Updated October 17, 2023

University of Saskatchewan

2024 Cycle Information

Criteria applicable for all medical graduates; for specific information, please see tabs.

Please note that the criteria on this page is from the 2024 match. Updated 2025 provincial criteria will be posted on this page in the upcoming months, once it has been reviewed by the province.

CRITERIA APPLICABLE TO ALL MEDICAL GRADUATES

GENERAL INFORMATION The Ministry of Health for the Province of Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan have agreed to the following policies for the 2024 R-1 match. Please note that individual programs may list specific criteria that will be used to review applications.

Applicants are responsible for thoroughly reviewing University of Saskatchewan provincial criteria and individual program descriptions 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.

Please note that PGME will not discuss applicant files with anyone other than the applicant, the program director and/or administrator, CaRMS, and/or the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan.

Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification

Prior to the commencement of training, all matched applicants must provide proof of ACLS certification that is current as of July 1, 2024. The ACLS Provider course must be certified by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada or the American Heart Association. ACLS training that is not certified by one of these two organizations and/or is completed entirely through an online 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 mandatory in-person three-day Resident Boot Camp scheduled for 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.

Attendance is required in person and absences are only permitted in exceptional circumstances, with prior approval of PGME.

COVID Vaccination Requirements

Applicants matched to all University of Saskatchewan residency training programs must ensure they are compliant with current vaccination policies for the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Health Authority and Province of Saskatchewan in order to commence their training program on July 1, 2024.

For the most up to date information, click on the following links:

University of Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Health Authority
Province of Saskatchewan

LICENSING BODY College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan

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 the start of postgraduate training beyond July 1st
  • release from CaRMS match contract

Credentialing

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.

MATCH STREAMS Applicants who do not have prior postgraduate residency training in Canada or the United States are eligible to apply in the first iteration.

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 and IMGs. CMGs can apply to both streams and rank both streams. Please note the Family Medicine-La Ronge program will only offer a competitive stream in the first iteration.

RESTRICTIONS Positions in the 1st iteration are not open to:

  1. Visa students;
  2. Applicants who have previous postgraduate training in the US or Canada;
  3. Licensed physicians who wish to re-train in a different discipline.
CITIZENSHIP REQUIREMENTS See the Summary of citizenship requirements.
PROOF OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY See the Summary of language proficiency requirements.
MEDICAL COUNCIL OF CANADA EXAMS See the Summary of MCC examination requirements.

ADDITIONAL CRITERIA FOR CANADIAN MEDICAL GRADUATES

RETURN OF SERVICE (ROS) REQUIREMENTS N/A
MEDICAL EDUCATION Please review individual program descriptions for a list of required documents.

Matched applicants who are graduating in the spring will need to provide a copy of their medical degree/diploma to the PGME office and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CPSS) prior to the start of residency training.

NOTE: Applicants who are considering a delay to their convocation date must be aware that a medical degree cannot be issued to a student until they have convocated. CPSS bylaws require that new residents must have received their medical degree prior to the commencement of residency training. Choosing to delay convocation will affect a matched applicant’s ability to commence their residency training program in Saskatchewan on July 1. Please refer to the U of S CaRMS Deferral Policy for additional information.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 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.

ADDITIONAL CRITERIA FOR INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATES

RETURN OF SERVICE (ROS) REQUIREMENTS IMG applicants who match to Royal College positions in the first iteration, or Family Medicine positions in the first iteration of the CaRMS match will be required to sign a Return of Service Agreement with the Province of Saskatchewan.

The Return of Service Agreement must be signed before the matched applicant can commence their residency training program. If a candidate does not fulfill their return of service commitment in a Saskatchewan community, they will be required to repay their funding (resident salary and associated training costs) plus accumulated interest.

Click here to view a copy of the Return of Service Agreement for Saskatchewan.

For more information on the return of service commitment, please contact:

Lisa Peters (Harron)
Specialist, Provincial Projects
Practitioner Staff Affairs (saskdocs) – Saskatoon
Saskatchewan Health Authority
Email: lisa.peters@saskdocs.ca

MEDICAL EDUCATION Please review individual program descriptions for a list of required documents.

All IMGs must have their medical education documents verified by physiciansapply.ca.

Matched applicants who are graduating in the spring will need to provide a copy of their medical degree/diploma to the PGME office and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CPSS) prior to the start of residency training.

NOTE: Applicants who are considering a delay to their convocation date must be aware that a medical degree cannot be issued to a student until they have convocated. CPSS bylaws require that new residents must have received their medical degree prior to the commencement of residency training. Choosing to delay convocation will affect a matched applicant’s ability to commence their residency training program in Saskatchewan on July 1. Please refer to the U of S CaRMS Deferral Policy for additional information.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 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.

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