About Us

The Office of Student Affairs (OSA) provides a safe, welcoming place for students to explore ideas and work toward solutions in an open-minded, proactive environment. Our office offers confidential support and advice at “arm’s length” from the academic/administrative offices of the College of Medicine (CoM). We provide students with an independent and informal forum in which to clarify concerns, identify goals and explore options for managing or resolving concerns.

It is our goal to enhance the ability of all students to effectively deal with challenges and we are committed to helping students thrive during their time in the college. We encourage students to seek assistance as soon as possible as outcomes are often much better with early consideration.

Emergency Contacts

If you are in need of immediate care, please go to your nearest emergency room or dial 911.

You may also dial or text 211 from anywhere in Saskatchewan and they will connect you to the services you require. If you prefer to chat with 211 Saskatchewan staff please visit: https://sk.211.ca/

Local Emergency Contacts (all 24 hours)

  • Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Service 306-933-6200
  • Regina/Estevan Mobile Crisis Helpline 306-757-0127
  • Prince Albert Mobile Crisis Unit 306-764-1011
  • Meadow Lake Northeast Crisis Line 1-800-611-6349
  • University of Saskatchewan Protective Services 306-966-5555
Safety
For information regarding the University of Saskatchewan safety programs and resources, including how to download USAFE, the university's safety app, please visit the webpage below.

Contact Us

If you have questions or concerns about academic support, counseling, wellness, stress management, mistreatment, financial concerns, student health services, accessibility and accommodations, or any other reason, please contact the Office of Student Affairs staff listed below.

Staff are available to meet students for individual confidential appointments, or can assist you by email or telephone.

Please contact the OSA at your home site and they will be happy to provide you with assistance and support. You can always contact the Assistant Dean, Student Services Dr. Bindu Nair.

Bindu Nair
Assistant Dean, Student Services (UGME)
Tel: 306-966-7275

Edith Conacher
Student Affairs Coordinator (Saskatoon)
Tel: 306-966-4751
Angela Kuffner
Administrative Assistant (Saskatoon)
Tel: 306-966-7331
Lisa Persaud
Student Affairs Consultant (Regina)
Tel: 306-766-0620
Jennie Antal
Administrative Assistant
Tel: 306-766-0553
Dr. Tiann O'Carroll
Regina Site Director
Tel: 306-529-0777
Dr. Nicole Fahlman
Regina Site Director
Tel: 306-209-0142
Dr. Dale Ardell
Site Director (Prince Albert)
Tel: 306-763-8888
(Preferred method of contact is by phone)

For SLIC students, please contact the OSA staff at your home site and they will be happy to provide you with assistance and support. You can always contact the Assistant Dean, Student Services Dr. Bindu Nair.

Bindu Nair
Assistant Dean, Student Services (UGME)
Tel: 306-966-7275

Mistreatment, Discrimination and Harassment

If you feel you have been mistreated, both formal and informal support/help can be provided by the OSA, depending on what you are comfortable with. The College of Medicine takes any mistreatment concerns very seriously and will respond promptly with appropriate action to any concerns brought forward.

For more information about mistreatment, please visit the Mistreatment, Discrimination & Harassment page.

We encourage you to reach out to your local OSA staff for support and guidance on how you wish to move forward.

If you wish to submit your complaint anonymously, please complete the form below with as much detail as possible so that we may investigate your concern.

Submit Your Complaint

 

Student Wellness

Emotional, physical, social and financial wellness are all key parts in leading a balanced life as a student. Wellness initiatives are tailored to student need by site. Please contact OSA staff at your site for wellness programming available at each site.

Emotional Wellness

Your emotional and mental well being are important. Find out what services are available.

Physical Wellness

Taking time for physical activity can help manage stress.

Social Wellness

Joining a student group or volunteering is a great way to meet new people and learn new things and skills.

Emotional Wellness

Students in Saskatoon who are concerned about their emotional wellness may contact OSA staff to book a one-on-one appointment. OSA staff can assist them with seeking the help they need. 

Students may also contact the USask Student Wellness Center, which offers urgent and non-urgent physical and mental health care to USask students and their spouses and children.

Mental Health Services

Physical Wellness

Find out what activities are available right on the Saskatoon campus.

Social Wellness

In the fall of 2019, the Living Well Program was launched in Saskatoon. This is a pilot program that focuses on wellness. There are a variety of monthly activities coordinated by the Office of Student Services that focus on students interacting with each other in a non-academic setting. The activities are communicated via emails and posters to the students.

Emotional Wellness

GuidanceResources also offers support for students not at the Saskatoon campus in the areas of counselling, health coaching and financial advices.

Counselling Support

The Office of Student Affairs (OSA) Regina campus maintains a list of Counsellors and Psychologists within the community available to medical students. Please talk to a member of the Regina Office of Student Affairs for more information.

Mental Health Services

Saskatchewan Health Authority-Mental Health Clinic
3rd floor, 2110 Hamilton Street
Regina, S4P 2E3
Phone: 306-766-7800
Fax: 306-766-7811

Social and Physical Wellness

Restore Program

The Office of Student Affairs (OSA) Regina campus offers wellness extracurricular initiatives through the Restore Program.

The Restore Program allows OSA to collaborate with various organizations within the community to offer a variety of student wellness opportunities both on and off campus. The Regina OSA strives to tailor the Restore Program to address the individual needs/interests of each class.

The Regina OSA works closely with the student leaders in each class, but individual students are also welcome to provide suggestions to any member of the OSA team. Student input is highly valued! Please follow your emails from the OSA and postings in the student lounge for upcoming events. 

