The College of Medicine leadership, staff and faculty will continue to work to ensure that all students progress through their program with minimal disruption while adhering to public safety guidelines. The health and safety of patients, students and faculty is our priority. As developing health professionals, medical students are leaders and role models and as such are expected to exercise responsibility in the their personal and professional lives by following all public health, university and program expectations.  Non-compliance with these expectations may result in a meeting regarding professionalism, with associated documentation, and may affect progress in the program.

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

Clinical Patient Interactions:

  • Pre-clerkship students, during clinical learning experiences, will not see any patients or standardized patients confirmed positive for COVID-19.
  • Pre-clerkship students will not shadow on a 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.
  • Fully vaccinated pre-clerkship students may observe or participate in care of patients who screen positive for symptoms of COVID-19 but are not confirmed to have COVID-19, assuming appropriate clinical supervision and PPE at available and clinical supervisor and students are comfortable with this involvement.

*Fully vaccinated = has completed a Health Canada-approved COVID-19 vaccine primary series. Note that it is strongly recommended that students also receive all boosters for which they are eligible. 

 

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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This document provides guidance on protocols to follow related to COVID-19 for University of Saskatchewan medical students in pre-clerkship. It is informed by University, Public Health and SHA guidance, including: 

Clerkship

Clinical Patient Interactions:

  • Fully vaccinated* Year 3, 4 and 5 clerks are expected to participate in the routine care of patients who are COVID-19 positive where the opportunity arises in their clinical education. 
  • Fully vaccinated* Year 3, 4 and 5 clerks may participate in AGMPs on patients who are COVID-19 positive where the opportunity arises in their clinical education. 
  • Participation in care of patients with COVID-19, like participation in the care of other patients, assumes that appropriate PPE and clinical supervision are available and clinical supervisor and students are comfortable with this involvement. Note that opportunities to participate in care of COVID-19 positive patients will vary depending on the clinical setting and may not always be available. 
  • Clerks who are not fully vaccinated will not participate in any direct care of patients confirmed positive for COVID-19, including not participating in AGMPs on COVID-19 positive patients.  Clerks who are unable to participate in the care of patients with COVID-19 due to vaccination status or other accommodatable reason may apply for accommodations through Access and Equity Services (AES)
  • If any SHA protocols in a clinical unit would preclude clerks’ involvement in the care of COVID-19 positive patients, those SHA protocols must be followed. 
  • This applies to clinical learning in Saskatchewan; on future visiting electives, policies at the medical school where the elective is being completed will apply.

*Fully vaccinated = has completed a Health Canada-approved COVID-19 vaccine primary series. Note that it is strongly recommended that students also receive all boosters for which they are eligible. 

 

This document provides guidance on protocols to follow related to COVID-19 for University of Saskatchewan medical students in clerkship. It is informed by University, Public Health, and SHA guidance, including: 

Pre-Clerkship FAQs

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, stay home. If you are already on campus or in a clinical setting and start to feel ill, immediately advise your preceptor, leave the session/clinical setting, and go directly home and self-isolate.  

a. Stay home and self-isolate, regardless of your vaccination status. When in self-isolation:
  • Do not go to work or school.
  • Do not go to public areas including places of worship, stores, shopping malls and restaurants or use public transit.
  • Do not have visitors in your home.
  • Cancel or reschedule non-urgent appointments or meet virtually where possible.
  • Have family/friends drop off food and necessities or use delivery services.
  • Stay at home and separate from others in the household who are not fully vaccinated if you have symptoms of fever and cough, even if they are mild.
  • Sleep in a room away from others and use a separate bathroom, if possible.

