Health and safety is our shared priority – for patients, students, staff and faculty. The College of Medicine will continue to work to ensure that all students progress through the MD program and achieve program objectives with as little disruption as possible, while adhering to public health and university guidelines. 

Student Responsibilities

As developing health professionals, medical students are leaders and role models and as such are expected to exercise responsibility in personal and professional lives by following all Public Health COVID-19 related orders. Non-compliance with these health orders may result in a meeting regarding professionalism, with associated documentation, and may affect progress in the program.

Preceptor Responsibilities

We are grateful to our many preceptors around the province for teaching Saskatchewan’s medical students, and for role-modeling professionalism. To support students’ safety, preceptors are expected to follow provincial guidelines for health care providers such as screening of staff and patients, continuous masking, and physical distancing whenever possible. Preceptors are also asked to ensure that current expectations regarding clinical patient interactions (outlined below) are followed. 

Clinical Patient Interactions

Pre-Clerkship

  • Pre-clerkship students, during clinical learning experiences, will not see any patients or standardized patients who screen positive for COVID-19 symptoms, nor any patients who are probable, suspect, or confirmed positive for COVID-19.
  • Pre-clerkship students will not shadow on an clinical unit with a confirmed COVID-19 outbreak, nor will clinical learning experiences typically proceed on a unit with a confirmed outbreak.
  • Pre-clerkship students will not participate in aerosol-generating medical procedures (AGMPs) or any clinical activities that require an N95 mask.

Patients can be positive for COVID-19 and be asymptomatic or have mild symptoms. It is important that you use PPE and frequently wash your hands.

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The purpose of this document is to provide guidance about protocols to follow related to COVID-19 for University of Saskatchewan medical students in Pre-clerkship. Much or all of this information, including the self-assessment tool is on the Government of Saskatchewan website for COVID-19. In every instance of suspected symptoms or exposure, students should follow the recommendations for engagement in clinical activities, as given by Public Health, via the 811 Healthline.

The  Saskatchewan Communicable Disease Manual includes the goals of notification, case definitions, symptoms of the disease, transmission, and treatment. Part of this manual contains the Public Health Management of Contacts Based on Risk table, which outlines directions for types of contacts and the public health recommendation around it. The Undergraduate Medical Program will use this as a guide for time away from program, based on individualized advice provided by Public Health. The program will also apply the COVID-19 Return to Work Guide for Health Care Workers  for student return to clinical experiences.

Clerkship

  • Clerks will not participate in the health care to patients who are confirmed positive for COVID-19 (with exception of virtual care only, under the supervision of a preceptor).
  • Clerks may participate in the care of patients who screen positive on the basis of symptoms using the SHA screening tool, while those patients are awaiting COVID-19 test results, with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Clerks will not participate in aerosol generating medical procedures (AGMP) on COVID-19 positive patients (e.g., endotracheal intubation, protected code blue, etc.). AGMP participation on non-COVID-19 positive patients will be rotation-specific.
  • Patients can be positive for COVID-19 and be asymptomatic or have mild symptoms. It is important that you use PPE as per the guidelines of the clinical unit in which you are placed, and frequently wash your hands.

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance about protocols to follow related to COVID-19 for University of Saskatchewan medical students in Clerkship. Much or all of this information, including the self-assessment tool  is on the Government of Saskatchewan website for COVID-19.  In every instance of suspected symptoms or exposure, students should follow the recommendations for engagement in clinical activities, as given by Public Health, via the 811 Healthline.

The Saskatchewan Communicable Disease Manual includes the goals of notification, case definitions, symptoms of the disease, transmission, treatment. Part of this manual contains the Public Health  Management of Contacts Based on Risk table, which outlines directions for types of contacts and the public health recommendation around it. The Undergraduate Medical Program will use this as a guide for time away from program, based on individualized advice provided by Public Health. The program will also apply the COVID-19 Return to Work Guide for Health Care Workers for student return to clinical experiences.

FAQs

When you complete the Self-Assessment tool you will likely be advised to not to attend in-person sessions (such as ACB lab, Clinical Skills, DSPE, Shadowing, Community Experience, PREP).  Even though you may be partially or completely vaccinated for COVID-19, please adhere to this regulation and stay home and self-isolate. If you are already at a learning session and start to feel ill,  immediately advise your preceptor, leave the session and go directly home and self-isolate.  Please contact the appropriate UGME administrative staff to inform them of the situation and contact the 811 Healthline for more specific guidance about next steps.

If you were in close proximity to the individual, it would be better to exercise caution and engage in self-monitoring for symptoms and your return to activities would depend on the risk level of proximity and mitigating factors (PPE, vaccination, etc.). Refer to the Contacts Definitions (Table 5, page 21) and the Public Health Management of Contacts Based on Risk table (Table 6, page 26) and follow recommendations there. If you are unsure, please consult your Year Chair and appropriate UGME Admin Staff or call 811.

If you are self-monitoring and you develop viral-like symptoms (as above), then you should stay home, self-isolate, notify the appropriate UGME admin, and contact the 811 HealthLine. During this time if you are feeling well enough, you will be able to participate in all virtual learning that does not have in-person interactions.

Please refer to the Medical Student Exposure to Infectious and Environmental Hazard Policy and follow the COVID-19 Procedure.

A. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, follow steps in Section 1.

