University of Saskatchewan – Regina – Return of Service

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

Regina site

Program Contact Quota (approx): 4
Dr. Sheila Smith, Program Director and Regina Co-Site Director

Dr. Christina Ames, Regina Co-Site Director

Ann Finch, Program Assistant

Emergency Medicine Residency Program
Regina General Hospital
1440-14th Avenue
Regina, SK S4P 0W5
Phone: 306-766-3336  Fax: 306-766-4833

Return of Service Commitment

All matched applicants will be required to sign a Return of Service contract with the Province of Saskatchewan before commencing their training program on July 1, 2015. Under the Return of Service contract, candidates matched to the Family Medicine-Emergency Medicine (Saskatoon) residency training program or Family Medicine-Emergency Medicine (Regina) residency training program will be required, upon completion of their training program, to provide one year of service in a community in Saskatchewan.

If a candidate does not provide their return of service commitment in a Saskatchewan community, as noted above, 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:

Brittany Laviolette
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 Regina 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 7

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

Regina General Hospital (RGH) is a busy tertiary hospital in Regina. The emergency medicine teaching program is based out of the Regina General Hospital. RGH is a tertiary referral centre for invasive cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, trauma, neurosurgery, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, pediatrics, hemodialysis and interventional radiology. Residents may complete rotations in adult emergency medicine, CCU, ICU, anesthesia, plastic surgery and orthopedics.

Pasqua Hospital (PH) is a referral centre for oncology, ophthalmology, plastic surgery, otolaryngology, internal medicine, general surgery and orthopedics. Residents may complete rotations in adult emergency medicine, anesthesia and plastic surgery at Pasqua Hospital.

Royal University Hospital (RUH) is a tertiary hospital in Saskatoon. The pediatric emergency department is open 16 hours a day seven days (0800-2400h). Residents complete a rotation in pediatric emergency medicine at RUH.

Moose Jaw Union Hospital is a community hospital 40 minutes west of Regina. Residents are required to complete a community emergency medicine rotation in Moose Jaw.

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 RGH, PH
Community Emergency Medicine 4 weeks Moose Jaw Union Hospital
Administrative Emergency Medicine 4 weeks Regina General Hospital
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 6 weeks Royal University Hospital
Adult Intensive Care 6 weeks Regina General Hospital
Coronary Care Unit 4 weeks Regina General Hospital
Orthopedic Surgery 4 weeks Regina General Hospital
Plastic Surgery 2 weeks Either Regina General Hospital or Pasqua Hospital
Anesthesia 4 weeks Regina General Hospital
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 Saskatoon. Learning objectives are achieved through formal teaching rounds, seminars and workshops. There is scheduled combined academic programming with Saskatoon 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 Dilawri 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 ground crews and two STARS air ambulance shifts.
  • Toxicology Full Day – high fidelity simulations, grand rounds and small group sessions on toxicology topics 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 residents benefits:

Regina Quick Facts

  • Sunniest capital in Canada.
  • The city contains North America’s largest urban park (2300 acres).
  • A four-season destination with temperatures ranging from 30°C on the warmest summer days to -30°C on the coldest winter days.
  • Home to the Saskatchewan Roughriders football team.
  • Direct Air access available through United Airlines, Air Canada, WestJet and Delta.
  • Numerous golf courses including the Royal Regina Golf Club, one of only five golf courses in Canada with Royal designation.
  • Abundance of sports and recreational facilities, family attractions, multi-use pathways and bicycle routes.
  • Theatre groups, symphony and many art galleries.
  • Cathedral Area shopping and dining experience.
  • Saskatchewan Science Centre and Kramer Imax Theatre.
  • Affordable housing and cost of living.

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