Updated February 7, 2020
University of Saskatchewan
The Ministry of Health for the Province of Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan have agreed to the following policies for the 2020 R-1 match. Please note that individual programs may have specific criteria that will be used to review applications. Applicants are responsible for reviewing program specific criteria, as well as the criteria listed below, to ensure they meet all requirements and eligibility criteria. Failure to meet or provide proof of any of the stated requirements or documents may result in an applicant’s file not being reviewed or ranked.
A Canadian Medical Graduate or U.S. Medical Graduate (CMG/USMG) is an individual who received their medical degree from a medical school accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) or the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
An International Medical Graduate (IMG) is an individual who received their medical degree from a medical school that is not accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) or the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). Graduates from US osteopathic medical schools are eligible to apply under the same criteria as IMGs.
Matched applicants must be eligible for an educational register license with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CPSS) for a July 1st start date and must maintain eligibility for an educational register license throughout their entire training program. Any delays in providing all required documentation to CPSS may result in the following:
- delay in issuance of an educational register license and a delay in start of postgraduate training beyond July 1st
- release from CaRMS match contract
Applicants will be required to provide proof of proficiency in the English language to meet licensing requirements of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan.
Matched applicants must be eligible for and maintain privileges within the Saskatchewan Health Authority as determined by their credentialing process. The Saskatchewan Health Authority requires successful applicants to submit a current criminal record check as part of their pre-resident application for appointment. Applicants with criminal records will be considered on a case by case basis by the College of Medicine in consultation with the Health Authority.
Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification
Prior to commencement of training, matched applicants must provide proof of ACLS certification that is current as of July 1, 2020. The ACLS Provider course must be certified by the American Heart Association or Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation. ACLS certification that is not endorsed by the AHA/Canadian Heart and Stroke and/or is completed entirely through an on-line course will not be accepted. Applicants are responsible for all costs associated with obtaining ACLS certification.
Resident Boot Camp
All matched applicants must attend a three-day Resident Boot Camp scheduled for June 24 to 26, 2020. The purpose of the Boot Camp is to provide additional support to trainees as they transition to residency by introducing and consolidating baseline skills and knowledge needed to flourish during their residency years. The program will include interactive case-based and hands-on practice sessions. There will also be a social event to provide trainees with the opportunity to interact and network among themselves. Stipends will be provided to trainees.
Applicants who do not have prior postgraduate residency training in Canada or the US are eligible for the first iteration.
Positions in the first iteration are not open to: i) VISA students; ii) applicants who have previous post-graduate training in the US or Canada; iii) licensed physicians who wish to re-train in a different discipline.
Royal College programs will have two parallel streams – CMG and IMG – with designated positions for each stream. There will be no crossovers or transfers between the two streams.
Family Medicine programs will have two streams: CMG and competitive. The competitive stream is open to CMGs, IMGs and graduates of US osteopathic medical schools. CMGs can apply to both streams and rank both streams. Please note that the Family Medicine-La Ronge program will only offer a competitive stream in the first iteration.
- The CMG stream is limited to graduates of LCME/CACMS-accredited medical schools in Canada and the United States.
- Graduates from osteopathic medical schools are not eligible to apply to CMG Stream positions.
- IMGs must be graduates of an acceptable medical school on the World Directory of Medical Schools (wdoms.org).
- The Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Exam (MCCEE) or Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam Part I (MCCQE1) and the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) is mandatory for all IMGs and graduates of US osteopathic medical schools applying to the R-1 match.
Competitive Stream: Open to CMGs, IMGs and graduates of osteopathic medical schools who meet the criteria stated above.
All CMG Stream positions unfilled after the first iteration will be blended into a single stream for the second iteration. These positions will be open to unmatched CMGs/USMGs/IMGs, and physicians currently in training or in practice, who meet University of Saskatchewan eligibility criteria as well as program specific criteria as outlined in individual program descriptions.
All IMG Stream positions unfilled in the first iteration will be open to eligible CMG and IMG applicants in the 2nd iteration. IMG applicants matched to Family Medicine in the second iteration will be required to sign a Return of Service contract.
Required Documents for all Applicants
Applicants are expected to provide required supporting documents by the file review deadline. Failure to meet or provide proof of any of the stated requirements or documents may result in an applicant’s file not being reviewed or ranked.
All applicants must complete a CASPer(tm) (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) test. CASPer is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics.
Test dates for 1st Iteration: A limited number of test dates and times will be available in early October. Please note these are the only test dates available and no additional tests will be scheduled. To see an example of the test structure and schedule a test, please visit http://www.takeCASPer.com.
Please direct any inquiries on the test to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: CASPer scores are only valid for the match cycle in which the exam was taken. If applicants have taken the test in a past match cycle, they must write a new exam for the current match. Applicants who take the test in the 1st iteration of the 2020 R1 match are not eligible to rewrite the test in 2nd iteration.
Test dates for 2nd Iteration: The test date for 2nd iteration is March 8, 2020. Please note this is the only test date available and no additional tests will be scheduled for 2nd iteration.
