Make a lasting impact

You know the importance of having educated health professionals, groundbreaking research and reliable clinical care. By supporting the College of Medicine, you are ensuring that education, research and clinical care services continue to be improved and advanced.

Your gift can be directed to the area that is most important to you. We can also work with you to design a gift that matches your interests. 

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Areas to support

Neuroscience Research
The burden of neurological conditions both in Canada and worldwide is rapidly increasing. Collaborative neuroscience research, education, training and clinical innovation is needed to combat this epidemic. Thanks to donors like you, we can educate and provide funding to our talented research teams to develop innovations and discoveries of new technologies for the treatment of neurological and mental illness. 

Student Awards
Learning the art and science of medicine is a full-time pursuit. The average medical student will graduate with $100,000 of debt. We have a limited amount of bursary support for our students, but we have to do better. By supporting student awards, you are giving students with the greatest financial need the time to study and to make career decisions based on their interests and abilities, rather than their debt level. You are helping students during a time when they need it most, and they are truly grateful.

Indigenous Health
Funding supports ongoing research initiatives in the College of Medicine aimed at improving the health of Indigenous communities, families and individuals.

Clinical Learning and Resource Centre
Simulation plays an important role in the education of health sciences students. It is vital to have the opportunity to practice and learn clinical skills in a safe, virtual environment.  Simulated real-life environments give students confidence in their ability to treat patients. With your support we can supply necessary equipment, maintain existing equipment and provide funding for future equipment needs.

Ways to give

Give online

To make an online donation, visit the USask online giving website (College of Medicine) 

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Give by phone

To make a credit card contribution or pledge to the College of Medicine by phone, please call USask Advancement at:

Toll-free: 1-800-699-1907
Local: 306-966-5186 

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Supporting these bursaries provides financial support to a student in financial need pursuing a Doctor of Medicine Degree in the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. 

Class of 1959 Bursary in Medicine
Gifts from the College of Medicine Class of 1959.

Class of 1960 Bursary in Medicine 
Gifts from the College of Medicine Class of 1960.  

Class of 1962 Student Bursary 
Gifts from the College of Medicine Class of 1962. 

Class of 1970 Student Bursary
Gifts from the College of Medicine Class of 1970. 

Class of 1971 Student Bursary 
Gifts from the College of Medicine Class of 1971. 

Class of 1977 Student Bursary
Gifts from the College of Medicine Class of 1977. 

Class of 1985 Bursary in Medicine 
Gifts from the College of Medicine Class of 1985. 

Class of 2012 Fund 
Gifts from the College of Medicine Class of 2012. 

Class of 1994 Memorial Funds

Dr. Tim Clugston Memorial Bursary
Gifts from the College of Medicine Class of 1994, family, and friends in Memory of Dr. Tim Clugston, who was a skilled family physician, community leader, and entrepreneur. He spent his life serving the community of Medicine Hat, Alberta. Supporting this bursary provides financial support to a student in financial need pursuing a Doctor of medicine Degree in the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan and demonstrates interest in pursuing a residency in rural family medicine.

Dr. Elisabeth Wagner Memorial Bursary
Gifts from the College of Medicine Class of 1994, family, and friends in Memory of Dr. Elisabeth Wagner, who was a skilled obstetrician-gynecologist, a respected physician, leader, and educator in Calgary. A committed mother, wife, and friend. Supporting this bursary provides financial support to a student in financial need pursuing a Doctor of medicine Degree in the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan and demonstrates interest in Women’s Health. 

College of Medicine First Year Award
Gifts from College of Medicine alumni. Supporting this bursary provides financial support to a student in financial need entering the Doctor of Medicine program at the University of Saskatchewan. The award is meant to welcome students beginning studies in the College of Medicine.

Reunion Medical Student Bursary (Endowment)
Gifts from the College of Medicine alumni through the Highlights Reunion in Medicine event. Supporting this bursary provides financial support to multiple students in financial need pursuing a Doctor of Medicine Degree in the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. Supporting the endowment will allow for capital growth.

Reunion Medical Student Bursary (Spendable)
Gifts from the College of Medicine alumni through the Highlights Reunion in Medicine event. Supporting this bursary provides financial support to multiple students in financial need pursuing a Doctor of Medicine Degree in the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. Supporting the spendable will allow the college to provide immediate financial assistance to students.

