Conferences, Courses, Educational Activities

Upcoming Activities

Registration Information

Registration methods may vary by educational activity and are outlined in the event brochures. If you have questions contact the CME office at 306-966-7787 or by email.

Refund Policy
Refund policy details are outlined within the applicable educational activity brochure posted above.

Disclosure Statement

Activity Handouts

To access the digital handouts from applicable learning activities, a user name and password is provided in the event Syllabus. The link will be available for a period of 90 days after the event.

IMG Support Program

The International Medical Graduate (IMG) Support Program assists non-licensed IMGs to further enhance their professional profile by involvement in and contact with the Canadian health care system through various program components.The IMG Support Program is not a licensing program. Services through the IMG Support Program include exam preparation workshops, study groups, medical conferences, professional development and Observership and Preceptorship opportunities. These services introduce eligible IMGs to medical practice in Canada and help participants focus their own review and study plans.

Please note that International Medical Program (IMG) Support Program Services is currently in development, and will be unavailable as of June 30, 2015.
Contact the IMG Program Coordinator via email, or call 306-966-2615.

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Fact Sheets:

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Perinatal Education Program

The Perinatal Education Program is a joint program of the Division of Continuing Medical Education and Continuing Education and Development for Nurses, College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan.

The purpose of the Perinatal Education Program is to promote optimal perinatal outcomes based on evidence-based care and to identify, facilitate and evaluate continuing education and professional development for physicians, nurses, midwives and other health care professionals providing care to mothers and their newborns.

Objectives of the Perinatal Education Program are to:

  • Promote the maintenance of competence of perinatal health care providers throughout Saskatchewan by providing educational programs and consultation services. 
  • Provide professional education to reduce perinatal mortality and morbidity
  • Support a comprehensive, coordinated approach to perinatal health care and education in the province.
  • Promote family-centred maternity & newborn care
  • Collaborate with other health organizations to promote public education leading to optimal perinatal outcomes

The Perinatal Education Program plans and delivers education programming covering obstetrical and  neonatal care. The program works on a number of courses, projects and initiatives with Perinatal Outreach Education, Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region to promote distributive learning pertaining to perinatal care and respond to needs on a provincial basis, including rural and remote locations in Saskatchewan.

The Perinatal Education Program Coordinator can assist with planning or will provide on request:

  • group learning activities
  • consultation with individuals, groups, facilities and health regions
  • information about best practice, policies and procedures, equipment and documentation
Best Practices in Intrapartum Care

Kindersley & District Health Centre
September 22 & 23, 2016

Fetal Health Surveillance

Kindersley & District Health Centre
September 24, 2016

S.T.A.B.L.E.: Assessment & Stabilization Care of Sick Newborns

Rosetown & District Health Centre
October 28 & 29, 2016

Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology (POGO) – Women’s & Children’s Health

This two-day provincial conference provides an update in pediatrics, maternal-newborn and women's health care. The conference, held each year in February (alternating between Regina and Saskatoon) is presented by Continuing Medical Education and the Perinatal Education Program.  Planned by an interprofessional planning committee, the conference is designed to meet the learning needs of physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, midwives, pharmacists and other health professionals working in a range of acute and community practice environments, including those working in rural and remote sites.


Fetal Health Surveillance Course - 1 day

Offered yearly or by request by facilities or health regions

The Fetal Health Surveillance (FHS) course is designed to provide an evidence-based approach to the fundamental concepts of knowledge in fetal health surveillance and complements the SOGC Fetal Health Surveillance: Antepartum and Intrapartum Consensus Guideline (2007).  The one-day interdisciplinary workshop provides an overview of the SOGC guidelines for Antepartum and Intrapartum assessments, with the main focus on the two major modes of FHS during labour, intermittent auscultation (IA) and electronic fetal monitoring (EFM).

Topics include fetal heart assessment using intermittent auscultation and electronic FHR monitoring, assessing uterine activity, interpretation of the EFM tracing, appropriate interventions in response to assessment finding, and legal / risk management issues including verbal communication and written documentation. Practice exercises and case studies provide an interactive learning environment.  The course includes the Fundamentals of Fetal Health Surveillance: A Self-Learning Manual produced by the Canadian Perinatal Program Coalition, Canada and is endorsed by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada, the Canadian Association of Midwives and the College of Family Physicians of Canada.


Best Practices in Intrapartum Care Workshop – 2-days

Offered yearly or by request by facilities or health regions

Best Practices in Intrapartum Care is a two day workshop for providers of maternal newborn care whose current clinical practice includes the care of labouring women. Participants review maternal assessment in labour, comfort measures and supportive care, management of labour, managing the birth in the absence of the primary care provider, shoulder dystocia and obstetric emergencies. Participants have an opportunity to discuss guidelines for clinical practice and legal issues in perinatal care. The workshop also provides participants with small group sessions that use a 'hands-on' approach to facilitate learning.

