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About Us

The Department of Academic Family Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan welcomes you to its website!  We hope that the information and the links on these pages will help you become familiar with our department and its programs.

Saskatchewan is the home to just over one million people; we have a richly diverse geography and population with many Indigenous people and much multicultural diversity.

Family Medicine residency training programs began in Canada in 1966 and in Saskatchewan in 1971.  Saskatchewan has trained more than 1,000 family doctors for Saskatchewan and Canada.  Our alumni boast a high quality medical education, and are confident to practice in family medicine anywhere in Saskatchewan, nationally, and in the world.

We are very proud of our Family Medicine undergraduate, postgraduate, continuing medical education programs, and our rich medical history.  From the birthplace of Medicare in 1962 under Tommy Douglas, to Roy J. Romanow’s Q.C.’s final report, “Building on Values, the Future of Health Care in Canada” 2002, and to the present changes at the University of Saskatchewan highlighting medical research through “The Way Forward”, the province of Saskatchewan has been in the forefront of health care for Canadians. 

The Department of Family Medicine at the College of Medicine in the University of Saskatchewan promotes high quality health care by encouraging and supporting high standards of medical education at all levels.  The Department of Family Medicine has 25 University faculty in the core sites of Saskatoon and Regina and 450 dedicated community faculty distributed over our 13 health regions in Saskatchewan.  Our faculties hold leadership positions in medical education and research in the College of Medicine, the Saskatoon and Regina Health Regions, Primary Health Care, Continuing Professional Learning, Medico-legal Education, Indigenous Health, and Population Health.

The Department is devoted to increasing the number of medical students that choose generalism as a career choice. 

The goal of the Postgraduate Family Medicine Residency Program is to graduate physicians who are able to practice high quality, evidence informed, and comprehensive care as a family medicine specialist.  We have a strong focus on research and scholarship in Family Medicine.  All of our postgraduate education residents must complete a research project (with ethics) during their residency program.

Residents are exposed to full scope family medicine practice and have opportunities to train in distributed medical education sites such as:  La Ronge, Prince Albert, Swift Current, North Battleford, Moose Jaw and other rural and remote sites in the province.

The Family Medicine Department hosts postgraduate education Year III Enhanced Skills programs in Emergency Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Anaesthesia, and Sports Medicine.

Physicians and students in the department enjoy the benefits of working in a primary health setting with a dynamic interdisciplinary team to support their clinical education and scholarly activities.  Our social accountability mandate is to train family physicians to care for the health needs of the underserved urban, rural, and remote populations.

In Saskatchewan, all roads lead to learning through our network of dedicated faculty located throughout the province.

Dr. Alanna Danilkewich, Department Head

Click here to read our Annual Report

Values

As a department, we believe that our daily actions, interactions, and decisions will reflect:

Respect
We recognize that all who work in or come into contact with our department have value and dignity. All are worthy of respect.

Compassion
We believe that our professions, our disciplines, our department, and our programs exist because we genuinely care for those who are in need.

Integrity
We understand that honesty, diligence and truthfulness underlie all authentic and meaningful human interactions.

Fidelity
Our relationships with learners and with our patients are based upon trust. It is a relationship that is selfless, altruistic, and loyal.

Optimal Health for All
We believe that optimal health enables individuals, families and communities to function to the best of their abilities within their environments. We believe that health care is a fundamental human right.

Vision

The Department of Academic Family Medicine will play a central role in optimizing health for and with Saskatchewan communities, families, and individuals.

Mission

Our mission is to create, teach and develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes specific to the discipline of Family Medicine.

  • We will work to optimize health by demonstrating excellence and innovation in service, education and scholarly activity.
  • We will provide university, hospital and community-based education consistent with the principles of Family Medicine.
  • We will focus our efforts on working with communities in response to their health needs.
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Programs

The DAFM faculty are integral participants in all stages of medical education. Some of our faculty have major Undergraduate teaching roles and are involved in putting more generalist content and comprehensive Family Medicine into the MD education curriculum as outlined in The Future of Medical Education in Canada (FMEC): A Collective Vision for MD Education (http://www.afmc.ca/fmec/pdf/collective_vision.pdf). Enrollment in the College of Medicine at the U of S is currently 84 students and will expand to 100 students per year by 2012.

