Welcome to the Department of Academic Family Medicine! Our goal is to play a central role in optimizing health for, and with, Saskatchewan communities, families, and individuals. We strive to do this by demonstrating excellence and innovation in service, education, and scholarly activity.
Throughout the Province, department members serve as broad scope generalists working across practice settings, while developing additional skills to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Our team is developing new knowledge and working to improve quality of care, serving as teachers and leaders within the education programs of the College of Medicine.
As a Department, we are all working to identify, acknowledge and address the inequities embedded in the culture and delivery of health care. We continue to learn about our true history, acknowledging past and current injustices and work to build better relationships with First Nation and Métis people as partners in their health.
Dr. Kathy Lawrence
Provincial Department Head | Academic Family Medicine
As a department, we believe that our daily actions, interactions, and decisions will reflect:
We recognize that all who work in or come into contact with our department have value and dignity. All are worthy of respect.
We believe that our professions, our disciplines, our department, and our programs exist because we genuinely care for those who are in need.
We understand that honesty, diligence and truthfulness underlie all authentic and meaningful human interactions.
Our relationships with learners and with our patients are based upon trust. It is a relationship that is selfless, altruistic, and loyal.
Optimal Health for All
We believe that optimal health enables individuals, families and communities to function to the best of their abilities within their environments. We believe that health care is a fundamental human right.
The Department of Academic Family Medicine will play a central role in optimizing health for and with Saskatchewan communities, families, and individuals.
Our mission is to create, teach and develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes specific to the discipline of Family Medicine.
- We will work to optimize health by demonstrating excellence and innovation in service, education and scholarly activity.
- We will provide university, hospital and community-based education consistent with the principles of Family Medicine.
- We will focus our efforts on working with communities in response to their health needs.
The DAFM faculty are integral participants in all stages of medical education. Some of our faculty have major Undergraduate teaching roles and are involved in putting more generalist content and comprehensive Family Medicine into the MD education curriculum as outlined in The Future of Medical Education in Canada (FMEC): A Collective Vision for MD Education. Enrollment in the College of Medicine at the U of S is currently 100 students per year.
The DAFM is engaged in distributed activities beyond the walls of our university institutions. Our Distributed Medical Education (DME) program encompasses a broad definition of activities in undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing medical education. Learners and community teachers are located throughout Saskatchewan.
The Department of Family Medicine is highly dedicated to the education of undergraduate medical students. Our involvement spans all phases of the undergraduate curriculum as well as serving in an advisory role to the Family Medicine Club.
Requests for electives in Family Medicine are welcomed and accomodated as best as possible. The earlier your request is made, the more likely it is to be successful. A minimum of 6 weeks advance notice is required for electives.
Elective forms are available through the Dean's Office, and should be completed and forwarded to the JURSI Co-ordinator for approval and signature. The signed form must then be returned to the Dean's Office.
Medical students who might be considering an application to our Family Medicine Residency Program are encouraged to arrange electives either within the Department, or with one of our community preceptors (either rural or urban). Electives done in other provinces are also looked upon favourably.
Within the Department, you may request placement at one of several locations:
- Westwinds Primary Health Centre (Saskatoon)
- Regina Family Medicine Unit
- Prince Albert
- Various community preceptors
Students wishing to do an elective with a family physician outside the Department of Academic Family Medicine must make their own arrangements. The necessary forms are available from the Dean's Office.
Canadian and International Electives Coordinator
Welcome to the Family Medicine Residency program. This program at the University of Saskatchewan is delivered in seven different sites: Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert, Swift Current, North West, Moose Jaw, and La Ronge. We also offer our residents the option of a third-year in our Enhanced Skills Program.
The main attraction to residency in Saskatchewan is the smallness of the program. Residents don't feel that they have to stand in line for clinical exposure or to do any procedures and there is more room for one-on-one teaching with faculty. Our residents continually comment that they feel as if they are part of a big family in the Department of Academic Family Medicine.
The Curriculum is set up according to the College of Family Physicians of Canada standards for accreditation, but there is flexibility built into the program with elective time over the two years.
Program Director: Dr. Brian Geller
Contact: Jennifer Drennan
For an overview of the USask Family Medicine CaRMS process please click here.
Have questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions sheet here.
Enhanced Surgical Skills
Please see the CaRMS website for information and applying.
The Department of Family Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, is pleased to offer a R3 program specifically designed to meet the needs of rural communities within Saskatchewan.
|The Enhanced Surgical Skills program is a one year program based out of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. We are a Category 2 R3 program out of the University of Saskatchewan and part of the Department of Family Medicine.
