There are three main sites that are covered by the Department. They are the Royal University Hospital, St. Paul's Hospital and Saskatoon City Hospital. All are situated centrally in the beautiful city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Anesthesiologists also cover peripheral sites within the Saskatoon Health Region such as the Saskatoon Surgicentre and Humboldt District Hospital in Humboldt, Saskatchewan.
Medical students, Medical and Surgical Residents, as well as many other allied health professionals are exposed to the field of anesthesia during clinical rotations at the sites staffed by anesthesiologists from the U of S Department of Anesthesia. Learners of all levels also have increasing exposure and learning opportunities with the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region Department of Anesthesia.
The U of S Department of Anesthesia is an enthusiastic department focused on providing the highest level of care possible to the people of Saskatchewan. Thank you for visiting our site and please feel free to send us comments about how we can improve your online experience.
Welcome to the Anesthesia clerkship rotation!
This is a two-week rotation soon to be incorporated within the new six-week Anesthesia/Emergency Medicine block. During the rotation students will be exposed to broad aspects of anesthetic care including perioperative patient assessment, intraoperative patient management, and postoperative care. Students will be exposed to a range of procedures and skills within our practice as well as aspects of subspecialty care including obstetric and pediatric anesthesia.
The overall objective of this rotation is to provide students with the skills and knowledge that is both practical and generalizable to the primary care physician. Our department boasts a dynamic and creative learning environment with which to fulfill a positive educational experience. Do not hesitate to contact the departmental staff should you encounter any difficulties during your rotation. We wish you every bit of success during your time with us.
Dr. Malcolm Lucy
Director of Undergraduate Anesthesia Education
Students on their core clinical rotation will be expected to complete all rotational learning objectives prior to the end of the rotation. A copy of the rotational objectives can be found below. During the rotation, students will be provided with a copy of the prescribed textbook for this rotation – Ottawa Anesthesia Primer by Patrick Sullivan. Students must return their copy of the textbook at the end of their rotation.
Daily evaluation forms must be collected at the end of each day and signed by your supervising anesthetist. Students must hand in their evaluation forms at the end of the rotation as they will be used to complete a final evaluation. We will not be able to complete a final evaluation if daily evaluation forms are not submitted for any reason.
As well, experience (6.2) logs must be completed and returned at the end of the rotation before a final evaluation can be released to the College of Medicine.
Due to the short duration of our rotation, vacation requests will NOT be approved. Educational leave to attend a conference or learning session may be allowed up to one (1) day with advance approval from the College of Medicine and the rotation director.
Final evaluations will be based on your daily evaluations as well as a multiple-choice exam to be written at the end of the rotation. Students will meet with the educational site director on the last day of the rotation for a final interview and to provide rotational feedback.
Students will be assigned to one hospital teaching site (Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon City Hospital, or St. Paul’s Hospital) for the duration of the rotation. In addition, students will be assigned to one day of obstetrical anesthesia at RUH. Students will receive their assignments by email at least one week prior to commencement of the rotation. Please contact Angela Friesen in the department of anesthesia should you not receive your site assignment prior to your rotation. It is important that students present to the OR no later than 07:15. Room assignments are done the day prior by our resident scheduler. Ask one of the OR staff or one of the anesthesia residents where to find the schedule.
Students will spend time at Regina General Hospital, Pasqua Hospital, the pre-admission clinic at Regina Crossing, and the Labour and Birthing Unit at RGH. Students will receive their schedule by email at least one week prior to commencement of the rotation. Please contact Kim Gilbert in the College of Medicine should you not receive your schedule prior to your rotation. Students are expected to present themselves to the Day Surgery unit daily at 07:00 to obtain experience in starting IVs. Students will then present to the OR at 07:30 for the start of the slate.
Students should arrange to meet Dr. Thangavelu or Dr. Sriram promptly at 07:30 on the first day of your rotation at the front desk in the operating room. They will allocate you for the next two weeks to the various operating rooms and anesthesiologists.