The target audience for the course is Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses who work with pregnant and labouring women, however physicians are also welcome to attend as an update.  The course also provides an introduction to intrapartum care for those physicians in which obstetrics was not included as a component of their undergraduate medical curriculum.


Essentials in Obstetrical Care Workshop - 1-day workshop

Offered by request for facilities or health regions

Essentials in Obstetrical Care provides staff with the basic knowledge and skills to provide safe obstetrical and newborn care on an emergent, episodic basis in facilities in which planned, elective obstetrical services are not provided.  The course can also serve as an update for care providers who work in obstetrics that do provide services for low risk mothers and at relatively low volumes.  The course includes:

  • Maternal Assessments in Labour, including practice skills stations using teaching models for abdominal palpation and vaginal examination
  • Fetal Health Surveillance – Intermittent Auscultation and Practice Exercises
  • Management of the delivery in the absence of the Primary Care Provider - including practice skills stations
  • Post Delivery Stabilization of Mother & Infant 
  • Key Complications you need to know about: preterm labour, hypertension, postpartum hemorrhage and shoulder dystocia
  • Overview of Post-partum and Newborn Care

The target audience for the course is Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses who work with pregnant and labouring women, however physicians are also welcome to attend as an update.  The course also provides an introduction to intrapartum care for those physicians in which obstetrics was not included as a component of their undergraduate medical curriculum.  The course content can be adapted in response to the learning needs of the participants and the facility / Health Region.


Nurse-Assisted Emergency Delivery – 4 ½ hours

Offered by request for facilities or health regions

The Nurse-Assisted  Emergency Delivery is a 4 ½ hour workshop which provides staff with the basic knowledge and skills to safely provide care to women who present to the emergency room in advanced labour and where planned, elective obstetrical services are not provided.  The course covers:

  • Rapid Assessment of the Labouring Patient
  • Management of the Delivery in the Absence of the Primary Care Provider including practice skills stations
  • Post Delivery Stabilization of Mother & Infant
  • Overview of Post-partum and Newborn Care for those facilities who provide postnatal care.

The target audience is registered nurses and LPNs in facilities where they may be required to provide care for pregnant and labouring women on an emergent basis.  It can also be opened up to EMS staff at your discretion.


S.T.A.B.L.E. Assessment and Stabilization Care of Sick Newborns Post-Resuscitation & Pre-Transport

The 2-day S.T.A.B.L.E workshop was developed for health care professionals who provide post-resuscitation and pre-transport care to sick newborns. The goal of this international educational program is to provide a concise guideline of neonatal pre-transport stabilization activities to be employed by community hospital caregivers in a format that optimizes retention and recall. Caregivers learn to anticipate, promptly recognize and effectively manage newborn problems. Included in the workshop are sessions on physical and gestational age assessment of the newborn. Completion or review of the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP®) course is recommended prior to attending the S.T.A.B.L.E. program.  The Course includes the 325 page S.T.A.B.L.E. manual plus Physical & Gestational Age Assessment Guide (coloured PowerPoint® slides ).


Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)

The national goal of the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) is to have a trained person capable of performing a complete and competent resuscitation at every birth. The NRP is recommended for health care professionals who provide care for infants at birth and during the early neonatal period; physicians, nurses, midwives, registered respiratory therapists and paramedics are eligible to take the NRP.

NRP is administered in Canada by the Canadian Pediatric Society and the Canadian NRP Steering Committee. The Perinatal Education Program provides direction for NRP in Saskatchewan which includes the Saskatchewan NRP Provincial Advisory Committee, through representation on the National NRP Steering Committee and through education and support for NRP Instructors. 

The NRP is taught by instructors affiliated with institutions across the province in which NRP is considered a standard of care for neonatal resuscitation. The Perinatal Education Program also offers courses on a “as needed” basis for individual care providers who may have difficulty accessing local courses.

Neonatal Resuscitation Program Provider Course

The Provider course includes opportunities to learn cognitive, technical and behavioral skills of neonatal resuscitation focusing in on a team based approach to best practice. NRP is designed in 9 lessons that allow participants to complete the program to the level of their position of responsibility in a newborn resuscitation.

