Updated October 7, 2021

University of Saskatchewan

2022 Cycle Information

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

The 2022 provincial criteria is currently under review.

Please note that the criteria on this page is from the 2021 match. Updated 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 2022 R-1 match. 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.

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).

An International Medical Graduate (IMG) is an individual who has 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). Graduates from US osteopathic medical schools are eligible to apply under the same criteria as IMGs.

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.

Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification

Prior to the commencement of training, matched applicants must provide proof of ACLS certification that is current as of July 1, 2022. 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 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.

COVID Vaccination Requirements

Applicants matched to all University of Saskatchewan residency training programs must ensure they are compliant with vaccination policies for the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Health Authority and Province of Saskatchewan in order to commence their training program on July 1, 2022.

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

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. Please refer to Additional Criteria for Canadian Medical Graduates or Additional Criteria for International Medical Graduates for detailed information.

MATCH STREAMS Applicants who do not have prior postgraduate residency training in Canada or the US 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 that the Family Medicine-La Ronge program will only offer a competitive stream in the first iteration.

CMG Stream:

  • The CMG stream is limited to graduates of LCME/CACMS-accredited medical schools in Canada and the United States.
  • Graduates from osteopathic medical schools are eligible to apply to IMG Stream positions.

IMG Stream:

  • IMGs must be graduates of an acceptable medical school on the World Directory of Medical Schools.
  • The Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam Part I (MCCQE1) and the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) is mandatory for all IMGs.

Competitive Stream: Open to CMGs and IMGs who meet the criteria stated above.

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

  1. Visa students;
  2. Applicants who have previous post-graduate training in the US or Canada;
  3. Licensed physicians who wish to re-train in a different discipline.
CITIZENSHIP REQUIREMENTS
Accepted Citizenship types
Canadian citizen
Canadian permanent resident
Accepted Citizenship documents
Canadian Birth Certificate or Act of Birth
Passport page showing Canadian Citizenship
Canadian Citizenship Card (both sides of card)
Canadian Permanent Resident Card (both sides of card)
Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
Deadline for providing Citizenship documents
File review opening

All applicants must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents at the time of application and must submit a notarized/certified photocopy of one of the required documents.

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.

CaRMS is partnering with third-party organizations to automate the verification of citizenship/legal status required by postgraduate offices for entry into residency. Third-party verification simplifies the process for applicants and programs. All applicants who do not receive third-party citizenship verification will be required to upload and assign an acceptable proof of citizenship document. Please see additional information here.

ADDITIONAL CRITERIA FOR CANADIAN MEDICAL GRADUATES

A Canadian Medical Graduate (CMG) or U.S. Allopathic Medical Graduate (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).

PROOF OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY Language assessment document accepted: IELTS Academic

  • Document validity (not expired) by: Must be valid up to July 1, 2022
  • Minimum score: Minimum of 7.0 in each of the components

Language assessment document accepted: Occupational English Test (OET) -Medicine

  • Document validity (not expired) by: Must be valid up to July 1, 2022
  • Minimum score: Minimum grade of B

Language assessment document accepted: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) – General

  • Document validity (not expired) by: Must be valid up to July 1, 2022
  • Minimum score: Minimum grade of 9 in all sections

CMGs/USMGs who completed their medical education in an English medical school in Canada or the US are not required to submit proof of English language proficiency.

Canadian applicants with medical education from the University of Montreal, Sherbrooke, Laval, and the University of Ottawa (French stream) are required to meet the English language proficiency requirements of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan. Applicants from French-speaking schools are required to complete one of the following language exams or demonstrate other proof of English proficiency acceptable to CPSS. Applicants who are required to complete a language exam must submit a valid test score to CaRMS by the program rank order deadline. Applicants who do not provide acceptable proof of language proficiency by the program rank order deadline will not be ranked.

Applicants should not contact CPSS directly about their eligibility for licensure. Please direct any questions about language requirements or eligibility to della.toews@usask.ca.

MEDICAL COUNCIL OF CANADA EXAMS N/A
OTHER ASSESSMENTS Assessment name: Casper

  • Acceptable assessment date range: Current match cycle
  • Minimum score: N/A

All applicants must complete the Casper test (Altus Suite) – a standardized, two-part online assessment of non-cognitive skills, interpersonal characteristics, and personal values.

Test dates for 1st Iteration: December 9, 2021; January 5, 2022; January 9, 2022. Please note these are the only test dates available and no additional tests will be scheduled. To complete the Casper test (Altus Suite) visit TakeAltus.com to create an account and for more information on important dates and requirements, and the Altus Suite assessments.

