If you are looking for a family doctor, visit the Saskatoon Health Region.

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 our Postgraduate Program Director, Dr. Kathy Lawrence's, leadership. At present we have 31 Saskatoon Family Medicine residents, 29 residents training in Regina, 12 in Prince Albert, 4 in La Ronge, 4 in North Battleford, 8 in Swift Current, and 4 (starting in July) 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 2 residents 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.  Each of these sites has their own unique attributes and you are encouraged to visit the different sites individually.

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 15 weeks of 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

Enhanced Surgical Skills

This training program was developed to provide enhanced general surgical and obstetrical skills to a family physician or other non-surgery physician.  The principal focus is to train a competent physician able to safely provide surgical care in low resource environments.

Issues of triage/transport, risk management, patient selection, and scope of practise are foci.

Previous training and/or experience in ESS or atypical practice environments such as rural and remote may prompt adaptations to the established curriculum in order to meet the education needs of the learner and accommodate the training needed for the community that the candidate plans to serve.

The ESS program is delivered by the Department of Family Medicine, University of Saskatchewan through the surgical programs at Prince Albert Victoria Hospital. The program is one year long and commences on the 1st of July.  Majority of ESS rotations are done in Prince Albert and it is expected that the resident will relocate to this city for the duration of the program.  Please see the the link below to view the application process.

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

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@fhhr.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
Contact: Mr. Kevin Kobialka
Email: kevin.kobialka@usask.ca
Phone: 306-655-4217
Fax: 306-655-4895