B. If you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19, determine risk level of exposure:  

      Whether or not you need to self-isolate will depend on the risk of the contact based on your                  vaccination status, proximity to the individual and mitigating factors. Refer to the Risk                          Classification for Asymptomatic HCWs with Potential Exposure and follow recommendations there.          If you are unsure of your risk, please consult your Year Chair and appropriate UGME Admin Staff or        call 811.

  • If you are fully vaccinated (you have had 2 COVID-19 vaccinations with the most recent at least 14 days prior) you will be considered to have a low-risk exposure/non-close contact. Self-monitor for 14 days following your last exposure to the case. Avoid close contact with individuals at high risk for illness during the self-monitoring period. If you develop COVID-19 symptom, self-isolate immediately and call 811.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated, whether you are required to self-isolate will depend on whether the contact is considered high risk/close contact.
  • Any advice from Public Health/OH&S contact tracers should be followed and supersedes this guidance.

 

The following steps apply if determined that the risk level is high:

C. Immediately leave clinical setting and call 811 Healthline and indicate you are a healthcare worker        and have been in close contact with a person with COVID-19, and self isolate unless advised                  otherwise by Public Health or OH&S. Follow advice for self-isolation and timeline for possible return        to clinical duties. Notify the relevant individuals in the Notification of exposure list (include all                below). You may notify UGME Administrator via the application for absence. Please advise if UGME         office many notify Office of Student Affairs so they can reach out to you for support.

 

D. Contact your local Incident Reporting Line to report your incident as a COVID-19 exposure:

    Saskatoon Health: 306-655-0820 

    Rural (Toll-Free): 1-866-966-0820

    Prince Albert: 306-765-6452 or 306-765-6497

    Regina: Regina General Hospital: 306-766-4689 or 306-766-4431

    Wascana Rehabilitation Centre: 306-766-5217

    Pasqua Hospital: 306-766-2557 or 306-766-2518

 

E. Complete the University of Saskatchewan Incident Report form Submit to the exposure@usask.ca.

 

F. Notification of test results list (include all below) and the recommendations from public health on return to clinical duties. Work with year chair to schedule missed learning opportunities, following the Pre-Clerkship Attendance and Absence Policy.

 

G. Student will be contacted by UGME and appropriate Year Chair to provide support and follow up.

 

H. Associate Dean, UGME is informed to ensure ongoing review of exposure incidents. UGME reports de-identified information on exposures and test results to University of Saskatchewan Safety Resources to support university tracking of trends in exposures and cases.

 

Notification of exposure:

  • the UGME office administrator at his or her site.
    • note that the UGME office administrator may need to consult with Year Chair/Associate Dean or Program Manager on appropriate guidance.
    • UGME office administrator will notify OSA if you provide permission.
  • relevant supervising physician/administrative staff e.g., if on a clinical placement such as shadowing, community Experience or PREP.

Notification of test results:

  • the UGME office administrator at his or her site.
  • relevant supervising physician/administrative staff e.g., if on a clinical placement such as Community Experience or PREP.

Contingency plan for missed learning if self-isolation is required:

  • If learning cannot take place virtually – apply sick time from the Pre-Clerkship Attendance and Absence Policy.
  • If learning can be participated in virtually – student may not require rescheduling, depending on whether objectives of the learning experience can be met and whether the learning experience can be replicated or not.

All plans will be developed with the student by the UGME administrative staff in consultation with Year Chair and relevant Course/Module Director.

  1. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, follow steps in Section 1.
  2. If you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19, determine risk level of exposure:
Whether or not you need to self-isolate will depend on the risk of the contact based on your vaccination status, proximity to the individual and mitigating factors. Refer to the Contacts  Definitions (Table 5, page 21) and the Public Health Management of Contacts Based on Risk table (Table 6, page 26) and follow recommendations there. If you are unsure of your risk, please consult your Year Chair and appropriate UGME Admin Staff or call 811.
  • If you are fully vaccinated (you have had 2 COVID-19 vaccinations with the most recent at least 14 days prior) you will be considered to have a low-risk exposure/non-close contact. Self-monitor for 14 days following your last exposure to the case. Avoid close contact with individuals at high risk for illness during the self-monitoring period. If you develop COVID-19 symptom, self-isolate immediately and call 811.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated, whether you are required to self-isolate will depend on whether the contact is considered high risk/close contact. If a close contact/high risk, self-isolate at home for 14 days from last exposure > call 811 to arrange testing (identify yourself as a contact of a case) > continue to self-isolate for the full 14 days even if your test is negative> if you develop any symptoms call 811.
  • Any advice from Public Health should be followed and supersedes this guidance.

The following steps apply if determined that the risk level is high:

c. Notify the UGME program of your need to be absent to self-isolate and that you are seeking testing (see Notification of Exposure below). Please advise if UGME office many notify Office of Student Affairs so they can reach out to you for support.

d. Once you have test results, notify the UGME program (see Notification of Test Results, below) and advise your administrator of the recommendations from public health on return to learning activities. Work with administrator and year chair to schedule missed learning opportunities, following the Pre-Clerkship Attendance and Absence Policy.

e. Student will be contacted by UGME to provide support and follow up. OSA may also provide support and follow-up.

Notification of exposure:

  • the UGME office administrator at your site.
  • note that the UGME office administrator may need to consult with Year Chair/Associate Dean or Program Manager on appropriate guidance.
  • UGME office administrator will notify OSA if you provide permission.

Notification of test results:

  • the UGME office administrator at your site.