Become a member

College of Medicine Alumni Association

Join the College of Medicine Alumni Association and become an active member of a network that fosters connection among alumni, students and the college. The annual membership fee is $100, or a lifetime membership is $750.

Membership fees support a variety of activities including the annual Highlights in Medicine reunion and conference, the Spirit of the Class and Spirit of the College awards, sponsorship of student initiatives, purchasing white coats and grad photos, and providing administrative support to the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Email us to join.




Connective Issue

The College of Medicine's magazine, Connective Issue, is published annually. Learn more about the college’s research, students, faculty and alumni.

Fall 2019

Connective Issue Fall 2019 Magazine

Fall 2018

Connective Issue Fall 2017 Alumni Magazine

Fall 2017

Connective Issue Fall 2017 Alumni Magazine

Alumni newsletter

The alumni newsletter is published annually and features alumni news, events and awards.

Winter 2020

February 2019

February 2019 Alumni News

February 2018

February 2017 Alumni News



2020 Highlights in Medicine


The University of Saskatchewan is following the advice of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Saskatchewan Health Authority and have put in place a number of measures with the aim of safeguarding our community as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

After extensive consultation with key stakeholders, the College of Medicine Alumni Association Board of Directors has decided to postpone the 2020 Highlights in Medicine Alumni Reunion and Conference scheduled for June 18-20, and hold it next year in conjunction with those class years ending in one and six. If you made hotel accommodations at the Holiday Inn and Suites, please contact them at directly at 1-306-954-1250 or 1-800-HOLIDAY (1-800-465-4329) to cancel your reservation. All EventBrite registrations will be refunded.

Thank you for your understanding and please take care of yourself and your family. We look forward to seeing you at next year’s event!

Highlights in Medicine lectures

Each year's Highlights in Medicine Conference features lectures to educate alumni on current and emerging topics in medicine.

Association Alumni Lecturer Clara and Frank Gertler Lecture in the College of Medicine Betty-Ann and Wade Heggie Lecturer in Integrative Medicine Dr. Anita Chakravarti Lecture in Wellness
2000 Stuart Houston -- --   --
2001 Lyonel Israels '46 (D) --  --  --
2002 Bruce McManus '77 -- --  --
2003 Anne Doig '76 -- --  --
2004 Karen Gelmon '79 --  --  --
2005 Menard Gertler '40 (D) Jonathan Gertler  --  --
2006 Brian Gushulak '81 Steven Lewis  --  --
2007 Keith McDonald '62 Sister Elizabeth Davis  --  --
2008 Ryan Uitti '88 Ward Flemons Bill Code '78  --
2009 Earle DeCoteau '64 Gordon Keller Anita Chakravarti '82  --
2010 Stan Houston '75 Bryon Young Hal Gunn  --
2011 Cheri Nijssen-Jordan '81 Richard Ehman '79 Louise Gagne '83  --
2012 Roland Dyck '72 Ilse Treurnicht Marja Verhoef  --
2013 John Conly '78 Derek Puddester Joe Schnurr '83  --
2014 Sandor Demeter '89 Norman Rosenblum Sunita Vohra  --
2015 Gill White '75 Michael Kelly '99 DeeDee Maltman '85 Alana Holt '00
2016 James Irvine '76 Jack Gauldie Amelia Villagomez Peter Butt
2017 Ian Young '92 Bruce Reeder '76 Stephen Genuis Mansfield Mela
2018 Gaylord Wardell '78 Scott Shannon Susan Shaw '95
2019 Michael Kelly '99 Melinda Richter Rob Rutledge Betty-Ann Heggie

Primary purpose:

Honours a member of one of the honoured classes invited to reunion. Speaks at conference for about 45 minutes

Who chooses speaker?

Scientific (Class Rep) Committee for conference makes a recommendation to Board of Directors

Year of first lecture:


Primary purpose:

To support the cost of lectureship activities that relate to the College of Medicine and strategic directions of the College. Topic shall related to current strategic directions of the College and be supportive of and linked to current health and medical trends.

Who chooses speaker?

The Chair of the Lectureship Committee shall be appointed by the Dean of Medicine. Committee should include community based faculty member, fulltime faculty physician, Associate Dean of Research or designate and undergraduate medical student. 

Year of first lecture:


Primary Purpose:

To support the cost of lectures, and/or other delivery methods, to provide continuing education opportunities for faculty, residents and practitioners in the field of complementary and alternative medicine.

