Dr. Jon Witt MD, CCFP-EM, MPH, FCFP Faculty, Emergency Medicine

About Dr. Jon Witt

Dr Witt currently divides his time between clinical emergency medicine, medical administration and teaching. Dr Witt’s professional interests include optimization of systems of care, physician competency and physician wellness. When not working, Dr Witt enjoys spending time with his family and running the trails along the South Saskatchewan river with his dog.

Clinical Practice

  • Trauma Team Leader, Saskatoon SK, 2017-current
  • Transport Physician, STARS Saskatoon, 2014-current
  • Supervising Physician, Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, Saskatoon Health Region, 2012-current
  • Emergency Physician, Saskatoon SK, 2002-current
  • Family Physician, Regional Psychiatric Centre, Correctional Service of Canada, 2010-2013
  • Critical Care Associate, Saskatoon Health Region, 1999-2010
  • Locum Family Physician, Rural and Regional Saskatchewan, 1999-2002
  • Locum Family Physician, Dawson City, YT, July-August 2000

Leadership and Administrative Positions

  • Chair, National Assessment Collaboration on Practice Ready Assessment, Medical Council of Canada, January 1st, 2018-current
  • Member, National Assessment Collaboration Central Coordinating Committee, Medical Council of Canada, January 1st, 2018-current
  • Medical Director, Saskatchewan International Physician Practice Assessment program, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, 2014-current
  • Organizing Faculty, SEMAC Conference, Division of Continuing Medical Education, University of Saskatchewan, 2017
  • Member, National Assessment Collaboration on Practice Ready Assessment, Medical Council of Canada, 2014-2017
  • Member, Advisory Council of International Medical Graduate Assessment Programs, Medical Council of Canada, 2014-current
  • Medical Advisor, Saskatchewan Air Ambulance, 2008-2014
  • Physician Leader, Saskatoon Health Region Department of Emergency Medicine, Provincial Acute Care Tele-Health Program, 2008-2009
  • Physician Leader, Tri-Site Quality Assurance Committee, Emergency and Prehospital Services, Saskatoon Health Region, 2005-2008     
  • Director Acute Stroke Care, Royal University Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine, 2005-2008
  • Member, Steering Committee, Saskatchewan Provincial Stroke Strategy, Heart and Stroke Foundation, 2005-2008, 2014-2016
  • Chair, Prehospital and Acute Care Working Group, Saskatchewan Provincial Stroke Strategy, Heart and Stroke Foundation, 2005-2008
  • Best Practice and Guidelines Working Group, Canadian Stroke Strategy, 2005-2008
  • Trauma Committee, Saskatoon Health Region, 2002-2010
  • Chair, National Emergency Medicine Advisory Board, Acute Stroke Care Program, Montreal, Quebec, 2007
  • Organizing Faculty, Canadian Stroke Consortium, AGM 2007, Calgary, AB.
  • Member, Neurosciences Operations Committee, Saskatoon Health Region, 2005-2016
  • Organizing Faculty, Practical Orthopedics Conference, Division of Continuing Medical Education, University of Saskatchewan, 2005.
  • Medical Director, Royal University Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine, 2002-2004
  • Emergency Operations Committee, Saskatoon Health Region, 2002-2004
  • Advanced Life Support Committee, Saskatoon Health Region, 2002-2004
  • Emergency Preparedness Planning Committee, Saskatoon Health Region, 2002-2004
  • Stroke Strategy Working Group, Saskatoon Health Region, 2002-2004
  • Ambulance Diversion Working Group, Saskatoon Health Region, 2003
  • Chief Administrative Resident, CCFP (EM) Residency Training Program, University of Saskatchewan, 2001-2002
  • Chief Administrative Resident, CCFP Residency Training Program, University of Saskatchewan, 1998-2000
  • Dean’s Search Committee, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, 1997
  • Curriculum Review Subcommittee, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, 1996

Education

  • Master of Public Health, University of Saskatchewan, 2012
  • CCFP (EM) Residency Training Program, University of Saskatchewan, 2001-2002
  • CCFP Residency Training Program, University of Saskatchewan, 1998-2000
  • MD, University of Saskatchewan, 1994-1998
  • Sociology, University of Saskatchewan, 1993-1994
  • Arts and Science, Yukon College, 1992-1993
  • Criminology, Simon Fraser University, 1989-1990

Medical Certifications

  • Physician Lean Leader, Saskatchewan, 2017
  • Fellowship, College of Family Physicians of Canada, 2011
  • Special Competence in Emergency Medicine, College of Family Physicians of Canada, 2002
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support Instructor, current
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor, current
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor, current
  • Independent Practitioner, Canadian Emergency Ultrasound Society
  • NIH Stroke Scale, Physician Certification, 2003
  • Certificant of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, 2000
  • Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada, 1999

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, 2000-current
  • External Advisor, Department of Neurology Residency Training Program, College of medicine, University of Saskatchewan, 2005-2008
  • Assistant Program Director, CCFP (EM) Residency Training Program, University of Saskatchewan, 2002-2003

Awards

  • ICU Resident Award, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, 2001
  • G. Ernest McBrian Award in Family Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, 2000
  • Vern Rogstad Award in Rural Family Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, 2000

Membership in Medical-Professional Associations

  • Saskatoon Emergency Physician Contractors Association
  • Saskatchewan Medical Association
  • Canadian Medical Association
  • Canadian Medical Protective Association