Participants who complete the course successfully receive a course completion card issued by the Canadian Pediatric Society (CPS) which is recognized throughout North America. It is recommended that providers update their skills by taking the Provider course every 2 years; institutions, health regions or professional regulatory bodies may require completion at more frequent intervals depending on their level of experience, frequency of use of resuscitation skills and scope of practice. Course completion is recognized throughout North America. NRP introduces the concepts and basic skills of neonatal resuscitation in a simulated environment. NRP is NOT a certification course nor does successful completion of the NRP course indicate that an individual is competent to perform neonatal resuscitation

The 3 components of the NRP consist of:

  • Pre-study of the “Textbook of Neonatal Resuscitation” 6th ed.  with DVD –ROM
  • Participants are responsible for acquiring the textbook, which is not included in the cost of the NRP courses offered by the Perinatal Education Program. 
  • The manual can be ordered from the Canadian Pediatric Society at https://bookstore.cps.ca/stock/details/neonatal-resuscitation-textbook-with-dvd-6th-edition or by phone at (613) 526-9397, ext 221or ext 249. Manuals may also be available for purchase through the University of Saskatchewan bookstore or other merchants.
  • Completion of the NRP On-line exam.
    • Participants must take and successfully pass the exam within a 30 day window preceding the course.  The “Basic” Provider level consists of completing Lessons 1-4, 9 of the On-Line exam; the “Advanced” Provider level requires completion of all 9 lessons. 
    • Successful completion of the On-Line exam is a required prerequisite to attending the on-site course.
    • Participants are required to pay the On-line exam fee (approx. $25.00 USD) which is not included in the cost of the course.
    • Information about the online exam can be found at www.cps.ca/en/nrp-prn/online-examination  and will also be sent out with your confirmation letter.  Please do not take the exam until you have confirmed your registration in a Provider course.
    • The 1-day NRP On-site course.
      • Skills stations provide opportunities to build skills in the technical aspects of NRP, and the “Integrated Skills Station” with inclusive Megacode assesses the ability of individual participants to apply the skills to a specific clinical scenario.
      • An essential component of the course is the team-based simulation and video assisted debriefing that facilitates team learning.
      • A low teacher student ratio of 1:4 allows for a high level of interaction amongst participants
  • The Canadian Pediatric Society has a number of important reference materials including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) , eligibility criteria for Provider and Instructor courses and resources such as wall charts and code cart cards.  In addition, the CPS National Steering Committee has adapted some aspects of the NRP for the Canadian context.  Please go the CPS Website to access the Canadian Addendum and Canadian Medication Table at http://www.cps.ca/en/nrp-prn

Instructor and Instructor Update Courses

Yearly instructor courses are provided in April of each year to keep NRP instructors updated and to train new instructors. Providers of NRP who meet eligibility criteria may apply to become Instructors.  Information regarding eligibility, pre-requisites, registration and monitoring as a new Instructor, maintaining NRP status and roles and responsibilities can be found at the CPS NRP website at   http://www.cps.ca/nrp/RegistrationGuidelines.pdf 

Following successful completion of the NRP Instructor course and Team-Teach requirement will be registered with the Canadian Pediatric Society.

Joint Program of the Colleges of Nursing and Medicine

Perinatal Practice Guidelines that have been developed by the Advisory Committee to the Perinatal Education Program and distributed to health care professionals in Saskatchewan.

Newsletter(s)

Parent Education Resources

Other Sources of Perinatal Practice Guidelines and Information

Provincial Perinatal Programs in Canada
Perinatal Outreach Program of Southwestern Ontario
Champlain Maternal Newborn Regional Program (Ontario)
Alberta Perinatal Health Program
Nova Scotia Reproductive Care Program
Perinatal Services BC
 
Professional Organizations
Canadian Pediatric Society (CPS)
Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC)
Canadian Association of Perinatal and Women’s Health Nursing (CAPWHN)
Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)
Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association (SRNA)
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology (FIGO)
National Association of Neonatal Nurses
Canadian Nurses Association
Saskatchewan College of Midwives
Midwives Association of Saskatchewan (MAS)

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (RCOG)

Registered Nurses Association of Ontario
See section "Professional & Public Resources" for Best Practice Guidelines - includes free downloads of practice guidelines including Breastfeeding, Interventions for Postpartum Depression and  Working with Families to Promote Safe Sleep for Infants 0 – 12 Months of Age

 
Perinatal Health Research / Health Quality
The Cochrane Collaboration
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (United States Department of Health and Human Services)
Saskatchewan Health Information Resources Partnership (SHIRP)
Saskatchewan Health Quality Council
 
Professional & Public Resources
Motherisk
March of Dimes
Saskatchewan Prevention Institute
Best Start
Breastfeeding Committee for Saskatchewan
Breastfeeding Committee for Canada
Infact Canada: Infant Feeding Action Coalition
MoreOB

Clinical Protocols from the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine

Canadian Institute of Child Health
 
Government Agencies
Saskatchewan Health
     Newborn Screening

     Prenatal Maternal Serum Screening

Public Health Agency

     Maternal and Infant Health

     Family-Centred Maternity and Newborn Care Guidelines, 4th Edition
     Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
     FAS/FASD Publications
Perinatal Surveillance System
The Canadain Maternity Experiences Survey
World Health Organization (WHO)
Roxanne Laforge
Coordinator, Perinatal Education Program
Phone: (306) 966-7792

Saskatchewan International Physician Practice Assessment

The Saskatchewan International Physician Practice Assessment (SIPPA) is a “practice readiness” competency assessment program. SIPPA was implemented in 2011 to ensure that internationally trained physicians who wish to practice medicine in Saskatchewan possess the appropriate clinical skills and knowledge to provide quality patient care. SIPPA operates under the auspices of the College of Medicine with the support of a provincial oversight committee with representatives of the provincial government, regional health authorities (RHAs), the Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA), saskdocs, and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CPSS).