Who chooses speaker?

The Lectureship Committee will be appointed by the Dean, College of Medicine in consultation with the Program Director within Complementary and Alternative Medicine or its successor program

Year of first lecture:


Dr. Chakravarti is a university professor and retired anesthesiologist working in health and wellness promotion. She is CEO of [M]POWER Mindful Professional Practice, offering seminars and workshops on mindful practice as a catalyst for individual, organizational and global change. Dr. Chakravarti is also a past president of the College of Medicine Alumni Association.

Primary purpose:

To support the cost of an annual lectureship that empowers healthcare and human services professionals to develp their personal health and wellbeing in the context of their workplace and community. This lectureship will be open to all of the health sciences professionals and students on campus as well as people from the public with an interest in health and wellness. 

Who chooses speaker?

Highlights committee/Med Alumni Board to present candiate to the Dean for approval

Year of first lecture:



MEDTalks is a series of health and wellness lectures featuring CoM alumni, faculty and staff. The inaugural event presented by the College of Medicine Alumni Association, ran for six consecutive weeks in January and February 2020. View the recorded presentations below.

January 30 – Turning back the aging clock with Dr. Del Haug
(recording link)

The clock ticks equally for all of us, but through lifestyle choices, we have the ability to affect the rate at which it ticks. Twenty percent of our health is determined by genetics, but the rest is up to us. The trio of exercise, reasonable nutrition, and commitment work together to affect that clock rate, but the single most important is exercise.

Dr. Haug is a retired family physician and is now passionately interested in sharing the scientific evidence that the aging process can be effectively delayed, and lifestyle vastly improved through good exercise and nutrition and by making other wise choices.

February 6 – How to live to be 100 with Dr. Thomas Wilson
(recording link)

The “warranty” for humans appears to be about 85 years. Stretching this to 100 will be difficult, given the genetic contribution to longevity. However, we can increase our chances of reaching the “century” by proper diet, exercise, and detecting and treating cardiovascular risk factors. 

Dr. Wilson is a Professor Emeritus with the College of Medicine, having retired in 2014 after a 41-year career. He studied medicine at the University of Alberta and the University of Toronto. He has received numerous awards including the Third Annual George Fodor Award - Canadian Coalition for High Blood Pressure Prevention and Control (2005), the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal (2006), and the Tony Dagone Spirit of the Royal University Hospital Award for having his works published in more than 200 textbooks and journals worldwide.

February 13 – Origins of health and disease with Dr. Alan Rosenberg 
(recording link)
Most chronic diseases have their origins before the disease becomes apparent. There is evidence that genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors during pregnancy or in early childhood might influence the occurrence of disease later in the child’s life. This talk will cover current research that is investigating these factors.

Dr. Rosenberg, a pediatric rheumatologist, provides care to Saskatchewan children and youth with various forms of arthritis and related rheumatic diseases. In 2015 he received the Master Award from the American College of Rheumatology and in 2018 he received the Distinguished Rheumatologist Award from the Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA).
February 20 – Making sense of vaping: the good, the bad and the ugly with Dr. Erika Penz
(recording link)

Numerous headlines and articles are being published every day related to the current vaping crisis. Trying to sort out facts from fiction can be overwhelming for those trying to piece together a sound understanding of the most pertinent issues. The objectives of this MEDTalks lecture will be to provide a history of tobacco and its decline in Canada; describe the evolution of electronic cigarettes (vapes) in North America; and discuss the potential health effects associated with vaping. The overall goal will be to have youth, parents and the public leave this lecture feeling more informed about vaping and understand the impact vaping has on our health from an individual and public health perspective. 

Dr. Penz is a clinician researcher, assistant professor and respirologist in the College of Medicine. She attended the University of Saskatchewan for her undergraduate degree, received her medical degree from McMaster University, and graduate degrees from Harvard University and University of York in health policy and health economics. Born in Manitoba and raised in Saskatchewan, she returned to Saskatoon in 2013 to raise her two children and two Labrador retrievers with her husband. Her research focuses on understanding burden of disease in patients with all types of lung disease including COPD, asthma and lung cancer with a particular interest in smoking cessation and the interaction of vaping and smoking among youth.