The DAFM is engaged in distributed activities beyond the walls of our university institutions. Our Distributed Medical Education (DME) program encompasses a broad definition of activities in undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing medical education. Learners and community teachers are located throughout Saskatchewan.

The Department of Family Medicine is highly dedicated to the education of undergraduate medical students. Our involvement spans all phases of the undergraduate curriculum as well as serving in an advisory role to the Family Medicine Club.


Arranging Electives

Requests for electives in Family Medicine are welcomed and accomodated as best as possible. The earlier your request is made, the more likely it is to be successful. A minimum of 6 weeks advance notice is required for electives.

Elective forms are available through the Dean's Office, and should be completed and forwarded to the JURSI Co-ordinator for approval and signature. The signed form must then be returned to the Dean's Office.

Medical students who might be considering an application to our Family Medicine Residency Program are encouraged to arrange electives either within the Department, or with one of our community preceptors (either rural or urban). Electives done in other provinces are also looked upon favourably.

Within the Department, you may request placement at one of several locations:

  • Westwinds Primary Health Centre (Saskatoon)
  • Regina Family Medicine Unit
  • Prince Albert
  • Various community preceptors

Students wishing to do an elective with a family physician outside the Department of Academic Family Medicine must make their own arrangements. The necessary forms are available from the Dean's Office.

Contacts:

Saskatoon: Amy Winik: 306-655-4211, amy.winik@usask.ca

Regina: Kristen Huebner: 306-766-0449, kristen.huebner@usask.ca

Prince Albert: Nicole Toutant: 306-765-6787, nicole.toutant@usask.ca

Out of Province Students

Please contact:

Janine Corbett
Elective Coordinator (Residents and Canadian Students)
College of Medicine, Dean's Office 
University of Saskatchewan 
Room 2.8.01, 2nd Floor 
St. Paul's Hospital 
1702 20th Street West 
Saskatoon, Sask. S7M 0Z9 
Phone: 306-655-5004 
Fax: 306-655-5794 
Email: janine.corbett@saskatoonhealthregion.ca

International Students

Please contact:

Yvonne Bloos
Program Administrative Assistant
Postgraduate and Undergraduate Psychiatry&
International Undergraduate Electives
College of Medicine - Regina
1440 14th Avenue, Regina, SK S4P 0W5
Phone: (306) 766-3791
Fax: (306) 766-4833
Email: yvonne.bloos@rqhealth.ca

The Postgraduate training program is growing under Program Director Kathy Lawrence’s leadership. At present we have 28 Saskatoon Family Medicine residents, 28 residents training in Regina, 13 in Prince Albert, 5 in La Ronge, 8 in North Battleford, 9 in Swift Current, and 8 in Moose Jaw.

The FM-Emergency program enrollment is 8 residents divided equally between Saskatoon and Regina.

The Enhanced Surgical Skills program enrollment is 2 residents in Prince Albert.

Family Practice Anesthesia currently has 1 resident enrolled in Saskatoon.

FM residents in our program have 2 months of elective time which they can spend in international locations. Global Health and International elective experience is encouraged.

Welcome to the Family Medicine Residency Section! The Family Medicine Residency Program at the University of Saskatchewan is delivered in seven different sites: Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert, Swift Current, North Battleford, Moose Jaw, and La Ronge.

The main attraction to residency in Saskatchewan is the smallness of the program.  Residents don't feel that they have to stand in line for clinical exposure or to do any procedures and there is more room for one-on-one teaching with faculty.  Our Residents continually comment that they feel as if they are part of a big family in the Department of Academic Family Medicine.

The Curriculum is set up according to the College of Family Physicians of Canada standards for accreditation, but there is a lot of flexibility built into the program with elective time over the two years.  More information on this can be found under the curriculum link.



The Department of Family Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, is pleased to offer a R3 program specifically designed to meet the needs of rural communities within Saskatchewan as they struggle to maintain access to timely care. 

The curriculum is set up according to the College of Family Physicians of Canada standards for accreditation, but there is a lot of flexibility built into the various programs offered through Enhanced Skills

Emergency Medicine

The Enhanced Surgical Skills program is a one year program based out of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.  We are a Category 2 R3 program out of the University of Saskatchewan and part of the Department of Family Medicine. 