Currently there are three iterations of SIPPA per year; winter, spring and fall. SIPPA accepts a maximum of 24 candidate physicians per iteration.  The number of candidates per iteration is determined by Saskatchewan family physician resource needs and the availability of Clinical Field Assessment sites for SIPPA candidate evaluation. SIPPA is a competitive program with many more International Medical Graduate (IMG) physician applicants than there are available spots; eligibility for SIPPA does not guarantee a position in SIPPA.

Note to Applicants: SIPPA is not a clinical training program. Other than an initial “Orientation to Family Practice in Saskatchewan,” SIPPA is an evaluative process that is comprised of a Centralized Assessment (Therapeutics Decision Making Examination and OSCE) followed by a Clinical Field Assessment. Unsuccessful candidates in the Program are eligible to enter the Program on one more occasion only.

Eligibility
Eligibility for SIPPA is determined by saskdocs and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan.

If you wish to enquire about eligibility for SIPPA please contact saskdocs. SIPPA does not advise potential applicants regarding eligibility.

Application
Application to SIPPA is administered by saskdocs.

SIPPA does not accept any direct applications.

Return of Service Agreement
All SIPPA candidates must agree to a Return of Service Agreement as a condition of participation. Return of Service Agreements are administered by saskdocs.

Acceptance to SIPPA
You will be notified of your acceptance to SIPPA by the SIPPA Coordinator no later than 10 working days prior to the beginning of the SIPPA iteration to which you have been accepted.

Candidates accepted to SIPPA will be provided accommodation for the duration of the Centralized Assessment and Orientation to Family Practice in Saskatchewan; and an honorarium while participating in SIPPA.

Candidates participating in SIPPA are required to sign a SIPPA agreement for assessment.

Licensure
SIPPA is a practice ready assessment program. SIPPA does not provide licensure to practice medicine in Saskatchewan. Please contact the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan with any questions you may have regarding physician licensure in Saskatchewan.

Centralized Assessment
Candidates selected for SIPPA must be successful in both the Therapeutic Decision Making Examination and the SIPPA Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) to be eligible to participate in the Orientation to Family Practice in Saskatchewan and the Clinical Field Assessment. Centralized Assessment examination results are provided to candidates via email on the Monday following the exam. As of September 5, 2016, SIPPA candidates are required to achieve a minimum score of 65% on the Therapeutic Decision Making Exam and to pass eight (8) of twelve (12) OSCE stations.

Orientation to Family Practice in Saskatchewan
The Orientation to Family Practice in Saskatchewan is to familiarize IMG physicians to the unique aspects of practicing medicine in Saskatchewan. The Orientation to Family Practice in Saskatchewan is not a review of core family medicine knowledge.

Orientation Topics Include:

  • Indigenous Culture in Saskatchewan
  • Chronic Care of Children, Adults and the Elderly in Saskatchewan
  • Saskatchewan Formulary and Controlled Medications
  • Provincial Emergency Services
  • Consultation and Patient Referral Process
  • HIPA and Record Keeping
  • Public Health and Infectious Disease Reporting
  • LEAN Basics
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Clinical Screening Programs
  • Physician Support Program
  • Medico-Legal Issues
  • Collaborative Care Discussion Panels

Clinical Field Assessment
The Clinical Field Assessment (CFA) is a 12-week competency assessment that occurs outside of the Regional Health Authority (RHA) to which the physician is recruited. The CFA involves direct and indirect candidate supervision and evaluation of patient care by College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan approved physician assessors. The CFA candidate evaluation occurs in multiple settings (ambulatory/clinic, ER, hospital inpatient ward and long term care) and involves multiple assessors and typically will occur in more than one community. SIPPA does not specify a minimum or maximum number of assessments in each specific practice setting; rather, it is expected that candidates will be assessed in the typical practice settings that the physician assessor works in.

After an orientation to the CFA site, including local and regional healthcare services, candidates are assessed to determine their “practice readiness.” Candidate assessment encompasses a global review of practice including communication skills, information gathering, learning techniques, prescribing, case management and readiness for independent practice. Candidates are assessed at the level of A CANADIAN TRAINED FAMILY PHYSICIAN ENTERING PRACTICE.

Candidate performance is reported using:

SIPPA is actively recruiting assessors for the Clinical Field Assessment (CFA). SIPPA has urgent need for assessors in rural family medicine and the ER.

