saskatchewan forwards T4’s to the last reported address on file (you can also print it from PAWS).

We strongly encourage residents to contact the PGME, CMPA and CPSS offices to updated your information.


8. I am completing my residency training. Is there anything I need to do?
Please see the Prior to Leaving memo for some important information on what to do before you complete your training.

Contacts

Clerical Assistant - Admissions, Resident Administration & Accreditation Reola Mathieu 306-966-5557 
Clerical Assistant - Operations & Accreditation Audrey Kincaid 306-966-5536
Clerical Assistant - Reception and Administration Sonja Lazic 306-966-8555
Clerical Assistant - Residency Payments, Processing & Finance Jennifer Dybvig 306-966-1864
Clerical Assistant - IMG O/A & Educational Programs Jennifer Uhryn 306-966-1640
Clerical Assistant - CBD Chantal Gorin 306-966-8233
Clerical Assistant - PGME/UGME Electives          Janine Corbett 306-655-5004
Manager - PGME Operations and Accreditation Shelley Christianson 306-966-2498
Coordinator – Academic & Non-Academic Processes Aleksandra Pajic 306-966-6145
Coordinator - Admissions and Resident Administration Della Toews 306-966-1941
Coordinator - Program Administrative Assistants   Lisa Bagonluri 306-966-2731
Coordinator - IMG Orientation/Assessment & Educational Programs Ope Okunola 306-966-8417
Coordinator - Education and Metrics Betty Rohr 306-966-8548
Coordinator - Resident Resources 306-966-2605
Coordinator - Resident Wellness  Gayathri Manoharan 306-966-1669
Coordinator - Program Evaluation Tanya Robertson-Frey 306-966-8855
PGME Research Loni Desanghere 306-966-5861
Executive Assistant – Associate Dean Maureen Lumbis 306-966-7649