Student Services Mission

  • The provision of an encouraging, compassionate and confidential environment for students in the College of Medicine
  • To inspire students to achieve their maximum potential in academic and personal growth as a fundamental component of their college training
  • To assist in a consultant role with the Student Medical Society of Saskatchewan on student initiatives and projects

Our services provide a safe place for current MD undergraduate students to seek support when they have academic or personal issues. We provide resources and support around mental and physical health, mistreatment and discrimination, disabilities, financial planning, career advising and mentorship.

Student Services encompasses a number of specific support and information groups including the Office of Student Affairs, the Aboriginal Student Services and the Office of Career Advising & Mentorship.


Office of Student Affairs

U of S Student Health Services
U of S Student Counselling Services
The Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA) - Physician Health Program
CMA Centre for Physician Health & Well-Being
CFMS Wellness Program - registration required for most resources
ePhysician Health
Mental Health Services- Saskatoon Health Region

Centralized Intake line: Telephone: (306) 655-7777.
Locations:

    • 715 Queen Street
    • 314 Duchess Street
    • Saskatoon City Hospital
    • Sturdy Stone Building
    • McKerracher Centre
    • Ellis Hall
University of Saskatchewan Health and Dental

Emotional Wellness
Mindfulness Resources

Articles

Physical Wellness

Social Wellness

We are here to support you in your academic success. Please come and talk to us as soon as possible if you are experiencing any academic difficulties or even if you want to explore how you can study or prepare for exams more effectively. We can provide study skills information and resources as well as referrals to academic success specialists and/or strategists.

Resources:

Community Resources:

External Resources:

Information about Professional Conduct, Evaluations and Appeals is contained in detail in the College of Medicine Student Information Guide and is a key resource for students in this area. As well, listed are a number of documents that outline expectations with regard to Professionalism, Student Academic and Non-Academic conduct, and Appeals Processes.

If you have questions about any of the expectations, processes or procedures contained in these documents, please come and talk to us at Student Affairs. We will do our best to assist you.

Brief overview of information about:

  • Appealing an academic assessment of coursework including exams
  • Appealing decisions about promotion and graduation

1.    Dissatisfied with Evaluation of Academic Coursework including Midterm and Final Exams

  • Informally consult with the appropriate instructor and/or phase chair and/or department head within 30 days of receiving your mark.
  • If still dissatisfied, request a formal re-assessment by filling out the “Request for and Report of Re-assessment Form” and forwarding to the Assistant Dean, Medical Education. A $20 fee is payable to the Undergraduate Medical Office with the request. If your grade is changed substantially as a result of the re-assessment, the fee will be refunded.
  • Results of the Re-assessment are final and no further appeal is available subject to the grounds specified below:
  • Failure to follow procedural regulations of the College of Medicine dealing with the assessment of students’ academic work or performance or administrative decisions and the application of regulations governing program or degree requirements
  • Differential treatment compared to other students in the course or program, where the alleged differential treatment affected assessment of the student’s academic work or performance
  • Alleged discrimination or harassment as set out in the university’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment Prevention and associated procedures, where the alleged discrimination or harassment affected assessment of the student’s academic work or performance
  • Failure to implement the approved policy or procedures of the University concerning accommodation of students with disabilities, where the alleged failure affected assessment of the student’s academic work or performance

2.    Appeals of Decisions about Promotion and Graduation

  • Student will be notified of unfavorable recommendation for promotion/graduation by the appropriate phase committee.
  • Student has the right to appeal to the Undergraduate Education Committee (UEC) by notifying the Chairman of the Committee 24 hours in advance of the committee meeting, of their intent to make a presentation in person, in writing, or both.
  • Subsequent appeal can be made to the Academic Appeals Committee by notifying the Dean in writing with reasons for appealing within 30 days of the UGME committee meeting. In addition to the written submission, the student may appear in person before the Academic Appeals committee.
  • The decision of the Academic Appeals Committee is final and no further appeal is available subject to the grounds specified below:
  • Failure to follow procedural regulations of the College of Medicine dealing with the assessment of students’ academic work or performance or administrative decisions and the application of regulations governing program or degree requirements
  • Differential treatment compared to other students in the course or program, where the alleged differential treatment affected assessment of the student’s academic work or performance
  • Alleged discrimination or harassment as set out in the university’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment Prevention and associated procedures, where the alleged discrimination or harassment affected assessment of the student’s academic work or performance
  • Failure to implement the approved policy or procedures of the University concerning accommodation of students with disabilities, where the alleged failure affected assessment of the student’s academic work or performance