 b. Do a home rapid antigen test

  • If you have a positive home rapid antigen test, then you have COVID-19. Continue to self-isolate. Follow the steps in Scenario 5, below.
  • If you have a negative RAT, it does not guarantee that you do not have COVID-19, as RATs have higher false negative rates. Repeat your RAT in 24-48 h. If you continue to have symptoms, even with a negative RAT, you should assume you may have COVID-19 and continue to self-isolate and stay home from campus.
  • Returning to on-campus activities – If your RAT remains negative, remain away from on-campus activities until you are symptom-free for 48h, following the University guidelines. You must have a negative RAT on the day of return to any in-person clinical sessions in the CLRC or RLC.
  • Returning to clinical sessions in the in SHA wards, clinics, physicians’ offices or community placements – Due to the risk of transmission to potentially vulnerable patients and to avoid transmission within health care settings, for these types of sessions the Return to work Guidelines for SHA Health Care Workers must be followed.  If you have an upcoming session in a clinical setting, call 811, advising them that you are a health care worker (health sciences student on a clinical placement) to request a PCR test. Follow the  Return to Work Guidelines for SHA Health Care Workers for timing of return to program (see table on the second page).  Note that Day Zero is the day that you first developed symptoms.
c. Contact the appropriate UGME administrative staff (see Notification of symptoms/need to be absent list) to inform them of the situation and your need to self-isolate. If you feel you need additional support, please advise the UGME office so they can connect you with the Office of Student Affairs.

d. Work with administrator and year chair to schedule missed learning opportunities following the Pre-Clerkship Attendance and Absence Policy.

e. If you are confirmed + for COVID-19 with a + RAT or PCR test, we recommend you inform your close contacts (anyone you were in close contact with, without appropriate PPE, in the 48 h prior to developing symptoms or testing positive). The UGME office has an obligation to notify those who may have been in contact with you in a small group setting or a large classroom. A de-identified notification will be sent out. If you prefer to notify students or faculty whom you have encountered in small group learning settings directly yourself, please advise your UGME administrative coordinator. Please note that we must notify standardized patients and CLRC staff through the CLRC as their contact information is private and will do so in a de-identified way.

f. Please contact UGME and/or OSA if you need any support or have questions.

g. The Associate Dean, UGME is informed to ensure ongoing monitoring of case numbers in the program.

Notification of symptoms/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 request.

Notification of test results:

  • the UGME office administrator at your site

If you were in close proximity to the individual, self-monitor for symptoms.  

If you develop viral-like symptoms, follow steps in Scenario 1.

*An individual who has either a positive PCR test or a positive rapid antigen test is considered to be COVID positive.

a. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, follow steps in Scenario 1.
b. If you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19, and you are fully vaccinated:
  • You may continue to attend school and your clinical learning activities
  • Self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19
  • If the contact was not in your household, complete a RAT at least every 3 days x 10 days
  • If the contact was in your household, complete a RAT daily x 10 days

     If you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19, and you are not fully vaccinated:

  • If the contact was not in your household, complete a RAT at least every 3 days x 10 days
  • If the contact was in your household, stay home for 5 days and complete a RAT daily x 10 days.

Please review the Risk Classification for Asymptomatic HCWs with Potential Exposure and SHA COVID-19 Return to Work Guide for Health Care Workers for more details. If you are unsure of your risk, please consult your Year Chair and appropriate UGME Admin Staff or call 811.

 

Home rapid antigen testing (such as the SHA Test to Protect program) is designed for screening for COVID-19 in asymptomatic people, but can also be used in the event of symptoms, if a PCR test is not readily available.  

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

If someone in your household has a positive home rapid antigen test, consider them to be COVID positive – see Scenario 3. Your household member with COVID-19 should self-isolate away from other members of the household. You may continue to attend work/school but should self-monitor closely for symptoms. If you develop symptoms, see scenario 1. 

