Saskatchewan

Updated August 10, 2017

University of Saskatchewan

General Information

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.

CMG/USMG: 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). From here on in this will be referred to as the “CMG stream”.

IMG: 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). From here on in this will be referred to as the “IMG stream”.

Licensing

Matched applicants must be eligible for an educational register license with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan and must maintain eligibility for an educational register license throughout their entire training program.

Applicants may be required to provide proof of proficiency in the English language to meet licensing requirements of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan.

Credentialing

Matched applicants must be eligible for and maintain privileges within the Saskatchewan Health Regions as determined by their credentialing process. Saskatchewan Health Regions require 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 Region.

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, 2018. 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.

Resident Boot Camp

All matched applicants must attend a two-day Resident Boot Camp in late June. 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.

First Iteration

The Ministry of Health for the Province of Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan have agreed to the following policies for the 2018 R-1 match.

  • There will be two parallel streams – CMG and IMG – with designated positions for each stream. There will be no crossovers or transfers between the two streams, with the exception of the Family Medicine-La Ronge program which will offer competitive CMG and IMG positions in the first iteration.
  • Applicants who do not have prior postgraduate residency training in Canada or the U.S are eligible for the first iteration.
  • Applicants who have previous post-graduate training in the U.S. or Canada which would be creditable for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or the College of Family Physicians of Canada certification are not eligible for the first iteration.
  • Positions in the first iteration are not open to licensed physicians who wish to re-train in a different discipline.

CMG/USMG

  • The CMG stream is limited to graduates of LCME/CACMS-accredited medical schools in Canada and the United States.

Additional Eligibility Information for USMGs

  • Graduates of LCME/CACMS accredited schools are eligible to apply.
  • Graduates from osteopathic medical schools are not eligible to apply.

Additional eligibility information for IMGs

  • 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) and the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) is mandatory for all IMGs applying through CaRMS for first-year residency positions.

Second Iteration

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.

Any delays in providing all required documentation to CPSS may result in a delay in issuance of an educational register license and a delay in start of postgraduate training beyond July 1st.

CASPer(tm) Test

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 takeCASPer.com<http://www.takeCASPer.com>.

Please direct any inquiries on the test to support@takecasper.com<support@takecasper.com>.

Note: CASPer test results are valid for one year. Applicants who have taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.

Canadian Citizenship

All applicants (CMG, USMG and IMG) must be Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, or Landed Immigrants at the time of application and must submit a notarized/certified photocopy of one of the following documents:

  • Birth Certificate issued by an authority in Canada with any photo ID, or
  • Passport page showing Canadian Citizenship
  • Canadian Citizenship Card (both sides of the card)
  • Permanent Resident Card (both sides of the card)
  • Record of Landing, clearly showing the date of landing
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence

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 notarized/certified copy of the applicant’s medical school marks/transcripts.
  • A notarized/certified copy of the applicant’s Medical Student Performance Record (Dean’s Letter).
  • A notarized/certified copy of the applicant’s medical degree/diploma.

NOTES:

  • Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a notarized translation.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • IMGs must be graduates of an acceptable medical school on the World Directory of Medical Schools (wdoms.org).
  • 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

Please note that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan will only accept valid IELTS exam scores as proof of English language for the 2018 R1 match.

CMG

CMGs/USMGs who completed their medical education in an English medical school in Canada or the US are exempt from providing 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 must have achieved the required proficiency in the IELTS test and valid test scores must be submitted to CaRMS by the rank order list deadline:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Version taken no earlier than July 1, 2016 with a minimum score of 7.0 in each component.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT Academic Version: Applicants should be aware that use of the TOEFL IBT will be discontinued effective January 1, 2018 and will not be accepted by CPSS.

IMG

International medical graduates must provide proof of proficiency in the English language that is sufficient to meet the licensing requirements of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CPSS).

Applicants are EXEMPT from language proficiency testing if their medical education was in one of the following countries or Caribbean Islands identified 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, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Grenadines, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad & Tobago.

Applicants must have achieved the required proficiency in the IELTS test and valid test scores must be submitted to CaRMS by the rank order list deadline:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Version taken no earlier than July 1, 2016 with a minimum score of 7.0 in each component.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT Academic Version: Applicants should be aware that use of the TOEFL IBT will be discontinued effective January 1, 2018 and will not be accepted by CPSS.

*Note: International Medical Graduates who completed high school in Canada with instruction in English may be exempted from writing a language exam. CPSS may screen shortlisted applications only at the request of the Postgraduate Medical Education Office. Applicants should not contact CPSS for an assessment of English language proficiency.

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.

Applicants must receive pass scores on the MCCEE and NAC Examination to be eligible to apply.

MCCEE: Must submit the MCCEE Statement of Results and Supplemental Feedback Report at the time of application. Priority may be given to those who have successfully completed the MCCQE (Part I).

NAC Examination: 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:

Lisa Harron
Physician Recruitment Agency of Saskatchewan (saskdocs)
Phone: 306-933-6447
Email: lisa.harron@saskdocs.ca

IMG Assessment

All IMGs matched to positions in the first and second iteration will be required to successfully complete a mandatory assessment/orientation program prior to commencing their residency training program. The duration of the assessment/orientation program may be affected by previous relevant training as determined by the Postgraduate Medical Education office.

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.