Connective Issue 
College of Medicine digital magazine

 Our annual magazine connects the College of Medicine alumni, donors, faculty, students, staff and community.




The new department will be Indigenous-led and ensure research is informed by Indigenous community needs
New USask Indigenous health department first of its kind in Canada
The College of Medicine is creating a first of its kind department in a Canadian medical school, dedicated to improving the health outcomes of Indigenous Peoples in Saskatchewan through academics and education.
Dr. Shelley Kirychuk is the director of the CCRAH
Donor spotlight: Drs. Lawrence and Penny Clein
The Clein's generous gift to the College of Medicine is both a testament to their kindness and an inspiring story.
SIPPA welcomes international physicians while serving rural Saskatchewan
On a cool October morning Dr. Nana Yaw Amo Broni finished an overnight shift at the Weyburn Hospital and went to the clinic, where he saw patients until almost noon, before heading home for sleep and time with his children, and then returning for another night at the hospital.
A new era: Alumni Association transforms into a thriving community
The USask College of Medicine Alumni Association has announced a significant transformation in the structure and approach of its operations.




Message from the Dean
As you may have heard, April next year marks a new opportunity and challenge for me when I begin as the founding dean of the medical faculty at the University of Prince Edward Island.
Message from the Community Advisory Committee
I am thrilled to share with you the incredible progress we've made over the past year in representing and advocating for our community.
Message from the Student Medical Society of Saskatchewan
The Student Medical Society of Saskatchewan (SMSS) executive sends greetings to all and welcomes the Class of 2027 to our family at the College of Medicine.



College News

Baetz appointed interim dean
Dr. Marilyn Baetz has been appointed interim dean at the College of Medicine, as Dr. Preston Smith will formally complete his deanship effective Apr. 1, 2024, and will be on administrative leave from Jan. 1 to Mar. 31, 2024.
The new department will be Indigenous-led and ensure research is informed by Indigenous community needs
Overcoming the odds to receive one of Canada’s highest honours
When he arrived in Canada, Dr. Haissam Haddad (MD) was told he had less than a one per cent chance of ever working in the country’s medical system.
The new department will be Indigenous-led and ensure research is informed by Indigenous community needs
University of Saskatchewan’s College of Medicine set to expand medical school seats
Over the next two years, Saskatchewan is increasing physician numbers in the province by enhancing medical education opportunities for future doctors.



Reversing the effects of Alzheimer's Disease: Dr. Ron Geyer on NeuroEPO
For decades, families have watched Alzheimer's disease steal their loved ones' cognitive function. It's the most common form of dementia; one that affects a third of people over the age of 85.
USask researchers receive $7 million in CIHR funding
College of Medicine researchers working on new ovarian and pancreatic cancer diagnostics and therapeutics among the projects to receive funding through the Canadian Institute for Health Research.
Scratching that itch: Dr. Rachel Asiniwasis targets atopic dermatitis
When Dr. Rachel Asiniwasis returned to the prairies after her dermatology residency in Toronto, she noticed a pattern among many of her pediatric patients.



Student News

When can ICU patients be discharged home
Patients in intensive care units often move to a regular ward before they're discharged and sent home. Increasingly, hospitals are skipping that step, sending a handful of ICU patients directly home.
SLIDE training
Medical student Mariah Katsiris discusses an innovative program that she co-launched, which raises awareness of the importance of skin checks and helps people to recognize the signs of melanoma.
The new department will be Indigenous-led and ensure research is informed by Indigenous community needs
USask graduate student passionate about community engagement
A graduate student at the University of Saskatchewan's College of Medicine has been recognized for community engagement at the Indigenous Student Achievement Awards Ceremony.



Ready to launch: Anurag Sakharkar pinpoints key biomarkers in astronaut health
Like a lot of kids, Anurag Sakharkar used to dream about being a doctor, or an astronaut. His parents, both academics, encouraged him to follow his dream.






Celebrating our people
We take pride in celebrating our remarkable students, staff and faculty.





Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation proud to support vital MS research in Saskatchewan
Recently, the Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation generously donated $750,000 to the USask College of Medicine to support research on Multiple Sclerosis.
Philanthropist's generous contribution enhances rural healthcare
The Canadian Centre for Rural and Agricultural Health is celebrating its new name along with a generous $1.5 million donation aimed at enhancing the well-being of rural communities in Saskatchewan.
Giving back is an act of inspiration and celebration
For Dr. Gord Cuddington and Cathy Cuddington, giving back to their community has never been a question. Now, they’re hoping to inspire others to step up and support vital projects that will benefit everyone in Saskatchewan.




Highlights in Medicine Conference and Reunion: A recap and planning for 2024
Each year the College of Medicine celebrates the people and progress of our college and healthcare communities through its annual conference, Highlights in Medicine.


2023 Connective Issue Alumni and Donor edition

We are Saskatchewan’s only medical school.

Your support means we can train the next generation of doctors and physical therapists and discover cutting-edge treatment for diseases in our province, for our province—and that means improved health and well-being for our people and communities. 

With your support the College of Medicine will:

  • Lead critical research
  • Support Indigenous achievement
  • Inspire students to succeed
  • Design visionary spaces

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