Invited Lectures

  • Transporting the Overdose Patient, Saskatchewan Pediatric Transport Team Education Days, 2018
  • Clinicians and Health Technology Assessment: A Clinician’s Perspective, CADTH Day 2017, Ottawa, ON
  • Panel Member, Opening Plenary Session, We Know What the Evidence Says… Is Anybody Listening? CADTH 2015, Saskatoon, SK
  • Opioid Overdose in the ER: Acute treatment and Prevention, SEMAC 2014, Regina, SK
  • Rapid Transport and By-Pass Protocols for the Acute Stroke Patient, Saskatchewan Interprofessional Stroke Conference, 2014, Saskatoon, SK
  • An Introduction to Interprofessional Practice, Leadership Workshop, Correctional Service of Canada, Saskatoon, 2013
  • Trauma X-ray interpretation, Saskatchewan Emergency Medicine Annual Conference 2011, Saskatoon, SK
  • Chronic Disease Management in Correctional Populations, 12th Annual Custody and Caring Conference, Regina, SK, 2011
  • Approach to the Acute Patient, Grand Rounds, Regional Psychiatric Centre, Saskatoon, SK, 2011
  • Shift Work, Grand Rounds, 2011, Regional Psychiatric Centre, Saskatoon, SK; Wendy Swenson Memorial Nursing Conference, Waskesiu, 2007
  • Acute Stroke Thrombolysis, Saskatchewan Emergency Medicine Annual Conference 2010, Saskatchewan Emergency Medicine Annual Conference 2009, Saskatoon, SK; CAEP 2007, Victoria, BC
  • Approach to TIA diagnosis and management, Saskatchewan Emergency Medicine Annual Conference 2009, Saskatoon, SK
  • Burn Management, Wendy Swenson Memorial Nursing Conference, Waskesiu, 2007
  • What’s New in Trauma Care, Wendy Swenson Memorial Nursing Conference, Waskesiu, 2007
  • Trauma Transport Decision-making, Wendy Swenson Memorial Nursing Conference, Waskesiu, 2007
  • Acute Management of Spontaneous Intracranial Hemorrhage, Chair, Saskatchewan Roundtable, 2007
  • Trauma Team Roles and Responsibilities; Trauma Grand Rounds, Department of Surgery, University of Saskatchewan, 2006
  • Controversies in Acute Stroke Care, Canadian Stroke Consortium AGM, Ottawa, 2006
  • Drug Awareness, RCMP Western Canadian Division/Saskatchewan Police College, 2006; JURSI Academic Rounds, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, 2006
  • Street Drugs; Care of the Poisoned Pediatric Patient, Pediatrics 2005, Saskatoon Health Region, 2005
  • Acute Stroke Care: A “Best Practice” Approach, School of Public Health, University of Saskatchewan, 2009; Neuroscience Educational Day, Regina General Hospital, 2007; Yorkton Regional Hospital Grand Rounds, 2006; Wendy Swenson Memorial Nursing Conference, Waskesiu, SK, 2006; Five Hills Health Region Grand Rounds, 2005; Prince Albert Health Region Grand Rounds, 2005
  • Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support (Basic and Advanced), Course Director, 16 Field Hospital, Department of National Defence, 2005
  • Procedural Sedation, Practical Orthopedics Conference, Division of Continuing Medical Education, University of Saskatchewan, 2005
  • V-STORM a Template for Coordinated Trauma Care in Saskatchewan, Trauma Grand Rounds, Department of Surgery, University of Saskatchewan, 2005.
  • Approach to the Emergency Patient, Emergency Lecture Series, Department of Internal Medicine and JURSI Academic seminar series, University of Saskatchewan, 2004-2010
  • Emergency Management of Poisoning and Overdose, Swift Current District Medical Association Annual Medical Update, 2004
  • Management of Stroke in the ER - Optimizing Stroke Care in Canada, CAEP 2004, Satellite Symposium, Montreal, Que., 2004
  • Emergency Management of Stroke, Panel Member, British Columbia Interior Neurology Meeting, 2003
  • Street Drugs in the ER, CCFP (EM) Residency Training Program, University of Saskatchewan, 2003; Tele-health Lecture Series, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, 2003; Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority, 2003; Saskatoon City Hospital Emergency Medicine Conference, 2003; POGO conference, Division of Continuing Medical Education, University of Saskatchewan, 2002.
  • Cardiac Effect of Street Drugs, Wendy Swenson Memorial Nursing Conference, Waskesiu, SK, 2006; ER/ICU/CCU/Cardiology/PICU CNE Grand Rounds, Royal University Hospital, 2004-2005
  • Violence in the ER, Prince Albert and District Medical Society, Division of Continuing Medical Education, University of Saskatchewan, 2004
  • Trauma Systems in Practice, CNE, Royal University Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine, 2004; Interphase Provincial EMS Conference, Saskatoon, SK, 2004
  • A Team Approach to Trauma Care, Department of Surgery, University of Saskatchewan, 2003, 2004,2005,2006,2007.

Publications and Research

  • New Requirements for SIPPA, DocTalk, Volume 4, Issue 2, 2017, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan
  • Entry Standards for the Selection of SIPPA Candidates, DocTalk, Volume 2, Issue 1,2015, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan
  • Lindsay, Patrice et al. “Canadian Best Practice Recommendations for Stroke Care (updated 2008).” CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association Journal 179.12 Suppl (2008): S1–S25. PMC. Web. 31 Jan. 2018.
  • Canadian Best Practice Recommendations for Stroke Care (2006): Acute Stroke Management, CAEP 2007 Moderated Abstract Competition, Victoria, BC.
  • Canadian Best Practice Recommendations for Stroke Care (2006): Stroke Prevention in the Emergency Department, CAEP 2007 Moderated Abstract Competition, Victoria, BC
  • ACE Study, Sub-Investigator, Royal University Hospital Site, 2005-2006.
  • AIR Study, Sub-Investigator, Royal University Hospital Site, 2005-2006.