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.
  • 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.

The purpose of this document is to outline 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 contains important information about COVID-19 notification, case definitions, symptoms of the disease, transmission, treatment.  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 Decision Chart for student return to clinical experiences.

Clerkship

  • Clerks will not participate in the health care to patients who are probable, suspect, or confirmed positive for COVID-19 (with exception of virtual care only, under the supervision of a preceptor) .
  • Clerks will participate in the care of patients who screen positive on the basis of symptoms, but do not have any other risk factors for which they would meet the criteria to be probable cases or COVID-19 positive.
  • Clerks will not participate in aerosol generating medical procedures (AGMP) on COVID positive or probable patients (e.g. endotracheal intubation, protected code blue, etc.). However, they should expect to be involved in all other care.
  • 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.

The purpose of this document is to outline 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 contains important information about COVID-19 notification, case definitions, symptoms of the disease, transmission, treatment. 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 Decision Chart for student return to clinical experiences.

FAQs

When you complete the pre-screening survey, you will likely be advised to not to attend in-person sessions (including pre-clerkship experiences such as ACB lab, Clinical Skills, DSPE, Shadowing, Community Experience, PREP).  Please adhere to this regulation and stay home.  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, etc.). Refer to Risk Classification for Asymptomatic HCWs with Potential Exposure. If you are unsure, please consult your Year Chair and appropriate UGME Admin Staff.

PRE-CLERKSHIP STUDENTS

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

CLERKSHIP STUDENTS

If you are self-monitoring and you develop viral-like symptoms (as above), then you should stay home, notify the appropriate UGME admin support and Year Chair, and contact the 811 Healthline.

(In-person experiences, including: ACB lab, Clinical Skills, DSPE, Shadowing, Community Experience, PREP)

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

  1. If you need assistance, determining contact risk determined visit the Risk Classification for Asymptomatic HCWs with Potential Exposure. If you need assistance, please reach out to Year Chair and/or UGME office administrator.
  2. If determined that the risk level is medium or high; immediately leave clinical setting and call 811 Healthline and indicate you are a healthcare worker, and self unless advised otherwise by 811. Follow advice for self-isolation and timeline for possible return to clinical duties. Notification of exposure list (include all below).

If determined that the risk level is low or none; follow the advice for self-monitoring.

  1. 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

  1. Complete the University of Saskatchewan Incident Report form Submit to the exposure@usask.ca
  2. 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.
  3. Student will be contacted by UGME and appropriate Year Chair to provide support and follow up
  4. Associate Dean, UGME is informed to ensure ongoing review of exposure incidents

Notification of exposure:

  • the UGME office administrator at his or her site
  • appropriate Year Chair
  • manager of Clinical Learning Resource Centre (CLRC), departmental clerical support staff, and/or supervising physician if appropriate

Notification of test results:

  • the UGME office administrator at his or her site
  • appropriate Year Chair
  • manager of Clinical Learning Resource Centre (CLRC), departmental clerical support staff, and/or supervising physician if appropriate

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

  1. If learning cannot take place virtually – apply sick time from the Pre-Clerkship Attendance and Absence Policy.
  2. If learning can be participated in virtually (e.g. virtual participation in learning sessions)– 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. Students are reminded that you may not download, print, or store any patient personal health information at home or on home electronic devices for any purpose, including in the course of completing academic work at home. 

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

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

  1. If you need assistance, determining contact risk determined visit the Risk Classification for Asymptomatic HCWs with Potential Exposure. If you need assistance, please reach out to Year Chair and/or UGME office administrator.
  2. If determined that the risk level is medium or high; immediately leave clinical setting and call 811 HealthLine and indicate you are a healthcare worker, and self isolate unless advised otherwise by 811. Follow advice for self-isolation and timeline for possible return to clinical duties. Notification of exposure list (include all below).  

If determined that the risk level is low or none; follow the advice for self-monitoring.

  1. 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

  1. Complete the University of Saskatchewan Incident Report form Submit to the exposure@usask.ca
  2. 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 Clerkship Attendance and Absence Policy.
  3. Student will be contacted by UGME and appropriate Year Chair to provide support and follow up
  4. Associate Dean, UGME is informed to ensure ongoing review of exposure incidents

Notification of exposure:

  • the UGME office administrator at his or her site
  • the administrative assistant and Rotation Coordinator in the department of his or her current rotation or elective
  • hospital switchboard
  • his or her preceptor or ward attending
  • the residents with whom the student is working
  • 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 his or her current rotation or elective
  • his or her preceptor or ward attending
  • the residents with whom the student is working
  • 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. Please note that information related to amount of time that can be missed on a given rotation from the Attendance and Absence policy will apply.
  2. If learning can be participated in virtually (e.g.. Telehealth; virtual patient visits; virtual participation in learning sessions) – student may not require additional time in rotation depending on whether objectives of rotation can be met. Students are reminded that you may not download, print, or store any patient personal health information at home or on home electronic devices for any purpose, including in the course of completing academic work at home. 

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

Program Contacts

List of Year and Site Chairs & Program Director:

Year 1 Co-Chair Dr. Matt Kushneriuk
and
Dr. Jennifer Chlan-Fourney
Saskatoon matt.kushneriuk@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 Christa Kaytor All courses Year 2 Christa.Kaytor@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
Year 5 Chair Dr. Janna Brusky Saskatoon Janna.Brusky@saskhealthauthority.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