Oncology is a free-standing division within the College of Medicine.  The division members include physicians located at the Saskatoon Cancer Centre, and at the Allan Blair Cancer Centre in Regina;  research scientists located in the Health Sciences Building, University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon,  physicists based at the two cancer centres and epidemiologists and clinical trials. The physicians offer a broad range of expertise in medical oncology, radiation oncology, pediatric oncology, gynecologic oncology as well as general and malignant hematology. All members of the College’s Division of Oncology are contracted with or employees of the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency with academic appointments with the College of Medicine.   They provide leadership in cancer control for the people of Saskatchewan through prevention, early detection, treatment, and research.

Oncology Specialties

Medical oncologists treat cancer using chemotherapy or other medications such as targeted therapy.

Radiation oncologists treat cancer using radiation therapy (such as megavoltage X-rays or radionuclides).

Hematologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma as well as general hematology conditions such as anemia, rare blood disorders and disorders of coagulation.

Pediatric Oncologists treat cancer in children and young adults.

Gynecological Oncologists treat cancer using chemotherapy or other medications such as targeted therapy.

Medical Oncology Subspecialty Residency Training Program

The Medical Oncology Subspecialty Residency Training Program is one of six subspecialty post-graduate programs currently offered by the University of Saskatchewan (Cardiology, General Internal Medicine, Nephrology, Respirology and Rheumatology).The residency is a two-year program leading to the RCPSC Certification of Special Competence. The program achieved accreditation by the Royal College of Canada in May 2022.The educational CBD program is designed with the application of the principles of adult-centric learning. The resident is expected to be a full participant in their own learning. The educational teaching opportunities and assessments have been thoughtfully aligned with the subcompetencies, milestones and EPAs as outlined by the Royal College of Canada.An annual program evaluation has been designed to ensure that we provide a reflective internal process to assist us in the growth of the program. As the most important stakeholder in the residency program are the residents themselves, we value the input from our resident in this continued growth. Unique features of the curriculum include a collaborative partnership with the University of British Colombia for academic half day, a systemic therapy prescribing curriculum, course work on communication skills, resident case rounds, and a basic science embedded within the academic training.

Faculty members have strong academic research backgrounds in oncology with a track record of peer-reviewed articles in high-impact journals. These members will assist the residents in their pursuit of their own research goals. We have a strong basic science and clinical trials groups, and they are look forward to designing a project with the resident depending on the residents’ career aspirations. Additional graduate work will also be supported, including enrollment in Master level medical education programs if the resident wishes to pursue this. We pride ourselves on providing interprofessional care for the management of cancer patients. We have extensive multi-disciplinary rounds to ensure that we are treating all patients with the highest standards of care. We are well-supported by allied health professionals who assist physicians in guiding the patients and their families throughout the disease trajectory. The Saskatchewan Cancer Agency serves a diverse population with multiple ethnicities including a large Indigenous population. As such, the resident is expected to understand and demonstrate how to provide medical care with cultural sensitivity and competency, as well as their ability to address complex ethical issue with a high level of professionalism.

The overall goal of our medical oncology training program at the University of Saskatchewan is to ensure that you function as a competent and independent medical oncologist in a hospital setting and an outpatient clinic, either in an academic center or in a rural community setting. You will be given three months of elective time and you may choose to tailor your learning in settings such as the inpatient palliative care words and consultation service, rural community medical oncology practice or engage in a basic science or clinical research project including guideline development. You may also wish to concentrate your electives on clinical work in a site-specific area of interest in Saskatoon, Regina or outside the province.

Clinical experiences include out-patient medical oncology, radiation oncology and malignant hematology consultations and follow-up care, in-patient consultations and ward responsibilities and palliative care. The longitudinal clinic begins in the first block of the Core of Discipline training phase. You will be expected to attend oncology conferences with an emphasis on Canadian and national conferences such as the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the National Cancer Institute of Canada, and the Canadian Clinical Trial Group conference. 70% of the training is completed in Saskatoon with the remaining 30% in Regina.