The Student Affairs Office can also assist students in exploring how to handle Breach of Professionalism issues. In the case of a formal allegation and investigation of unprofessional conduct. Student Affairs can be available to accompany the student through the hearing and/or appeal process.

If You Feel You Are Being Mistreated or Harassed:

  • SAY NO:  Whenever possible, tell the offending party that his or her behavior is unwelcome and that you want it to stop.
  • SEEK HELP:  For a confidential consultation, contact the Coordinator or one of the Directors, Student Affairs, College of Medicine; the Associate Dean, Medical Education; the Coordinator of Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Services, or seek assistance from another University official.

KEEP A RECORD:   Write down the details of incidents and how they were handled.

Mistreatment Information

Mistreatment is defined on the Association of American Medical Colleges Graduation Questionnaire (2011) as follows:

“Mistreatment either intentional or unintentional occurs when behavior shows disrespect for the dignity of others and unreasonably interferes with the learning process. Examples of mistreatment include sexual harassment; discrimination or harassment based on race, religion, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation; humiliation, psychological or physical punishment; and the use of grading and other forms of assessment in a punitive manner.”

The AAMC provides the following examples of mistreatment:

  • Public belittlement and humiliation
  • Threatened with physical harm
  • Asked to perform personal services
  • Denied opportunities because of gender
  • Denied opportunities because of race or ethnicity
  • Asked to exchange sexual favors for grades/awards
  • Subjected to unwanted sexual advances

The Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago, has developed the following rubric to help students and faculty better communicate about inappropriate behaviors.

Not Mistreatment

Mistreatment

M

Malicious Intent

On the first day of third year, the ward clerk says to the student, “I can tell you guys are newbies,” then offers to help the students find a computer station.

Resident purposely gives student misinformation before rounds. Student overhears resident laughing about messing him over.

I

Intimidation on Purpose

Student working with the chairman of surgery says he feels nervous about operating with him since the chairman can "make or break" his career.

Resident tells a student that they intend to make them cry before the rotation is over.

S

Sexual harassment

Male student asked not to go into a room because a female patient only wants a female to examine her.

Student subjected to offensive sexist remarks or names.

T

Threatening verbal or physical behavior

A student is yelled at to "get out of the way" by a nurse as a patient is about to be shocked during resuscitation.

An attending grabs the student's finger with a clamp OR tells them they are an "idiot" after they could not answer a question.

R

Racism or excessive discrimination

Attending gives student feedback on how to improve performance.

Student subjected to racist or ethically offensive remarks or names.

E

Excessive or unrealistic expectations

Student is asked by an attending to review an article and present it on rounds to the team.

A resident tells a student that it is their job to perform rectal exams (necessary or not) on all the patients admitted to the service.

A

Abusive favors

A student is asked to get coffee for themselves and for the team prior to rounds since the resident did it yesterday. The team gives the student money.

A student is asked to pick up an attending’s dry cleaning.

T

Trading for grades

A resident tells a student that they can review and present a topic to the team as a way to enhance their grade.

A student is told that if they help a resident move that they will get honors.

Retrieved from The University of Chicago.


If you feel you have been mistreated, please report it immediately. The College of Medicine takes any mistreatment concerns very seriously and will respond promptly with appropriate action to any concerns brought forward. Students may want to just talk about their experience confidentially or they may want to explore options, or move forward with a full enquiry into the matter. Please contact the Coordinator or one of the Directors of Student Affairs or the Associate Dean, Medical Education. Both formal and informal support/help can be provided. Unreported incidents deny you the help you need, hurt future victims of the same practice, and allow the offending person to continue their behavior.

