University of Saskatchewan – Saskatoon – Return of Service

College of Family Physicians of Canada
Emergency Medicine Residency Program CFPC-EM

Saskatoon site

Program Contact Quota (approx): 4
Dr. Sheila Smith, Program DirectorDr. S. Oyedokun, Saskatoon Site Director

Leah Chomyshen, Program Assistant

Emergency Medicine Residency Program
University of Saskatchewan
Royal University Hospital
103 Hospital Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0W8
Phone: (306) 655-1446  Fax (306) 655-6320

Return of Service Commitment

All IMGs matched to positions in the first 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 contract. For more information on the return of service commitment, please contact:

Lisa Harron
Physician Recruitment Agency of Saskatchewan (saskdocs)
Phone: 306-933-5307

Supporting Documents

  1. Reference Letters
    Three (3) references are required. One reference must be from primary preceptor, and one reference from an emergency physician.
    Click here to access the “Referee assessment form”
  2. Assessment by Program Director
    One letter from your family medicine program director which must be accompanied by the “Family Medicine Program Director’s Assessment of Applicant”. Chief of Medical Staff or Chief of Clinical Service letter of recommendation (for practicing physician applicants only).
    Click here to access the “Family medicine program / site director’s assessment of applicant form”
  3. Personal Letter
    A personal letter describing yourself and your career interest is required. Your letter should also include your reasons for selecting the University of Saskatchewan and Saskatoon as a training site.
  4. Curriculum Vitae
  5. Proof of Citizenship
    Candidates must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents or have obtained landed immigrant status at the time of the application. Please provide proof of the above. 


Date(s) of Interview: November 6

Invitation/ Notification Information:

Applicants will be contacted via email.

Details regarding Interview:

Applicants will be interviewed by the selection committee. Details regarding interview time, location will be forwarded upon notification of the applicant.

Program Information


The College of Family Physicians of Canada offers one year of specialty training in Emergency Medicine through its CFPC-EM Residency Training Program. Any physician earning a Certificate in Family Medicine (CFPC) is eligible to apply. Upon successful completion of the CFPC-EM residency program and satisfactory results on oral and written examinations, candidates are conferred with a Certificate of Special Competency in Emergency Medicine (CFPC-EM).

The program consists of two core training sites in the province, based in Regina and Saskatoon. Residents in both sites regularly connect via videoconferencing for Wednesday academic half days.

Our strengths are providing comprehensive clinical exposure to all areas of emergency medicine and dedicated emergency medicine educators.


The goal of our training program is to prepare family physicians to integrate into their emergency practice the principles of family medicine. These objectives for special competence in emergency medicine fall within the domain of the CanMEDS-FM roles.

Program Resources

Royal University Hospital (RUH) is a busy tertiary hospital in Saskatoon. The emergency medicine teaching program is based out of Royal University Hospital. RUH is a referral centre for invasive cardiology, cardiac surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, oncology, trauma, orthopedics and neurosurgery. The pediatric emergency department is open 16 hours a day seven days (0800-2400h). Residents are required to complete rotations in adult and pediatric emergency medicine, cardiology, ICU, plastic surgery, anesthesia and orthopedics.

St. Paul’s Hospital (SPH) is a referral center for internal medicine, general surgery, nephrology, otolaryngology, vascular surgery, plastic surgery, thoracic surgery, palliative care, invasive radiology and hemodialysis centre. Residents may complete emergency medicine, ICU, plastic surgery and anesthesia rotations at St. Paul’s.

Saskatoon City Hospital (SCH) is a community hospital located across the river from RUH.  The emergency department opens daily 0900-2200h.  Residents are expected to complete 2 weeks of community Emergency medicine at SCH.

Prince Albert Victoria Hospital is a community hospital located 80 minutes north of Saskatoon. Residents are required to complete a community emergency medicine rotation in Prince Albert.

Regina General Hospital (RGH) and Pasqua Hospital are tertiary referral hospitals in Regina.

Foothills Medical Centre, Calgary, Alberta is a comprehensive tertiary care teaching hospital and level 1 trauma centre. Residents are required to complete a rotation in trauma.