Contingency plan for missed learning if self-isolation is required:

  • If learning cannot take place virtually – apply sick time from the Pre-Clerkship Attendance and Absence Policy.
  • If learning can be participated in virtually – student may not require rescheduling, depending on whether objectives of the learning experience can be met and whether the learning experience can be replicated or not.
All plans will be developed with the student by the UGME administrative staff in consultation with Year Chair and relevant Course/Module Director.
Home rapid antigen testing (such as the SHA Test to Protect program) is designed for screening for COVID-19 in asymptomatic people.

Antigen testing has high specificity (if you have a positive screening test you likely have COVID) but it does not have a high sensitivity (a negative test does not exclude you having COVID) so it cannot be used as a test if you have symptoms. If you have symptoms that might be COVID-19, follow steps in Section 1.

If you OR anyone in your household has a positive home rapid antigen test, you must do the following:

a.      Stay home and self-isolate, despite being partially or completely vaccinated for COVID-19.

b.      Call 811 to arrange for a PCR test (diagnostic test) for COVID-19. When you call, advise that you are a health care worker and have a positive antigen test (or family member has a positive antigen test).

c.      Contact the appropriate UGME administrative staff (see Notification of + home antigen test) to inform them of the situation and your need to self-isolate. Please advise if UGME office many notify Office of Student Affairs so they can reach out to you for support.

d.      Continue to self-isolate until you receive your COVID-19 PCR test result.

e.      Once you have PCR test results, notify the UGME program (see Notification of Test Results below) and advise your administrator of the recommendations from public health on return to learning activities. Work with administrator and year chair to schedule missed learning opportunities, following the Pre-Clerkship Attendance and Absence Policy.

f.       Student will be contacted by UGME to provide support and follow up. OSA may also provide support and follow-up.

g.      Associate Dean, UGME is informed to ensure ongoing review of exposure incidents.

Notification of + home antigen test:

  • the UGME office administrator at your site.
 - note that the UGME office administrator may need to consult with Year Chair/Associate Dean or Program Manager on appropriate guidance.
 - UGME office administrator will notify OSA if you provide permission.

Notification of test results:

  •  the UGME office administrator at your site

Contingency plan for missed learning if self-isolation is required:

  • If learning can be participated in virtually – student may not require rescheduling, depending on whether objectives of the learning experience can be met and whether the learning experience can be replicated or not.


All plans will be developed with the student by the UGME administrative staff in consultation with Year Chair and relevant Course/Module Director.

Some pre-clerkship learning (e.g., DSPEs in Clinical Skills courses) may occur in SHA facilities. The SHA outbreak management guidelines can be found here; section 4.8 is relevant to College of Medicine learners. The SHA outlines that once a unit is declared to have an outbreak that all learners will be re­assigned within facilities to reduce the number of individuals on an outbreak unit at any given time. These students will not be permitted to continue their learning experience in the outbreak unit/department and are to contact their College of Medicine pre-clerkship administrator and site/year chair immediately, if learning on a unit when an outbreak is declared. If the learner is scheduled to begin on a COVID-19 outbreak unit, the pre-clerkship team will work expediently to reschedule or find alternate methods of providing the learning session.

The SHA will contact the managers of the UGME, Saskatoon and Regina with updates of SHA Outbreaks. The manager will then reach out to the appropriate pre-clerkship administrator and year site/chair to notify the affected learners and facilitate the appropriate changes for the learner. The pre-clerkship team will work with the affected student, module/course director, departmental clerical support and identified preceptor(s) for notification and schedule adjustments. If rescheduling is not feasible, the pre-clerkship team will work with the relevant faculty and staff for a reasonable solution of how to achieve learning objectives.

 

Program Contacts:

List of Year and Site Chairs & Program Director:

Year 1 Co-Chair

Dr. Nicole Shedden and Dr. Jennifer Chlan-Fourney

Saskatoon

nks904@usask.ca,

jen.chlan@usask.ca

 

Year 2 Chair

Dr. Jacqueline Kraushaar

Regina

jacqueline.kraushaar@usask.ca

 

Year 2 Site Coordinator

Dr. Schaana Van de Kamp

Saskatoon

schaana.v@usask.ca

 

 

Please see the list of UGME Pre-Clerkship Administrative Staff to contact at your home site below.

Site

Name

Course

Year

email

Saskatoon

Cheryl
Pfeifer

Principles & Foundations

year 1 & 2 year 1 & 2

cheryl.pfeifer@usask.ca

 

Sonja

MacDonald

Medicine & Society,

Clinical Skills,

year 1 & 2

sonja.macdonald@usask.ca

 

Tamara Hominuke

Success in Medical School I-IV, OSCE

All Years

tamara.hominuke@usask.ca

Regina Holly Doell, Kathryn Cooper, Kayla Trevena All Courses Year 2

holly.doell@saskhealthauthority.ca

Kathryn.cooper@saskhealthauthority.ca

kayla.trevena@saskhealthauthority.ca

 

In all learning activities, please consistently take the following steps to keep yourself, and
everyone else, as safe as possible:

  • Daily Fitness for Work screening:
    • Do the Daily Fitness for Work screening before each clinical session
  • Follow continuous masking guidelines and all PPE recommendations for the unit you are on: PPE guidelines
  • If you are using PPE, regularly review techniques for donning and doffing it properly
  • Maintain exceptional hand hygiene
  • Be safe on breaks:
    • follow breakroom guidelines which includes physical distancing and not
      sharing food or holding potlucks
  • In meeting or seminar rooms, always:
    • Maintain a minimum 2m distance between each person, especially if in the
      vicinity of anyone unmasked to eat or drink
    • Remain masked - masks should only be removed if eating or drinking, and then
      a 2m distance must be maintained
  • If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, even very mild, please stay home, self-isolate, and call 811 to arrange testing.
  • If you start to experience symptoms while at school/in a clinical setting, tell your supervisor, go directly home, self-isolate, and call 811 to arrange testing.