Our program is based out of the Saskatoon Cancer Centre and is affiliated with Royal University Hospital (RUH). In Regina, the program is based out of the Allan Blair Cancer Centre and is affiliated with the Pasqua Hospital. These two main host hospitals are full-service tertiary care teaching facilities. Additional in-patient consultations can take place at City Hospital and St. Paul's Hospital in Saskatoon.
Radiation Oncology and Hematology clinics take place at both cancer center sites. We have a closed oncology admitting ward at RUH, which is supported by clinical associates. There is a dedicated in-patient palliative care ward at St. Paul’s.

This program will enable you to learn continued self-education and self-evaluation. A unique component of the evaluation process is found in your monthly composition of reflective assignments. As well, all of your clinical responsibilities will be transferred to a faculty member to ensure that you have protected time to participate fully in all of the academic activities without distractions. We also support undergraduate medical and post graduate medical educational rotations and you will have the opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills in medical education as you participate in teaching and supervising of junior learners.

The division of medical oncology at the University of Saskatchewan is committed to a transparent, equitable and fair application process. Our process for resident selection will be dependent upon our assessment of their ability to demonstrate the CanMEDS roles in all areas of clinical and academic work.

We will assess the candidate for their ability to master the subcompetencies necessary for a medical oncologist. Our program will look favorably upon attributes, knowledge and behaviors that encompass the characteristics of a successful medical oncologist in the treatment of the cancer patient and their family throughout the disease trajectory. We will assess their cognitive skills, including their attainment of excellent medical knowledge and clinical skills as evaluated through examinations, evidence of administrative and academic work in their internal medicine residency and their problem-solving skills.

Residents will be expected to maintain their internal medicine knowledge while building upon their developing oncology knowledge. We will also assess the candidate for their non-cognitive skills including their communication skills, their ability to collaborate and receive feedback, and their organizational and
leadership skills. We are assessing their engagement in self-reflective personal and professional medical practice, independent learning skills, and their ability to work as a multidisciplinary team with exceptional interpersonal skills.

The demographics of Saskatchewan and the University serves a diverse population with multiple ethnicities including a large Indigenous population. As such, the candidate is one who is able to understand and demonstrate how to provide medical care with cultural sensitivity and competency, as well as their ability to address complex ethical issue with a high level of professionalism.

Training Stage Clinical Experience
Transiton to Discipline
  • Medical Oncology Clinics
  • On-call responsibilities
  • First week includes orientation to clinics and staff, didactic session in chemotherapy prescribing, IT training, phone triage, Serious Illness Conversatons, Oncology Emergencies
Foundatons of Discipline
  • Block 1: Medical Oncology Clinics
  • Block 2: Medical Oncology Clinics
  • Block 3: Medical Oncology Clinics and in-patent consultations
  • Block 4: Week 1 and 2 Palliative Care clinics and in-patient
  • consultatons
  • Block 4: Week 3 and 4 Radiation Oncology Clinics
  • Block 5: Medical Oncology clinics and in-patient consultations
  • Weekly academic half day with UBC, one hour per week for
  • resident journal club and/or resident case rounds, M and M
  • rounds every 2-3 months.
  • Resident will participate in multidisciplinary case rounds according to schedule of each tumor site.
  • On call responsibilities.
Core of Discipline
  • Block 1: Medical Oncology Clinics
  • Block 2: Hematology Clinics
  • Block 3: Medical Oncology Clinics
  • Block 4: Palliative Care Clinics and in-patient consultatons
  • Block 5: Radiation Oncology Clinics
  • Block 6: Medical Oncology In-patient
  • Block 7: Medical Oncology Clinics
  • Block 8: Medical Oncology Clinics
  • Block 9: Medical Oncology Clinics
  • Block 10: Medical Oncology Clinics
  • Block 11: Clinical or research elective
  • Block 12: Clinical or research elective
  • Block 13: Clinical or research elective
  • Block 14: Medical Oncology Clinics
  • Block 15: Medical Oncology Clinics
  • Weekly academic half day with UBC, one hour per week for
  • resident journal club and/or resident case rounds, M and M
  • rounds every 2-3 months.
  • Resident will participate in multidisciplinary case rounds
  • according to schedule of each tumor site.
  • On call responsibilities.
  • In addition, longitudinal clinic in medical oncology will begin in block one, occurring half day per week in Saskatoon and Regina, depending on which clinical rota\on the resident is completing.
Transition to Discipline 
  • Block 1:Medical Oncology Clinics
  • Block 2: Medical Oncology In-Patients
  • Block 3: Medical Oncology Clinics
  • Weekly academic half day with UBC, one hour per week for
  • resident journal club and/or resident case rounds, M and M
  • rounds every 2-3 months.
  • Resident will participate in mul\disciplinary case rounds
  • according to schedule of each tumor site.
  • On call responsibilities.
  • Resident will present their scholarly work.
  • Residents will also participate in the referral triage system.

