saskdocs works closely with local, Canadian and international medical learners to help them plan to practice medicine in Saskatchewan.
We look forward to connecting with these individuals as they journey through their medical education. If you're one of these people, please have a look at what opportunities are available and contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have further questions about anything that interests you.
Once you contact us we'll assign a recruiter to you. If you're interested in connecting with one of our recruiters in person you can always refer to our events calendar to see where we'll be next.
The links below will tell you more about many of the programs and support resources available to you as a medical learner whether you're studying at the University of Saskatchewan or abroad.
Step Into Your Medical Career in Saskatchewan - A Guide
A Guide for University of Saskatchewan (U of S) Family Medicine Residents
saskdocs is here to help guide you along your professional journey. It is recommended that in your first year of residency you take the following steps to secure a practice opportunity in Saskatchewan:
Step 1 - In the first 6 months of your residency network with saskdocs, provincial employers, physicians and the SMA to find out all you can about practicing family medicine in Saskatchewan.
Step 2 - Complete your online saskdocs profile by January 31st of your first year of residency. If you need help with this, please contact saskdocs directly.
Step 3 - Using your profile, you can explore current opportunities and community practice profiles, receive job notifications and apply for opportunities that interest you by May 31st. You can submit applications for positions posted after this date. Be sure to ask questions about anything you would like clarification on.
Step 4 - Set up interviews and site visits. (June, July, August)
Step 5 - Employers will present offers to PGY2 FM Residents by September 15th.
Step 6 - Accept/decline your offer by November 15th.
PREP - PRAS Rural Externship Program
PREP Is a great summer time work experience for U of S medical students. They gain valuable clinical expertise by shadowing a practicing physician in a rural or remote community.
Delivering the program involves many partners including the U of S College of Medicine, participating health regions, communities and the Saskatchewan Medical Association.
The U of S College of Medicine created a blog site where former PREP participants sometimes post their experiences in different communities. #MyMD can be found here. Reading these blog posts will give you great insight into what to expect during your PREP experience, work experience or learning experience in the classroom at the U of S.
Registration for PREP 2017 is now open. Apply today by downloading the application form. Additional program information can also be found here.
Student Loan Interest Relief
saskdocs administers the medical student loan interest relief program on behalf of the Government of Saskatchewan. This program reimburses University of Saskatchewan (U of S) medical residents for the interest they pay on government student loans. For each year that the program is re-announced, members of the Professional Association of Internes and Residents of Saskatchewan (PAIRS) can apply for reimbursement. Each issued cheque covers the interest between April 1 and March 31 of each year. Below are several links that will allow you to review the program parameters and fill in application forms.
2016-17 Program Instructions
2016-17 Program Instructions (1st Year Residents)
Student Loan Interest Relief Application (2016-17)
Student Loan Interest Relief Application (2016-17) PDF
The Government of Canada has further information on student loan interest relief at this website - Canadian Student Loan Forgiveness for Family Doctors and Nurses
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) is the national professional association that oversees the medical education of specialists in Canada. It accredits university programs that train resident physicians for their specialty practices and administers the examinations that residents must pass to become certified as specialists.
The RCPSC website is a great resource for physicians entering practice for the first time. You can visit the College's website by following this link. You can also download a great resource guide titled "New in Practice - what medical residents need to know before entering practice" by following this link.
Canadian Medical Association
The Canadian Medical Association's (CMA) website contains information on programs and services it offers to medical residents and students in Saskatchewan. Click on the following links to find out more about the CMA's programs and if they apply to you.
CMA - Students
CMA - Residents
Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS)
For CaRMS information, you can contact us or refer to the Canadian Resident Matching Service website. CaRMS is a non-profit organization that provides an electronic application service and a computer match system for medical students entering postgraduate medical training throughout Canada.
Leadership Development Resources
Throughout your medical education you will no doubt be trained by the best and brightest our medical universities have to offer. In addition to your medical training there are a number of partner organizations that offer leadership development programs for physicians. Below is further information on those programs and links to the organizations that offer them.
- The University of Saskatchewan's (U of S) College of Medicine mentoring program is dedicated to enhancing, supporting and growing the academic environment by establishing a culture of mentoring. The program works toward creating a center where everyone wants to work, learn, teach, conduct research and receive health care. This, in turn will promote Saskatchewan as the best place to live and practice Medicine. For more information please visit the U of S mentoring program website.
- Resident Doctors of Canada represents more than 9, 000 resident doctors across the country. Its website is a great resource for any medical resident as it contains updated information on career planning, human resources, entry disciplines and practice management. It also has a page specifically dedicated to medical residents throughout the country. Each profile provides a snapshot of a "day in the life" of one of our residents. You can find the profiles here. For more general information on the Resident Docotrs of Canada you can visit its website.
- The Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA) has a number of different physician leadership opportunities available. In partnership with the Canadian Medical Association (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. If you are interested in one of these seats, please contact Kara Jodouin (email@example.com) if you're a student or firstname.lastname@example.org if you're a resident. On-line modules for the PLI are also available through the CMA Resident and Student Leadership.
- The SMA also connects new doctors with established ones to transition them into practice. The docs4docs program matches a new physician with a physician working in the same area of expertise.
- 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. Further information on what the CSPL can do to support you as a physician and a leader is available on the CSPL website.
- The Royal College of the Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) is another great resource to rely on when considering medical career options. The RCPSC recently launched on online database called the Medical Workforce Knowledgebase (MWK)©. The MWK gives a high-level snapshot of what’s happening with Canada’s physician workforce by bringing together data from numerous sources. You can view the MWK on the RCPSC website.