How to Apply

Application for University of Saskatchewan entry level positions in Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada specialty training programs or first-year Family Medicine training programs must be made through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS). CaRMS is a not-for-profit organization that works in close cooperation with the medical education community, medical schools and students to provide an electronic application service and a computer match for entry into postgraduate medical training throughout Canada.

All applicants must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents at the time of application and must submit a notarized/certified photocopy of one of the following documents:

  • Canadian Birth Certificate
  • Passport page showing Canadian Citizenship (passport must be current)
  • Canadian Citizenship Card (both sides of the card)
  • Permanent Resident Card (both sides of the card)
  • Canadian Citizenship Certificate (both pages)

Applicants may be required to provide proof of proficiency in the English language to meet licensing requirements of the College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPSS) of Saskatchewan.

CMG
Applicants who completed their medical education in an English medical school in Canada or the US are exempt from providing proof of English language proficiency.

Canadian applicants with medical education from the University of Montreal, Sherbrooke, Laval, and the University of Ottawa (French stream) are required to complete the Academic Version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). It must be taken no earlier than July 1, 2017 with a minimum score of 7.0 in each component. Applicants are required to submit valid test scores to CaRMS by the rank order list deadline.

IMG
International medical graduates are exempt from language proficiency testing if their medical education was in one of the following countries or Caribbean Islands identified as having English as a first or native language: Australia, Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Grenadines, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad & Tobago.

IMG applicants whose medical education was in a country not listed above are required to complete the Academic Version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and obtain with a minimum score of 7.0 in each component. Please note that test results are only valid for two years and must be valid at the time of application for licensing.

*Note:
International Medical Graduates who completed high school in Canada with instruction in English can submit their Canadian high school transcript as part of their CaRMS application if they would like to request an exemption.

The following documents will not be accepted as proof of English language proficiency:

  • a copy of the FAIMER page for the applicant’s medical school
  • a letter of English attestation from the Dean of the applicant’s medical school

In order to commence and continue in Postgraduate Medical Education training programs, residents must be eligible for and maintain privileges within the Saskatchewan Health Authority as determined by their credentialing process. The Saskatchewan Health Authority requires successful applicants to submit a current criminal record check as part of their pre-resident application for appointment. Applicants with criminal records will be considered on a case by case basis by the College of Medicine in consultation with the Health Authority.

For the protection of the individual resident and their patients, all new appointments to College of Medicine postgraduate training programs are required to submit immunization records and proof of immunity (titres) to the health authority in which they will be working.

Health Region Contacts for Immunizations

Health Region Name Phone
Cypress (Swift Current) Grant Browne 306-778-9463
Five Hills (Moose Jaw) Tamara Ferraton 306-694-0228
Mamawetan Churchill River (La Ronge) Dr. Stephanie Young 306-425-2174
Prairie North (North Battleford) Camelia Vany 306-446-6978
Prince Albert Parkland (Prince Albert) Deborah Wick 306-765-6403
Regina Qu'Appelle (Regina) Sarah Burtch 306-766-0727
Saskatoon Ashley Mann /
Natalie Haugan
306-655-0193
306-655-0194

In order to commence and continue in Postgraduate Medical Education training programs, successful applicants must be eligible for and maintain registration with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan for an educational register license.  New residents must be registered with the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Saskatchewan in order to be eligible for CMPA coverage. The College of Physicians and Surgeons will provide each resident with the required license number. CPSS coverage for residents (with the exception of type B residents) will be paid each year by the employer.

Residents cannot commence training without CMPA membership. All residents working within Saskatchewan are required to be covered by CMPA for liability insurance. The resident is responsible for ensuring that their contact information with CMPA is always up to date.  The resident must communicate changes regarding contact information directly with CMPA.  CMPA can be reached at: 1-800-267-6522.  The resident must also notify CMPA when training within Canada (e.g. electives, mandatory rotations) occurs outside of Saskatchewan.  CMPA coverage for residents (with the exception of type B residents) will be paid each year by the employer.

The academic year for all University of Saskatchewan residency training programs commences on July 1st and ends June 30th.

All PGY1 residents are required to attend the PGME Resident Boot Camp held the last week of June.

A mandatory orientation will be held in Saskatoon and Regina on July 2 unless otherwise notified.

There are currently no registration fees charged.

There are currently no tuition fees charged.

Current Residents

Welcome to the University of Saskatchewan!
In preparation for your residency training starting July 1, here are some details regarding paperwork to complete and events to put in your calendar. You will find information regarding orientation, licensure, credentialing, contracts and the resident handbook.

Your attendance at orientation is required on the first working day in July, and thus it is considered the first day of your residency training program. You may not take it as a vacation day.

You will receive an e-mail with more information closer to the date of the orientation.

