Dr. Rob Woods

Program Director

Leah Chomyshen

Program Administrator
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Program Highlights

New Hospital in Saskatoon

One of the major highlights for our program, the U of S and for the citizens of Saskatchewan is our new Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital (JPCH) that opened on September 30th, 2019.  Of most importance to us is the new state of the art Adult Emergency Department and Pediatric Emergency Department.  And of course, the STARS helipad on the roof of the new building allowing for a 2-minute transfer to the resuscitation bay!  This is a great time to complete your residency here with us.

A Robust Program of Assessment

Each resident is assigned an EM Faculty Academic Advisor (AA) and a Longitudinal Supervisor/Mentor.  When on EM rotations, residents work at least a couple of shifts with each of these physicians who are able to provide insightful feedback on their progress through repeated longitudinal exposure.  Residents will collect EPA (Entrustable Professional Activity) assessments during their rotations.  Each quarter, residents will review all of their assessment data (EPAs, exam scores, other assessment data) fill out a self-assessment form on their progress and have a meeting with their Academic Advisor to review their progress.  AAs have been trained in a local coaching model based on the self-regulated learning theory to help residents set goals for the next quarter.  The resident and AA submit a report to the Competence Committee (CC).  One CC member completes primary review of the resident’s assessment data, as well as the self-assessment and AA report.  They present their findings to the CC members for discussion and recommendations for progress decision.  Targeted learning goals are summarized.  The Program Directors meet with each resident shortly after the CC meeting to share their progress decision and learning plan.  The summary of their progress and learning plan are sent to the AA and Longitudinal Supervisor/Mentor for focused coaching on shift.

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General Information

Distributive Learning

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 Regina 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.

Extensive support is available for out of town rotations. The exact nature of this support varies with location and program. The communities involved, individual programs, the College of Medicine, and the Ministry of Health work collaboratively to ensure residents are not financially disadvantaged by the need to relocate.

For residents assigned to short term rotations in Regina, fully furnished private apartments are provided (laundry facilities, wi-fi, cable TV) and are located in close proximity to the Regina General Hospital. Family friendly and pet friendly housing is available.

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Salary Information

Post graduate salaries and benefits differ by province and are determined by two things: your training year, and the province you work in. See below the salaries and benefits for University of Saskatchewan - Emergency Medicine - Saskatoon.
Gross annual PGY-1 Salary
Gross annual PGY-2 Salary
Gross annual PGY-3 Salary
Gross annual PGY-4 Salary
Gross annual PGY-5 Salary
Gross annual PGY-6 Salary
Educational Leave
Minimum 7 days with pay, 12 Maximum
Annual Vacation
4 weeks
Meal Allowance
Frequency of Calls
1:4 in-house (if in excess of 1:4 paid $196/period from 1700-0800 weekdays and $249 from 0800-0800 weekends)*
1:3 out-of-house
Maternity Leave / Paternity
In conformity with Sask. Labour Standards Act – 17 weeks max maternity leave and up to 35 weeks parental leave.
5 paid days paternity (can split the 35 weeks parental leave with mother as desired.)
Supplemental Maternity Leave Benefits
15 weeks topped to 90% pay when eligible for Employment Insurance
Provincial Health Insurance
Yes, if registered with Sask. Health
Extended Health Insurance
Blue Cross family coverage, if registered with a Provincial Health Plan
CMPA Dues Paid
Dental Plan
Statutory and Floating Holidays
1.5 times pay or 1/2 pay & day off for stats, plus 6 extra paid days off at Christmas
Long-Term Disability Insurance
Paid premium cost for Disability Insurance
Life Insurance
Paid premium, >$100,000 coverage
Sick Leave
1.25 days per month to maximum 75 days
Provincial Dues (% of salary)
Employee Assistance Program
Two programs available through SMA and University of Saskatchewan
On-Call Stipends
Home Light: per duty period: $72 weekday; $83 weekend
In House: per duty period: $166 weekday; $191 weekend
ICU/CCU: per duty period: $166 weekday; $191 weekend

Updated August 24, 2022

*Effective January 1, 2021

Term of Collective Agreement – visit for contract details.

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Explore Location

Bridge in the foreground of the city
Saskatoon is a city straddling the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatchewan, Canada. North along the riverside Meewasin Trail is Wanuskewin Heritage Park, with exhibitions exploring indigenous culture. On the trail’s southern stretch, native wildlife inhabit the prairie grasslands of Beaver Creek Conservation Area. East of the river, the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo has manicured gardens and a children’s zoo.

Resident Experience

Current resident
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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