Career Advising

The College of Medicine’s career advising system integrates the efforts of faculty members, clerkship directors and student services staff to assist students in evaluating career options, choosing elective courses and applying to residency programs. The career advising system ensures that students are made aware of the needs of the Canadian population through a variety of activities, settings, and resources including curricular and extra-curricular sessions, one-on-one confidential advising appointments, small group seminars, large events, and web resources.

Career Advising Appointments and Resources

30-minute appointments available by request in-person, via video conference, or via phone.

The Office of Career Advising and Mentorship (OCA&M) Career Advisors are trained to use the Careers in Medicine® framework for advising medical students and will help students, in a confidential capacity, work through the steps of understanding themselves, exploring their options, choosing a specialty, and preparing for residency.

Career Advisors will help students:

  • Assist in determining which specialty/specialties are of interest and suitable
  • Discuss leadership, research, and summer activity options
  • Identify their strengths, assets, and supports
  • Articulate their goals and how they plan to approach the next match
  • Understand their current situation and reflect on the result of the previous match
  • Explore alternate options, possibilities, and solutions
  • Make a list of next steps
  • Access additional resources and supports

30 to 45-minute appointments available by request in-person, via video conference, or via phone.

During clincnial rotations, Year 3 MD students must integrate what they learn about themselves with what they learn about specialties and experience in clinical rotations. This appointment is meant to help students think through what they are looking for in a specialty and career, including which elective experiences may have been a good (or bad) fit and what other experiences or information they need to start narrowing their specialty options. Elective selection begins in November of a medical student's third year.

The Electives Planning Worksheet is a great way to get started with a draft of your plans.

Applications for Visiting Electives have moved to the AFMC Student Portal and the College of Medicine no longer processes paper applications.

For details regarding elective policies and procedures visit the College of Medicine’s Electives page. Electives are an excellent opportunity to get hands-on experience in a variety of settings and can assist students in choosing a specialty.

For questions related to policy and process, please contact Medicine Undergraduate Electives at

AAMC (2016) defines a curriculum vitae (CV) as a summary of an MD student’s background and accomplishments related to their academic and work experience. It is one of many supporting documents MD students will need for the residency application process or to apply to research experiences, scholarships, honor societies, and other medical school opportunities.

Creating a CV takes time, but it’s a tool that physicians use throughout their professional life to present a complete but succinct summary and highlight of their qualifications. It’s a living document that represents an individual student. Properly constructed and with periodic updates, the CV you develop now will evolve throughout your career.

30 minute appointments are available in-person or documents can be reviewed via email.

When medical students begin the process of applying to the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) to begin the application process, they will need to prepare a CV as part of their application. There are several documents that make up the residency application; the CV is included in the “Extra Documents” section. Always check the preferences for the residency program descriptions before assigning extra documents as some programs would like to see specific documentation and some do not want to review extra documents. The MD Student CV Guide provides a checklist, template, tips, and a word bank to assist you in the development of your professional medical CV.

Don’t forget that CV Review appointments are available to you at any time - just schedule an appointment in the 'Contact' section below with one of our advisors! (2017) states that personal letters are written by applicants to introduce themselves to programs and to express interest in a specific program and/or discipline. It outlines the reasons why a student has chosen a particular training program.

MD Student Personal Letter Guide

The MD Student Personal Letter Guide provides you with templates and tips for creating well-written personal letters to be used in the residency application process. Your personal letter discusses the reasons why you have chosen a particular training program. Each program has preferences regarding what it should contain such as word count and questions that need to be addressed. Check the individual program descriptions at Don’t forget that Personal Letter Review appointments are available to you at any time - just schedule an appointment in the 'Contact' section below with one of our faculty career advisors!

For spelling, grammar, and/or sentence structure/phrasing, submit an Online Writing Help Request to the Writing Help Centre at the University of Saskatchewan Student Learning Services

One hour in length appointments are available in-person, via video conference or via phone.

Preparing for your residency match interviews requires preparation and practice well before Year 4. Career Advisors will help students with learning the basics, going through questions to practice, and provide feedback for improvement.

The out-of-province Residency interviews are generally scheduled from mid-January to the beginning of February. The OCA&M offers one-on-one Mock Interviews to all cohorts at any time of the year. However, the number of Mock Interview appointments available to Year 4 students at both sites is increased from December to the end of January to help them prepare. The CMA/SMA also offer a mock interview weekend, in both Saskatoon and Regina, during the first week in January and we recommend taking advantage of both preparatory services.