Physicians who wish to be Assessors should contact the SIPPA coordinator for more information.

The Assessors primary duties are:

  • Orientation of the candidate to the CFA site including local and regional healthcare services.
  • Provision of exposure to clinical situations as appropriate for the purpose of assessment of candidates (ambulatory/clinic, ER, hospital in-patient ward and long term care).
  • Assess candidate’s practice readiness at the level of A CANADIAN TRAINED FAMILY PHYSICIAN ENTERING PRACTICE.
  • Assess candidate’s basic communication ability.
  • Record evaluation of candidate performance on the applicable report forms during the assessment.
How do I know if I’m eligible for SIPPA?

How do I apply for SIPPA?

  • Contact saskdocs.

Do I have to sign a Return of Service Agreement to participate in SIPPA?

  • Yes, contact saskdocs.

Is SIPPA a Family Medicine training program?

  • No, SIPPA is not an abbreviated Family Medicine Residency training program or GP refresher course.
  • SIPPA is a competency assessment program and assessors are under no obligation to provide feedback to candidates or remediate any deficiencies.

What happens if I fail the Therapeutics Decision Making Exam?

  • Candidates selected for SIPPA must be successful in both the Therapeutic Decision Making Exam and the SIPPA Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) to be eligible to participate in the Orientation to Family Practice in Saskatchewan and the Clinical Field Assessment.
  • Unsuccessful candidates are eligible to enter the SIPPA program on one more occasion only, after a period of six (6) months from their initial failure. The candidate must meet all SIPPA eligibility requirements, must reapply through saskdocs and be reselected for SIPPA

What happens if I fail the SIPPA OSCE?

  • Candidates selected for SIPPA must be successful in both the Therapeutic Decision Making Examination and the SIPPA Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) to be eligible to participate in the Orientation to Family Practice in Saskatchewan and the Clinical Field Assessment.
  • Unsuccessful candidates are eligible to enter the SIPPA program on one more occasion only, after a period of six (6) months from their initial failure. The candidate must meet all SIPPA eligibility requirements, must reapply through saskdocs and be reselected for SIPPA

What happens if I fail the CFA?

  • Unsuccessful candidates are eligible to enter the SIPPA program on one more occasion only, after a period of six (6) months from their initial failure. The candidate must meet all SIPPA eligibility requirements, must reapply through saskdocs and be reselected for SIPPA.
  • Candidates who have passed the Centralized Assessment but failed the CFA are not required to repeat the Centralized Assessment or Orientation to Family Practice in Saskatchewan.

I failed SIPPA, can I appeal?

  • Yes, Section 9 of the SIPPA Candidate Agreement outlines the eligibility and process for candidate appeals.

Does successfully completing SIPPA guarantee me a full license to practice medicine in Saskatchewan?

  • No, there are further requirements after the successful completion of SIPPA prior to being granted a full license to practice medicine in Saskatchewan; please contact the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan with any questions you may have regarding physician licensure in Saskatchewan.

Two Changes to Entry Requirements

On September 16, 2016, the following changes were approved by the CPSS.

Change #1 - Effective September 16, 2016, candidates who could be chosen for the January 2017 or May 2017 SIPPA Iterations will be exempted from the SIPPA OSCE if they have been successful in either:

  • the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) OSCE taken 2013 or later (with a minimum score of 75)

OR

  • the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part II (MCCQE2)

Change #2 - Effective September 1, 2017, candidates who wish to be considered for the SIPPA program will require either:

  • the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) OSCE taken in 2013 or later (with a minimum score of 75)

OR

  • a pass standing on the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part II (MCCQE2)

Applicants who remain interested in participating in SIPPA who have not taken a NAC OSCE in 2013 or later (with a minimum score of 75) or have not passed the MCCQE2 are encouraged to challenge the examination at their earliest opportunity.

Details regarding the examination are found on the Medical Council of Canada website at www.mcc.ca.

Applicants should be aware that a 2013 or later NAC OSCE (with a minimum score of 75) or a pass standing on the MCCQE2 does not guarantee selection for the SIPPA assessment.

Information for Candidates Currently Undertaking Orientation or Clinical Field Assessment
 
This username and password protected page is directed to those SIPPA candidates who have recently passed the Centralized Assessment, and have continued to the Orientation to Family Practice in Saskatchewan and the Clinical Field Assessment. This link is available to these candidates until the completion of the Clinical Field Assessment.

Dr. Jon Witt
Medical Director, SIPPA
Phone: 306-966-8366

Lucie Panko
Coordinator, SIPPA
Phone: 306-966-8366

Sandra Giommi
Program Assistant, SIPPA
Phone: 306-966-8072

CME Resources

Study Credit Certification

•  Obtain study credit certificate for a USask CME Event
There are two types of reports available from the CME office:

  1. Individual event study credit certificate
  2. Date-range report (ie. 1 year, 2 years, 6 months, etc.)

Please email your request for a copy of a certificate or a report. 