The year is a 3rd year residency program offered to family physicians who are wishing to enhance their surgical skills.  Our residents spend 6 months in Obstetrics & Gynecology and 6 months in Surgery.  The skills are varied for each resident. Residents often come in having already been in practice in a community, so they have specific needs they are trying to fill. Other residents are fresh out of family medicine residency and, depending on the program that they were in prior, have different skills.

Our residents typically come out with the ability to perform: operative vaginal delivery, cesarean section, postpartum tubal ligation, laparoscopic tubal ligation, hysteroscopic essure tubal ligation, d and c, Bartholin’s cyst marsupialization, gastroscopy, colonoscopy, open appendectomy, lap appendectomy, open umbilical hernia repair, open inguinal hernia repair, tonsillectomy, carpal tunnel release, removal of lumps and bumps, vasectomy, neonatal circumcision...this list is not all inclusive, but it gives an idea of what kinds of skills the resident obtains. 

The idea behind a GP with Enhanced Surgical Skills is that we have a narrow focus for procedures that are often needed in smaller communities (especially C-section capabilities).  Our residents currently work in Revelstoke, BC, Vanderhoof, BC, Rocky Mountain House, AB, Taber, AB, Pincher Creek, AB, Nunavut, NWT, Meadow Lake, SK, Neepawa, MB and Prince Albert, SK.

We accommodate 2 residents each year.

Typically, residents will have a community in mind that they would like to practice in. That way, they have an idea of what services that community needs.  In addition, it is important that this link is made; as privileging for procedures in each health region and province differs. It is important that your skills are sought after, and you will actually be allowed to practice what you have trained to do! 

I practice as a Family Doctor with Enhanced Skills in Meadow Lake.  I did my Rural Family Medicine training in Prince Albert, prior to entering the program. 

--Dr. Aimee Seguin

For more information and inquiries, please contact Dr. Aimee Seguin, ESS Training Coordinator: ams864@mail.usask.ca

Family Practice Anesthesia

The University of Saskatchewan's Family Practice Anesthesia Program is a one year training program in anesthesia. The program is jointly run by the University of Saskatchewan's Departments of Family Medicine and Anesthesia and positions are funded by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Medicine. Funding may also be available from the SMA.

Applicants to the program must be eligible for a full licence in the province, to apply. Preference is given to applicants who have worked in Saskatchewan and wish to continue to do so, but this is not necessary for application and there is currently no return of service to Saskatchewan requirement. 

The residency training is one year long, preferably starting on July 1. Family Practice Anesthesia (FPA) residents essentially join the stream of the University of Saskatchewan's Department of Anesthesia's 5 year anesthesia resident program, with special focus on Family Practice Anesthesia related topics and issues. FPA residents have on-call and research responsibilities. Most of the training is done in the operating theatres in Saskatoon, but at least two months training takes place at the community hospital in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, with opportunity for up to four months there. Residents rotate through pediatric and obstetric anesthesia, ICU, pre-op consultation as well as regular adult anesthesia. 

The program has been very successful and we have trained at least one resident for the last 4 years, all of who are currently successfully practicing. We have 2 spots available per year.

For more information and inquiries, please contact Dr. Murray Dease, FPA Training Coordinator: smadease@yahoo.com

Sports Medicine

For more information and inquiries, please contact Dr. Michael Nicholls, Sport & Exercise Training Coordinator: michael.nicholls@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Sites and Divisions

The Regina Family Medicine Unit is a primary care clinic located at 172-1621 Albert Street in Regina, Saskatchewan.

The Regina Family Medicine Unit is a primary care clinic located near downtown Regina. It is affiliated with the Four Directions Community Health Centre, which is an inner-city primary health clinic focusing on the care of urban underserved patients. All of the physicians have broad-based practices which include inpatient care and half of the faculty provide intrapartum obstetrical care as well.

There are only a small number of medical students and Royal College residents training in the city so the physicians involved in the teaching program come to know the residents quite well. The low learner numbers also allow for the flexibility to adapt the program to individual learner needs.

The program has recently moved toward a more integrated curriculum by combining community, women's health, obstetrics and family medicine experiences in an extended family medicine block to provide residents with more opportunities for continuity within family medicine. There is considerable elective time in the program which allows residents to organize their program to meet their career goals.

