University of Saskatchewan

Updated September 5, 2017

The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) is one of Canada’s major post-secondary educational institutions. It consists of 13 colleges and schools, as well as several affiliated, federated and virtual colleges that offer 58 degrees, diplomas and certificates in over 100 areas and disciplines.

The U of S is the only Anglophone university in Canada with a combination of colleges devoted to the study of human, animal and plant life on one campus and has the largest collection of health sciences in Canada. Construction is underway on the Academic Health Sciences Centre, a project which will enable a more integrated and multi-disciplined health care model for Saskatchewan. Unique academic, clinical and scientific collaborations in medicine, veterinary medicine, kinesiology, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy and nutrition, physical therapy and public health, will pave the way for developing a vibrant, modern health care system.

The College of Medicine (COM), established at the University of Saskatchewan in 1953, offers a full range of educational opportunities and includes the School of Physical Therapy. It is the only medical college in Saskatchewan and is affiliated with hospitals in Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert, North Battleford, Swift Current, La Ronge, and other communities which participate in its medical education programs. With a strong emphasis on community-based health care, the COM offers a wide range of postgraduate medical education opportunities. Residency training is available in a variety of specialty and subspecialty programs leading to certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or the College of Family Physicians of Canada. For more information, visit our website.

The COM provides its postgraduate residents with the opportunity to learn in both rural and urban settings, to work in interdisciplinary teams, to conduct research, and to work as advocates for – and in partnership with – communities throughout the province to achieve the College of Medicine’s mission “to improve health through excellence in education, research, and clinical care.”

Competency-based Residency Education

Applying competency-based practices to residency education

To contribute to the success of Canadian physicians and the delivery of high-quality patient care, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has embarked upon an initiative to introduce competency-based medical education (CBME) in Canadian postgraduate specialty training and in professional practice in Canada. This initiative, called Competence by Design (CBD), aims to enhance patient care by aligning medical education and lifelong learning with evolving patient needs and empowering learners to more fully engage in their education process.

CBD will use time as a framework rather than the basis for progression. It is not anticipated that the duration of training will change for the majority of trainees. Residency programs will be broken down into stages, and each stage will have a series of milestones based on required competencies. These milestones will create more targeted learning outcomes and involve more frequent, formative assessments within the clinical workplace to ensure residents are developing and receiving feedback on the skills they need.

All programs implementing CBD will continue to undergo the same rigorous accreditation processes as traditional programs. All CBD programs (and traditional programs) will continue to lead to Royal College approved certification. Certification for trainees in both CBD and traditional programs will include the completion of a Royal College examination; however, residents in CBD programs will also be assessed against program milestones throughout their training. Within a CBD program, all milestones (documented within an electronic portfolio) and the Royal College examination must be successfully completed to achieve certification.

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Program Start Date

All University of Saskatchewan Postgraduate programs commence July 1. A mandatory orientation for new residents is held at all sites on the first working day in July.

Salaries and Benefits


University Registration Fee

There are no registration fee charged.

Tuition Fees

There are currently no tuition fees charged.


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. The registration fee for an educational register license is paid by the College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan.


In order to commence and continue in Postgraduate Medical Education training programs, successful applicants must be eligible for and maintain privileges within the Saskatchewan Health Region 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.

Immunization Policy

For the protection of the individual resident and their patients, all new appointments to College of Medicine postgraduate training programs are required to submit immunization records and proof of immunity (titres) to the health region(s) in which they will be working.


Matched applicants are required to provide proof of current ACLS certification to the PGME office prior to starting their training program. 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. Please note that it may be difficult to register for ACLS courses as they fill up quickly and there may not be many course offerings between the CaRMS match dates and the start of the training program.

Critical Appraisal Course

The Critical Appraisal Course for Residents is a mandatory course which must be completed by all residents during their residency. This course is part of the overall curriculum, which aims to enable residents to access information efficiently, evaluate the quality of the evidence underlying information and then to apply it competently to their clinical practice.

TIPS Course for Residents

Residents play an important role in teaching, of resident colleagues and students, and of other members of the health care team and patients. For most physicians, including non academic physicians the ability to effectively communicate information in a learning environment is important. In recognition of the important role that residents play in teaching and the need for effective teaching skills in practice, the TIPS program provides opportunity for residents to acquire and strengthen effective teaching skills. All residents are required to take this course and the cost is covered by the College of Medicine. The course generally received very positive feedback. Many residents having completed the course subsequently participate in future courses as leaders.

Distributive Learning at the University of Saskatchewan

The College of Medicine, while physically located in Saskatoon, is a provincial resource in attitude and in practice. Postgraduate medical education at the University of Saskatchewan takes seriously its role in supporting quality health care to all people of the province. This means training physicians to meet the needs of, not only urban populations, but also those of rural and remote populations. In so doing, the College of Medicine has developed, and continues to develop, rotations in La Ronge, Regina, Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Swift Current and other communities. These rotations are designed to provide educational experiences to enhance the resident’s knowledge and skills, and take maximum advantage of unique educational opportunities in a diversity of communities. All postgraduate programs are expected to develop and incorporate into their curriculum, rotations in communities other than Saskatoon. The manner in which each program does this is not strictly prescribed by the College of Medicine – but is determined by the Residency Training Committee, taking into consideration the needs of their residents, and the excellent opportunities available in other locations. These rotations continue to evolve as we seek to build stronger and better programs.

Clinician Investigator Program

The University of Saskatchewan offers a Clinician Investigator Program (CIP) to residents in Royal College specialty programs. This program allows residents to interrupt their clinical training to pursue a MSc or PhD, while still registered as a resident, and retaining a salary. In addition to achieving an advanced degree, successful completion of this program also yields certification by the Royal College as a Clinician Investigator.