A residency training contract will be sent to the email address provided in your CaRMS application.  If this email address has changed, please send your change to our office as soon as possible.
Please complete Documents 1 through 5 below and forward them via email, along with a scan of your signed contract, to the PGME office (as per the e-mail sent to you) by the deadline provided to you.  You may send all documents via postal service if you prefer.

1) Registration / Personal Data Form
This form requests information required to set you up in the U of S system as a student and as an employee.  Please update your address with the PGME Office and through PAWS as soon as you are settled in Saskatchewan for your residency training.

2) TD1 & TD1SK Forms (for payroll purposes)

  • Please remember to complete the top part of each form and sign the bottom of Page 2. Most new residents will not currently have an employee number.
  • Residents do not pay tuition; therefore, tuition, education, and textbook amounts are not eligible claims.
  • Questions regarding taxable amounts or how to fill out the forms can be directed to an accountant.

3) Employee Direct Deposit form & Self Service Direct Deposit Information on PAWS
Please complete the Employee Direct Deposit form and attach a blank cheque or a bank account detail form.  If you already have a U of S employee number you can submit your Bank Deposit Information online by using the Self Service Direct Deposit link through PAWS.  If you submit your information online, please advise the PGME office.

4) Membership application for CMPA Protection
Please complete the CMPA application online and provide the PGME Office with the document showing you submitted your application. CMPA dues will be paid by the College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan as per the RDoS Collective Agreement.

FYI: The CMPA Type of Work (TOW) Code = 12
Type of license = Educational license
License number = pending

As payment for CMPA protection will be processed by the Postgraduate Office - Please check 'YES' to the question "Will a payer group organization or another party be submitting payment on your behalf?' in the Payment Information Section of the CMPA application form. For questions with respect to filling out the forms: please refer to the CMPA website or call the CMPA office and ask for Member Services at 1-613-725-2000.

5) Proof of current certification of ACLS
We would like to remind residents that the PGME office requires proof of successful completion of the Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Course prior to commencement of training. The ACLS Provider course must be certified by the American Heart Association or the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation. ACLS certification that is not endorsed by the AHA/Canadian Heart and Stroke and/or is completed entirely through an on-line course will not be accepted. The cost of obtaining certification is not covered by the University of Saskatchewan.

ACLS certification must be valid as of your residency training start date. If residents do not have current certification, they are responsible for ensuring they meet this requirement. The PGME office encourages residents to register for the next available course offered in their jurisdiction (in Saskatoon, contact Continuing Medical Education at 306-966-8072). If residents are unsure if the certification they hold is appropriate for this requirement or to find more dates for courses, please contact the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan at 306-244-2124.

PEDIATRICS RESIDENTS PLEASE NOTE: Pediatrics residents will receive PALS training during residency training therefore ACLS is not a requirement prior to the July 1 start date. The costs associated with PALS training is not covered by the PGME office.  If you have questions about PALS, please speak with the U of S Pediatrics Department.

Please return documents 1 through 5 along with your residency contract via email to the PGME Office, by mail or hand delivered to:


PGME Office, College of Medicine
Room 413, 4th Floor, St. Andrew's College
1121 College Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0W3
 
If you have questions please email Jennifer Uhryn or phone 306-966-5557

You will be sent documents via e-mail regarding application for licensure with the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CPSS), including instructions from CPSS on what is required. If you do not receive the documents, contact the PGME office at 306-966-5557 If you have questions on how to complete the forms or send the information to CPSS, contact CPSS at 306-244-7355 or by email. Please start the application process as soon as possible with CPSS.

Do not delay submitting your documents to CPSS.

When completing your application for CPSS, if you are required to make a payment for your application, you are not completing the correct documents as a resident. Review the e-mail that has been sent to you from our office on behalf of the CPSS.

Note: CPSS will require a notarized copy of your medical degree. Although your Physiciansapply.ca account will have your medical degree displayed as “passed”, you still need to upload a copy of your medical degree to complete the verification process.

You will receive an email from the health authority regarding their credentialing process. Among other documentation required, you are required to present a criminal record check with the application form, which must be forwarded to their office prior to commencement of your training. You will also receive additional information from the health authority regarding proof of immunization and guidance on how to submit the required documents. For more information including Health Region Contact list for immunizations, please review the Resident Handbook.

All CMG and IMG applicants matched to RCPSC and CFPC residency training programs at the University of Saskatchewan must attend a mandatory 2-day PGME Resident Boot Camp. The 2019 Boot Camp is scheduled for Wednesday, June 26 and Thursday, June 27, 2019.
 
The purpose of the Boot Camp is to provide additional support to trainees as they transition to residency by introducing and consolidating baseline skills and knowledge needed to flourish during their residency years.
 
