The Division of Rheumatology at the University of Saskatchewan is located in Royal University Hospital.  The division consists of 7 adult rheumatologist and 2 pediatric rheumatologists that provide service to Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon City Hospital, and St. Paul's Hospital.

Programs

Subspecialty Residency Training Program
Program Director:  Dr. W. Olszynski
The Rheumatology Subspecialty Residency Training Program program is one of five subspecialty residency training programs currently offered by the University of Saskatchewan (Cardiology, General Internal Medicine, Nephrology and Respirology being the other four).  The program is currently a two-year fellowship.

Subspecialty residents receive training principally at community clinics in Saskatoon and at Royal University Hospital.  As well, time is spent in community clinics in Regina each year. Training is heavily geared towards Royal College requirements and trainees receive excellent preparation for the RCPSC Internal Medicine examinations.

Program Description
Curriculum
The Rheumatology program follows the objectives of the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada. During the course of the two year program, ample time is spent in both academic and community/private practice based settings. Formal experience in Pediatric Rheumatology is achieved through a protected rotation in Pediatric Rheumatology in the second year of training. Metabolic Bone Disease, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Orthopedic rotations are included to incorporate a diversity of experience and proficiency in subspecialty areas integral to community based practice.

A protected "academic Half Day'' is established with a rolling two year detailed curriculum.

One block of research is also included as a mandatory rotation for each of the 2 years in training.

The research program is organized such that residents receive education pertaining to areas such as critical appraisal, research design and data analysis. A mentor system is in place to facilitate interaction with faculty in the design of a project. Residents with projects that have been accepted for presentation at major meetings will receive funding to travel to those conferences.

As residents progress through the program, they assume increasing responsibility under appropriate supervision with the flexibility to be self-directed in defining their own educational needs. Ambulatory care is emphasized in our program to expand the patient spectrum upon which to learn. Rheumatology Residents take part in a longitudinal clinic experience with their "own" patient population.

Throughout the two year program courses the residents are required to participate in include: TIPS, Critical Appraisal.

Year 1
The principle objective of the first year of residency training in Adult Rheumatology is to provide the trainee with core knowledge and foundation skills requisite to the specialty of Adult Rheumatology.
Highlights:

  • General rheumatology out-patient clinics
  • Selective Rotations in
  • Metabolic bone Disease (1 block)
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (1 block)
  • MSK Radiology (1 block)
  • Elective of own choosing (1 block)
  • Longitudinal Rheumatology Resident's clinic one-half day per week (Sept-June).
  • Inpatient consultations.
  • Development of a research project suitable for presentation at a National Meeting
    • Rheumatology Resident's participate in weekly Division of Rheumatology Rounds/Journal Club and Rheumatology seminars - specialized MSK clinical skills
    • Rheumatology residents may attend one or more national/international Rheumatology meetings each year, for which some financial support is provided.

Year 2
The principle objective of the second year of residency training is to consolidate and refine knowledge as well as clinical skills acquired during the first year:
Highlights:

  • General rheumatology out-patient clinics (minimum 3/week).
  • Rotations in:
  • Pediatric Rheumatology (1 block)
  • Selective rotation in Orthopedic Surgery (1 block)
  • 2 electives of own choosing
    • The longitudinal Rheumatology resident's clinic will have the resident function as the primary consultant with supervision from the staffperson commensurate with the perceived competence.
  • Inpatient consultations.
  • Execution, analysis and writing up of the research project
    • The trainee will assume the role of junior consultant in the approach and management of inpatients and consultations both RUH-based and community based.

PGY4 Year

Rotation

Duration

Location

Adult Rheumatology

6 blocks

Saskatoon

(Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon City Hospital

St. Paul’s Hospital

Community practices)

Community Rheumatology

2 blocks

Regina, SK community practices

Metabolic Bone disease

1 block

Saskatoon, SK community practice

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

1 block

Saskatoon, SK

MSK Radiology

1 block

Saskatoon, SK

Research

1 block

Saskatoon, SK

Elective

1 block

Location of own choosing

PGY5 Year

Rotation

Duration

Location

Adult Rheumatology

6 blocks

Saskatoon

(Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon City Hospital

St. Paul’s Hospital

Community practices)

Community Rheumatology

2 blocks

Regina, SK community practices

Pediatric Rheumatology

1 block

TBD

Orthopedic Surgery (selective)

1 block

Saskatoon (Royal University Hospital)

Research

1 block

Saskatoon, SK

Elective

2 blocks

Location of own choosing

Application Requirements
Applications for our program are through the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS).
Further information can be found on the CaRMS website

Application is through the CARMS website.  The following tables detail the necessary documentation for Canadian and International Medical Graduates.

All Applicants
Citizenship

All applicants must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents (hold Landed Immigrant status in Canada) at the time of application. 

Applicants who are not eligible at our institution include:

  • VISA students studying at Canadian Medical Schools (and those with work permits). The University of Saskatchewan has a postgraduate training agreement with the Embassy of the State of Kuwait (ESK). Applicants sponsored by the ESK must apply to our R-4 programs outside the CaRMS match.
  • Students whose postgraduate training is funded by the Department of National Defense.

Applicants with Return of Service Agreements 
Applicants whose funding is provided by an external organization, and who are committed to a return of service agreement with the funding organization, must provide a letter from the funding organization which clearly indicates that the funding organization is aware of, and approves, the applicant applying to the R-4 match in CaRMS. 