The year is a 3rd year residency program offered to family physicians who are wishing to enhance their surgical skills. Our residents spend 6 months in Obstetrics & Gynecology and 6 months in Surgery. The skills are varied for each resident. Residents often come in having already been in practice in a community, so they have specific needs they are trying to fill. Other residents are fresh out of family medicine residency and, depending on the program that they were in prior, have different skills.
Our residents typically come out with the ability to perform: operative vaginal delivery, cesarean section, postpartum tubal ligation, laparoscopic tubal ligation, hysteroscopic essure tubal ligation, d and c, Bartholin’s cyst marsupialization, gastroscopy, colonoscopy, open appendectomy, lap appendectomy, open umbilical hernia repair, open inguinal hernia repair, tonsillectomy, carpal tunnel release, removal of lumps and bumps, vasectomy, neonatal circumcision...this list is not all inclusive, but it gives an idea of what kinds of skills the resident obtains.
The idea behind a GP with Enhanced Surgical Skills is that we have a narrow focus for procedures that are often needed in smaller communities (especially C-section capabilities). Our residents currently work in Revelstoke, BC, Vanderhoof, BC, Rocky Mountain House, AB, Taber, AB, Pincher Creek, AB, Nunavut, NWT, Meadow Lake, SK, Neepawa, MB and Prince Albert, SK.
We accommodate 2 residents each year.
Typically, residents will have a community in mind that they would like to practice in. That way, they have an idea of what services that community needs. In addition, it is important that this link is made; as privileging for procedures in each health region and province differs. It is important that your skills are sought after, and you will actually be allowed to practice what you have trained to do!
I practice as a Family Doctor with Enhanced Skills in Meadow Lake. I did my Rural Family Medicine training in Prince Albert, prior to entering the program.
--Dr. Aimee Seguin
Family Practice Anesthesia
Please see the CaRMS website for information and applying.
The University of Saskatchewan's Family Practice Anesthesia Program is a one year training program in anesthesia. The program is jointly run by the University of Saskatchewan's Departments of Family Medicine and Anesthesia and positions are funded by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Medicine. Funding may also be available from the SMA.
Applicants to the program must be eligible for a full licence in the province, to apply. Preference is given to applicants who have worked in Saskatchewan and wish to continue to do so, but this is not necessary for application and there is currently no return of service to Saskatchewan requirement.
The residency training is one year long, preferably starting on July 1. Family Practice Anesthesia (FPA) residents essentially join the stream of the University of Saskatchewan's Department of Anesthesia's 5 year anesthesia resident program, with special focus on Family Practice Anesthesia related topics and issues. FPA residents have on-call and research responsibilities. Most of the training is done in the operating theatres in Saskatoon, but at least two months training takes place at the community hospital in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, with opportunity for up to four months there. Residents rotate through pediatric and obstetric anesthesia, ICU, pre-op consultation as well as regular adult anesthesia.
The program has been very successful and we have trained at least one resident for the last 4 years, all of who are currently successfully practicing. We have 2 spots available per year.
Sport and Exercise Medicine
Please see the CaRMS website for information and applying.
All rotations are fully integrated (with the exception of specific optional electives). The core clinical experiences take place with local sports medicine physicians in the clinic as well as providing sideline coverage to local sports teams. Residents also work with orthopedic surgeons, a musculoskeletal radiologist, rheumatologists, and physiatrists as part of the training. Electives in other centers or across Canada are encouraged. The goal of the extra year of training is to gain competence in sports medicine and successfully challenge the National Sport and Exercise Medicine exam through the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine. The program is based out of Regina, SK.
Family Medicine – Emergency Medicine
Please see the CaRMS website for information and applying.
The Regina Family Medicine Unit is a primary care clinic located at 172-1621 Albert Street in Regina, Saskatchewan.
The Regina Family Medicine Unit is a primary care clinic located near downtown Regina. It is affiliated with the Four Directions Community Health Centre, which is an inner-city primary health clinic focusing on the care of urban underserved patients. All of the physicians have broad-based practices which include inpatient care and half of the faculty provide intrapartum obstetrical care as well.
There are only a small number of medical students and Royal College residents training in the city so the physicians involved in the teaching program come to know the residents quite well. The low learner numbers also allow for the flexibility to adapt the program to individual learner needs.
The program has recently moved toward a more integrated curriculum by combining community, women's health, obstetrics and family medicine experiences in an extended family medicine block to provide residents with more opportunities for continuity within family medicine. There is considerable elective time in the program which allows residents to organize their program to meet their career goals.
