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 choosing elective courses, evaluating career options 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 Planning Resources

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.

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.  

Saskdocs.ca will be present 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.

Saskdocs.ca 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).

Saskatchewan Specialist Fact Sheets
Saskdocs.ca provides fact sheets for each discipline where each sheet provides an overview of the specialty need (according to the Physician Resource Planning Tool), compensation rates and further information that may be useful as students consider their specialist career path.
Saskatchewan Specialist Fact Sheets
Community Practice Profiles
Community Practice Profiles gives students a general overview of the primary care services in communities and the features of the practice.
Community Practice Profiles

Physician Resource Planning Tool
The government released a planning tool for building and sustaining Saskatchewan's physician workforce.  This tool forecasts a continued need for family physicians and specialists in Saskatchewan, and outlines options around the number and mix of specialists that would be optimal for our population and geographical distribution.

The tool will assist saskdocs.ca and its partners in recruiting and retaining the physicians this province needs to 2023 and beyond.

Physician Resource Planning Tool

Practice Opportunities

Alberta Alberta Physician Link
Health Workforce for Alberta
British Columbia Health Match BC
Manitoba Health Employment Manitoba
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 Department of Health Social Services
Ontario Health Force Ontario
Prince Edward Island Health Jobs PEI
Quebec Fédération des médecins résidents du Québec
Saskatchewan Saskdocs
Yukon Yukon MD
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)

Mentorship

The College of Medicine Mentoring Programs are dedicated to enhancing, supporting and growing the academic environment by establishing a Culture of Mentoring in order to create a center where everyone wants to come to work, to learn, to teach, to conduct research. They are intended to serve undergraduate students, graduate and postgraduate trainees, community-based faculty, and members of the faculty in the CoM who hold paid appointments in a clinical or basic science department, working as physicians, researchers, and clinical or basic science educators, and staff.

Student-to-Student Mentorship

The Mentoring Program of the COM provides direct services to students through programs that support their academic, social, spiritual, and personal development. Through partnerships with the Undergraduate Medical Education Office and the Student Medical Society of Saskatchewan, the office establishes the following goals:

  1. To ensure the academic success of students during their transition to college and to support their continued academic achievement through graduation.
  2. To build community by creating a more inclusive campus environment and by addressing the cultural needs of multicultural students.
  3. To offer opportunities for learning, leadership and service outside the formal academic curriculum.

Mentor is defined as a knowledgeable and experienced guide, a trusted ally and advocate, and a caring role model.  An effective mentor is respectful, reliable, patient, trustworthy, and a very good listener and communicator. In a university, mentors can be found among faculty and professional staff, but mentors can also be found in the ranks of students themselves. Student mentors are known as Peer Mentors. Due to their close association with other students, Peer Mentors are very important. 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.

Peer Mentors are those who understand their interactions with students as not simply a job but as opportunities to help others discover the potential within themselves to succeed in the university and in life.

Peer mentors help to nurture this potential in other students. In other words, what distinguishes Peer Mentors from other students who do advising and tutoring is not the amount of work they do but the quality and kind of work they do. 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. Peer Mentors bring to their work as advisors and tutors the consciousness of the importance of mentoring.

The P.E.E.R.S.i.M. Mentoring Program is a peer support program designed to match first year students with upper-year students. Please read more about the program at the P.E.E.R.S.i.M. Handbook for Mentors and Mentees.
First year students are encouraged to request a Mentor if they would like to hear another student’s perspective on programs, classes, residency programs, shadowing opportunities.
The first step to be matched with a Mentor is filling out the Mentee Registration Form and emailing it in.  You will then be matched with a Student Mentor based on your questions and interests. Once we have matched you with a Mentor the two of you will be introduced via email. Student Mentors in their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year of College. Mentors are selected and screened based on their academic achievements, community involvement and extracurricular activities.

• learn and benefit from the experiences of others 
• gain insights that can aid you in making informed choices in terms of your future residency
• learn about the many opportunities that the college and university experience has to offer 
• find out what to expect in your undergrad program and at the U of S

Student Mentors are selected based on their academic achievement from the previous years and are eligible to become Student Mentors by invite only. Please fill out the Mentor Registration Form and email it in.

Physician-to-Student Mentorship

Dr. Gary Groot and Cheyenne LawtonSynergy 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.

The mentor-mentee relationship can last a lifetime, but it is only about dedicating one hour per month of a mentor’s time to an open conversation with their mentee via one-on-one interaction, online communication, phone call or text.

The Office of Career Advising & Mentorship will be accepting applications early in the new year.

Student-to-Community Mentorship

Big Brothers Big Sisters In-School Mentorship program

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. A mentor can be placed at a variety of schools across the city, based on their preferences.  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 children in a tremendous way, having volunteer and leadership experience in the community is important when applying for the residency match.

For any questions about the program or to hear about a personal experience with the program, email Haseeb Rizvi, Class of 2019.

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.

Physician-to-Physician Mentorship

Docs4docs
Through docs4docs, Saskatchewan Physician Mentorship, the SMA is connecting new physicians with those who are well-established in the province to help with the transition from training to practicing. This program matches a new physician with a physician working in the same area of expertise.

Applications for both mentees and mentors will be accepted by the SMA twice a year, in the spring and the fall. Applicants will complete a survey dealing their expertise as well as their personal interests. They will also be asked about their goals and objectives in their work. Visit the SMA website for more information and to access the application forms.

Residency Match Resources

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, created by the Canadian Federation of Medical Students, currently in its 8th 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 2017 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 their support email.

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.

Book an Appointment

Career Advising
Medical school advisors play an important role in helping students with planning their career and choosing a specialty. An advisor is an information source, sounding board, trouble-shooter, teacher, and occasionally a shoulder to lean on as students navigate medical school and establish their professional identity as physicians. The College of Medicine Career Advisors are trained to use the Careers in Medicine® framework for advising medical students and will help students work through the steps of understanding themselves, exploring their options, choosing a specialty, and preparing for residency.

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

Mock Interview

  • Preparing for your residency match interviews requires preparation and practice well before Year 4. Schedule a Mock Interview with a Career Advisor who assists students with learning the basics, going through questions to practice and provide feedback for improvement.
  • One hour in length. Available in-person, via video conference, or via phone.

CaRMS Residency Materials Review

  • Meet with a Career Advisor to review drafts of your CV, personal letter, and to discuss a competitive match strategy.
  • 30-minute appointments scheduled in Year 4. Available in-person, via video conference, or via phone.

Saskdocs.ca Specialty Consult

  • Coming soon!

To book an appointment, please email your request to an advisor.

Contact

Saskatoon Regina

Stephanie Marshall,
Coordinator for Career Advising
& Mentoring

Dr. Tom Perron,
Career Advisor
306-966-7275

Dr. Megan Clark,
Career Advisor,
306-966-7275

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