The Family Medicine Residency training program in Saskatoon is centered out of the West Winds Primary Health Centre.

This unique endeavor is a partnership between the University of Saskatchewan and the Saskatoon Health Region. It was the first project in Canada where a University and a Health Region jointly deliver primary health care in a neighbourhood setting.

Saskatoon has a large population with diverse needs. The interdisciplinary nature of the clinic meets the needs of all people who attend West Winds. Residents are part of the health care team with hands on experience in all aspects of patient care. There is a collegial atmosphere with all community faculty.

When residents complete their training, they are equipped with the knowledge and skills to practice anywhere. This is a small program that is flexible and allows you to customize your training to suit your educational needs.

Some of the services located at West Winds include:

  • Academic Family Medicine
  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Primary Health Dietician
  • Clinical Health Psychologist
  • Healthy and Home Maternal Visiting Program
  • Client Patient Access Services
  • Healthy Mother Healthy Baby Program
  • Food for Thought
  • Home Care
  • Mental Health and Addiction Services Primary Prevention Worker
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Public Health Services
  • Social Worker

The University of Saskatchewan Family Medicine Rural Division was established in 1997 to train Family Medicine Residents interested in gaining the knowledge and experience necessary to practice medicine in rural and remote settings.  Our goal is to provide practical hands-on training in locations throughout the province to produce competent and confident rural family physicians.  We pride ourselves on being a resident responsive program supported by passionate community preceptors.

Victoria Hospital, with its friendly atmosphere supportive of learners, houses the core rotations.   It is the major referral center for all of northern Saskatchewan creating a very busy emergency department and obstetrical unit with lots of learning opportunities.  Victoria Hospital has 36,000 emergency visits per year and approximately 1,600 deliveries. There is a fascinating array of pathologies seen and ample opportunity to do procedures. The smaller program provides a very collegial atmosphere and the flexibility to tailor your training to meet your individual needs, along with enthusiastic and dedicated preceptors to help facilitate this.

Family medicine experiences take place in clinics throughout Prince Albert, with considerable time spent in various rural training sites including remote northern and first nation’s communities.

“Prince Albert is an excellent location and a strong rural family medicine training program. I am thoroughly satisfied with my experience there and feel well prepared to practice family medicine in any setting”  -Program Graduate

“I loved my two years, it was some of the best time of my life. I made lifelong friends”  -Program Graduate

Swift Current Family Medicine is based out of the Associate Medical Clinic and affiliated with the community's new regional hospital. It has a group of enthusiastic and committed teachers leading the program.

The program has a strong focus on longitudinal training and residents are based primarily in family medicine throughout their training. The size of the community allows residents to follow their patients throughout the course of their care, be it in the community, a consultant's office or hospital.

The city has a number of other visiting medical students and residents throughout the year, however the family medicine residents are the only learners completely based in the community. All clinical experiences are preceptor based and residents have essentially one on one teaching with the faculty. This allows for tremendous learning opportunities and flexibility within the program.

The Five Hills Health Region is the newest of the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine’s distributed sites for the Family Medicine Residency Program. It has been receiving full-time, geographically-based learners at this level since July 2014.  The Moose Jaw Union Hospital, in addition to the other primary training sites, - the Stadacona Medical Group and Aspen South Hill Medical Centre - has been very receptive to these new learners.  The Union Hospital provides 24-hour emergency facilities and a broad array of specialist services including; Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, General Surgery, Orthopedics, Urology, ICU, Internal Medicine, Ophthalmology, Mental Health & Addictions Services, Radiology, Pathology, and ENT.  As such, there are many clinical and educational opportunities available for medical learners in Moose Jaw.  With the smaller community size (54,000 total catchment areas) and smaller number of learners, there are many more hands-on experiences than one might find in a larger, urban centre.  In addition, there is increased opportunity for procedures and one-on-one interaction with preceptors.

With the longitudinal focus of the Triple-C Curriculum, residents are continuously training in Family Medicine throughout their 2-year residencies, following patients throughout the course of their care.  By training physicians with this method, a true sense of family practice is achieved, preparing residents who are well-equipped for future practice, whether rural or urban.  Moose Jaw, while considered rural, has all of the amenities of a typical small city with the added convenience of being a half hour drive away from Regina, our province’s capital city and the second largest urban centre in Saskatchewan.

