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Pediatric Subspecialist Incentive

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Targeted Pediatric Subspecialist Recruitment and Retention Incentive

Located within the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital in Saskatoon, the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s gastroenterology team has nurses, dieticians, speech therapists, social workers and specialist physicians all working together. The division provides outpatient clinical care and a clinical treatment centre for the children in Saskatchewan as well as a consulting service to the many young patients staying at the hospital. The division of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition cares for children with many complex medical conditions.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority is working towards the development of a pediatric allergy and immunology program in the Province. Working as a Pediatric Allergist and Immunologist in Saskatchewan offers a unique opportunity for physicians to contribute to the development of pediatric allergy and immunology programing. Our sub-specialists have the significant support of an interdisciplinary provincial department.

Once established in Saskatchewan we offer opportunities for physicians to grow their practice and take on leadership roles at the local and provincial level.

Program Overview

The Targeted Pediatric Subspecialty Recruitment and Retention Incentive is available to sub-specialist pediatricians providing gastroenterology, neurology, medical genetics or pediatric allergy and immunology service in qualifying Saskatchewan communities.

This program applies to physicians who:

  • have initiated practice on or after April 1, 2024,
  • are new Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Neurology, Pediatric Medical Genetics or Pediatric Allergy and Immunology practice in Saskatoon, and
  • meet all other eligibility requirements.

Payment of the incentive may be made to qualifying physicians at the end of each year of practice according to the following breakdown:

Physicians may qualify for up to $200,000, if practicing in Saskatoon:

Year 1 – $40,000 after 12 months of practice
Year 2 – $40,000 after 24 months of practice
Year 3 – $20,000 after 36 months of practice
Year 4 – $50,000 after 48 months of practice
Year 5 – $50,000 after 60 months of practice

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility will be determined on an annual basis. Eligible physicians will receive their incentive once they have completed the given year of service. To be eligible for the incentive, physicians must meet all the following criteria:

  • Physicians must be new to Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Neurology, Pediatric Medical Genetics or Pediatric Allergy and Immunology practice in Saskatchewan. New fellowship training for existing pediatricians will qualify.
  • Establish full time practice on or after April 1, 2024, in the following currently eligible locations:
    • Pediatric Gastroenterology: Saskatoon
    • Pediatric Allergy and Immunology: Saskatoon
    • Pediatric Neurology: Saskatoon
    • Pediatric Medical Genetics: Saskatoon
  • Must be a Member of Practitioner Staff with the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) in good standing and hold an active license with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan.
  • Candidates must be qualified to provide a full scope of Pediatric Gastroenterology or Pediatric Neurology or Pediatric Medical Genetics or Pediatric Allergy and Immunology services, as determined and approved by the SHA.
  • Must be practicing full-time, providing a minimum of 220 clinic days per contract year, in-hospital or in the community on-site. Part-time work is not eligible.
  • Physicians must participate fully in providing call coverage within applicable call rotas, if required.
  • Have provided service during at least ten (10) of the previous twelve (12) months of each service.
  • To remain eligible, a physician must remain in an eligible community for each of the five years consecutively.
  • Physicians providing locum service do not qualify.
  • Physicians who relocate within Saskatchewan do not qualify.
  • Physicians can only receive the incentive once in a lifetime.

Please note physicians must meet the above eligibility criteria in a given year to be considered. Eligibility in a given year does not guarantee eligibility in any other year, nor does it guarantee that the program will not be subject to change at any time.


Each pediatrician practicing in Saskatchewan who meets the eligibility criteria will be considered at the end of each year of their practice. No application will be required.


Adjudication of the program will be made by the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) under the following considerations:

  • The start date for the calculation of the incentive will be the date that the physician commenced their year of full time practice in an eligible community. Applications are adjudicated after 12 months of service are complete (adjusted for any approved leaves).
  • The eligibility date for each year of the incentive may be adjusted if the physician takes an approved leave from practice during the year (e.g. parental/health/training leaves). Other leaves resulting in a gap in practice would be adjudicated on an individual basis by SHA and the Ministry of Health.
  • The incentive will not be pro-rated for service less than 220 days over the 12 month period.
  • The full 12 months of each year of service must be completed to receive the incentive. No payments will be made if fewer than ten (10) of the twelve (12) months are considered complete.
  • Payments are made at the end of each completed year of service if all eligibly criteria is met.