The Departments of Anesthesia in Saskatoon and Regina are each housed at tertiary care hospitals offering a wide compliment of general and subspecialty surgical services common to other academic teaching hospitals across Canada. Our departments each provide a variety of subspecialty anesthetic services, including pediatric, obstetric, vascular, neuro, thoracic, acute pain, chronic pain, and trauma.
Our rotation is a hands-on exposure and acquisition of the basic knowledge and technical skills requisite within our field. Elective students can expect to gain further experience in the provision of anesthetic care including:
- Preoperative patient assessment including those patients with a variety of premorbid conditions
- Intraoperative anesthetic management under general, regional, or neuraxial anesthesia
- Postoperative care and acute pain management
Elective students can expect the majority of their experience to occur within the operating room environment. Students will be assigned each day to a particular surgical slate and will function under the supervision of an anesthesiologist. On certain days, students may alternatively be assigned to our acute pain and procedure service alongside our residents. Generally, attempts are made to ensure continuity of supervision with the same anesthesiologist on multiple days during the elective, however, students should expect to work with a variety of supervisors throughout.
We encourage all students interested in the varied, challenging, and dynamic clinical practice anesthesia has to offer to pursue an elective with us. To all students on elective we wish you a valuable and rewarding learning experience.
University of Saskatchewan Applicants
Please complete the elective request form below.
Canadian and International Applicants
Please visit the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine’s Electives website for instructions.
** Please be aware that during the summer months (July 1 – August 31) reduced operating room schedules and increased learner volumes can make elective student placement challenging. We suggest students applying to Saskatoon sites especially during this period contact Ms. Angela Friesen to confirm elective dates availability prior to submitting an elective request.
Dr. Malcolm Lucy
Director of Undergraduate Anesthesia Education
Dr. Ryan Pikaluk
Education Director, Regina Site
Dr. Dheshnie Thangavelu
Education Director, Prince Albert Site
Ms. Angela Friesen
Administrative Assistant, Saskatoon Site
Ms. Kim Gilbert
Administrative Assistant, Regina Site
Ms. Nicole Toutant
Administrative Assistant, Prince Albert Site
The University of Saskatchewan offers a five year residency training program, which is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The department currently has 31 residents. Residents rotate through the three hospitals in Saskatoon, as well as having access to three more hospitals in Regina and Prince Albert. These sites are : The Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon City Hospital, St. Paul's Hospital, Regina General Hospital, Pasqua Hospital and Victoria Hospital.
Throughout the year, residents, students and faculty prepare academic teaching rounds and presentations. It is important to know the copyright policies of our university when preparing for these presentations.
Dr. Ian Jorgensen
Residency Program Director
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Saskatchewan
There are six positions available in the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS). Each year there is also 0 - 2 additional residents that come into our program through re-entry or an alternative pathway. The main locations for the 5 year training program are Saskatoon and Regina. Residents also have the opportunity to do community and out-of-province electives. CaRMS interviews are held in January and applicants have the opportunity to meet the residents and faculty during the interview process and an evening event.
For more information, please visit the CaRMS website.
Thank you to everyone for your continued involvement in our weekly Grand Rounds and bi-monthly Quality Assurance Rounds.
To access lecture captures of previous Grand Rounds you can go to the U of S Blackboard website.
The Grand Rounds Schedule for the 2014-2015 academic year has been set and is attached in a separate document. In general, residents are now assigned to present Rounds in their 3rd and 4th years of residency. Attendings are assigned to present every two to three years.
Please review the schedule to ensure that there are no conflicts with other educational activities. If you are unable to present on your scheduled date, please make arrangements to switch dates with another presenter. Please notify me of any changes as the schedule may change throughout the year to accommodate guest speakers and scheduling conflicts.
Presentation guidelines from Telehealth and lists of previously presented topics are also attached in separate documents.
Guidelines for presentations are listed below:
- Grand Rounds take place from 7:15-8:15 a.m. on Friday mornings. Presentations should be about 40-45 minutes in length to allow for adequate time for discussion.