MD Student Interview Guide

The three week period of national CaRMS interviews can be daunting! The MD Student Interview Guide provides tips for before, during, and after the interview.

  • 45-minute appointments are available in-person, via video conference, or via phone.
  • Mandatory Residency Application Review appointments with Year 4 MD students are scheduled with faculty members to review drafts of your CV, personal letter, and to discuss a competitive match strategy.

The Office of Career Advising and Mentorship wish everyone all the best for Residency Match Day.  Please know that we are here to support you with any concerns that you may have and please contact us if you are not successful in the first iteration of the residency match.  The following resources and supports are available for you after the residency match.

Residency Match Resources


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The Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) is a national, independent, not-for-profit, fee-for-service organization that provides a fair, objective and transparent application and matching service for medical training throughout Canada. CaRMS Website
The R-1 Main Residency Match (R-1 match) for entry level postgraduate positions is CaRMS’ largest match. It encompasses all 17 Canadian medical schools and is offered in two iterations each year. R-1 Main Residency Match

The Match Book, a joint initiative of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students and CaRMS, currently in its 11th edition, intends to provide an introduction to the Canadian residency match process, present an overview of the major steps involved, and aid Canadian medical students at various stages of training in planning their strategy for matching in their preferred programs.

New for the 2021 Match - all University of Saskatchewan residency applicants must complete a CASPer™ (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) test. CASPer is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics.

Tests dates and fees can be found on their website.  Please note these are the only testing dates available and no additional tests will be scheduled. CASPer test results are valid for one year. Direct any inquiries on the test to 

The R-1 Main Residency Match report is made available to the public by CaRMS for informational purposes related to the first and second iterations of the match. The R-1 match report provides information to faculties of medicine and applicants on match trends and results, as well as results from previous years’ matches. R-1 Match Data
MatchStats was created by The University of Toronto Medical Society with support from the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) in efforts to present the CaRMS data in a more palatable format, specifically for medical students MATCHSTATS

The Couples Match App allows students to organize their rank-order list online! The program allows you to ensure that all possible combinations are considered. Proximity of school location is prioritized as well as each partner’s own personal rank order. If you have any questions about the functions of this app, please email

Additional Career Planning Resources

The Career Advising Guide for MD Students provides an overview of the College of Medicine’s career advising system, a career planning timeline spanning across the four years of medical school, an explanation of the career planning framework, a list of mentoring programs and descriptions for supports that are in place for students.

Through Careers in Medicine® (CiM), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) provides resources that help students channel their passion, learning, and investment into a fulfilling medical career. CiM is a comprehensive online repository of curated tools, guides, databases, and resources designed for medical students and residents. CiM is designed to complement the career planning and advising services offered at the College of Medicine.

Students will receive an access code in their first year of medical school to be redeemed on the CIM website.

In collaboration with the SMSS Interest Groups, Career Dialogues offer information to the students, over the lunch hour, about residency programs.   One department per session is invited to provide a description of their program and host a question and answer period where they may cover topics such as matching, competitiveness, research opportunities, lifestyle, work hours, culture, etc. will be invited to provide employment outlook information and Specialist Fact Sheets on Saskatchewan specialties.

Participants include, but are not limited to:  Anesthesia, Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Medical Imaging, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Pathology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Plastic Surgery, Physical Medicine/Rehabilitation, Respiratory Medicine, Rheumatology, Surgery, Urology and ENT.

The specialty profiles contain summary information on Canadian physicians’ practices including workload, income, and satisfaction, as well as information on educational requirements, supply and demographics. These data, along with further links within these documents, are useful to medical students as they plan their future careers as well as to healthcare researchers and others seeking information about specialists.

The Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA) has a number of physician leadership opportunities. In partnership with the Canadian Medical Association's (CMA), the SMA offers Physician Leadership Institute (PLI) courses that will prepare you to be a more effective leader. With targeted funding, the SMA has the CMA PLI series in-house, delivering its courses at a reduced cost to its members. The SMA will sponsor three seats per course for medical students, and three seats per course for medical residents.

Physician Leadership Institute (PLI)

The Canadian Society of Physician Leaders (CSPL) is known as the go to organization for physician leaders. The organization has been providing support and development opportunities for Canadian physicians to help them succeed in their leadership and management roles in health care since 1998.

Canadian Society of Physician Leaders (CSPL)

Join a campus club

USSU Ratified Campus Groups Start a campus group

Join an SMSS Student group or committee

Student Groups Information  Join a Student Group

Saskdocs is a government funded, not-for-profit physician recruitment agency that recruits doctors to the province in partnership with employers like the regional health authorities (health regions), affiliated organizations such as the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency (SCA) and professional organizations like the Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA).

