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Welcome to the Department of Medicine.

The Department of Medicine is a clinical, academic department within the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan.  We provide cutting-edge research, outstanding patient care and high quality undergraduate and postgraduate education.

We support many residency programs which include: Core Internal Medicine, General Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Neurology, Nephrology, Respirology and Rheumatology.

Our department is committed to ensuring the success of our learners and faculty and advancing medical care in the province in Saskatchewan and beyond.

- Dr. Haissam Haddad,
Unified Head

Programs

The primary mission of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at the University of Saskatchewan is to train residents to gain knowledge, skills and attitudes to become excellent internists who are committed to upholding ethical and professional standards of medicine.

The ultimate goal of our training program is to prepare our trainees to enter practice as an internist or to pursue subspecialty training in any of the subspecialties in internal medicine.

Program Description
The residency program is for 3 core years with the opportunity to complete a 4th year of internal medicine.

Distributive Learning at the University of Saskatchewan
The College of Medicine is situated in Saskatoon but is a provincial resource. The Internal Medicine residency program has a training site in Regina with residents based in Regina for their three core years of training. Regina based residents have the opportunity to do some of their rotations in Saskatoon and the Saskatoon residents also do some of their training in Regina. For residents assigned to short-term rotations in Regina, shared housing is provided in four 1 bedroom apartments located in the North Residence tower on the University of Regina campus.

Curriculum
The first three years of the residency program are considered core training. The purpose of these years is to build a firm foundation in the practice of internal medicine that will be supplemented by either: a) subspecialty training or b) an additional year of training internal medicine in preparation for a community or academic practice in internal medicine.

Clinical rotations are scheduled in 13 four-week blocks per year. Rotation will vary in length from ½ to 2 blocks, depending on the rotation.

Ambulatory care experience is routinely available on most subspecialty rotations and is also available as a ½ block rotation during the first year and a full block rotation during second and third year.

PGY-1
The PGY-1 year focuses on the development of strong clinical examination skills and patient management skills. It also provides for extensive experience in emergency assessment and management of medical problems. A typical PGY-1 year is structured as follows: 5-7 blocks on the CTU which generally consists of one senior resident, three to four junior residents, one to two senior medical students and a faculty member who oversees the team. One block of Coronary Care Unit, one block of Neurology, 2-3 selectives in Internal Medicine (medical subspecialties), one block of Emergency Medicine and two weeks of Ambulatory Care.
PGY-2
The second core year is designed to provide a wide range of experience in subspecialty areas of Internal Medicine. This includes two mandatory blocks in Intensive Care, 7-8 blocks of subspecialty selectives or preceptorships. Elective blocks are primarily scheduled in the PGY-2 year. The residents are allowed 3 blocks for electives, these can be done out of province.
PGY-3
The PGY-3 resident functions at a senior level on the CTU. They gain experience in consultative work in the Emergency Department, Outpatient Department and in-hospital Consultative services. They are given a large measure of responsibility for supervision of patient care and teaching. Ongoing subspecialty rotations will ensure that a broad range of experience is achieved in Internal Medicine. One month of Coronary Care Unit is mandatory during the PGY-3 year.
PGY-4
This year is designed to prepare the resident for the practice of Internal Medicine in all its aspects. The PGY-4 year is a flexible program, which will be tailored to meet the interests and career goals of the resident. It is geared towards training in a community-based practice.

Quick Facts:
  • Residents are allowed 3 blocks for electives during their core resident training period
  • Ratio of residents to faculty is 1:2.9
  • Opportunities exist for possible community based Internal Medicine rotations in various rural locations in the province
  • GIM and select subspecialty rotations are also available in Regina. Accommodations are provided for these rotations.

Research
The Internal Medicine program has a strong research component to the program. The goals of the resident research program are: a) to promote interest and develop skills in research in Internal Medicine, b) to acquire skills in interpretation of clinical research, c) to provide opportunities for residents to explore and understand different types of research, d) to provide opportunities for residents to acquire research and presentation skills e) to provide opportunities for residents to publish their research.

For further information regarding the program description please refer to CaRMS

Internal Medicine Regina Site
The College of Medicine is a provincial resource and the University of Saskatchewan is committed to supporting quality healthcare to all people of the province by training physicians to meet the needs of, not only urban, but also rural and remote populations. Medicine training therefore occurs in Saskatoon, Regina and other communities. All programs are designed to provide educational experiences to enhance the resident's knowledge and skills, and take maximum advantage of unique educational opportunities in a diversity of communities. The core curriculum is delivered in protected academic time in all sites.

The Regina program’s strengths are its small size and wealth of clinical opportunities. Our collegial atmosphere and direct access to faculty and administrative staff mean we can be responsive to the residents’ needs. There is a greater opportunity to have hands-on experience and one-on-one education than in more populous training centres.

There has been recent recognition by the Royal College of Canada in the CanMEDS framework 2015 that the development of a medical expert includes not only acquiring knowledge, but also skills to act as leaders, scholars and health advocates.  We are therefore strengthening our opportunities for residents to do research, critically appraise publications, and to participate in quality improvement.

Our goal is educate graduates of whom we can be proud. We’ll be pleased to help you meet your goals in the Regina site.

Contact
Dr Karen Laframboise
Internal Medicine Program Director
Jeanine Dice
Senior Program Administrative Assistant
P: 306-844-1155

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Research

The department of medicine hosts an annual Resident's Research Day. Research in the department of medicine is facilitated by a research committee headed by Dr. Josh Lawson and a research facilitator Dr. Jon Watts.

Jon Watts is the department’s research facilitator, Jon can provide support in a number of ways. These include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Identifying research funding sources and opportunities
  • Review and editing of funding applications or manuscripts for publication
  • Identifying potential research collaborators and resources
  • Advice on navigating research related web applications including Canadian Common CV, UnivRS, ResearchNet, SHRF RMS, Research Portal, Google Scholar and others

Jon M. Watts, MSc, PhD
Room 1347, E Wing, Health Sciences Building
Phone: 306 966 5653
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Contact

Dr. Haissam (Sam) Haddad,
Unified Head, University of Saskatchewan & Saskatoon Health Region
306-844-1132
Jackie Parker,
Administrative Assistant
306-844-1132
306-844-1525
Jeanine Dice,
Senior Postgraduate Program Administrative Assistant
306-844-1155
Jodie Doucette,
Undergraduate Program Administrative Assistant
306-844-1153
Ken Anderson,
Finance and Administrative Manager
306-844-1130
Helen Chapple,
Finance & Administrative Assistant Manager
306-844-1129