The Boot Camp will include interactive case-based and hands-on practice sessions. Stipends will be provided to trainees.

Health & Dental Plan:
As employees of the University, residents are automatically enrolled in the health and dental plans provided through the University of Saskatchewan’s Sun Life Group Insurance Policy. Associated fees are paid on the residents' behalf for the duration of their training in the province.

Life & Disability Insurance:
Residents have the option to enroll in  Life and/or Disability Insurance provided through the SMA/RDoS.  Like the health and dental plan, the life and disability insurance are negotiated benefits with associated premiums paid on the residents’ behalf for the duration of their training in the province.  Further details and forms requiring completion can be found on the RDoS website or by contacting SMA by email.

Please return these forms to the RDoS office or the SMA office directly at either:

Resident Doctors of Saskatchewan
Room 2695 - Box 23, RUH
103 Hospital Drive
Saskatoon, SK
S7N 0W8
OR

Saskatchewan Medical Association
201 - 2174 Airport Drive
Saskatoon, SK
S7L 6M6

Read more about the Collective Agreement for residents on the RDoS website.

Mandatory Courses

The introductory Critical Appraisal Course for Residents is a mandatory course which must be completed by all residents at the University of Saskatchewan at some time during their residency. This course is part of the overall curriculum in the College of Medicine, which aims to enable residents to access information efficiently, evaluate the quality of the evidence underlying information and then to apply it competently to their clinical practice.  It is the expectation of the College of Medicine that all departments will augment this training with ongoing activities such as journal clubs.

During this course we provide a series of interactive experiences focusing on three main objectives:

  1. To increase residents' familiarity with pre-appraised sources of medical information and their benefits and drawbacks with the goal of facilitating more effective and efficient point of care management.
  2. To briefly review foundational concepts of epidemiology and statistical analysis pertinent to the critical appraisal of the medical literature.
  3. To apply critical appraisal techniques to the medical literature in a resident’s area of specialization.
These objectives will be met through a combination of interactive, online activities and small-group, in person discussions facilitated by experts in informatics, epidemiology & statistics and applied clinical practice (clinicians in the resident's area of study).

As a Resident at the University of Saskatchewan, you will be expected to teach a variety of people including patients, medical students, clerks and fellow residents. Teaching others improves your understanding of medicine because it forces you to rethink your knowledge and skills in a particular area. Clerks and medical students like having residents as teachers because your experiences are fresh. In your first year as a resident at the University of Saskatchewan, you will be expected to take TIPS for Residents which is a formal two day introduction to teaching course. This orientation is meant to provide you with some very basic knowledge about teaching until you are able to take the course.

This learning module is meant to help guide your teaching practice and prepare you for the TIPS workshop. It will take approximately 45 minutes to review the core material and readings, however the comprehensive learning activity and assessment resources available may take a few hours to thoroughly review. We expect that residents will work through the core material and complete the questionnaire by 11:59 pm July 31. We recommend that residents refer back to the resources available in this module as they take on more teaching responsibilities throughout their training.

Resident Access to the Residents as Teachers Orientation Module

All residents are required to complete TIPS and the cost is covered by the College of Medicine.

Residents play an important and essential role in the teaching of medical students, resident colleagues, patients, and other members of the health care team. For most physicians, including non-academic physicians, the ability to effectively communicate information in a learning environment is essential. In recognition of the important role that residents play in teaching, and the need for effective teaching skills in practice, the Teaching Improvement Project Systems (TIPS) course provides an opportunity for residents to acquire and strengthen effective teaching skills – it is very interactive with much group discussion and practice teaching. The course generally receives very positive feedback, and our research has shown that teaching skills and confidence improve significantly as a result of the course.

Upcoming TIPS dates

Course Instructors: Viv Ramsden, Bill Albritton, Shari McKay, Susan Murphy, Resident Research Coordinators

This Blackboard Learning System delivered course is designed to provide awareness, understanding and skill development in various clinical research methods including: study design, quantitative, measurements , clinical trials, qualitative methodologies, community-based participatory research, Aboriginal research, research ethics, communication skills, N=1 studies, quality assessment and knowledge translation. This course is directed for students conducting a patient/individual/community-based or translational project.

All residents in the Family Medicine program are required to complete this course. Some Royal College programs also require the completion of this course; please contact your program for more details.

CLR 800 is offered twice per year with intake in July and October.