If you have a positive home rapid antigen test, consider yourself to be COVID positive. Please do the following:

  1. Stay home and self-isolate. You do not need any additional testing.
  2. Returning to on-campus activities – Stay home and self-isolate for 5 days from the date of your test result, or until 48 hours after your symptoms resolve or significantly improve, whichever comes later. You may return to campus on day 6. You must have a negative RAT on the day of return to any in-person clinical sessions in the CLRC or RLC. Note that Day zero was the day you had the positive RAT or developed symptoms, whichever came first.
  3. Returning to clinical sessions in the in SHA wards, clinics, physicians’ offices or community placements – Follow the COVID-19 Return to Work Guide for SHA Health Care Workers. Note that Day Zero is the day that you had your positive RAT, or developed symptoms, whichever came first.
  4. Contact the appropriate UGME administrative staff (see Notification of Test Results list) to inform them of the situation and your need to self-isolate. If you feel you need additional support, please advise the UGME office so they can connect you with the Office of Student Affairs. Work with administrator and year chair to schedule missed learning opportunities following the Pre-Clerkship Attendance and Absence Policy.
  5. We recommend you inform your close contacts (anyone you were in close contact with, without appropriate PPE, in the 48 h prior to developing symptoms or testing positive).   The UGME office has an obligation to notify those who may have been in contact with you in a small group setting or a large classroom. A de-identified notification will be sent out. If you prefer to notify students or faculty whom you have encountered in small group learning settings directly yourself, please advise your UGME administrative coordinator.  Please note that we must notify standardized patients and CLRC staff through the CLRC as their contact information is private and will do so in a de-identified way.
  6. Please contact UGME and/or OSA if you need any support or have questions.
  7. Associate Dean, UGME is informed to ensure ongoing review of exposure incidents.

 

Notification of test results:
  • 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 request

 

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 5.8.8 is relevant to College of Medicine learners. In the event that a clinical learning session is scheduled on a confirmed outbreak unit, the session will typically be cancelled or rescheduled. Course leadership will make that decision in collaboration with UGME leadership depending on the nature of the session, and on rare occasions the session may proceed. Students will be informed if a session needs to be cancelled or rescheduled due to an outbreak.

Shadowing cannot take place on a clinical unit where there is a COVID-19 confirmed outbreak, to reduce transmission risk and to avoid unnecessary testing. A full list of outbreak units it available here; please check that list prior to shadowing to ensure you will not be on an outbreak unit. If in doubt, contact your clinical supervisor for your shadowing or your Year Chair/Coordinator.

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.

If you have specific needs and would like to explore accommodation of these needs, please reach out to the Office of Student Affairs for support in bringing forward any accommodation requests. If you have any questions, please contact your Year Chair/ Year Site Coordinator (information below), Dr. Malin or McKague, and we will be happy to answer them. You are also welcome to direct questions through your class reps. 

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

  • Self-monitor daily for symptoms of COVID-19
  • Do home rapid antigen testing regularly, including (for pre-clerkship students) before each in-person 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 hand hygiene
  • Be safe on breaks:
    • follow breakroom guidelines which includes physical distancing and not sharing food
  • 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 and self-isolate
  • If you start to experience symptoms while at school/in a clinical setting, tell your supervisor, go directly home and self-isolate

Clerkship FAQs

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, stay home. If you are already on campus or in a clinical setting and start to feel ill, immediately advise your preceptor, leave the session/clinical setting, and go directly home and self-isolate.  

a. Stay home and self-isolate, regardless of your vaccination status. When in self-isolation:
  • Do not go to work or school.
  • Do not go to public areas including places of worship, stores, shopping malls, and restaurants or use public transit.
  • Do not have visitors in your home.
  • Cancel or reschedule non-urgent appointments or meet virtually where possible.
  • Have family/friends drop off food and necessities or use delivery services.
  • Stay at home and separate from others in the household who are not fully vaccinated if you have symptoms of fever and cough, even if they are mild.
  • Sleep in a room away from others and use a separate bathroom, if possible.

 b. Do a home rapid antigen test.

