IMG Orientation & Assessment

International Medical Graduates (IMG's) who have secured a residency seat through the CaRMS matching process are required to attend an IMG Orientation & Assessment period. The purpose of the 6-week Assessment/Orientation period is to provide coaching, instruction and mentoring designed to orient IMG residents to medical training in Saskatchewan.  The Orientation/Assessment Period will include, but not be limited to, the ability to undertake the responsibilities of a beginning year one trainee, including:

  Program Objectives: 

  1. Provide an introduction to some of the key concepts in medical education, including clinical bedside teaching, assessment and feedback which they will encounter as a postgraduate trainee at the College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan.
  1. Review aspects of medical practice in Saskatchewan.
  1. Provide an introduction to individuals, groups, and organizations who may continue to provide resources or support during their residency training and transition to practice.
  1. Engagement of the training programs to define or establish expectations of the residents as they begin their training programs.

To access the International Medical Graduate Orientation & Assessment Program Overview Document, click the link: IMGOA Document

Please contact Ope Okunola at (306)-966-8417 or ope.okunola@usask.ca for further information.

PGME IMG Mentoring Program

Program Overview

The IMG Mentoring program evolved from the PGME strategic Plan (2012-2016) to ensure effective integration and transition of trainees along the education continuum. It will serve as a complement to the IMG Orientation and Assessment Program to provide additional support to overseas trained medical graduates in order to facilitate their successful transition into residency programs. Mentorship is expected to provide advice, guidance and support for the professional and personal development of IMG trainees during the first year of residency.

Mentors are required to commit to at least one hour meetings with mentees per month (includes one-on-one meetings, communication via email, SMS, phone call, etc.).

Criteria for Matching

Mentors could be senior residents or faculty; their selection is based on their commitment to the process and readiness to serve as facilitators through the “maze” of institutional rules and regulations, most of which may be new to the mentee. Provision is made for mentors who may be interested in receiving training about various cultures. In general, to optimize the mentoring experience the following factors are considered in the selection of mentors:

  • Enthusiasm of mentors and commitment to the program for at least one academic year.
  • Country of Training- IMG mentors from/trained in the same country as the mentee will be matched to trainees.
  • Residency program
  • Personal and professional (research, teaching, practice) interests.
  • Life experiences and interests e.g. hobbies, lifestyle and family makeup.
  • Personal preferences