Please refer to the Medical Student Exposure to Infectious and Environmental Hazard Policy and follow the COVID-19 Exposure Procedure.

a. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, follow steps in Section 1.

b. If you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19, determine risk level of exposure:

Review the Risk Classification for Asymptomatic HCWs with Potential Exposures to determine your risk and follow recommendations found there. If you are unsure of your risk, please consult your Year Chair and appropriate UGME Admin Staff or call 811.

  • If you are fully vaccinated (you have had 2 COVID-19 vaccinations with the most recent at least 14 days prior) you will be considered to have a low-risk exposure/non-close contact. Self-monitor for 14 days following your last exposure to the case. Avoid close contact with individuals at high risk for illness during the self-monitoring period. If you develop COVID-19 symptom, self-isolate immediately and call 811.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated, whether you are required to self-isolate will depend on whether the contact is considered high risk/close contact.
  • Any advice from Public Health should be followed and supersedes this guidance.

The following steps apply if determined that the risk level is high:

c. Immediately leave clinical setting and call 811 Healthline and indicate you are a healthcare worker, and self isolate unless advised otherwise by Public Health or OH&S. Follow advice for self-isolation and timeline for possible return to clinical duties. Notify the relevant individuals on the Notification of exposure list (include all below). Please advise if UGME office many notify Office of Student Affairs so they can reach out to you for support.

c. Contact your local Incident Reporting Line to report your incident as a COVID-19 exposure:

Saskatoon Health: 306-655-0820
Rural (Toll-Free): 1-866-966-0820
Prince Albert: 306-765-6452 or 306-765-6497
Regina: Regina General Hospital: 306-766-4689 or 306-766-4431
Wascana Rehabilitation Centre: 306-766-5217
Pasqua Hospital: 306-766-2557 or 306-766-2518

e. Complete the University of Saskatchewan Incident Report form Submit to the exposure@usask.ca.


f. Notify relevant individuals on the Notification of test results list (include all below) and follow the recommendations from public health/OH&S on return to clinical duties. Work with year chair to schedule missed learning opportunities, following the Clerkship Attendance and Absence Policy.


g. Student will be contacted by UGME to provide support and follow up.


h. Associate Dean, UGME is informed to ensure ongoing review of exposure incidents. UGME reports de-identified information on exposures and test results to University of Saskatchewan Safety Resources to support university tracking of trends in exposures and cases.

Notification of exposure/need to be absent:

  • the UGME office administrator at your site.
    • note that the UGME office administrator may need to consult with Year
      Chair/Associate Dean or Program Manager on appropriate guidance.
    • UGME office administrator will notify OSA if you provide permission
  • the administrative assistant and Rotation Coordinator in the department of current rotation or elective.
  • hospital switchboard (note that switchboard does not need to know the reason you are going to be unavailable).
  • preceptor or ward attending and any relevant supervising resident (note that they do need to know the reason you are going to be unavailable).
  • appropriate Year Chair.

Notification of test results:

  • the UGME office administrator at his or her site.
  • the administrative assistant and rotation coordinator in the department of current rotation or elective.
  • preceptor or ward attending and any relevant supervising resident (to advise of date of return)
  • appropriate Year Chair.

Contingency plan for missed learning if self-isolation is required:

  1. If learning cannot take place virtually – apply sick time from Clerkship Attendance and Absence Policy.
  2. If learning can be participated in virtually (i.e., telehealth) – student may not require additional time in rotation depending on whether objectives of rotation can be met.

All plans will be developed with the student by the UGME administrative staff and year chair in consultation with rotation coordinator.

 

a. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, follow steps in Section 1.

                                                                                                                                         

b. If you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19, determine risk level of exposure: Whether or not you need to self-isolate will depend on the risk of the contact based on your vaccination status, proximity to the individual and mitigating factors. Refer to the Contacts Definitions (Table 5, page 21) and the Public Health Management of Contacts Based on Risk table (Table 6, page 26) and follow recommendations there. If you are unsure of your risk, please consult your Year Chair and appropriate UGME Admin Staff or call 811.

  • If you are fully vaccinated (you have had 2 COVID-19 vaccinations with the most recent at least 14 days prior) you will be considered to have a low-risk exposure/non-close contact. Self-monitor for 14 days following your last exposure to the case. Avoid close contact with individuals at high risk for illness during the self-monitoring period. If you develop COVID-19 symptom, self-isolate immediately and call 811.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated, whether you are required to self-isolate will depend on whether the contact is considered high risk/close contact. If a close contact/high risk, self-isolate at home for 14 days from last exposure > call 811 to arrange testing (identify yourself as a contact of a case) > continue to self-isolate for the full 14 days even if your test is negative > if you develop any symptoms call 811.
  • Any advice from Public Health should be followed and supersedes this guidance.

The following steps apply if determined that the risk level is high:

c. Notify the UGME program of your need to be absent to self-isolate and that you are seeking testing (see Notification of Exposure below). Please advise if UGME office many notify Office of Student Affairs so they can reach out to you for support.


d. Once you have test results, notify the UGME program (see Notification of Test Results, below) and advise your administrator of the recommendations from public health on return to learning activities. Work with administrator and year chair to schedule missed learning opportunities, following the Pre-Clerkship Attendance and Absence Policy.


e. Student will be contacted by UGME to provide support and follow up. OSA may also provide support and follow-up.