Resident and Physician Workforce Trends Specialty Consult
Meet with a saskdocs recruiter to learn more about employment outlooks, career planning tools and tips.
30-minute consultations are available for students in all years; in person or by phone.

Contact Saskdocs

Community Practice Profiles
Community Practice Profiles give students and medical residents a general overview of the primary care services in communities and the features of the practice. You can also express interest in a particular community through your saskdocs profile to receive notifications of practice opportunities.

Community Practice Profiles

Practice Opportunities

Alberta Alberta Physician Link
Resourses for Health Professionals
British Columbia Health Match BC
Manitoba MB Healthcare Providers Network
Manitoba’s Office of Rural & Northern Health
New Brunswick Careers in Health Care
Newfoundland & Labrador Practice Newfoundland Labrador
Northwest Territories Practice North
Nova Scotia Physicians Nova Scotia
Nunavut Nunavut Physicians
Ontario Health Force Ontario
Prince Edward Island Health Jobs PEI
Quebec Fédération des médecins résidents du Québec
Saskatchewan Saskdocs
Yukon Yukon MD
Resident Doctors of Canada has created resident profiles with first-person accounts intended to help learners with their career decision-making process and to understand what it is really like to be a resident training in various specialties by presenting the personal experience of a Resident Doctor.

The profiles include a synopsis of clinical life from the perspective of what typical day-to-day duties involve, a week at a glance, what personality characteristics are helpful in that particular field, the best/most challenging aspects of that residency, and an overview of non-clinical life such as work-life balance and academic interests.


The College of Medicine Mentoring Programs are dedicated to enhancing, supporting and growing the academic environment by establishing a culture of mentoring at the College of Medicine, which will, among the others, benefit and promote Saskatchewan as the best place to live and practice Medicine.

Student-to-Student Mentorship

(PM)^2 Peer Mentoring Program

The (PM)^2 Peer Mentoring Program is a peer support program designed to match first year students with upper-year students, with a goal to create a supportive community among students.

Often new students confronted with an academic or personal problem will seek out advice first from a Peer Mentor and only with encouragement will that student contact others in the university, such as counselors, faculty, or administrators.

Benefits of Being a Mentor

To become a Peer Mentor, an experienced student does not have to do extra work but to think about their interactions with fellow students in a new way.

  • Making a difference in the lives of first-year students
  • Enhancing professional and leadership development through an expended network of colleagues among other mentors and students
  • Increased self-esteem, self- confidence and affirmation of leadership competence
  • Eligibility to be nominated for the COM Award for Excellence in Mentoring: Mentor of the Year, which is a $ 1,000 cash award

 Benefits of Being a Mentee

The (PM)^2 Peer Mentoring  is dedicated to engaging and empowering first-year students to successfully navigate their College of Medicine experience.

  • Camaraderie and better opportunity to feel a sense of belonging
  • Access to a support system during critical stages of their academic and leadership development
  • Increased self-esteem and confidence when dealing with new people and situations that come with the college experience.

How do I become a Peer Mentor?


Peers United by Leadership and Skills Enhancement (PULSE) gives undergraduate medical students the opportunity from various years to collaborate. It also empowers students who want to learn the art of teaching and educating others, as well as giving/receiving quality feedback. Considering these skills are an expectation of students entering residency, and highly important abilities used every day by physicians, PULSE helps to meet that need for student mentorship/teaching initiatives.

PULSE is the College of Medicine’s brand new, student-run, peer-to-peer clinical skills mentorship program. PULSE was created specifically with students’ interests and needs in mind. It was designed to provide a valuable opportunity for medical students in different years to connect and share knowledge, to gain skills in mentorship, and to foster a sense of camaraderie in the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. PULSE will allow all interested 1st year medical students to connect with and learn from 2nd year medical students in the MD program, and facilitate confidence building and clinical skills enhancement (history taking, physical exam, imaging interpretation, oral presentations, and more), while promoting meaningful peer connections. In turn, PULSE doubles as an excellent opportunity for interested 2nd year medical students to engage in teaching and mentoring, and to practice/review relevant material for their own learning.

If you are interested in participating in PULSE or would like to learn more about this program, please email Adam Neufeld.  