Currently, a new regional hospital is being built and is due to open in the late summer of 2015.  It will include a state-of-the-art Family Medicine Resident classroom equipped with modular furniture, videoconferencing equipment, teleconferencing equipment and internet access.  Click here for more information.

Research

The Research Division was established to foster, facilitate and coordinate research with full-time and community faculty, residents and staff in the Department of Academic Family Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. The Research Division is responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating strategies aimed at increasing research productivity by contributing to improved communication and greater collaboration with: 
  • Divisions within the Department of Academic Family Medicine;
  • Departments in the College of Medicine;
  • Colleges at the University of Saskatchewan; and,
  • Individuals, groups, organizations and networks locally, provincially, nationally, and globally. 
The Research Division also facilitates a Primary Health Care Research Group (PHC-RG) whose research focus is on using participatory, community-based approaches to develop, strengthen and expand effective primary health care in Saskatchewan. Primary health care was designed to go beyond sickness care to assisting Canadians (individuals, communities, health care practitioners and the health care system) to build on current preventive practices and facilitate healthy choices. PHC-RG strives to contribute to the reorientation of health services away from acute care and more towards prevention and promotion. This requires both understanding and action related to bridging gaps between individuals/communities, health care practitioners, decision-makers, policy makers and the health care system. Community-based participatory research methods are a viable option for building sustainable change that would contribute to the long-term health and wellbeing of Saskatchewan.

For more information about the Research Division, you may contact:
 
Dr. Vivian R Ramsden, RN, BSN, MS, PhD 
Professor & Director, Research Division 
Department of Academic Family Medicine 
University of Saskatchewan 
West Winds Primary Health Centre 
3311 Fairlight Drive 
Saskatoon, SK S7M 3Y5
viv.ramsden@usask.ca

Contact

For information regarding academic programming, please see below.

West Winds Primary Health Centre
3311 Fairlight Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada S7M 3Y5
Contact: Ms. Morgan Unger
Email: morgan.unger@usask.ca
Phone: 306-655-4207
Fax: 306-655-4895

Regina Centre Crossing
#172 - 1621 Albert Street
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada S4P 2S5
Contact: Ms. Debbie Stobbs
Email: debbie.stobbs@usask.ca
Phone: 306-766-0444
Fax: 306-766-7135

College of Medicine, Victoria Hospital, Main Floor
1200 - 24th Street West
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada S6V 5T4
Contact: Ms. Pam Burtney
Email: pamela.burtney@usask.ca
Phone: 306-765-6218
Fax: 306-765-6347

Associate Family Physicians Clinic
262 2nd Avenue NE
Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada S9H 2C8
Contact: Ms. Lisa Berg
Email: l.berg@usask.ca
Phone: 306-773-6164
Fax: 306-773-6817

La Ronge Medical Clinic
PO Box 240
La Ronge, Saskatchewan, Canada S0J 1L0
Contact: Ms. Janice Skilliter
Email: janice.skilliter@usask.ca
Phone: 306-425-6409
Fax: 306-425-4199

Five Hills Health Region
455 Fairford Street East
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada S6H 1H3
Contact: Ms. Nicole Parent
Email: nicole.parent@usask.ca
Phone: 306-694-8730
Fax: 306-694-0282

102-11427 Railway Avenue
North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada S9A 3G8
Contact: Ms. Michelle Coakwell
Email: michelle.coakwell@usask.ca
Phone: 306-446-8631
Fax: 306-446-6004

Website

West Winds Primary Health Centre
3311 Fairlight Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada S7M 3Y5
Contact: Ms. Jalene Jepson
Email: jalene.jepson@usask.ca
Phone: 306-655-4227
Fax: 306-655- 4895

West Winds Primary Health Centre
3311 Fairlight Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada S7M 3Y5

Department Head: Dr. Alanna Danilkewich
Department Head Assistant: Karen Burlock
Email: karen.burlock@usask.ca
Phone: 306-655-4235
Fax: 306-655-4895

Finance and Administration Manager: Mr. Kevin Kobialka
Email: kevin.kobialka@usask.ca
Phone: 306-655-4217
Fax: 306-655-4895