Notification of exposure/need to be absent:

  • the UGME office administrator at your site.
  • note that the UGME office administrator may need to consult with Year Chair/Associate Dean or Program Manager on appropriate guidance.
  • UGME office administrator will notify OSA if you provide permission.
  • the administrative assistant and Rotation Coordinator in the department of current rotation or elective.
  • hospital switchboard (note that switchboard does not need to know the reason you are going to be unavailable).
  • preceptor or ward attending and any relevant supervising resident (note that they do need to know the reason you are going to be unavailable).
  • appropriate Year Chair.                                                                                                                            

Notification of test results:

  • the UGME office administrator at his or her site.
  • the administrative assistant and rotation coordinator in the department of current rotation or elective.
  • preceptor or ward attending and any relevant supervising resident (to advise of date of return)
  • appropriate Year Chair.

 

Home rapid antigen testing (such as the SHA Test to Protect program) is designed for screening for COVID-19 in asymptomatic people.

Antigen testing has high specificity (if you have a positive screening test you likely have COVID) but it does not have a high sensitivity (a negative test does not exclude you having COVID) so it cannot be used as a test if you have symptoms. If you have symptoms that might be COVID-19, follow steps in Section 1.

If you OR anyone in your household has a positive home rapid antigen test, please do the following:

  1. Stay home and self-isolate, despite being partially or completely vaccinated for COVID-19.
  2. Call 811 to arrange for a PCR test (diagnostic test) for COVID-19. When you call, advise that you are a health care worker and have a positive antigen test (or family member has a positive antigen test).
  3. Contact the appropriate UGME contacts (see Notification of + home antigen test) to inform them of the situation and your need to self-isolate. Please advise if UGME office many notify Office of Student Affairs so they can reach out to you for support.
  4. Continue to self-isolate until you receive your COVID-19 PCR test result.
  5. Once you have PCR test results, notify the UGME program (see Notification of Test Results below) and advise your administrator of the recommendations from public health on return to learning activities. Work with administrator and year chair to schedule missed learning opportunities, following the Pre-Clerkship Attendance and Absence Policy.
  6. Student will be contacted by UGME to provide support and follow up. OSA may also provide support and follow-up.
  7. Associate Dean, UGME is informed to ensure ongoing review of exposure incidents.

Notification of + home antigen test:

  • the UGME office administrator at your site.
  • note that the UGME office administrator may need to consult with Year
    Chair/Associate Dean or Program Manager on appropriate guidance.
  • UGME office administrator will notify OSA if you provide permission.
  • the administrative assistant and Rotation Coordinator in the department of current rotation or elective.
  • hospital switchboard (note that switchboard does not need to know the reason you are going to be unavailable).
  • preceptor or ward attending and any relevant supervising resident (note that they do need to know the reason you are going to be unavailable).
  • appropriate Year Chair.

Notification of test results:

  • the UGME office administrator at your site.
  • the administrative assistant and rotation coordinator in the department of current rotation or elective.
  • preceptor or ward attending and any relevant supervising resident (to advise of date of return).
  • appropriate Year Chair.

The SHA outbreak management guidelines can be found here; section 4.8 is relevant to College of Medicine learners. The SHA outlines that once a unit is declared to have an outbreak that all learners will be re-assigned within facilities to reduce the number of individuals on an outbreak unit at any given time. These students will not be permitted to continue their placement in the outbreak unit/department and are to contact their College of Medicine clerkship administrator and site/year chair immediately, if currently placed in a COVID-19 outbreak unit. If the learner is scheduled to begin on a COVID-19 outbreak unit, the clerkship team will work expediently to adjust the learner’s placement.

The SHA will contact the managers of the UGME, Saskatoon and Regina with updates of SHA Outbreaks. The manager will then reach out to the appropriate clerkship administrator and year site/chair to notify the affected learners and facilitate the appropriate changes for the learner. The clerkship team will work with the affected student, rotation coordinator, departmental clerical support and identified preceptor(s) for notification and re-deployment. If there is a delay in student re-deployment the clerkship team will work with the rotation director/preceptor(s) for a reasonable solution of how to achieve learning objectives with an alternative placement/ learning experience, or through rescheduling the learning experience.

Program Contacts:

List of Year and Site Chairs & Program Director:

Year 3 Chair

Dr. Schaana Van de Kamp

Saskatoon

schaana.v@usask.ca

 

Year 3 Site Coordinator

Dr. Joelle McBain

Regina

mcbainjoe@me.com

 

Year 4/5 Chair

Dr. Joelle McBain

Regina

mcbainjoe@me.com

Year 4 Site Coordinator

Dr. Ashley Selvig

Saskatoon

ashley.selvig@usask.ca

 

SLIC Director

Dr. Tara Lee

Estevan, Meadow Lake, Melfort, LaRonge

tara.lee@usask.ca

Please see the list of UGME Administrative Staff to contact at your home site below.

