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 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.
Saskatchewan Electives Support Program
The Saskatchewan Electives Support Program is offered by saskdocs in partnership with the Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA). It may offset travel and accommodation expenses for resident physicians enrolled in training programs in Canada who are pursuing electives in communities throughout Saskatchewan. There are two types of applications for the program:
University of Saskatchewan Resident Physicians – Click Here to view the Program Parameters and Submit your Application
Non-University of Saskatchewan Resident Physicians - Click Here to view the Program Parameters and Submit your Application
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 - Saskatchewan's Rural Externship Program
UPDATE: given the current pandemic, we are continuing to monitor if PREP 2021 can safely proceed. We will provide an update mid to late February 2021.
Explore rural and/or remote communities in Saskatchewan while immersing yourself in a hands-on family medicine learning experience via PREP 2020!
Over the past 9 years PREP has seen 271 University of Saskatchewan medical students take part in placements across 41 rural and remote communities in Saskatchewan. In 2019, 86% of participants indicated that they were “very satisfied” with their overall PREP experience followed by 9% as satisfied. Year-after-year students respond with positive feedback that the experience was more than they anticipated and gave them superb access to clinical skill development helping to prepare them for their clerkships and excite them about family medicine practice.
PREP (Saskatchewan’s Rural Externship Program) is accepting applications for the summer of 2020. 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.
The program is a collaborative initiative between saskdocs, the Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA) and the University of Saskatchewan (U of S), College of Medicine (CoM).
Students can participate in PREP for a minimum of four weeks with a start date as early as mid-May and an end date as late as the start of the 2020-21 school year. Just ask Emmett Harrison, a past PREP participant.
The 2020 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 CoM 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 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 the students performance. With consent from both parties, evaluations will be shared for present and future learning experience.
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.