  • If your home rapid antigen test is positive, then you have COVID-19. Continue to self-isolate. Follow the steps in Scenario 5, below.
  • If you are currently on clinical placements and your home rapid antigen test is negative, call 811 to arrange for a PCR test (diagnostic test) for COVID-19. When you call, advise that you are a health care worker. Remain in self-isolation while you wait for the results of your PCR test.  If your PCR test is positive, follow the steps in Scenario 5, below.
  • If you are not on clinical placements/engaged in any form of patient contact (e.g., Year 4-5 after the elective period is done) and your home rapid antigen test is negative, then you will not qualify for a PCR (unless your symptoms are severe, or you are immune compromised – in that case call 811). If your symptoms are mild, wait 24-48 h and repeat a home rapid antigen test. If your test is still negative, you may end self-isolation and return to campus 48h after your symptoms have resolved.
c. When you start your self-isolation, notify the relevant individuals on the Notification of symptoms/need to be absent list. For clerks on clinical rotations, follow the steps in the Return to Work Guide for Health Care Workers for specific information about when you can return to your clinical placement.

d. When you have your test results, notify relevant individuals on the Notification of test results list (see below) and follow the recommendations in the Return to Work Guide for Health Care Workers for return to clinical placements. Work with year chair/ rotation administrator and rotation coordinator to schedule missed learning opportunities, following the Clerkship Attendance and Absence Policy.

e. If you are confirmed + for COVID-19, we recommend you inform your close contacts (anyone you were in close contact with, without appropriate PPE, in the 48 h prior to developing symptoms or testing positive). Follow any advice from Public Health/ OH&S.

f. Please contact UGME and/or OSA if you need any support or have questions.

g. The Associate Dean, UGME is informed to ensure ongoing monitoring of case numbers in the program. 

Notification of symptoms/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
  • appropriate Year Chair
  • If you are on a clinical placement, the administrative assistant, and Rotation Coordinator in the department of current rotation
  • If you are on a clinical placement, hospital switchboard (note that switchboard does not need to know the reason you are going to be unavailable)
  • If you are on a clinical placement, preceptor or ward attending and any relevant supervising resident (note that they do need to know the reason you are going to be unavailable)

Notification of test results:

  • the UGME office administrator at your site
  • appropriate Year Chair
  • If on a clinical placement, 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)

If you were in close proximity to the individual, self-monitor for symptoms.  

If you develop viral-like symptoms, follow steps in Scenario 1.

*An individual who has either a positive PCR test or a positive rapid antigen test is considered to be COVID positive.

a. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, follow steps in Scenario 1.
b. If you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19, and you are fully vaccinated:
  • You may continue to attend school and your clinical learning activities
  • Self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19
  • If the contact was not in your household, complete a RAT at least every 3 days x 10 days
  • If the contact was in your household, complete a RAT daily x 10 days 

   If you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19, and you are not fully vaccinated:

  • If the contact was not in your household, complete a RAT at least every 3 days x 10 days
  • If the contact was in your household, stay home for 5 days and complete a RAT daily x 10 days.

Please review the Risk Classification for Asymptomatic HCWs with Potential Exposure and SHA COVID-19 Return to Work Guide for Health Care Workers for more details.  If you are unsure of your risk, please consult your Year Chair and appropriate UGME Admin Staff or call 811. 

 

Home rapid antigen testing (such as the SHA Test to Protect program) is designed for screening for COVID-19 in asymptomatic people but can also be used in the event of symptoms, if a PCR test is not readily available. 

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

If someone in your household has a positive home rapid antigen test, they are COVID positive – see Scenario 3 and the Return to Work Guide for SHA Health Care Workers. Your household member with COVID-19 should self-isolate away from other members of the household. You may continue to attend work/school but should self-monitor closely for symptoms. If you develop symptoms, see scenario 1. 

If you have a positive home rapid antigen test or a positive PCR, you are COVID positive. Please do the following:

a. Stay home and self-isolate. You do not require any additional testing.

b. Returning to on-campus activities –Stay home and self-isolate for 5 days from the date of your test result, or until 48 hours after your symptoms resolve or significantly improve, whichever comes later. You may return to campus on day 6. Note that Day zero was the day you had the positive RAT or developed symptoms, whichever came first.

c. Returning to clinical settings– Follow the COVID-19 Return to Work Guide for SHA Health Care Workers. Note that Day Zero is the day that you had your positive RAT. Note that Day Zero is the day that you had your positive RAT or PCR, or developed symptoms, whichever came first.  

d. We recommend you inform your close contacts (anyone you were in close contact with, without appropriate PPE, in the 48 h prior to developing symptoms or testing positive). Follow any advice from Public Health/ OH&S. Notify the appropriate individuals (see Notification of Test Results below) to inform them of the situation and your need to self-isolate. Work with administrator, year chair and rotation coordinator to schedule missed learning opportunities, following the Clerkship Attendance and Absence Policy.

e. Contact the UGME office and OSA if you need any support and follow up.

