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.



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. Mateen Raazi
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.

Grand Rounds

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Please contact a member of the Quality Assurance Committee regarding relevant cases for Quality Assurance Rounds.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

Audrey Peng
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.

Recent Publications

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. Accepted, in press.

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.

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

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 MRaazi 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/s12630-013-0015-7

Marcoux V, Nosib S, Bi HBrownbridge 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 JRooney MMorris GBurbridge 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

Patient Information

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.

What are Anesthesiologists?

What are the different types of Anesthesia?

Anesthesia frequently asked questions




University of Saskatchewan Department of Anesthesia,
Royal University Hospital
G525-103 Hospital Drive
Saskatoon, SK
S7N 0W8

Phone: 306-655-1183
Fax: 306-655-1279

Krys Schornagel
Program Coordinator of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Education

Megan Murk
Assistant Program Coordinator of Undegratudate and Postgraduate Education

Karyn Stewart
Administrative Assistant

Jennifer O'Brien
Research Coordinator