Dr. Vicki Holmes (MD'73). (Photo: Memories by Mandy)

Dr. Vicki Holmes: A career of caring

Dr. Vicki Holmes (MD'73) is now retired from her medical career and is taking advantage of her free time by spending it with family, golfing and painting. Although she describes her retirement life as “nothing exceptional,” her 43-year career was just the opposite.


Holmes completed her education at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) in 1973 and then moved to Winnipeg for two years to work at Misericordia Hospital. She and her husband returned to Saskatoon in 1975 and she went into a private practice as a family physician.

“The nice thing about family medicine is you can have all these areas that you develop an expertise in, in addition to your basic training that you can pursue and still be within your family medicine area,” said Holmes.

Holmes also was involved with training medical students, residents, nurses, allied health professionals and the public on topics related to women’s health, palliative care and menopause. She went through various stages of her career where she was involved in different areas of medicine, such as obstetrics and palliative care. 

But one of Holmes’ biggest passions was the Women’s Mid-life Health Program. She worked on this program with Sarah Nixon-Jackie, a superlative nurse. Holmes said that Saskatchewan was missing a resource for mature women’s health at that time.

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