The Resuscitation and Procedural Inter Disciplinary (RaPID) curriculum is mandatory for the follow residents:

PGY1 – Internal Medicine (Saskatoon and Regina), Emergency Medicine (Saskatoon), Anesthesia, General Surgery, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology (Saskatoon and Regina) and Orthopedic Surgery

PGY3 – Family Medicine/Emergency Medicine (Saskatoon and Regina), Anesthesia Family Medicine

Residents will receive training in three areas of 12 half-day sessions:

  1. Resuscitation – This curriculum will use high fidelity simulation to identify and provide care for acutely ill patients.
  2. Clinical Ultrasound – This curriculum will introduce trainees to the basics of clinical ultrasound as well as core clinical applications relevant to all specialties.
  3. Central Venous Catheter Insertion – The CVC insertion will use internal jugular and femoral vein task trainers to train Residents to safely place central lines using ultrasound guidance.

The RaPID curriculum will enable our residents to become better clinicians and our faculty to become better teacher.  The curriculum will help prepare participating programs for the roll out of Competence By Design.

One45

Access your rotations, schedules, and evaluations

Your resident rotation schedules, academic session schedules, and evaluations are available through One45, an application accessible through the MEdIC channel in PAWS. In One45 you can:

  • Review personal academic schedules
  • Track attendance for academic sessions
  • Review personal rotation schedules
  • Review handouts and links for Program and Rotation
  • Send/distribute personal assessment forms to preceptors
  • Complete assigned rotation and preceptor assessment forms
  • Review and signoff personal assessment results
  • Enter encounters into procedure log (ED2)

Housing at Distributed Sites

Temporary housing is provided at no cost to residents who leave their home site to complete short term mandatory rotations at distributed sites in Saskatchewan. If residents complete electives away from their home site, they are responsible for all costs incurred, including mileage and rental housing.

Damage/Damage Deposits: Residents are responsible for paying for damage deposits, if required, at rental properties provided by the College of Medicine. Residents who incur damage or additional cleaning charges during their stay at rental properties provided by
the College of Medicine must reimburse the landlord directly for these costs.

Pets: Pets are not allowed in any rental properties provided by the College of Medicine. Residents with pets are responsible for arranging pet care at their own expense.

Residents with Disabilities and/or Medical Conditions: Residents requesting special accommodations for temporary housing due to disability and/or a medical condition are required to contact Gayathri Manoharan, PGME Wellness Resources (Ph: 306-966-1669; gayathri.manoharan@usask.ca).

All requests for special housing accommodations will require the resident to follow up with Access and Equity Services. This process can take several months to complete and it is the resident’s responsibility to provide appropriate supporting documentation as required. Reasonable accommodations will be determined based on what is medically necessitated, rather than what is desired.

Distributed Site Contact Phone
North Battleford Michelle Coakwell

306-446-8631

Moose Jaw

Lisa Eisan

306-694-0282

Prince Albert Nicole Toutant

306-765-6787

Regina Janine Corbett

306-655-5004

Saskatoon Della Toews

306-966-1941

FAQs

1. I'm a new resident, who is my employer?

As a resident, you are both an employee and a student of the University of Saskatchewan. Type B residents are only students of the University.

2. What are my benefit entitlements as a resident?

As a resident (excluding Type B) you are automatically enrolled in the health and dental plans provided through the University of Saskatchewan’s Sun Life Group Insurance Policy. Your fees are paid on your behalf for the duration of your residency in the province.  You have the option to enroll in Life and/or Disability Insurance provided through the SMA. You can reference the RDoS agreement for more information.

BENEFIT SUMMARY
SMA
RDoS AGREEMENT

3. How do I request a leave of absence?

For any type of leave, first talk to your program director or program administrative assistant.

For maternity, personal, medical or sick leaves (longer than 5 days) please see the Leave of Absence Information & Guidelines.  

4. I need a document notarized. Who do I call?

Notary services are provided to residents as they relate to residency training (i.e. licensure, electives, fellowships, preparation for practice).  Please call 306-966-5536 to schedule an appointment.

Please bring the following to the appointment:

    • Original document requiring notarization and a copy – Documents are not to be signed in advance of the scheduled appointment.
    • Government Photo Issued ID with a signature (i.e. Driver’s License)
    • Requirements noted on the form such as a photograph

5. Where will I find more information about my residency training?

Everything you need to know about residency at the University of Saskatchewan can be found in the Resident Handbook.

6. How do I make an appointment with the Associate Dean?

All meetings should be booked with the Associate Dean's Executive Assistant.  Please contact Maureen Lumbis at 306-966-7649

7. How do I update my address?

Your current address can be updated on the U of S website on  PAWS. The University of Saskatchewan forwards T4’s to the last reported address on file (you can also print it from PAWS).

We strongly encourage residents to contact the PGME, CMPA and CPSS offices to update your information.

8. I am completing my residency training. Is there anything I need to do?

Please email the PGME Office or call 306-966-5557 for details.

9. What costs are covered for electives?

No reimbursement is provided for electives and all costs are paid by the resident.

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