•  Apply for Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada MOC Certification
Applications for MOC certification can be submitted to the Continuing Medical Education Office. The RCPSC Section 1 Application form, and supporting documentation must be submitted to the CME office at least six (6) weeks in advance of the program date; a shorter time frame will be considered, but will incur a higher administrative fee.  Incomplete applications may incur a higher fee. 

Please contact us at 306-966-7787 for more information.

An application submitted within the same week a program is to happen will not be accepted for review and approval. This is insufficient time to perform the review and to approve.

PROGRAMS CANNOT BE ACCREDITED RETROACTIVELY

•  Apply for Mainpro+ Certification
For programs not developed and organized through the CME office, application for Mainpro+ accreditation must be made through CFPC or the QuickConnect site.

Dr. Paula Schwann, President
Shona den Brok, Administrator
Saskatchewan College of Family Physicians
PO Box 7111
Saskatoon, SK S7K 4J1

Tel.: (306) 665-7714
Fax:  (306) 665-7714

•  Obtain credits for rounds, journal clubs or small groups
This is directly through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  Self-approval is a process through which physician leaders ensure their rounds, journal clubs, and small groups meet the established Royal College CPD accreditation standards allowing these activities to be recorded under Section 1 of the Royal College Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program.

Research

The Division of CME focuses on scholarly activities and educational research that contribute to the discipline of continuing medical education. We are committed to ensuring our learning activities are grounded in current best-evidence educational theories and practices while also delivering evidence-based clinical content.

To support the Division’s Strategic Plan 2013 – 2018, we will actively pursue research opportunities in the areas of distributed medical education and information and communication technology. To learn more about CME’s research activities click on the topics on the right.

CME is your partner of choice if you are seeking assistance with:

  • Searching for potential funding sources
  • Writing research grant proposals
  • Designing and implementing research methodologies
  • Developing needs assessment and/or evaluation instruments (i.e. surveys, interview scripts, focus groups, pre/post-tests, learning activity evaluation forms)
  • Outcomes evaluation (i.e. knowledge change,  behaviour change, patient outcomes)
  • Conducting needs assessments, literature reviews or environmental scans
  • Preparing Behavioural Ethics Applications
  • Managing educational research projects
To inquire about our research services, contact Heather Stenerson, Coordinator, Educational Research

‘Toward 2020’, the College of Medicine Strategic Research Plan (2013 – 2018), identifies the following areas of research interest:

  • Aboriginal Health
  • Health Service Delivery
  • Neurosciences
  • Each of the above areas as they relate to
    • Development and Aging
    • Medical Imaging
    • Mental Health

When developing research grant proposals and projects, CME will place an emphasis on these research areas in conjunction with their strategic directions of distributed medical education and information and communication technology.

CME is dedicated to optimizing the integration of continuing medical education research and its dissemination by:

  • Pursuing innovative evidence-based educational research in relevant CME/CPD areas.
  • Assessing perceived and unperceived continuing medical education needs.
  • Supporting the incorporation of emerging technologies to develop innovative and interactive formats and methods of CME delivery.
  • Enhancing outcomes-based evaluation related to knowledge, practice change, and patient outcomes.
  • Developing inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research alliances with public, private, non-profit sectors, and other CME/CPD providers to foster a team science approach.
  • Supporting knowledge translation related to College of Medicine research activities.
  • Publishing key findings in peer-reviewed journals and/or through presentations.

Research Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journals

Sargeant J, Borduas F, Sales A, Klein D, Lynn B, Stenerson H. CPD and KT: models used and opportunities for synergy. Journal of Continuing Education in Health Professions. 2011;31(3):167–171.

Dixon D, Takhar J, Macnab J, Eadie J, Lockyer J, Stenerson H., Francois J, Bell M, Monette C, Campbell C, Marlow B. Controlling quality in CME/CPD by measuring and illuminating bias. Journal of Continuing Education in Health Professions. 2011;31(2):109–116.

