The Postgraduate Medical Education Office (PGME) is committed to the health, protection and personal safety of the Postgraduate medical trainees, faculty and staff at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

The role of our office in addressing public health crises is one of coordination and information sharing — with residents, teaching hospitals, stakeholder agencies and various departments.

PGME Updates

The PGME office has been working diligently to keep programs up to date on the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the health and safety of residents, staff and faculty.

Several memos have been sent to all programs regarding redeployment, licensure, vacations and leave concerns. Please familiarize yourself with the instructions provided in the memos. Below is more specific information on how the processes will be managed.

A Resident Redeployment Hub (RRH) has been created for Program Directors, Residents and Service Provider use. The PGME office will collaborate with programs on the execution of the RRH. Please refer to the Resident Redeployment Form.

As in other years, the usual process for completing residents will be followed. Jenny Uhryn will be asking programs to specify the names of completing residents who may be eligible for a provisional license. Residents are responsible for applying for a provisional license through CPSS.

To assist with the application and tracking of voluntary clinical exemptions, a Voluntary Exemption form has been created for program use. Completed forms can be sent to Kailey Friesen

As in other years, the usual process for vacation payouts will be followed. Jennifer Dybvig will be contacting programs to obtain any vacation payouts for completing residents.

Resident Wellness

Patient care and resident's health and safety are our top priorities, so if you need any assistance during this stressful time please do not hesitate to contact our Resident Wellness Coordinator at gayathri.manoharan@usask.ca.

PGME Resident Resource Office (RRO) provides resources and support services for residents coping with personal and professional challenges. Virtual counselling services available during the Covid-19 health crisis, same day appointments may be possible including evenings and weekends. For assistance, please email the Resident Wellness Coordinator at gayathri.manoharan@usask.ca

The Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provides free 24/7 confidential counselling and work-life solutions for residents and family members. Call 306-966-4300 or toll-free at 1-844-448-7275. 

Residents may also contact the Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA) Physician Health Program for confidential support. Contact 306-657-4553 or 1-800-667-3781. 

Education Resources

Guidelines for Working Remotely

Working remotely provides tremendous opportunity and flexibility--but brings with it certain risks and responsibilities. Under the university’s Data Management Policy, all members of the university community have the responsibility to appropriately use, maintain, and safeguard university data.

For virtual meetings involving patient discussions, it is important to be mindful of patient confidentiality. Use headphones or private space, confirm attendees, and use anonymized case information where possible.

Our residency programs have access to the following tools for working remotely:

  1. Videoconferencing/small group meetings — WebEx
    • Features include: video call, audio call, screensharing.
  2. Real Time Messaging & Sharing Files — Microsoft Teams
    • MS Teams is available free as part of Microsoft 365
    • OneDrive and SharePoint are available through MS Teams for sharing files.
  3. Recorded Videos — Panopto
    • Used to capture and share academic video content
    • Panopto is integrated with the Blackboard Learning Mangement System
  4. Learning Management System — Blackboard
    • Blackboard Learn is available to USask staff and students

More information about tools for working remotely:

The University of Saskatchewan offers a variety of training options for staff and faculty members to work remotely.

Library support for research and online learning is available.

  1. Teaching in the Age of COVID-19: Teaching with tech while socially distancing. You will find some tips and tricks that the ALiEM (Academic Life in Emergency Medicine Team have compiled to facilitate distance teaching and learning.
  2. Tools for Creating Online Materials by PIVOT MedEd (Partners In Virtual and On-Line Teaching in Medical Education). PIVOT MedEd is a national collaboration of medical educators working together to create and curate resources to help pivot the curriculum for medical learners during a pandemic, such as the one we're facing right now with COVID-19.
  3. Online Teaching Information by the Royal College