The Saskatoon Family Medicine Residency training program is centered out of the West Winds Primary Health Centre.
This unique endeavor is a partnership between the University of Saskatchewan and the Saskatoon Health Region. It was the first project in Canada where a University and a Health Region jointly deliver primary health care in a neighbourhood setting.
West Winds is the location where residents do their Family Medicine blocks. They will go elsewhere for off service rotations, but in order to maintain continuity with patients, residents will return to West Winds one half-day each week to run a clinic.
Saskatoon has a large population with diverse needs. The interdisciplinary nature of the clinic meets the needs of all people who attend West Winds. Residents are part of the health care team with hands on experience in all aspects of patient care. There is a collegial atmosphere with all community faculty.
When residents complete their training, they are equipped with the knowledge and skills to practice anywhere. This is a small program that is flexible and allows you to customize your training to suit your educational needs.
Some of the services located at West Winds include:
- Academic Family Medicine
- Chronic Disease Management
- Primary Health Dietician
- Healthy and Home Maternal Visiting Program
- Client Patient Access Services
- Healthy Mother Healthy Baby Program
- Food for Thought
- Home Care
- Mental Health and Addiction Services Primary Prevention Worker
- Nurse Practitioner
- Physical and Occupational Therapy
- Public Health Services
- Social Worker
The University of Saskatchewan Family Medicine Rural Division was established in 1997 to train Family Medicine Residents interested in gaining the knowledge and experience necessary to practice medicine in rural and remote settings. Our goal is to provide practical hands-on training in locations throughout the province to produce competent and confident rural family physicians. We pride ourselves on being a resident responsive program supported by passionate community preceptors.
The Prince Albert Family Medicine Program is based out of the Victoria Hospital - with its friendly atmosphere supportive of learners. It is the major referral center for all of northern Saskatchewan creating a very busy emergency department and obstetrical unit with lots of learning opportunities. Victoria Hospital has 36,000 emergency visits per year and approximately 1,600 deliveries. There is a fascinating array of pathologies seen and ample opportunity to do procedures. The smaller program provides a very collegial atmosphere and the flexibility to tailor your training to meet your individual needs, along with enthusiastic and dedicated preceptors to help facilitate this.
Family medicine experiences take place in clinics throughout Prince Albert, with considerable time spent in various rural training sites including remote northern and first nation’s communities.
“Prince Albert is an excellent location and a strong rural family medicine training program. I am thoroughly satisfied with my experience there and feel well prepared to practice family medicine in any setting” -Program Graduate
“I loved my two years, it was some of the best time of my life. I made lifelong friends” -Program Graduate
College of Medicine
419 Herb Bassett Home
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
Contact: Heidi Brown
Swift Current Family Medicine Program is based out of the Associate Family Physicians Clinic and affiliated with the community's new regional hospital. It has a group of enthusiastic and committed teachers leading the program.
The program has a strong focus on longitudinal training and residents are based primarily in family medicine throughout their training. The size of the community allows residents to follow their patients throughout the course of their care, be it in the community, a consultant's office or hospital.
The city has a number of other visiting medical students and residents throughout the year, however the family medicine residents are the only learners completely based in the community. All clinical experiences are preceptor based and residents have essentially one on one teaching with the faculty. This allows for tremendous learning opportunities and flexibility within the program.
The Five Hills Health Region is the newest of the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine’s distributed sites for the Family Medicine Residency Program. It has been receiving full-time, geographically-based learners at this level since July 2014.
The Moose Jaw Family Residency Program operates out the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital - in addition to the other primary training sites; the Stadacona Medical Centre and Alliance Health Medical Clinic - has been very receptive to new learners. The newly completed Regional Hospital provides 24-hour emergency facilities and a broad array of specialist services including; Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, General Surgery, Orthopedics, Urology, ICU, Internal Medicine, Ophthalmology, Mental Health & Addictions Services, Radiology, Pathology, and ENT. As such, there are many clinical and educational opportunities available for medical learners in Moose Jaw. With the smaller community size (54,000 total catchment areas) and smaller number of learners, there are many more hands-on experiences than one might find in a larger, urban centre. In addition, there is increased opportunity for procedures and one-on-one interaction with preceptors.