Note: Test scores are only valid for the match cycle in which the exam was taken. If applicants have taken the test in a past match cycle, they must write a new exam for the current match. Applicants who take the test in the 1st iteration of the 2022 R1 match are not eligible to rewrite the test in 2nd iteration.

RETURN OF SERVICE (ROS) REQUIREMENTS There is no Return of Service requirement for CMGs/USMGs.
MEDICAL EDUCATION Proof of Medical Education (MD)

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

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.

NOTES:

  • Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a notarized translation.

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).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 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 must disclose the return of service in their application.

ADDITIONAL CRITERIA FOR INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATES

An International Medical Graduate (IMG) is an individual who received their medical degree from a medical school that is listed with the World Directory of Medical Schools (World Directory) published by the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) and the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME).

A U.S. Osteopathic Medical Graduate (USMG-Osteo) is an individual who received their medical degree from an accredited Osteopathic medical school.

PROOF OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY Language assessment document accepted: IELTS Academic

  • Document validity (not expired) by: Must be valid up to July 1, 2022
  • Minimum score: Minimum of 7.0 in each of the components

Language assessment document accepted: Occupational English Test (OET) -Medicine

  • Document validity (not expired) by: Must be valid up to July 1, 2022
  • Minimum score: Minimum grade of B

Language assessment document accepted: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) – General

  • Document validity (not expired) by: Must be valid up to July 1, 2022
  • Minimum score: Minimum grade of 9 in all sections

International medical graduates are exempt from language proficiency testing if their medical education was in one of the following countries or Caribbean Islands identified by the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada 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; Caribbean Islands: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Grenadines, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad & Tobago.

IMG applicants whose medical education was in a country not listed above are required to complete one of the following language exams or demonstrate other proof of English proficiency acceptable to CPSS. Applicants who are required to complete a language exam must submit a valid test score to CaRMS by the program rank order deadline. Applicants who do not provide acceptable proof of language proficiency by the program rank order deadline will not be ranked.

Applicants should not contact CPSS directly about their eligibility for licensure. Please direct any questions about language requirements or eligibility to della.toews@usask.ca.

Note: International Medical Graduates who completed high school in Canada with instruction entirely in English are required to submit their Canadian high school transcript as part of their CaRMS application if they would like to request an exemption from the CPSS English language requirement.

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
MEDICAL COUNCIL OF CANADA EXAMS Examination: NAC Examination

  • Date/milestone assessment submission required: File review opening
  • Requirement: Mandatory

Examination: MCCQE Part I

  • Date/milestone assessment submission required: File review opening
  • Requirement: Mandatory

Applicants must receive pass scores on the MCCQE1 and NAC Examination to be eligible to apply.

Exam results and supplemental feedback reports must be submitted by the File Review deadline. Please review program descriptions for more information.

All licensing exams are administered by the Medical Council of Canada; any clarification or questions should be directed to the MCC.

OTHER ASSESSMENTS Assessment name: Casper

  • Acceptable assessment date range: Current match cycle
  • Minimum score: N/A

All applicants must complete the Casper test (Altus Suite) – a standardized, two-part online assessment of non-cognitive skills, interpersonal characteristics, and personal values.

Test dates for 1st Iteration: December 9, 2021; January 5, 2022; January 9, 2022. Please note these are the only test dates available and no additional tests will be scheduled. To complete the Casper test (Altus Suite) visit TakeAltus.com to create an account and for more information on important dates and requirements, and the Altus Suite assessments.

Note: Test scores are only valid for the match cycle in which the exam was taken. If applicants have taken the test in a past match cycle, they must write a new exam for the current match. Applicants who take the test in the 1st iteration of the 2022 R1 match are not eligible to rewrite the test in 2nd iteration.

RETURN OF SERVICE (ROS) REQUIREMENTS All IMGs (including graduates from US osteopathic medical schools) who match to Royal College positions in the first iteration, or Family Medicine positions in the first or second 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:

Bev Horne
Financial Analyst/Bursary Administrator
saskdocs – Saskatoon
Saskatchewan Health Authority
Email: Beverly.horne@saskdocs.ca

MEDICAL EDUCATION Proof of Medical Education (MD)

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

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

NOTES:

  • Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a notarized translation.
  • 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).

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. Due to the timelines for the 2022 R-1 Match, applicants should contact physiciansapply.ca at the time of application.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 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 must disclose the return of service in their application.

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