All applicants must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents at the time of application and must submit a notarized/certified photocopy of one of the following documents:
- Canadian Birth Certificate
- Passport page showing Canadian Citizenship
- Canadian Citizenship Card (both sides of the card)
- Permanent Resident Card (both sides of the card)
- Canadian Citizenship Certificate (both pages)
No other forms of verification will be accepted. Proof of citizenship must be current at the time of ranking and expired documents will not be accepted.
Proof of Medical Education (MD)
- A copy of the applicant’s medical school marks/transcripts.
- A copy of the applicant’s Medical Student Performance Record (Dean’s Letter).
- A copy of the applicant’s medical degree/diploma.
Students applying in the last year of medical school will need to submit their most recent MSPR (Dean’s Letter) and marks/transcripts. Matched applicants will need to provide proof of their MD to the College of Medicine and CPSS prior to the start of residency training
- Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a notarized translation.
- Applicants who have attended more than one medical school are required to submit the following documents from each medical school they have attended: transcript, medical student performance record (Dean’s letter), diploma/degree (if granted).
- All IMGs must have their medical credentials (medical school transcripts, medical degree/diploma, postgraduate training certificates, and specialty certificates) verified by physiciansapply.ca. The verification process can take several weeks/months to complete. Matched applicants are urged to contact physiciansapply.ca immediately following notification of a successful match.
English Language Requirements
English Language Requirements
Applicants will be required to provide proof of proficiency in the English language to meet licensing requirements of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CPSS).
CMGs/USMGs who completed their medical education in an English medical school in Canada or the US are not required to submit proof of English language proficiency.
Canadian applicants with medical education from the University of Montreal, Sherbrooke, Laval, and the University of Ottawa (French stream) will be required to meet the English language proficiency requirements of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan. Applicants from French-speaking schools are required to complete the Academic Version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). It must be taken no earlier than July 1, 2018 with a minimum score of 7.0 in each component. Applicants are required to submit valid test scores to CaRMS by the rank order list deadline. Applicants who do not submit an IELTS test score by the rank order deadline will not be ranked.
International medical graduates are exempt from language proficiency testing if their medical education was in one of the following countries or Caribbean Islands identified by the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada as having English as a first or native language: Australia, Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America, US Virgin Islands; Caribbean Islands: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Grenadines, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad & Tobago.
IMG applicants whose medical education was in a country not listed above will be required to complete the Academic Version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). It must be taken no earlier than July 1, 2018 with a minimum score of 7.0 in each component. Applicants are required to submit valid test scores to CaRMS by the rank order list deadline. Applicants who do not submit an IELTS test score by the rank order deadline will not be ranked.
Applicants can contact CPSS directly with inquiries about English language proficiency requirements. CPSS will provide the applicant with instruction regarding alternate proof of English language proficiency acceptable to its Council.
The following documents will not be accepted as proof of English language proficiency:
- a copy of the FAIMER page for the applicant’s medical school
- a letter of English attestation from the Dean of the applicant’s medical school
International Medical Graduate Examination Requirements
All licensing exams are administered by the Medical Council of Canada; any clarification or questions should be directed to the MCC. Please visit http://mcc.ca/ for more information.
Graduates of Osteopathic medical Schools will be eligible for IMG positions only, and will be required to complete MCCEE or MCCQE1 and NAC OSCE to be eligible to apply.
Applicants must receive pass scores on the MCCEE and NAC Examination to be eligible to apply.
MCCEE: For the 2020 CaRMS match IMGs must have written and passed the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part 1(MCCQE1) or the Medical Council of Canada Evaluation Examination (MCCEE). The MCCQE1 is preferred in 2020 and will be mandatory for the 2021 CaRMS match. Exam results must be submitted by the File Review date. Please review specific residency program descriptions for more information.
NAC OSCE Examination: IMG applicants must submit the NAC Statement of Results and Supplemental Feedback Report at the time of application.
Return of Service
CMGs/USMGs: There is no Return of Service requirement for CMGs/USMGs.
IMGS: All IMGs matched to IMG Stream positions in the first iteration will be required to sign a Return of Service contract with the Province of Saskatchewan.
All IMG applicants matched to Family Medicine positions in second iteration will be required to sign a Return of Service contract with the Province of Saskatchewan.
The Return of Service contract must be signed before the matched applicant can commence their training program. If a candidate does not provide their return of service commitment in a Saskatchewan community they will be required to repay their bursary (resident salary and associated training costs) plus accumulated interest.
Click here to view a copy of the return of service contract for the Family Medicine-Regina and Family Medicine-Saskatoon sites.
Click here to view a copy of the return of service contract for the following sites: Family Medicine distributed sites and Royal College programs.
For more information on the return of service commitment, please contact:
Physician Recruitment Agency of Saskatchewan (saskdocs)
Changes: The College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan and the Ministry of Health for the Province of Saskatchewan reserve the right to make changes to information published on the CaRMS website pertaining to Saskatchewan postgraduate training without prior notice.
Declaration of Return of Service: Candidates with a return-of-service obligation to the Canadian Forces, or other jurisdiction, must disclose the return of service in their application.