With the longitudinal focus of the Triple-C Curriculum, residents are continuously training in Family Medicine throughout their 2-year residencies, following patients throughout the course of their care. By training physicians with this method, a true sense of family practice is achieved, preparing residents who are well-equipped for future practice, whether rural or urban. Moose Jaw, while considered rural, has all of the amenities of a typical small city with the added convenience of being a half hour drive away from Regina, our province’s capital city and the second largest urban centre in Saskatchewan.
Included in the facilities of the new hospital building, there is a state-of-the-art Family Medicine Resident classroom equipped with modular furniture, videoconferencing equipment, teleconferencing equipment and internet access. Click here for more information.
Learn in a truly integrated immersive learning environment. The North West Family Medicine Residency Training Program is the only postgraduate training program based out of a large geographic area in Saskatchewan known as the North West. It is designed to be a learner focused program that places a strong emphasis on rural family medicine competencies. Residents have the opportunity to learn in a fully supportive environment, from Family Physicians & Specialists who base their teachings on FM competencies, making the exposure the Resident receives as relevant and as practical as possible.
The Area includes three cities and many rural communities, with full-service facilities/hospitals that are staffed with experienced faculty eager to support you in achieving your learning goals. Residents of the program benefit from low learner to faculty ratios and from gaining tons of knowledge and skills while providing care to a diverse population with a vast array of health care needs. As a Resident you will be one of fourteen learners, with your home base being the main teaching site, which is an accredited primary care practice, located in the city of North Battleford. The practice is housed in a large modern facility stocked full of experienced & dedicated faculty and staff.
Rural rotations, electives and selectives may be done at other locations. We look forward to welcoming you to the North West team!
102-11427 Railway Avenue
North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada S9A 3G8
Contact: Michelle Koehn
Learn more about the Battlefords here!
The University of Saskatchewan established the comprehensive and well regarded Family Medicine program in 1971. In its evolution, the La Ronge Family Medicine Program was established in 2012 with graduates working in Northern Saskatchewan and all across Canada.
The 2 year program is broken up into several smaller training schedules. In your first year, you will spend 6 months in La Ronge before going to Regina and Prince Albert for the next 6 months. During those 6 months in urban centres, you will be completing specialist rotations including trauma, ER, pediatrics, OB/GYN, palliative, hospitalist and ICU. Following those 12 months, you will return to La Ronge as a second year resident to incorporate all the specialist teaching and initial rural FM training into honing your skills as a rural FM resident doctor.
Despite it being a small community, the catchment area is large, covering a vast portion of Northeastern Saskatchewan. As a result, there is no shortage of learning opportunities available from the Family Medicine clinic, call shifts which are based in the emergency room, long term care facility, high school clinics, procedure half days, homeless shelter clinics, detox facility, and best of all the outpost/fly-out clinics. The outpost clinics usually have us going out to the outpost communities like Wollaston Lake, Stanley Mission, Grandmothers Bay, Hall Lake and Pinehouse by helicopter or fixed wing aircraft (by both float plane and wheeled craft).
In La Ronge, we believe that residency is about more than obligatory clinics and hospital routines. Being in a small community in the North allows for a lot of opportunities for community engagement and fun activities. One of our greatest strengths is how close we are to nature and the outdoors. The Family Medicine clinic itself is located on the lakefront of Lac La Ronge making it easy to sneak out at lunch and get a swim in as many of our docs do. The immense surrounding forest is full of well manicured hiking and biking trails and when winter hits, those trails become snowshoeing and cross-country ski trails. Snowmobiling, quadding and dirtbiking have a large presence. The numerous surrounding lakes allow for fishing, swimming, watersports, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, etc.
The community itself is very welcoming to newcomers and happy that the residency program is here. We are a small commuity and look out for one another. Our healthcare team is even smaller and very close. If you need something or simply want to grab a drink, someone will be there for you. Your time in La Ronge will make you feel like you belong and we hope that you seriously consider us!
- Divisions within the Department of Academic Family Medicine;
- Departments in the College of Medicine;
- Colleges at the University of Saskatchewan; and,
- Individuals, groups, organizations and networks locally, provincially, nationally, and globally.
For more information about the Research Division, you may contact:
Dr. Vivian R Ramsden, RN, BSN, MS, PhD
Professor & Director, Research Division
Department of Academic Family Medicine
University of Saskatchewan
West Winds Primary Health Centre
3311 Fairlight Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7M 3Y5
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For information regarding academic programming, please see below.
|West Winds Primary Health Centre
3311 Fairlight Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada S7M 3Y5
|Regina Centre Crossing
#172 - 1621 Albert Street
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada S4P 2S5
Dr. Kathy Lawrence
|Provincial Head Assistant