Saskatoon – Carolyn Blushke; Carolyn.Blushke@usask.ca, Tami Golding; Tami.Golding@usask.ca and Tangy Epp; Tangy.Epp@usask.ca
Regina – Annie Ethier; Annie.Ethier@saskhealthauthority.ca
Prince Albert – Nicole Toutant; Nicole.Toutant@usask.ca
Meadow Lake – Bailey Edelman; Bailey.Edelman@usask.ca
Estevan – Kristin Dupuis; Kristin.Dupuis@saskhealthauthority.ca
Melfort – Mabel Ryhorchuk; Mabel.Ryhorchuk@saskhealthauthority.ca
LaRonge - Janice Skilliter; Janice.Skilliter@usask.ca

Departmental and Rotation Clerical Support Staff:

Name

Elective Specialty

Elective
Location

Category

Email

Toutant, Nicole

 

Prince
Albert

Department Admin

nicole.toutant@usask.ca

Arnault-
Pelletier,
Valerie

Indigenous Health

Saskatoon

Department Admin

Valerie.arnault@usask.ca

Crowe,
Amanda

Indigenous Health

Regina

Department Admin

amanda.crowe@saskhealtha

uthority.ca

Arnault-
Pelletier,
Valerie

Indigenous Health

Rural

Department Admin

Valerie.arnault@usask.ca

Toews,
Lawrence

Indigenous Health

Saskatoon/ Rural

Department Admin

lawrene.toews@usask.ca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cook, Erin

Anesthesia

Saskatoon

Department Admin

Erin.cook@saskhealthauthori

ty.ca

Strauss, Alex

Anesthesia

Regina

Department Admin

Alexandra.strauss@saskhealt

hauthority.ca

Humniski, Nick

Clinical Ultrasound

Saskatoon

Department Admin

nhumniski@live.com

Chomyshen,
Leah

Emergency Medicine

Saskatoon

Department Admin

leah.chomyshen@usask.ca

Finch, Ann

Emergency Medicine

Regina

Department Admin

ann.finch@saskhealthauthori

ty.ca

Lewis, Tracy

Family Medicine - Urban & Rural

Saskatoon

Department Admin

dafm.ugme.saskatoon@usas

k.ca

 

 

Fuchs, Kristen

Family Medicine - Urban & Rural

Regina

Department Admin

Kristen.Fuchs@rqhealth.ca

Fuchs, Kristen

Family Medicine - Urban & Rural

Rural

Department Admin

kristen.fuchs@rqhealth.ca

Lewis, Tracy

Family Medicine - Urban & Rural

Rural

Department Admin

dafm.ugme.saskatoon@usas

k.ca

Toutant, Nicole

Family Medicine - Urban & Rural

Rural

Department Admin

nicole.toutant@usask.ca

Schnurr, Joe

Integrative Medicine

Saskatoon

Department Admin

schnurr.ja@gmail.com

Kuffner, Angela

Internal Medicine

Saskatoon

Department Admin

angela.kuffner@usask.ca

Phillips, Karen

Internal Medicine

Regina

Department Admin

Karen.Phillips@saskhealthau

thority.ca

Shivak, Tenille

Internal Medicine

Saskatoon

Department Admin

tenille.shivak@usask.ca

Eisan, Lisa

Internal Medicine

Moose Jaw

Department Admin

lisa.eisan@saskhealthauthori

ty.ca

Chanda
Legare

Internal Medicine

Swift
Current

Department Admin

chanda.legare@usask.ca

TBD

Internal Medicine

Yorkton

Department Admin

TBD

Edelman,
Bailey

Internal Medicine

North Battleford

Department Admin

bailey.edelman@usask.ca

Berg, Louise

Medical Imaging

Saskatoon

Department Admin

Louise.berg@usask.ca

Faris, Edwina

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Regina

Department Admin

edwina.faris@saskhealthaut

hority.ca

Wudrick,
Larissa

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Saskatoon

Department Admin

omp767@mail.usask.ca

Eisan, Lisa

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Moose Jaw

Department Admin

lisa.eisan@saskhealthauthori

ty.ca

Koehncke, Niels

Occupational Health

Saskatoon

Department Admin

niels.koehncke@usask.ca

Budz, Lorrisa

Ophthalmology

Saskatoon

Department Admin

lorrisa.budz@usask.ca

Kurk, Francine

Ophthalmology

Regina

Department Admin

francine.kurk@saskhealthaut

hority.ca

Eisan, Lisa

Ophthalmology

Moose Jaw

Department Admin

lisa.eisan@saskhealthauthori

ty.ca

Lewis, Tracy

Palliative Care

Saskatoon

Department Admin

dafm.ugme.saskatoon@usas

k.ca

Kurk, Francine

Palliative Care

Regina

Department Admin

francine.kurk@saskhealthaut

hority.ca

Quirion, Deb

Pathology

Saskatoon

Department Admin

deb.chamberlain@usask.ca

 

 