Pre-clerkship Introduction to Specialties in Medicine (PRISM)

The Pre-clerkship Introduction to Specialties in Medicine (PRISM) program is a two-week program in the summer that offers first-year medical students the ability to learn about medical specialties that are currently underrepresented in the pre-clerkship curriculum. This program is highly student-oriented. It is meant to help reduce stress and to guide career-minded decisions. Additionally, specialties represented in the program are flexible based on the interests of the current student cohort.

A survey will be sent out each year to measure student interest in the program. It will allow students to identify specialties that they would like to learn more about. Based on this information, PRISM directors will organize appropriate specialty-specific workshops, skills circuits, shadowing experiences, simulations, and lunchtime discussions for the students to participate in during their two-week experience.


Benefits of PRISM

  • Getting increased exposure to specialties of interest before starting clerkship
  • Networking with other physicians and residents
  • Trying new hands-on skills
  • Participating in various organized shadowing experiences


Below is an example of the two-week schedule students will rotate through:


For more information, contact



Physician-to-Student Mentorship

Synergy Mentoring Program

The Student-Physician Synergy Mentoring Program pairs a uSask MD student with a practicing physician in a formalized mentoring relationship. Mentors not only have the opportunity to influence the future of healthcare, but both research and experience suggest that mentoring relationships lead to increased job satisfaction, a new fond interest in one’s work and self-development.Dr. Gary Groot and Cheyenne Lawton
The Synergy Mentoring Program pairs a U of S MD student with a practicing physician in a formalized mentoring relationship.
The mentor-mentee relationship can last a lifetime, but it begins with dedicating one hour per month of your time to an open conversation between Mentor and Mentee via:
  • One-on-one interaction
  • Internet communication
  • Phone call or text
  • Other form of communication
The goal of SYNERGY is to inspire learning and encourage lasting relationships by facilitating mutually beneficial interactions between the students of the College of Medicine and the physicians of Saskatchewan.

Student-to-Community Mentorship

uSask MD students have the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a Saskatoon child and to contribute to the community outside of the university. The program involves mentoring in a student’s elementary school and being a positive role model in their life. Mentors are asked to commit to a visit once a week, but it can be flexible if something prevents a mentor from attending on a regular day. A mentor’s chosen time during the week can also vary based on their availability and what is arranged with the student’s teacher. Many mentors from the College of Medicine are located at St. Michael’s on 33rd Street, which has an amazing staff and numerous activities for mentors and mentees.

Possible activities include going outside to play sports, board games, gym activities, cooking, crafts, computers, joining them on field trips, reading, etc.

Sign up today as there are many more children still waiting for mentors! Not only do mentors impact the lives of children in a tremendous way, having volunteer and leadership experience in the community is important when applying for the residency match.

To sign up for the BBBS mentorship program or for more information, email school mentoring caseworker, Jennifer Humble. Please indicate that you are an MD student at the College of Medicine.

The 2SLGBTQIA+ Mentorship Program is a student-run initiative for 2SLGBTQIA+ medical students, residents, and physicians. It aims to create a safe space for 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals in medicine to meet, share experiences, and provide each other with mutual support. The program facilitates mentorship through organized large group meetings in Saskatoon and Regina. Members are encouraged to use these meetings to arrange informal one-on-one mentorship if they so choose.

Navigating the medical profession can be uniquely challenging for 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals at all levels of training. A safe space to freely discuss issues relating to gender/sexual identity, as well as an opportunity to meet 2SLGBTQIA+ peers, can help combat feelings of isolation. Resident and physician mentors will serve as positive role models, and will have the opportunity to share their experiences and knowledge with the mentees.

Medical students involved in this program will receive guidance and support from the mentors. They will be exposed to a variety of 2SLGBTQIA+ perspectives and medical specialties in the large group meetings, which will promote personal and professional development. They will have a supportive environment in which they can explore their own 2SLGBTQIA+ identity, while also gaining lifelong connections and a sense of community.

Many 2SLGBTQIA+ medical students, residents, and physicians are not “out” to their peers and they may wish to remain this way for personal or professional reasons. For this reason, we ask that all members maintain confidentiality pertaining to group membership.

If you have any questions or would like to sign up, please send us an email.


Sara Bryson
Administrative Assistant 
Student Services/Career Advising & Mentoring 
Tel: 306-966-7275


Stephanie Marshall
Coordinator for Career Advising
& Mentoring

Dr. Sachin Shah
Career Advisor
Tel: 306-966-7275
Lee Kolla
Career Advisor
Tel: 306-966-7275


Dr. Megan Clark
Career Advisor
Tel: 306-966-7275

Note: Career Advisors meet with current MD students. If you have questions regarding Admissions, please contact U of S Medicine Admissions.