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

Notification of test results:

  • appropriate Year Chair
  • 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
  • If you are on a clinical placement, the administrative assistant, and Rotation Coordinator in the department of current rotation or elective
  • If you are on a clinical placement, hospital switchboard (note that switchboard does not need to know the reason you are going to be unavailable)
  • If you are on a clinical placement, preceptor or ward attending and any relevant supervising resident (note that they do need to know the reason you are going to be unavailable)

The SHA COVID-19 Outbreak Guidelines  allow health sciences students to remain on outbreak units. 

What this means to me as a learner?

  • Students who are on or may be placed on a confirmed outbreak unit during their clinical experience will be notified by the UGME office. Students on an outbreak unit will be notified when the outbreak is ended.
  • If you have been providing clinical care on this unit with a confirmed outbreak, you will be required to having COVID-19 testing (ideally within 24 h of the outbreak being declared, and every seven days during the outbreak). If you are unsure whether the requirement for testing applies to you, please contact the Clinical Nurse Manager, or call Infection Prevention and Control at your site.
  • You can continue to follow patients on outbreak units or attend outbreak units to do consults, as directly by your clinical supervisor. Ideally, you should limit time spent on outbreak units, unless you are cohorted to that unit (i.e., spending most of each day providing care on that unit).  
  • If you have specific needs related to being placed on an outbreak unit, contact the Office of Student Affairs.

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, Rotation Coordinator and Year Chair.

If you have specific needs and would like to explore accommodation of these needs, please reach out to the Office of Student Affairs for support in bringing forward any accommodation requests. If you have any questions, please contact your Year Chair/ Year Site Coordinator (information below), Dr. Malin or McKague, and we will be happy to answer them. You are also welcome to direct questions through your class reps.  What steps should clerks take to stay as safe as possible?

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

  • Self-monitor daily for symptoms of COVID-19
  • Do home rapid antigen testing regularly (recommended 2x/week)
  • 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 hand hygiene
  • Be safe on breaks:
    • follow breakroom guidelines which includes physical distancing and not sharing food
  • 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 and self-isolate
  • If you start to experience symptoms while at school/in a clinical setting, tell your supervisor, go directly home and self-isolate

If you have specific needs and would like to explore accommodation of these needs, please reach out to the Office of Student Affairs for support in bringing forward any accommodation requests. If you have any questions, please contact your Year Chair/ Year Site Coordinator (information below), Dr. Malin or McKague, and we will be happy to answer them. You are also welcome to direct questions through your class reps.

    1. Is it mandatory that clerks be involved in care of COVID+ patients?

    No – this is an optional experience not required to meet clerkship learning objectives.  Both the clinical supervisor (faculty or resident) and the student must be comfortable with the clerk being involved in this care – if either is uncomfortable, then the clerk should not be involved in this care. 

    There are many reasons why a student may or may not be comfortable participating in care of a COVID+ patient, including personal or family members’ health risk factors or other reasons.  Similarly, there are reasons why a clinical supervisor may not feel comfortable with a clerk being involved, related to the patient’s situation, the experience level of the clerk or other reasons. 

    • A clerk may opt out of being involved in the care of a COVID+ patient, with no questions asked.
    • A clinical supervisor may decline to have a student involved in the care of a COVID+ patient, with no questions asked
    1. Will faculty know in advance if a student wishes to participate in care of patients confirmed positive for COVID-19?