February 27 – Integration of yoga in healthcare: Hope and possibility for people in pain with Shelly Prosko 
(recording link)

Yoga is one of the most popular complementary health practices in North America and is steadily gaining popularity as an effective approach used by healthcare professionals to help people with a variety of conditions including chronic pain. Yoga therapy offers a

framework that is person-centered, empowering, compassionate, evidence-informed and includes addressing the whole person. Yoga techniques offer accessible, safe and cost-effective practices that can be integrated into any rehabilitation program in the clinic or used independently at home. A rapidly increasing number of clinicians and rehabilitation professionals are integrating yoga into pain care partly due to the growing evidence that shows yoga can improve patient outcomes, function and quality of life in many populations.

Shelly Prosko is a physiotherapist, yoga therapist, pioneer of PhysioYoga, and educator with over 20 years of experience integrating yoga into physiotherapy and working with people in pain. She offers online and onsite courses for yoga and health professionals and workshops for people in pain, teaches in physiotherapy and yoga programs, presents at yoga and medical conferences globally, contributes to academic research and writing, and provides mentorship to health professionals. Shelly is a Pain Care U Trainer and is co-editor/author of the textbook Yoga and Science in Pain Care: Treating the Person in Pain. She maintains a clinical practice in Sylvan Lake, AB.

Medical White Coats for Sale

We have extra College of Medicine embroidered medical (white) coats available for purchase. Please fill out the online order form and return the form along with cash or cheque. Men's sizes range from 34-46 and women's sizes range from 2-18. The cost is $20 (with the College of Medicine logo) or $30 (with the College of Medicine logo and Indigenous logo on the sleeve).

Proceeds from the sale of white coats support Alumni Association student initiatives.

Alumni Association


Dr. Terry Zlipko (MD'74)

Past President

Dr. Craig Hubbard (MD'68)

Young Alumni Consultant

Dr. Adam McInnes (MD'15)

Highlights Reunion Consultant

Dr. Charles Simpson (MD'71)

Class Rep Recruitment and Nominations

Dr. Craig Hubbard (MD'68)


Dr. Wayne Clarke (MD'72) 


Dr. Steve Sanche (MD'90)


Dr. Del Haug (MD'69)


Dr. Karen Shaw (MD'83) 


Dr. Donna Skwarchuk (MD'93)


Dr. Stella Blackshaw (University of Manitoba)

Shaylin Pillay (Class of 2023)

SMSS Senior Representative 



This award was established in honour of Dr. Louis Horlick, professor emeritus of the College of Medicine, whose spirit, dedication and enthusiasm was exemplified over his vast career. Dr. Horlick was proud of the College of Medicine, where he personally trained hundreds of physicians and took great satisfaction in hearing of their successes.

This award is open to nominations from alumni, faculty, staff and students. Nominees must be associated with the college and exemplify service and dedication going above and beyond the call of duty. All College of Medicine alumni, faculty, residents, students and staff are eligible.  

Terms of Reference

  1. A selection committee comprised of the Dean of Medicine, President, Past-President and Vice-President of the College of Medicine Alumni Association will select a worthy recipient of the “Louis Horlick Spirit of the College of Medicine Award”.
  2. The award will be open to nominations from the all alumni, faculty, staff and students of the College of Medicine.
  3. All of the College of Medicine alumni, faculty, residents, students and staff are eligible for nomination.
  4. The individual must have exemplified service and dedication over and above the call of duty.
  5. The award will be made once a year at a time and place to be set by the College of Medicine Alumni Association.


Nominations for the 2021 award will open in spring 2021.


Congratulations to Dr. Kathy Lawrence (MD'94), recipient of the 2020 Louis Horlick Spirit of the College Award!

Stay in touch

Fellow College of Medicine alumni are a great source of information and mentorship. You are part of a rich history and are encouraged to stay connected with alumni groups and your alma mater. Whether you are establishing your career outside the province or have selected to stay and work in Saskatchewan, we provide opportunities to meet and develop professional networks with fellow graduates.

Contact us

Gail Shivak, Director of Advancement

Gail Shivak
Director of Advancement

Jeff Aramenko, Major Gifts Officer

Jeff Aramenko
Major Gifts Officer

Anne-Marie Cey, Alumni Relations Officer

Anne-Marie Cey
Alumni Relations Officer

Steph Bodnar
Donor Relations and Leadership Giving Officer

Krista Sanderson
Clerical Assistant Advancement


Main Office


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