University of Saskatchewan – General Surgery – Saskatoon
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Dr. Gavin Beck

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Karen Bader

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Megan Spafford
PGY2
The biggest highlight in our program is the group of people here in both Saskatoon and Regina. The staff are supportive and friendly and as you progress through residency, they begin to treat you as junior-staff in order to prepare you for practice. We are lucky to have our program span across two separate cities, both with tertiary care centers and excellent surgeons that are eager to teach. Regina is an amazing experience as you are one of few residents there at any given time and that gives you an incredible amount of hands-on experience and autonomy.
The best part I have found is that you truly hit the ground running. Within the first few days you will be in the OR assisting, seeing consults, and learning how to manage sick patients. The experience is excellent.
As a smaller program, you get to work with all your fellow residents on various rotations and on-call. You spend A LOT of time with your colleagues. Everyone is supportive of each other and of each other’s success both inside and outside of the hospital. As a JR resident, I depend on my SR residents to teach me and to support me, and I have learned so much from all of them and have always felt very supported. There is not a single person within my program who I would even have to think twice about calling for help.
Balance is very important as a resident! Being from Saskatoon, I am fortunate to have my friends and family nearby to see and hang out with in my spare time. I spend my weekends off at the lake (which are abundant in Saskatchewan!) and I love to be active. There are great gyms, running paths, golf courses and tennis courts everywhere in the city which make for good fun on your days off.
We have events to help us all get together outside of work such as softball games, BBQs, and now with COVID putting a damper on a lot of in-person activities we have even done a virtual soup making day. Apart from that, the comradery amongst residents is so important. They are your support system and teachers and friends. We are also lucky to have very supportive staff who are always willing to help and eager to aid us in our success.
Going from 2nd to 3rd year residency is a HUGE step. This is when we transition from JR to SR in our program. I am really looking forward to the added responsibility and the chance to lead a team – not to mention even more operating!
The biggest highlight in our program is the group of people here in both Saskatoon and Regina. The staff are supportive and friendly and as you progress through residency, they begin to treat you as junior-staff in order to prepare you for practice. We are lucky to have our program span across two separate cities, both with tertiary care centers and excellent surgeons that are eager to teach. Regina is an amazing experience as you are one of few residents there at any given time and that gives you an incredible amount of hands-on experience and autonomy.

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