Dr. Nigel Rawlings

Program Director

Lorrisa Budz

Program Administrative Assistant
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Program Highlights

  • Abundant hands on surgical experience (partial cataracts 600+, complete cataracts 450+, muscle surgeries 100+, trabeculectomies 40+)
  • funding and opportunities for research (veterinary ophthalmology, Synchrotron)
  • Eyesi Surgical Simulator (cataract modules, vitrectomy modules)
  • well stocked wet lab
  • small program with a very close knit group of residents and staff
  • funding to attend review courses, conferences etc (TORIC, Lancaster/Stanford, Wills, COS, AAO etc)
  • protected time for academic half day
  • weekly grand rounds
  • scheduled half day a week of research time
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General Information

  • population of Saskatoon 325, 000
  • centre of excellence in research innovation (Innovation Place, Synchrotron, VIDO)
  • high density of restaurants
  • microbreweries, farm to table restaurants, Farmer’s markets
  • theatre, festivals, concerts, art museums, numerous lakes (great fishing and camping)
  • affordable living (rent, real estate)
  • international airport
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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 - Ophthalmology - 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

Melody Wong
Large clinical and surgical volume, cohesive resident group, one-on-one teaching.