Rotation Description Duration Location
Emergency Medicine 12 weeks RUH, SPH, SCH
Community Emergency Medicine 4 weeks Prince Albert’s Victoria Hospital
Administrative Emergency Medicine 4 weeks Regina General Hospital
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 6 weeks Royal University Hospital
Adult Intensive Care 6 weeks Either Royal University Hospital
or St. Paul’s Hospital
Coronary Care Unit 4 weeks Royal University Hospital
Orthopedic Surgery 4 weeks Royal University Hospital
Plastic Surgery 2 weeks Royal University Hospital
Anesthesia 4 weeks All three Saskatoon sites
Trauma 4 weeks Calgary’s Foothills Medical Centre
Elective 2 weeks
Toxicology Longitudinal

Scholarly Project

Residents are required to complete a scholarly project. Resources and support are available from the Academic Department of Family Medicine.

Teaching Program

A formal teaching program in emergency medicine consists of grand rounds, academic full and half days, textbook rounds, high fidelity simulations, procedure rounds and journal club. Academic full days occur monthly with morning simulations and examination preparation. Academic half days occur weekly and are videoconferenced with Regina. Learning objectives are achieved through formal teaching rounds, seminars and workshops. There is scheduled combined academic programming with Regina residents for critical care week and toxicology academic full day.


The program received full accreditation status from the College of Family Physicians of Canada in October 2009.

Selection Criteria

  • Acceptable academic record
  • Commitment to the principles of family medicine within emergency medicine
  • Proven interest and aptitude in Emergency Medicine
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Eligibility for licensure in the province of Saskatchewan


  • Certificant CFPC
  • Completion of PALS, ATLS
  • Prior to commencement of training, successful applicants must also provide proof of:
    1. current ACLS certification (as of July 1, 2015);
    2. immunization records and proof of immunity (titres) as required by the
      health region(s) in which they will be working.

Program highlights

  • Ultrasound Course – Each resident will complete the Emergency Department Echo (EDE) course early in the academic year, and can pursue full certification through observed ultrasound scans with our EDE-certified faculty members.
  • Simulation Sessions – High-fidelity simulation sessions are held regularly in our state-of-the-art Simulation Centre.
  • Critical Care Week – This is a three-day educational event held at the beginning of the academic year, involving lectures on Airway, ACLS, ATLS, PALS, Procedural Sedation, Toxicology and Shock, amongst other topics. A procedural lab is held in the Simulation Centre to review basic and surgical airways, chest tubes and central lines. A half day of high-fidelity simulation sessions is held on the final day and is highly rated by the residents.
  • Administration Month – This is a unique month designed to prepare residents for independent practice. The curriculum involves several emergency medicine shifts and small group sessions on managing department flow, how to teach learners, medico-legal issues and managing life and finances while practicing emergency medicine. Each resident is also booked for one EMS shift with pre-hospital crews and two STARS air ambulance shifts.
  • Toxicology Academic Full Day – high fidelity simulation sessions, grand rounds and small group sessions hosted by a visiting consultant from PADIS.
  • Opportunities for horizontal Family Medicine clinics
  • Coordinated Saskatoon-Regina academic half days curriculum
  • Research funding and protected time, research mentorship
  • Annual resident retreat

Summary of Saskatchewan resident benefits:

Saskatoon Quick Facts

  • The Province of Saskatchewan’s largest city. (Population 233,923 CMA 2006).
  • There are more hours of sunshine annually than any other major Canadian city.
  • The city is known for its beautiful parkland setting. It is graced by the natural splendor of the South Saskatchewan River with over 400 acres of riverbank trails and parks to explore.
  • A four-season destination with temperatures ranging from 30°C on the warmest summer days, to -30°C on the coldest winter days.
  • Direct Air access available through United Airlines, Air Canada, WestJet Airlines and Delta.
  • Over 6000 years of First Nations’ culture celebrated on sacred ground at Wanuskewin Heritage Park.
  • Exceptional museums including the Ukrainian Museum of Canada, the Diefenbaker Canada Centre, and the Western Development Museum.
  • Award-winning-golf courses, rated among the best in the Canada.
  • Professional and amateur theatre groups, a symphony and numerous art galleries.
  • Saskatoon’s historic and unique Broadway Shopping District.
  • The University of Saskatchewan is one of the North America’s most beautiful campuses with its distinctive architecture.
  • Home to Canada’s largest science project – the Canadian Light Source Synchrotron.
  • One of the most successful university related research parks in North America – Innovation Place.

We look forward to welcoming you to Saskatoon! You may be interested in visiting the following websites for more information on Saskatoon and Saskatchewan:

Housing information can be found at Saskhouses (private home sales) and Saskatoon Region Association of Realtors.