- Presentation topics should be relevant to the field of anesthesia. Joint presentations with other medical colleagues are welcomed. Please ensure that your contribution is at least 50% of the total presentation.
- All presentations in East Lecture Theatre are broadcast to other centres in the province via Telehealth. Please follow the Telehealth guidelines when preparing your Powerpoint presentations.
- Please contact a member of the Quality Assurance Committee regarding relevant cases for Quality Assurance Rounds.
- Attendance and evaluation sheets will be available from the Department office prior to each presentation. Please remember to pick these up for distribution at your own presentation.
- Once you have chosen a topic top present, please email me to reserve the topic. Please note the pre-reserved topics for Professionalism Rounds as listed on the schedule.
- Lecture titles and objectives should be forwarded to Karyn Stewart approximately three weeks in advance of your presentation to allow adequate time for Telehealth to circulate notices to the remote sites.
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns regarding Grand Rounds. Thanks again for your continued support of our Department’s educational activities.
Director of Continuing Education and Professional Development
Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management
University of Saskatchewan
Welcome to the Division of Research page of the U of S Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Managment. One of the primary missions of our department is to generate new knowledge that will advance the understanding and practice of Anesthesiology. The Research Division of the Department of Anesthesiology conducts a broad range of clinical research. The department is fortunate to have Jennifer O'Brien as research assistant and the ongoing support of former director of research Dr. Bill McKay. The department has numerous academic and community faculty involved in research, as well as the research efforts of our residents.
The Department of Anesthesia does not accept medical students as volunteer researchers. Students who are interested in research are advised to apply to the College of Medicine Dean's Summer Student projects located here.
If you would like to contact us we may be reached as follows:
Dr. Jonathan Gamble
Royal University Hospital
G525-103 Hospital Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0W8
Phone: (306) 655-1183
This page contains some recent publications that members of our department have published. Public access has been made available although the original source of publication is cited and made available through the link.
- Chakravarti A, Raazi M, O’Brien J, Balaton B. Anesthesiology Resident Wellness Program at the University of Saskatchewan: concept and development. Can J Anesth. 2017 Feb; 64(2): 185-198.
- Chakravarti A, Raazi M, O’Brien J, Balaton B. Anesthesiology Resident Wellness Program at the University of Saskatchewan: curriculum content and delivery. Can J Anesth. 2017 Feb; 64(2):199-210.
- Li ECK, Balbuena LD, Gamble JJ. ENIGMA II revisited: patients still vomiting. Anesthesiology. 2017. Accepted, in press.
- Gamble, JJ, Chan IA. Reply to Ideno, Satoshi; Seki, Hiroyuki; Morisaki, Hiroshi, regarding their comment ‘Consider an additional pressure relief port before we abandon the use of the wall oxygen through a bronchoscope’. Paediatr Anaesth. 2016;26(7):769-71.
- Hoda Z, O’Brien J, Gamble J. Intractable seizures in a 17 month old after application of over the counter local anesthetic cream. CMAJ. 2016, Apr 25.
- O’Brien, JM. Establishing a scholarly culture requires a conceptual framework for leveraging change. Perspect Med Educ. 2016;5:191-2.
- Ho MJ, Li ECK, Wright JM. Blood pressure lowering efficacy of coenzyme Q10 for primary hypertension. Cochrane database of systematic reviews. Published Online: 3 MAR 2016.
- McKay WP. Comment on: Malek MH et al. Muscle Nerve. 44: 432 - 438; 2011. Muscle Nerve. Accepted manuscript online: 27 JAN 2016.
- McKay WP, Wang A, Yip K, Raazi M. Tracheal ultrasound to assess endotracheal tube depth: an exploratory study. Can J Anesth. 2015 Jan. DOI 10.1007/s12630-015-0313-3.
- Slovack M, Taylor B, Bryce R, Ong D. Does intravenous lidocaine during video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery reduce postoperative analgesia? A randomized controlled study. Can J Anesth. 2015 Feb. DOI 10.1007/s12630-15-033-z.
