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.
Rural and Regional Electives Support Program
FOR ELECTIVES UNTIL MARCH 31, 2018
This program assists University of Saskatchewan medical residents with securing elective time in rural or regional communities throughout the province. Exposure to rural or regional medicine not only helps medical residents learn specialized skills, but it also positively influences a residents' decision to establish a medical practice in a rural or remote location.
This program provides funding to cover travel and accommodation expenses associated with undertaking rural and regional electives.
Funding under this program is available to residents who meet the following criteria:
- Are enrolled in the Family Medicine Residency Program or in a Royal College Residency Program at the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine.
- Electives must be taken in eligible communities:
- Family Medicine residents - eligible communities are rural and remote communities in Saskatchewan with a population of 5,000 or less, with the exception of bedroom communities and Rosthern.
- Royal College residents, eligible communities are all those excluding Regina, Saskatoon, and Prince Albert.
- Intending elective satisfy(ies) the definition of electives as outlined by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC).
- Agree to complete a five to ten minute evaluation at the end of elective.
- Agree to provide third party confirmation of elective (i.e. preceptor evaluation of elective).
- Consent to the sharing of information (only including name, email, program and date of elective) with Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and community representatives to establish eligibility and administration of the program, offer exposure to the community, and to discuss potential career options.
- Bedroom communities include the following - Balgonie, Clavet, Dalmeny, Delisle, Emerald Park, Langham, Lumsden, Martensville, Pense, Pilot Butte, Warman and White City.
- We understand that not all Royal College disciplines currently practice in eligible regional communities.
- For further clarification on these parameters refer to the U of S Elective Guidelines.
- saskdocs will evaluate responses from residents regarding their elective(s) experience and impact of this funding on their decisions to participate in the electives program and rural medical practice.
This incentive program covers travel and accommodation expenses for a four week eligible elective. Each resident is allowed up to a maximum of $2,000 per four week elective for one school year (July 1 to June 30). Electives taken for less than four weeks may be prorated up to a maximum of $66 per day. saskdocs will reimburse the following expenses:
- Travel mileage at the Government of Saskatchewan rate of $0.43 per km for one return trip.
- Accommodations up to $1,900 per month (with receipts), or $30 per night if accommodation is provided by family or friends.
Note: Incidental expenses such as food, rental cars, parking, cab fare, internet, telephone charges, etc. are not covered. Funding does not cover accommodation provided by Saskatchewan Health Authority or communities. Valid receipts are required for purchased accommodation, but not required for accommodations provided by family or friends.
Applications must be submitted prior to the commencement of rural and regional electives. Residents are advised to submit applications at least four weeks to the start of electives.
To apply, please submit a completed application form. Applicants will be notified about the status of their application within ten business days.
The Rural and Regional Electives Support program is administered by saskdocs under the following considerations:
- Applications will be considered in the order they are received, on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- The number of approved applications will be limited to the Agency’s budgetary allocation and contingent on continual funding.
- The number of awards per program may be limited to support exposure across a number of disciplines.
- The program may be changed, amended, modified, suspended or terminated without notice. In the event of any adjustments, all applications approved prior to the change(s) will be honored.
Payment of approved funds is contingent on the completion of a five to ten minute evaluation at the end of the elective, submission of receipts, and third party confirmation of elective. Receipts must be submitted within 30 days after completion of elective. Applicants can expect reimbursement within four to six weeks upon submission of evaluation, receipts, and third party confirmation of elective.
Note: Funding is a taxable benefit hence a T4 will be issued.
For further information or any inquiries related to this program, please contact:
100-311 Wellman Lane
Saskatoon, SK, S7T 0J1
Phone: (306) 933-5000
Fax: (306) 933-5115
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 six 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 - Physician Recruitment Agency of Saskatchewan Rural Externship Program
Gain valuable, exhilarating and rewarding experiences by shadowing a practicing family physician in rural or remote Saskatchewan!
PREP (Physician Recruitment Agency of Saskatchewan’s Rural Externship Program) is accepting applications for the summer of 2018. The program is designed to expose U of S medical students to work experiences in medical practices outside of Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert. It is an excellent opportunity for you to apply your clinical knowledge, establish contacts and learn what rural practice is all about.
Students can participate in PREP for a minimum of four weeks weeks with a start date as early as May 22 and an end date as late as the start of the 2018-19 school year.
The 2018 program provides students with a salary of $500/week that is subject to applicable deductions (e.g. EI, CPP, etc.). A cost of living allowance in the amount of $250/week (non-taxable income) will also be provided by the SMA. The College of Medicine will be the paymaster, in conjunction with the SMA.
Criminal Record Checks may be required by the employer (i.e. Saskatchewan Health Authority - SHA). The College Office will work with the SHA on this as the College of Medicine may have one on file.
The externship is intended to be a learning experience. The preceptor permits you, under direct supervision, to do only those procedures that he/she believes you to be capable of doing safely. More complicated or advanced procedures are to be demonstrated.
A written evaluation from the student will be required at the end of the externship. The supervising physician will also be required to complete a brief evaluation of student performance. With consent from both parties, evaluations will be shared for present and future learning experience.
The program is a collaborative initiative between saskdocs, the Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA) and the University of Saskatchewan (U of S), College of Medicine.
Apply online today.
The application deadline is January 31, 2018
For more information please contact:
Phone: (306) 933-5063
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 Doctors 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 and 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.