 

 

Prince Albert students are welcome to participate in all College of Medicine Wellness programming at the Saskatoon and Regina campuses.  We do not offer specific wellness programming at the Prince Albert site due to the small number of students located there, however we welcome you to contact your site director if you have any questions about College of Medicine wellness programs.

GuidanceResources also offers support for students not at the Saskatoon campus in the areas of counselling, health coaching and financial advices.

SLIC students are welcome to participate in all College of Medicine Wellness programming at the Saskatoon and Regina campuses.  We do not offer specific wellness programming at the SLIC sites due to the small number of students located there, however we welcome you to contact OSA staff at your home site if you have any questions about College of Medicine wellness programs.

GuidanceResources also offers support for students not at the Saskatoon campus in the areas of counselling, health coaching and financial advices.

Financial Resources

Maintaining financial wellness while attending medical school can be very challenging, particularly when you are uncertain of where to start. Contacting the OSA staff for guidance and support is a great option as a first step.

Below are some of the options you have for receiving financial assistance.  OSA staff can assist you with completing application forms if you need help.

If you wish to seek assistance from the University of Saskatchewan financial staff directly, please contact the Student Finance and Awards office at awards@usask.ca or by phone at 306-966-2863. For more information about the services they provide please see their page.

Financial Aid Resources

  1. Government Student Loans
    1. Government of Canada
    2. Government of Saskatchewan
      1. Saskatchewan Student Loans Handbook
  2. USask Scholarships and Bursaries
    1. application forms for University of Saskatchewan awards
  3. Emergency Loans through Student Central 

 Other Financial Resources/Tools

During your pre-clerkship years, the Financial Literacy Program is offered through the Success in Medical School courses. In Year 3, it is offered during Selected Topics and in Year 4, the sessions are offered in the Preparation for Residency course. For further information, please see the course syllabi section of the curriculum page.

Year 1
Success in Medical School 111
Year 2
Success in Medical School 211
Year 3
Selected Topics in Medicine 308
Year 4
Preparation for Residency 409
Personal Finance 101 Insurance Essentials Budget Planning for Electives and CaRMS Basics of Investment Strategies
Smart Spending and Budgeting Strategies Getting Financial Assistance Overview of Taxes Debt Repayment and Lifestyle Strategies
Leave from Practice
Introduction to Practice Management
If you are in financial distress and need to speak with someone, please contact your local OSA staff.

Student Health Services

The following is a list of on campus services available to students:

Health Services are available to students at the Saskatoon campus via the Student Wellness Centre.

The Student Wellness Centre now offers counselling appointments. Call the Student Wellness Centre at 306-966-5768 or visit the centre (third and fourth floor of the Place Riel Student Centre).

The Office of Student Affairs (OSA) Regina campus maintains a list of family physicians who have otherwise full practices but have agreed to accept Regina based medical students into their practice and will provide care. 

Students are encouraged to contact the OSA for an updated copy of the family physician list.

Prince Albert students should refer to the orientation package they received at orientation prior to the start of their clerkship. This includes contact information for the Prince Albert Student Affairs Director, information on local family physicians who are accepting new patients, and a reminder of the SMA Physician Support Program. 

Services of the Physician Support Program of the SMA are available to physicians, trainees and their dependents throughout the province of Saskatchewan. The director of the program is available to assess a client’s needs by travel to their community as needed, and local health providers contract services in support of the SMA-PHP.

If you have any questions about health services available to you, please contact the Prince Albert site director.

Services of the Physician Support Program of the SMA are available to physicians, trainees and their dependents throughout the province of Saskatchewan. The director of the program is available to assess a client’s needs by travel to their community as needed, and local health providers contract services in support of the SMA-PHP.

SLIC students should work with their home site OSA staff in order to determine the health services available to them at their sites. 

Accessibility and Accommodations

The College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan is committed to supporting applicants and students with disabilities through the use of appropriate accommodations. 

While a disability should not preclude a student from consideration for admission, the disability must not prevent the student from communicating with patients and colleagues, from making observations and analyzing clinical data, and from making the medical judgments expected of a physician who has completed the educational program leading to the M.D. degree at this University.

An applicant's declaration of a need for accommodation is voluntary, but extra time may be needed to process accommodation requests.

If an applicant does not indicate accommodation needs until an offer of admission is made, the College of Medicine reserves the right to defer entrance for one year pending review of the request by the Accommodations Team.

Students with disabilities are encouraged to pursue their studies as long as their continued involvement does not pose a health or safety hazard to themselves or others, and as long as they are able to meet the requirements for a medical degree.

Academic Support

We are here to support you in your academic success. Come and talk to us as soon as possible if you are experiencing any academic difficulties, or if you want to explore how you can study or prepare for exams more effectively.

We can provide study skills information and resources as well as referrals to academic success specialists and/or strategists.

Additionally, the UGME Office offers an Academic Support Specialist for those who have been identified as having academic difficulty. Referrals to the Academic Support Specialist for assistance are offered through OSA staff.

 

USask Resources

Policies, Procedures and Appeals

The College of Medicine Student Information Guide and Student Clerkship Guide outlines expectations for students in regards to Professionalism, Student Academic and Non-Academic conduct and Appeals Processes. All College of Medicine policies and procedures can be found on our Policies and Procedures page.

If you have questions about any of the expectations, processes or procedures contained in these documents, please come and talk to us at the Office of Student Affairs.

The Office of Student Affairs can also assist students in exploring how to handle Breach of Professionalism issues. In the case of a formal allegation and investigation of unprofessional conduct. Student Affairs can be available to accompany the student through the hearing and/or appeal process.

Common policies and procedures accessed by students:

 

 

 

 

 

Last updated October 2019