Oral Presentations

Nov 2014 Fleet L, Stenerson H. Helping Physicians Maintain Health, Knowledge, & Skills as they Age and Transition to Retirement. AAMC Medical Education Conference. Chicago IL.
Oct 2014 Lovo Grona S, Mittelholtz D, Muller AJ, Stenerson H. Cultural Safety: A Patient-Centred Needs Assessment for Continuing Interprofessional Education. Safety & Health in Agricultural & Rural Populations: Global Perspectives. Saskatoon SK.
Sept 2014 Violato C, Davis P, Allan N. Reliability and validity for assessing the competence and practice readiness of international medical graduates. An International Association for Medical Education. Milan Italy.
April 2014 Stenerson H., Lovo Grona S., Bath B. The Role of Staged Learning Theory in Needs Assessment and Evaluation: Lessons Learned from a Continuing Interprofessional Education Conference. Canadian Conference on Medical Education, Ottawa ON.
April 2014 Fleet L, Stenerson H. Helping Physicians Maintain Health, Knowledge, & Skills as they Age and Transition to Retirement. AFMC Standing Committee on CPD, Ottawa ON.
Nov 2013 Lovo Grona S., Stenerson H., Bath B. Continuing Interprofessional Education Outreach for Rural and Remote Locations. Canadian Rural Health Research Strategy Conference. Prince George BC.
June 2013 Lovo Grona S., Stenerson H., Bath B. Building Community Outreach Continuing Interprofessional Education Capacity. Canadian Association of Continuing Health Education Conference, Vancouver BC.
April 2011 Lovo Grona S., Davis P., Wall P, Stenerson H. The Evaluation of an Interprofessionally Planned and Implemented Continuing Education Conference, Canadian Association of Continuing Health Education Conference, Banff AB
April 2010 Davis P., Grimshaw J. Evidence, Advice, Recommendations: Delivering Value for Money in Health Care for Canadians. CADTH 2010 Symposium. Halifax NS.

Workshops

Jan 2013 Fleet L, Stenerson H. Research and Development in Continuing Health Education: How To Build Capacity With The Resources You Have. Alliance for Continuing Health Education. San Francisco CA.
May 2012 Bean B. Best Practices in Quality Feedback. Continuing Medical Education Congress.  Toronto ON.
Sept 2011 Bean B. Best Practices in Quality Feedback. CPD in the City – A forum for CPD Managers. Ottawa ON.
April 2010 Fleet L, Stenerson H. Research and Development in Continuing Health Education (CHE): How To Build Capacity With The Resources You Have. Canadian Association of Continuing Health Education Conference, St. John’s NL

Posters

April 2015 Lovo Grona S, Mittelholtz D, Muller AJ, Stenerson H. Cultural Safety: A Patient-Centred Needs Assessment for Continuing Education. Canadian Conference on Medical Education. Vancouver BC.
June 2014 Lovo Grona S., Stenerson H., Bath B. Building Community Outreach Continuing Interprofessional Education Capacity. Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region Showcase, Regina SK.

Fleet L, Stenerson H., Simmons K. Helping Physicians Maintain Health, Knowledge, & Skills as they Age and Transition to Retirement. Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region Showcase, Regina SK.
June 2014
April 2014  Fleet L, Stenerson H., Simmons K. Helping Physicians Maintain Health, Knowledge, & Skills as they Age and Transition to Retirement. Canadian Conference on Medical Education, Ottawa ON.
Oct 2013 Lovo Grona S., Stenerson H., Bath B. Building community Outreach Continuing Interprofessional Education Capacity. Saskatchewan Academic Health Sciences Network, Saskatoon SK.
June 2013 Lovo Grona S., Stenerson H., Bath B. A Template for Planning Continuing  Interprofessional Education (CIPE) Events. Collaboration Across Borders, Vancouver BC.
May 2010 Davis P., Allan N., Porter B. Clinical Evaluation of Internationally Trained Physicians in Saskatchewan (2006-2009). Canadian Conference on Medical Education, St. John’s NL.

International Medical Graduate Webinars

Feb 2013 Davis P. Physician Supervision: Tools for the Real World – Part II (360 Feedback)
 Feb 2013 Bourgeois-Law G, Davis P. Assessment, Feedback & Evaluation of Your International Medical Graduates – Practical Tools for the Real World Part II
Feb 2012 Bourgeois-Law G, Davis P. Assessment, Feedback & Evaluation of Your International Medical Graduates – Practical Tools for the Real World Part I


Current Research Studies

Grant Funded

2014 Continuing Interprofessional Cultural Safety Education for Distributed Health Care Teams 
Principal Investigator: Dr. A. J. Muller
Co-Investigators: S. Lovo Grona, D. Mittelholtz, H. Stenerson
Funder: Canadian Medical Protective Association
2015 Helping Physicians Maintain Health, Knowledge and Skills as they Age: Recognition and Elimination of the Stigma Associated with Aging
Principal Investigators: Dr. A. J. Muller, L. Fleet (Memorial University)
Co-Investigator: H. Stenerson
Funder: Canadian Medical Federation

Government Funded

2015 Addressing Challenges and Promoting Success for Non-Licensed International Medical Graduates in Saskatchewan
Principal Investigator: Dr. A. J. Muller
Co-Investigator: D. Paydli, H. Stenerson
2012-14 Evaluating the Online Orientation of International Medical Graduates

