Family Practice Anesthesia

Department of Academic Family Medicine 

The goal of the University of Saskatchewan’s Family Practice Anesthesia Program is to seamlessly integrate a strong skill and knowledge base of anaesthesia into the clinician's overall practice of Family Medicine. Our program will produce well rounded physicians who are equipped to be local leaders and experts in anesthesia, resuscitation and the care of critical patients.

The objectives for Added Competence in Family Practice Anesthesia fall within the domain of the CFPC Skill Dimensions and the CANMEDS-FM roles. Our residents have Certification in the College of Family Physicians of Canada and will be eligible for a Certificate of Added Competence in Family Practice Anesthesia.

Community Anesthesia rotations in Regina and/or North Battleford are in the early planning stages.

Training Sites

The Enhanced Skills Family Practice Anesthesia Program at the University of Saskatchewan is a one-year residency program designed to train Family Practice Anesthesiologists to provide family medicine and anesthesia services in rural Canada. The program is open to veteran family physicians as well as physicians fresh out of residency. Upon completion of the training year, graduates will have the knowledge and skills to provide anesthesia care for low-risk patients undergoing relatively uncomplicated procedures.

The bulk of the training occurs in the operating rooms of the three hospitals in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Residents will spend two months providing obstetrical anesthesia, one month providing pediatric anesthesia, one month in ICU, and six months providing adult anesthesia in the three hospitals in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Two months will be spent providing anesthesia in the community hospital in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Efforts will be made to place residents with a practicing Rural Family Practice Anesthesiologist for two weeks.