Kurk, Francine

Pathology

Regina

Department Admin

francine.kurk@saskhealthaut

hority.ca

Eisan, Lisa

Pathology

Moose Jaw

Department Admin

lisa.eisan@saskhealthauthori

ty.ca

Groenveld, Nancy

Pediatrics

Saskatoon

Department Admin

nancy.groeneveld@usask.ca

Murray, Tracey

Pediatrics

Regina

Department Admin

tracey.murray@saskhealthau

thority.ca

Bhende, Krittka

Pediatrics

Swift
Current

Department Admin

krittika.bhende2@saskhealth

authority.ca

Eisan, Lisa

Pediatrics

Moose Jaw

Department Admin

lisa.eisan@saskhealthauthori

ty.ca

Otto, Julie

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Saskatoon

Department Admin

julie.otto@usask.ca

Bray, Karen

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Regina

Department Admin

karen.bray@saskhealthautho

rity.ca

White, Laura

Psychiatry

Saskatoon

Department Admin

laura.j.white@usask.ca

Carlotta Stephenson

Psychiatry

Regina

Department Admin

carlotta.stephenson@saskhe

althauthority.ca

Eisan, Lisa

Psychiatry

Moose Jaw

Department Admin

lisa.eisan@saskhealthauthori

ty.ca

Leis, Anne

Public Health

Saskatoon

Department Admin

anne.leis@usask.ca

Willms,
Amanda

Public Health

Saskatoon

Department Admin

amanda.willms@usask.ca

Lawson, Josh

Research

Saskatoon

Department Admin

josh.lawson@usask.ca

McBain, Joelle

Research

Regina

Department Admin

Mcbainjoe@me.com

Mainra, Rahul

Solid Organ Transplant

Saskatoon

Department Admin

rahul.mainra@usask.ca

Baniak, Marilyn

Surgery

Saskatoon

Department Admin

surgery.education@usask.ca

Baniak, Marilyn

Surgery

North Battleford

Department Admin

surgery.education@usask.ca

Baniak, Marilyn

Surgery

Lloydminst er

Department Admin

surgery.education@usask.ca

Baniak, Marilyn

Surgery

Swift
Current

Department Admin

surgery.education@usask.ca

Eisan, Lisa

Surgery

Moose Jaw

Department Admin

lisa.eisan@saskhealthauthori

ty.ca

Baniak, Marilyn

Surgery

Yorkton

Department Admin

surgery.education@usask.ca

Baniak, Marilyn

Surgery

Melfort

Department Admin

surgery.education@usask.ca

Department

Baniak, Marilyn Surgery                                       Estevan           Admin                                                                                   surgery.education@usask.ca

Department maria.liamzon@saskhealthau

Maria Liamzon       Surgery                                 Regina             Admin                 thority.ca

 

Program Contacts

List of Year and Site Chairs & Program Director:

Year 1 Co-Chair Dr. Nicole Shedden
and Dr. Jennifer Chlan-Fourney
Saskatoon nks904@usask.ca
jen.chlan@usask.ca
Year 2 Chair Dr. Jacqueline Kraushaar Regina jacqueline.kraushaar@usask.ca
Year 2 Site Chair Dr. Schaana Van de Kamp Saskatoon schaana.v@usask.ca

Please see the list of UGME Pre-Clerkship Administrative Staff to contact at your home site below:

Site Name Course Year Email
Sasktoon Cheryl Pfeifer Principles & Foundations Year 1 & 2 cheryl.pfeifer@usask.ca
Sonja MacDonald Medicine & Society, Clinical Skills, Clinical Integration Year 1 & 2 sonja.macdonald@usask.ca
Tamara Hominuk Success in Medical School I-IV, OSCE All Years tamara.hominuke@usask.ca
Regina Cassie Eskra All courses Year 2

cassandra.eskrar@saskhealthauthority.ca

List of Year and Site Chairs & Program Director:

Year 3 Chair Dr. Schaana Van de Kamp Saskatoon schaana.v@usask.ca
Year 3 Site Chair Dr. Joelle McBain Regina mcbainjoe@me.com
Year 4 Chair Dr. Joelle McBain Regina mcbainjoe@me.com
Year 4 Site Chair Dr. Ashley Selvig Saskatoon ashley.selvig@usask.ca
SLIC Director Dr. Tara Lee Estevan, Meadow Lake, Melfort tara.lee@usask.ca

Please see the list of UGME Administrative Staff to contact at your home site below:

Site Name Email
Saskatoon Carolyn Blushke & Tami Golding carolyn.blushke@usask.ca
tami.golding@usask.ca
Regina Annie Ethier annie.ethier@saskhealthauthority.ca
Prince Albert Nicole Toutant nicole.toutant@usask.ca
Meadow Lake Bailey Edelman bailey.edelman@usask.ca
Estevan Kristin Dupuis kristin.dupuis@saskhealthauthority.ca
Melfort Mabel Ryhorchuk mabel.ryhorchuk@saskhealthauthority.ca

Departmental and Rotation Clerical Support Staff:

Name

Elective Specialty

Elective Location

Category

Email

Toutant, Nicole

Prince Albert

Department Admin

nicole.toutant@usask.ca

Arnault-Pelletier, Valerie

Indigenous Health

Saskatoon

Department Admin

valerie.arnault@usask.ca

Arnault-Pelletier, Valerie

Indigenous Health

Regina

Department Admin

valerie.arnault@usask.ca

Arnault-Pelletier, Valerie

Indigenous Health

Rural

Department Admin

valerie.arnault@usask.ca

Toews, Lawrence

Indigenous Health

Saskatoon

Department Admin

lawrene.toews@usask.ca

Toews, Lawrence

Indigenous Health

Regina

Department Admin

lawrene.toews@usask.ca

Toews, Lawrence

Indigenous Health

Rural

Department Admin

lawrene.toews@usask.ca

Cook, Erin

Anesthesia

Saskatoon

Department Admin

erin.cook@saskhealthauthority.ca

Gilbert, Kimberley

Anesthesia

Regina

Department Admin

kimdawn.gilbert@saskhealthauthority.ca

Humniski, Nick

Clinical Ultrasound

Saskatoon

Department Admin

nhumniski@live.com

Chomyshen, Leah

Emergency Medicine

Saskatoon

Department Admin

leah.chomyshen@usask.ca

Finch, Ann

Emergency Medicine

Regina

Department Admin

ann.finch@saskhealthauthority.ca

Lewis, Tracy

Family Medicine - Urban & Rural

Saskatoon

Department Admin

dafm.ugme.saskatoon@usask.ca

Fuchs, Kristen

Family Medicine - Urban & Rural

Regina

Department Admin

kristen.fuchs@rqhealth.ca

Fuchs, Kristen

Family Medicine - Urban & Rural

Rural

Department Admin

kristen.fuchs@rqhealth.ca

Lewis, Tracy

Family Medicine - Urban & Rural

Rural

Department Admin

dafm.ugme.saskatoon@usask.ca

Toutant, Nicole

Family Medicine - Urban & Rural

Rural

Department Admin

nicole.toutant@usask.ca

Schnurr, Joe

Integrative Medicine

Saskatoon

Department Admin

schnurr.ja@gmail.com

Kuffner, Angela

Internal Medicine

Saskatoon

Department Admin

angela.kuffner@usask.ca

Gilbert, Kimberley

Internal Medicine

Regina

Department Admin

kimdawn.gilbert@saskhealthauthority.ca

Shivak, Tenille

Internal Medicine

Saskatoon

Department Admin

tenille.shivak@usask.ca

Eisan, Lisa

Internal Medicine

Moose Jaw

Department Admin

lisa.eisan@saskhealthauthority.ca

Litke, Shanda

Internal Medicine

Swift Current

Department Admin

shanda.litke@saskhealthauthority.ca

Litke, Shanda

Internal Medicine

Yorkton

Department Admin

shanda.litke@saskhealthauthority.ca

Litke, Shanda

Internal Medicine

North Battleford

Department Admin

shanda.litke@saskhealthauthority.ca

Bandivadekar, Prachi

Medical Imaging

Saskatoon

Department Admin

prachi.b@usask.ca

Faris, Edwina

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Regina

Department Admin

edwina.faris@saskhealthauthority.ca

Wudrick, Larissa

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Saskatoon

Department Admin

omp767@mail.usask.ca

Eisan, Lisa

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Moose Jaw

Department Admin

lisa.eisan@saskhealthauthority.ca

Koehncke, Niels

Occupational Health

Saskatoon

Department Admin

niels.koehncke@usask.ca

Budz, Lorrisa

Ophthalmology

Saskatoon

Department Admin

lorrisa.budz@usask.ca

Kurk, Francine

Ophthalmology

Regina

Department Admin

francine.kurk@saskhealthauthority.ca

Eisan, Lisa

Ophthalmology

Moose Jaw

Department Admin

lisa.eisan@saskhealthauthority.ca

Lewis, Tracy

Palliative Care

Saskatoon

Department Admin

dafm.ugme.saskatoon@usask.ca

Kurk, Francine

Palliative Care

Regina

Department Admin

francine.kurk@saskhealthauthority.ca

Quirion, Deb

Pathology

Saskatoon

Department Admin

deb.chamberlain@usask.ca

Kurk, Francine

Pathology

Regina

Department Admin

francine.kurk@saskhealthauthority.ca

Eisan, Lisa

Pathology

Moose Jaw

Department Admin

lisa.eisan@saskhealthauthority.ca

Groenveld, Nancy

Pediatrics

Saskatoon

Department Admin

nancy.groeneveld@usask.ca

Murray, Tracey

Pediatrics

Regina

Department Admin

tracey.murray@saskhealthauthority.ca

Bhende, Krittka

Pediatrics

Swift Current

Department Admin

krittika.bhende2@saskhealthauthority.ca

Eisan, Lisa

Pediatrics

Moose Jaw

Department Admin

lisa.eisan@saskhealthauthority.ca

Otto, Julie

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Saskatoon

Department Admin

julie.otto@usask.ca

Bray, Karen

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Regina

Department Admin

karen.bray@saskhealthauthority.ca

White, Laura

Psychiatry

Saskatoon

Department Admin

laura.j.white@usask.ca

Litke, Shanda

Psychiatry

Regina

Department Admin

shanda.litke@saskhealthauthority.ca

Eisan, Lisa

Psychiatry

Moose Jaw

Department Admin

lisa.eisan@saskhealthauthority.ca

Leis, Anne

Public Health

Saskatoon

Department Admin

anne.leis@usask.ca

Willms, Amanda

Public Health

Saskatoon

Department Admin

amanda.willms@usask.ca

Lawson, Josh

Research

Saskatoon

Department Admin

josh.lawson@usask.ca

McBain, Joelle

Research

Regina

Department Admin

mcbainjoe@me.com 

Mainra, Rahul

Solid Organ Transplant

Saskatoon

Department Admin

rahul.mainra@usask.ca

Baniak, Marilyn

Surgery

Saskatoon

Department Admin

surgery.education@usask.ca

Baniak, Marilyn

Surgery

North Battleford

Department Admin

surgery.education@usask.ca

Baniak, Marilyn

Surgery

Lloydminster

Department Admin

surgery.education@usask.ca

Baniak, Marilyn

Surgery

Swift Current

Department Admin

surgery.education@usask.ca

Eisan, Lisa

Surgery

Moose Jaw

Department Admin

lisa.eisan@saskhealthauthority.ca

Baniak, Marilyn

Surgery

Yorkton

Department Admin

surgery.education@usask.ca

Baniak, Marilyn

Surgery

Melfort

Department Admin

surgery.education@usask.ca

Baniak, Marilyn

Surgery

Estevan

Department Admin

surgery.education@usask.ca

Kurk, Francine

Surgery

Regina

Department Admin

francine.kurk@saskhealthauthority.ca