    Typically, no. Students can opt-out of participating in care of COVID-19 positive patients, and the list of students opting out will be shared in advance of a rotation start with the Rotation or Elective Coordinator and the administrative staff member, to assist with placement.  This list will be shared only on a need-to-know basis, to aid in placement of learners, when relevant. Therefore, supervisor and student will need to discuss if the student is to be involved in care of a COVID+ patient if the opportunity arises.   

    1. Should whether or not a student participates in care of COVID+ patients impact my assessment of their performance?

    No. Assessment of performance should be based on observed skills relevant to the objectives. It is not mandatory that a student participate in care of COVID-19 positive patients, and there may be many reasons why a student does or does not participate in this care. 

    1. If a student wants to change their choice about participating in care of COVID+ patients, can they do so?

    Yes.  If a clerk initially opted out, they can opt in advising their clinical supervisor and they should also update their Year Administrative Coordinator for their campus. SLIC and Prince Albert students should contact the Administrative Coordinator at their home site of Regina or Saskatoon.

    If a clerk wishes to opt-out, they may do so by advising their clinical supervisor and updating their Year Administrative Coordinator for their campus.  SLIC and Prince Albert students should contact the Administrative Coordinator at your home site of Regina or Saskatoon.

    1. What PPE should be worn when providing direct care for a patient who is COVID+ or suspected to be COVID+?

    As of Jan 7, 2022, a fit-tested, seal checked N95 respirator is recommended when entering the room/space and/or within two meters of a patient, resident or client suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 (i.e., Droplet/Contact Plus precautions), regardless of whether an AGMP is being performed. Gown, gloves, and eye protect (contact droplet+) PPE should also be worn.

    1. What happens if a student gets COVID-19, or have a high-risk contact, and needs to self-isolate? The Clerkship Attendance and Absence policy has provision for sick time which self-isolation falls under. A student needing to miss time on a rotation due to illness or self-isolation works with their Rotation or Elective supervisor and Year Chair/Coordinator to determine if some activities can be done remotely (if the student is well enough). Typically, up to 5 days of a 6-week rotation can be missed without needing to make up additional time; a plan for making up missed learning and achieving rotation or elective objectives is made in collaboration with the Year Chair/Year Coordinator, Rotation Coordinator, and student. This may occasionally need to involve additional time on the rotation or elective in order to complete it; this planning is done on a case-by-case basis to try to minimize any impacts on the student’s progress in the program and personal life. Students should follow the COVID-19 protocols in terms of reporting illness and test results, including (if they had a high-risk exposure in the clinical setting) completing an exposure incident report.

    Students have WCB coverage for clinical placements in SK through the clinical placement agreement. Students have the option of additional private disability insurance should they wish to purchase it. 

  1. What steps should clerks take to stay as safe as possible?
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  3.  

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

        • Self-monitor daily for symptoms of COVID-19
        • Do home rapid antigen testing regularly (recommended 2x/week)
        • 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
        • In meeting or seminar rooms, always:

        o Maintain a minimum 2m distance between each person, especially if in the vicinity of anyone unmasked to eat or drink

        o 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 and self-isolate
        • If you start to experience symptoms while at school/in a clinical setting, tell your supervisor, go directly home and self-isolate

         

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 Catherine Todd-McCoy & Tami Golding c.toddmccoy@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
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@saskhealthauthority.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

Rural

Department Admin

lawrene.toews@usask.ca

Cook, Erin

Anesthesia

Saskatoon

Department Admin

erin.cook@saskhealthauthority.ca

Strauss, Alex

Anesthesia

Regina

Department Admin

alexandra.strauss@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

Phillips, Karen

Internal Medicine

Regina

Department Admin

karen.phillips@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

Legare, Chanda

Internal Medicine

Swift Current

Department Admin

chanda.legare@usask.ca

TBD

Internal Medicine

Yorkton

Department Admin

 

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@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

Stephenson, Carlotta

Psychiatry

Regina

Department Admin

carlotta.steohenson@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

Liamzon, Maria

Surgery

Regina

Department Admin

maria.liamzon@saskhealthauthority.ca