University of Saskatchewan – Emergency Medicine – Saskatoon
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Dr. Rob Woods

Program Administrator

Leah Chomyshen

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PGY-3
Cohesive group of residents with diverse interests and experience. Our program has a very strong culture of excellence with a focus on POCUS, medical education, and pre-hospital/EMS expertise. As a smaller centre, if residents have additional interests outside of these, the program bends over backwards to help foster those interests and connect residents with leaders and training in that area. We train in 3 hospitals in our home city as well as do rotations around the province. This gives us experience working with different patient populations, from large urban centres to rural areas and regional sites.
In residency, we have a great balance of formal learning, independence, and opportunities to pursue individual interests. We also have a great group that makes everything – from paintball to paint night (and even textbook rounds) really fun!
Our program’s residents and staff come from diverse backgrounds and bring their own perspectives to form the USaskEM family – our smaller program offers 1-on-1 attention and a flexible structure to meet each persons unique needs.
Saskatoon is a fantastic prairie city with a vibrant restaurant scene and gorgeous river valley. Our residents spend their summers paddle boarding down the river, mountain biking the riverside trails, heading up to the many national parks and lakes surrounding the city, and enjoying our awesome patios. Winters are notoriously cold for sure but we make the best of them cross-country skiing, skating, and hanging out together indoors!
We have a dedicated wellness curriculum that includes a wellness lecture and time off for wellness activities once a month at half day. In addition, our program fosters wellness through an open door policy and individual support of residents who may have additional needs such as maternity/parental leaves, wellness leave of absence, etc.
Hopefully getting back to more in person activities (as we all are)!
Cohesive group of residents with diverse interests and experience. Our program has a very strong culture of excellence with a focus on POCUS, medical education, and pre-hospital/EMS expertise. As a smaller centre, if residents have additional interests outside of these, the program bends over backwards to help foster those interests and connect residents with leaders and training in that area. We train in 3 hospitals in our home city as well as do rotations around the province. This gives us experience working with different patient populations, from large urban centres to rural areas and regional sites.

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