Dr. Kristin Foy
The South East Family Medicine Residency Training Program is the newest addition to the University of Saskatchewan’s cadre of exemplary FM residency programs.
Become a competent, skilled, and knowledgeable rural family physician. Benefit from an expansive faculty located in numerous communities and the vast array of supplemental educational and clinical experiences. Enjoy a low learner to faculty ratio, “be 1 in 10!”, when you connect with a home base community, and maintain that continuity throughout your training, in one of our 3 equally qualified and equipped home base sites. Enhance your learning with additional experience in any of the 7 smaller supporting sites. The South East program is administratively based out of Moosomin, Saskatchewan. Humboldt, Weyburn, and Moosomin make up the 3 home base sites, with 2 residents spots in Moosomin and 1 spot each in Humboldt and Weyburn.
Don’t worry! You will not be away from your home base training site much, as extra and scheduled experiences are often around a 30-60 minute commute with no city traffic or public transport to navigate in the rural areas! Park like a boss when you train in SE, with no parking fees! Many supporting communities sponsor housing, so stay for free if you wish not to commute.
University of Saskatchewan family medicine programs are family approved! The horizontal integration design of the program allows for flexibility in scheduling, so you can be there when your family needs you most. Physician resident supports through RDoS ensure you and your family’s wellness is supported.
Emergency care exposure is integrated throughout training in order to help you become comfortable and competent managing acute patients so that you are able to practice family medicine in any community size upon completion of residency.
Along with emergency department call, family medicine time will include integrated inpatients, long-term care/care of the elderly, palliative care, and minor procedures. Residents based out of Humboldt and Moosomin can also participate in low-risk obstetrics provided in these communities. This generalist focus provides a breadth of learning experiences. If you want more exposure to a particular area of family medicine during your training, this can usually be easily accommodated.
While the program is centered in family medicine, experiences with specialists and family physicians with extra skills are utilized to achieve the full range of competencies. Specialty rotations include obstetrics (with integrated neonatal care where possible), pediatrics, psychiatry, internal medicine, surgery, and anesthesia. For the most part, these rotations are based out of larger regional or tertiary centres (Yorkton, Estevan, Saskatoon, Regina) so that residents can have the patient volume needed in a short amount of time to gain the relevant competencies.
Though our 3 home bases are all considered rural communities, rotations in smaller rural communities also take place in your second year of training. These communities include Watrous, Wynyard, Indian Head, Esterhazy, Melville, Redvers, and Strasbourg. Each community is unique and has their own strengths. Residents will be able to indicate their preference as to where they would like to go.
Following the CaRMS match, residents will be asked their preferred home base sites and an internal match will occur. Though distanced geographically, residents will attend the same academic half days and opportunities for collegiality between residents will be created and encouraged.
Moosomin is a community of ~3200 people and provides a medium-sized rural community experience with no current local or visiting specialists. The Southeast Integrated Care Centre in Moosomin opened in 2008 and has 27 inpatient acute care beds, 57 long term care beds, an emergency department, and provides obstetrical care. Local family physicians provide services to 4 satellite clinics. Residents will have the opportunity to provide care to a diverse population including First Nations and immigrant patients. Residents do most specialty rotations in Yorkton, the nearest regional hospital to Moosomin.
Located 2.25 hours east of Regina, 1.5 hours southeast of Yorkton, and 1.5 hours west of Brandon, MB, Moosomin is a true rural community. It is located along the busy Trans-Canada highway and boasts an abundance of recreational activities including a swimming pool, skating arena, sports fields, golf course, lake, and sports simulators. Cross country ski trails are nearby. It is a farming community with large potash mines to the north.
Humboldt is a community of 5800+ people and provides a larger-sized rural community experience. Alongside family physicians, Humboldt has family practice anesthesia and visiting specialists. Humboldt District Health Complex opened in 2011 and has 38 inpatient acute care beds, 2 operating rooms (one functioning as an endoscopy suite), an emergency department, and provides obstetrical care. Residents do specialty rotations in Saskatoon, Humboldt’s main referral centre, with the exception of anesthesia, which is done locally in Humboldt.
Located just over an hour east of Saskatoon, Humboldt has a number of parks and other recreational activities including an aquatic centre, skating arena, golf course, sports fields, and cross country ski trails. There is a local SJHL team, the Humboldt Broncos. The area also has many farms.
Weyburn is a community of 10000+ people and provides a larger-sized rural community experience. Alongside family physicians, Weyburn has a local psychiatry group and visiting specialists. Weyburn General Hospital has 40 inpatient acute care beds, including mental health beds, and an emergency department. Construction of a new hospital is expected to begin in 2022. Residents do specialty rotations in Estevan, the nearest regional hospital to Weyburn. Exceptions are psychiatry, which is done locally, and pediatrics and internal medicine, which are done in Regina.
Located just over an hour southeast of Regina, Weyburn is located on the Souris River and is the largest inland grain gathering point in Canada. Recreational amenities include a golf course, arena, indoor and outdoor pools, walking paths, and sports fields. The newly built Credit Union Spark Centre is a multi-purpose facility featuring an art gallery, pottery studio, indoor track, indoor playground, and sports simulators. There is an SJHL team, the Weyburn Red Wings. Alongside agriculture, oil and gas play an important role in the economy.