File Component Criteria
CV Strength of educational attributes, and professional and personal activities as outlined in this document
Electives Electives are evaluated as reflected in medical oncology interest. Electives with the University of
Saskatchewan medical oncology group is highly favored.
Examinations MCCQE I score are required, as well as scores if the MCCQE II has been completed. If the candidate is from
a US institution, we require their USMLE step 1 and step 2 scores. US training must be assessed by the
RCPSC.
Extra-Curricular Skills, behavior and experiences as outlined in this document
Leadership Skills Skills, behavior and experiences as outlined in this document
MSPRs MSPRs are not considered
Personal Letters Interest and knowledge in Medical Oncology at the University of Saskatchewan must be described.
Skills, behavior and experiences as outlined in this document
Reference Documents Skills, behavior and experiences as outlined in this documen
Reseach/Publications Research experience, peer reviewed publications, conference presentations, awards, and
guideline development are evaluated.
Transcrips Undergraduate medical education transcripts and academic excellence are reviewed

The program director, members of the residency program committee and the faculty
are flexible, enthusiastic and supportive in assisting you to achieve your career
aspirations.


We welcome your questions and interest in our program. Pleaase contact:

Research

Our research scientists carry out cancer research activities that provide new knowledge regarding the causes, mechanisms, and possible new treatments of cancer.

Research scientists in the Division of Oncology are located in D-wing of the Health Sciences Building within the Cancer Cluster, together with other cancer researchers that are affiliated with other departments within the College of Medicine.

The Clinical Research Program, housed in the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, leads the participation in clinical trials.  A large portion of the clinical trials are in partnership with the cooperative groups, the Canadian Cancer Clinical Trials Group (CCTG), and the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) and NRG which is comprised of the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP), the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG), and the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG).  We are the only Canadian Centre to hold a membership with the Alliance, a merged board consisting of the following groups:  American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG), Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB), and the North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG). 

Medical Physics

Medical physics is the application of physics concepts theories and methods to medicine. Radiotherapy physicists play a central role in such areas as the design and construction of radiotherapy treatment equipment, the theory of radiation absorption, dose calculation and radiobiology. Imaging physicists are continually developing and improving methods to image body structure and function.

Epidemiology and Performance Measurement

Epidemiology and Performance Measurement provides expertise in treatment outcomes, epidemiological research, risk factor surveillance, evaluation, spatial analysis and cancer surveillance to determine effectiveness of programs, assist with planning and reduce the burden of cancer for the population of Saskatchewan.  It produces the Saskatchewan Cancer Control Report, which is a status report on cancer surveillance for the province.  Each report highlights a special topic with detailed information about cancer for the population of Saskatchewan.  Past reports have highlighted cancer prevalence and cancer stage distribution.

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Contact

Division Head
Dr. Shahid Ahmed, MD, PhD, FACP, FRCPC
Professor
20 Campus Drive
Saskatoon Cancer Centre
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK  S7N 4H4

Phone: 306-655-2710
Fax: 306-655-0633

Administrative Contact
Karly Struck
Phone: 306-227-8279
Fax: 306-655-0633