Completed Research Studies

Grant Funded

2013 Helping Physicians Maintain Wellness, Knowledge and Skills as they Age and Transition to Retirement
Co-Principal Investigators: L. Fleet, H. Stenerson
Funders: Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association, Saskatchewan Medical Association
2012 Building Community-Outreach Continuing Interprofessional Education Capacity 
Principal Investigator: Dr. P. M. Davis
Co-Investigators: S. Lovo Grona, H. Stenerson
Funders: Interprofessional Health Collaborative of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine
2012 A Comparison of Outreach Education Modalities in Rural and Regional Saskatchewan Physicians 
Principal Investigator: Dr. P. M. Davis
Co-Investigators: D. Mittelholtz, H. Stenerson
Funder: Committee on Rural and Regional Practice, Saskatchewan Medical Association
2010 The Evaluation of an Interprofessionally Planned and Implemented Continuing Education Conference
Principal Investigator: Dr. P. M. Davis
Co-Investigators: S. Lovo Grona, P. Wall, H. Stenerson
Funder: Interprofessional Health Collaborative of Saskatchewan
2010 The Impact of Faculty Interventions on Faculty Development 
Principal Investigator: Dr. K. Premkumar
Co-Investigator: H. Stenerson
Funder: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Faculty Development Grant

Government Funded

2010 Evaluating the Faculty Development Series for Assessors and Preceptors of International Medical Graduates
2010 Determining the Orientation Needs of International Medical Graduates
2007-11 The Evaluation of the IMG Orientation Program

Internally Funded

2011 Can Attendance at a Continuing Professional Development Conference Change Pharmacotherapeutic Practice Behaviours?
2010-12 Continuing Interprofessional Education: Who is the Audience?
2007-12 Revalidation Impact Study

Pending Grant Applications

2015 Self-Directed Learning in Continuing Professional Development: A Scoping Review to Explore the Representation of CanMEDS Competencies in the Canadian Context
Co-Principal Investigators: Karen M. Smith, Simon Kitto
Investigators: Danielle N. Naumann, Joan Sargeant, Francesca Luconi, Robert Parson, Colin Mascaro, Ivan Silver, Heather Stenerson, Elaine Chow Baker
Funder: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Accreditation

The Division of Continuing Medical Education, University of Saskatchewan is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME).

The Division of Continuing Medical Education is also accredited to award credits for specialists under the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Maintenance of Certification Program, and MAINPRO credits for family physicians with the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

About Us

The College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, is a strong supporter of outreach education for all physicians in Saskatchewan. Through this website and associated distance education initiatives, we hope to provide up-to-date, relevant learning materials which will enable physicians to design and access continuing medical education and professional development to meet their individual needs, and to do so in their own working environment.

The quality of medical care offered to the people of the province depends in great measure on the effectiveness of the physicians and other health care professionals who provide it. The College of Medicine encourages all physicians to take advantage of the services offered through the Division of Continuing Medical Education in meeting their learning needs.


Through effective continuing medical education programs, the Division of Continuing Medical Education assists physicians in their efforts to provide the best quality of patient care. As much as possible, physicians are involved in planning, conducting, and evaluating all programs because continuing education is most effective when participants share in all phases of the program.

CME staff are eager to provide you with progressively more available, more effective, and more enjoyable continuing education opportunities. Your opinions, ideas, and requests are welcomed to assist in planning and developing the most helpful programs. Further information about learning opportunities is available from the Division of Continuing Medical Education.

The Division of Continuing Medical Education also collaborates with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Medical Association and The Ministry of Health in delivering and supporting the Practice Enhancement Program (PEP).


Vision
As a collaborator on provincial and national levels, the Division of Continuing Medical Education contributes to optimal healthcare by delivering high quality, up-to-date and inter-professional opportunities for lifelong learning, available to Saskatchewan physicians in a variety of settings and geographical areas.

Strategic Plan
The Division of Continuing Medical Education Strategic Plan (PDF)

Contact Us

Mailing Address:

University of Saskatchewan
Box 60001 RPO University
Saskatoon SK S7N 4J8

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Phone: (306) 966-7787
Fax: (306) 966-7673

Andries Muller Interim Associate Dean (306) 966-7787
Mark Brown Manager Administration (306) 966-7789
Karen Conway Coordinator, Education (306) 966-7795
Vacant Event Coordinator
Roxanne Laforge Coordinator, Perinatal Education Program (306) 966-7792
Heather Stenerson Coordinator, Educational Research (306) 766-0620
Danielle Paydli Coordinator, International Medical Graduate Program
Daniel Mittelholtz Educational Program Designer (306) 966-7791
Vacant Clerical Assistant
Vacant Clerical Assistant
Pam Seib Clerical Assistant (306) 966-7787
Jon Witt Medical Director, SIPPA (306) 966-8366
Sandra Giommi Clerical Assistant, SIPPA (306) 966-8072
Lucie Panko Coordinator, SIPPA (306) 966-8366
Joanne Peat Coordinator, PEP (306) 966-7793
Program Assistant, PEP (306) 966-8362