- Murto K, Breton S, Ramakko KA, Aglipay M, Perverseff R, Bryson GL. Safety-engineered intravenous catheter utilization among Canadian pediatric anesthesiologists. Can J Anesth. 2015 Feb. DOI 10.1007/s12630-015-0351-x.
- McNair E, Marcoux J-A, Bally C, Gamble J, Thomson D. Bivalirudin as an adjunctive anticoagulant to heparin in the treatment of heparin resistance during cardiopulmonary bypass-assisted cardiac surgery. Perfusion. 2015 May 1. DOI 10.1177/0267659115583525.
- Chan IA, Gamble JJ. Tension pneumothorax during flexible bronchoscopy in a non-intubated infant. Paediatr Anaesth. Article first published online: 6 JAN 2016.
- Hoda Z, O’Brien J, Gamble J. Intractable seizures in a 17 month old after application of over the counter local anesthetic ointment. CMAJ. Accepted, in press.
- Fedoruk K, Chong K, Sermer M, Carvalho JCA. Anesthetic management of a parturient with hypermobility phenotype but possible vascular genotype Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Can J Anesth. 2015 Dec; 62(12):1308-12. First online: 14 September 2015.
- Munshey F, Gamble J, McKay W. Modified pediatric Magill Forceps effect on nasal intubation time. Paediatr Anaesth. Article first published online: 4 Jan 2016.
- Chan I, Maslany J, Gorman K, O’Brien J, McKay W. : Dexmedetomidine during total knee arthroplasty under spinal anesthesia decreases opioid use. A randomized controlled trial. Can J Anesth. Accepted, in press.
- Lucy MJ, Gamble JJ, Daku BL, Bryce RD, Rana M. Positive-pressure ventilation during transport: a randomized crossover study of self-inflating and flow-inflating resuscitators in a simulation model. Paediatr Anaesth 2014. Epub 23 Jun 2014.
- Gamble JJ, McKay WP, Wang AF, Yip KA, O'Brien JM, Plewes C. Three-finger tracheal palpation to guide endotracheal tube depth in children. Paediatr Anaesth 2014. Epub 23 Jun 2014. http://library.usask.ca/scripts/remote?URL=http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/pan.12452
- Gamble JJ, McKay WP, Wang AF, Yip KA, O'brien JM, Plewes C. Three-finger tracheal palpation to guide endotracheal tube depth in children. Paediatr Anaesth 2014. Epub 23 Jun 2014.
- Gamble J, Ambros B, Séguin P, Bensamour P, Simko E. Stimulating thoracic epidural placement via a lumbar approach causes significant spinal cord damage in a porcine model. Can J Anesth 2014; doi: 10.1007/s12630-014-0117-x http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12630-014-0117-x (Accompanying Editorial - Tsui B )
- Cowie N, Bowen A, Kuling S, Premkumar K, Burbridge M, Martel J. Health quality improvement using instructional communication and teamwork videos: an outcome study. Creative Education 2014;5:36-45.doi: 10.4236/ce.2014.51008
- Premkumar K, Cowie N, Coupal CM, Boechler K. Software for annotating videos – a resource to facilitate active learning in the digital age. Creative Education 2013. 4(7): 465-9. doi: 10.4236/ce.2013.47067
- Preston R, Campbell DC. Managing maternal cardiac arrest in Canada: – we’re doing OK, but we can do better. Can J Anesth. 2013. 60:1041–6. doi: 10.1007/s12630-013-0027-3
- McKay WP, Klonarakis, J, Pelivanov V, O’Brien JM, Plewes C. Tracheal palpation to assess endotracheal tube depth: an exploratory study. Can J Anesth. 2013; doi 10.1007/s12630-013-0079-4
- Wright KD, Finley GA, Lee DJ, Raazi M, Sharpe D. Practices of anesthesiologists to alleviate anxiety in children and adolescents in Canada. Can J Anesth 2013; doi: 10.1007/s12630-013-0018-4.