University of Saskatchewan’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment

The College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan is committed to supporting applicants and students with disabilities through the use of appropriate accommodations. While a disability should not preclude a student from consideration for admission, the disability must not prevent the student from communicating with patients and colleagues, from making observations and analyzing clinical data, and from making the medical judgments expected of a physician who has completed the educational program leading to the M.D. degree at this University.

Applicants to the College of Medicine who feel they will require accommodation in order to complete the multiple mini interview (MMI) process should make those needs known to the Admissions Office by February 28, 2017.

All applicants offered interviews will be asked to familiarize themselves with the technical standards outlined in the Essential Skills and Abilities Required for the Study of Medicine  (pdf) If an applicant will require accommodation in order to meet the technical standards, he/she will be asked to indicate so prior to the MMI.  Any applicant who indicates a need for accommodation will be referred to the Office of Student Affairs to review the applicant’s specific needs and abilities to determine whether appropriate accommodation can be offered.  Such requests are kept independent from a student’s admissions file until a student is offered admission.

The declaration of a need for accommodation on the part of applicants is voluntary, but as a significant period of time is generally required to process accommodation requests, early declaration is strongly advised.  In the event that an applicant does not indicate the need for accommodation until such time as an offer of admission is made, the College of Medicine reserves the right to defer entrance for one year pending review of the request by the Accommodations Team.

Students with disabilities are encouraged to pursue their studies as long as their continued involvement does not pose a health or safety hazard to themselves or others, and as long as they are able to meet the requirements for a medical degree.


  Disability Services for Students

  Learning Disabilities Association of Saskatchewan

  Canadian Association of Physicians with Disabilities

  CMA Med Student Centre

 Human Rights and Equity

Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Human Rights Act

 

If you are in need of immediate care, please go to your nearest emergency room or dial 911.

Safety

Emergency Contacts

  • Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Service 306-933-6200 (24 hours)
  • Regina Mobile Crisis Helpline 306-757-0127 (24 hours)
  • Prince Albert Mobile Crisis Unit 306-764-1011 (24 hours)
  • University of Saskatchewan Protective Services 306-966-5555

Office of Career Advising and Mentorship

The Office of Career Advising and Mentorship supports all elements of career planning, mentoring programs, and the residency match within the College of Medicine. The Office provides everything from confidential advising appointments to events designed to facilitate mentoring relationships in the community. We work in close collaboration with a variety of medical community partners such as the Physician Recruitment Agency of Saskatchewan and Careers in Medicine® to offer effective access to a career advising system, resources, and mentorship.

Contact Student Services

Dr. Bindu Nair,
Assistant Dean
Sara Bryson,
Administrative Assistant,
Student Services/Career Advising & Mentoring
Tel: 306-966-7275
Saskatoon
Regina
Prince Albert
Edith Conacher 
Student Affairs Officer
Room 5B28, Health Sciences
Tel: 966-4751
Fax:966-6164
Regina Site Director
Tel: 306-209-0142
 Dr. Dale Ardell ,
Prince Albert Site Director
Tel: 306-763-8888
Amanda Willms,
Administrative Assistant,
Office of Student Affairs
Tel: 306-966-7331
Dr. Tiann O'Carroll,
Regina Site Director
Tel: 306-529-0777
Saskatoon Regina

Stephanie Marshall,
Coordinator for Career Advising 
& Mentoring

Dr. Tom Perron,
Career Advisor
306-966-7275

Dr. Megan Clark,
Career Advisor,
306-966-7275

Valerie Arnault-Pelletier,
Aboriginal Students Coordinator
Tel:  306-966-5901

Louise Ferguson
Administrative Assistant for
Aboriginal Students Coordinator
Tel: 306-966-7909