ACLS 
All successful applicants are required to have completed an ACLS course prior to commencement of training. Proof of current ACLS certification must be provided to the College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan prior to starting the training program on July 1, 2011. 
NOTE: It is often difficult to register for ACLS courses as they fill up quickly and there may not be many course offerings between the CaRMS match dates and the start of the training program. 

Immunizations 
For the protection of the individual resident and their patients, all successful applicants are required to submit immunization records and proof of immunity (titres) to Hepatitis B (Anti-HBs titre), varicella, and rubella, measles and mumps (MMR), prior to commencement of training. 

Additional information and eligibility criteria that applicants must be aware of and are responsible to read and review are indicated on the University of Saskatchewan Overview at: 
University of Saskatchewan Overview 
Provincial Restrictions

Canadian Medical Graduates:

DocumentMandatoryOptional
Medical school transcript
A notarized/certified copy of applicant's medical school marks/transcripts must be submitted. Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a notarized translation.
X  
Reference letter
Number of letters: 3
The reference letters should written by those who can best describe your suitability for residency training in General Internal Medicine, including one from your current program director. The letter from you program director should confirm that you are in good standing and expected to complete at least your third year of Internal Medicine prior to the intended start of your General Internal Medicine training. Reference letters must be current (within the last 6 months). Undated letters will not be accepted.
X  
Medical School Performance Record
A notarized/certified copy of applicant's Medical School Performance Record must be submitted. Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a notarized translation.
X  
Personal letter
Your letter should outline your strengths and weaknesses as well as interests other than medicine. Your career ambitions should also be detailed with comment as to how General Internal Medicine satisfies these goals. The personal letter should not exceed 750 words.
X  
Proof of Citizenship
Submit one of the following documents as proof of citizenship. Please note that documents must be notarized/certified:
  • Canadian Birth Certificate
  • Passport page showing Canadian Citizenship
  • Canadian Citizenship Card (both sides of the card) or Certificate Record of Landing, clearly showing the date of landing
  • Permanent Resident Card (both sides of the card)
X  
Photograph   X
Curriculum Vitae X  
MCCQEI
Priority may be given to those who have successfully completed the MCCQE (Part I) or (Part II). Applicants who have passed these exams must include copies of exam results in their application.
  X
MCCQEII   X
MD Degree
A notarized/certified copy of medical degree/diploma must be submitted. Applicants must be a graduate of an acceptable medical school as identified by: WHO Directory of Medical Schools (World Health Organization); OR, FAIMER International Medical Education Directory (Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research). Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a notarized translation.
X

International Medical Graduates:

DocumentMandatoryOptional
Medical school transcript
A notarized/certified copy of applicant's medical school marks/transcripts must be submitted. Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a notarized translation.
X  
Reference letter
Number of letters: 3
The reference letters should written by those who can best describe your suitability for residency training in General Internal Medicine, including one from your current program director. The letter from you program director should confirm that you are in good standing and expected to complete at least your third year of Internal Medicine prior to the intended start of your General Internal Medicine training. Reference letters must be current (within the last 6 months). Undated letters will not be accepted.
X  
Medical School Performance Record
A notarized/certified copy of applicant's Medical School Performance Record must be submitted. Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a notarized translation.
X  
Personal letter
Your letter should outline your strengths and weaknesses as well as interests other than medicine. Your career ambitions should also be detailed with comment as to how General Internal Medicine satisfies these goals. The personal letter should not exceed 750 words.
X  
Proof of Citizenship
Submit one of the following documents as proof of citizenship. Please note that documents must be notarized/certified:
  • Canadian Birth Certificate
  • Passport page showing Canadian Citizenship
  • Canadian Citizenship Card (both sides of the card) or Certificate Record of Landing, clearly showing the date of landing
  • Permanent Resident Card (both sides of the card)
X  
Photograph   X
Curriculum Vitae X  
MCCEE X  
MCCQEI
Priority may be given to those who have successfully completed the MCCQE (Part I) or (Part II). Applicants who have passed these exams must include copies of exam results in their application.
X  
MCCQEII   X
Proof of language proficiency
IMG applicants must provide proof of English language proficiency. Applicants whose undergraduate medical school training was in a language other than English must provide proof of achieving a TOEFL score as follows (within the last four years): ≥600 on the written based exam, ≥250 on the computer based exam, or ≥100 on the iBT (internet-based).
The only exception to the English language requirement is if the applicant completed their entire undergraduate medical education in one of the following countries: United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand. 
NO EXCEPTIONS CAN BE MADE for the English Language Requirements as outlined above. We do not accept a copy of the FAIMER page for the applicant's medical school as proof of English language proficiency.
X  
MD Degree
A notarized/certified copy of medical degree/diploma must be submitted. Applicants must be a graduate of an acceptable medical school as identified by: WHO Directory of Medical Schools (World Health Organization); OR, FAIMER International Medical Education Directory (Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research). Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a notarized translation.
X  
RCPSC Ruling Letter
Applicants who have Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status and who are training in the United States in an Internal Medicine Program must provide a ruling letter from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
X  

Contact

Lesley Reynolds

Program Assistant 
Phone: (306) 844-1149
Fax: (306) 844-1525
Email: lesley.reynolds@usask.ca