- Burbridge M, Raazi M. Awake craniotomy in a developmentally delayed blind man with cognitive deficits. Can J Anesth. 2013 Apr;60(4):399-403. doi: 10.1007/s12630-013-9893-y
- Gamble, J. A practice of anesthesia for infants and children – fifth edition [Book Review]. Can J Anesth. 2013; doi: 10.1007/s12630-013-0015-.
- Marcoux V, Nosib S, Bi H, Brownbridge B. Intraoperative myocardial infarction: Kounis syndrome provoked by latex allergy. BMJ Case Reports. 2013. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2012-007581.
- McKay WP. Intravenous analgesia for out-of-hospital traumatic pain in adults: ketamine gives a greater reduction in pain than morphine but causes more adverse effects. Evid Based Nurs. 2013;16:58-9.
- McKay WP, Vargo M, Chilibeck PD, Daku BL. Effects of ambient temperature on mechanomyography of resting quadriceps muscle. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2013; 38:227-33.
- McNair E, McKay W, Qureshi AM, Rosin M, Gamble J, Dalshaug G, Mycyk T, Prasad K. Outcomes and biochemical parameters following cardiac surgery: Effects of transfusion of residual blood using centrifugation and multiple-pass hemoconcentration. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2013 Aug 26; doi:10.1053/j.jvca.2013.03.011
- O’Brien, JM. Conceptualizing the research culture in postgraduate medical education: Implications for leading culture change. JOMH. 2013. doi: 10.1007/s10912-013-9257-1.
- Rehman H, Tuchscherer J. Metabolic acidosis in toluene sniffing. Can J Emerg Med. 2013 Jul;15(4):249-52.
- Cowie N, Premkumar K, Bowen A, Kuling S, Kawchuk J, Rooney M, Morris G, Burbridge M, Martel J, Sivertson J, Campbell D, Coupal C, Boechler K. Teamwork and Communication in Acute Care: A Teaching Resource for Health Practitioners. MedEdPORTAL; 2012. Available from:
- Gamble C, Gamble J, Seal R, Wright RB, Ali S. Bispectral analysis during procedural sedation in the pediatric emergency department. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2012;28(10):1003-8.
- O’Brien JM. Helping learners apply what they learn: Seven variables to consider [Book Review]. J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2012; 32(2):148. doi: 10.1002/chp.21138.
- Results for the Study: Does Video Feedback and Modeling Reduce Mean Time to Perform Peripheral Intravenous Cannulation? A Pilot Study.
- Biomechanics of the Epidural Loss-Of-Resistance Technique in Humans
- Summary of results: A Prospective Randomized Double Blinded Control Trial using Ketamine or Anesthesia for Electroconvulsive Therapy: Improving Treatment-Resistant Depression
- 2016 Annual Resident Research Day Abstract Book
- Tracheal ultrasound to assess endotracheal tube depth
- Endotracheal palpation to assess tracheal depth in pediatric patients
- Can dexmedetomidine for procedural sedation in knee arthroplasty reduce postoperative pain? A randomized control study.
- Low-Dose subcutaneous Ketamine for postoperative pain management in Sub-Saharan Africa: A pilot dose-finding study
- Results for the study: Development of a device to decrease needle pain: Phase 5 - temperature, pressure, and vibration combination
- Ultrasound Guided Fascia Iliaca Block for Postoperative Analgesia after Elective Total Hip Arthroplasty
- Results for the Study:Prophylactic Nasal CPAP in the Post-Anaesthesia Care Unit Following Elective Laparotomy for Bowel Surgery
Many of our patients have questions about our role as anesthesiologists as well as what types of anesthesia we can provide. This section provides links to the Canadian Anesthesiologist's Society Website.
University of Saskatchewan Department of Anesthesia,
Royal University Hospital
G525-103 Hospital Drive
Program Coordinator of Undergraduate
and Postgraduate Education