We have a strong core of general pediatric and community pediatric training experiences in addition to a diverse complement of subspecialty pediatric exposures. With no RCPSC fellowship programs, residents in our program have ample direct contact with pediatric faculty and first-hand clinical exposures early and throughout their training. Most of the training takes place within the new Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital (JPCH), which opened in September 2019.
The Pediatric Program maintains a robust academic curriculum including:
Protected academic half-day
Procedural skills and simulation
Code Navy events (unit wide simulation)
Journal club and critical appraisal
Case rounds, interpretation rounds, and topic rounds
Departmental Grand Rounds
Practice examinations (STACERs, OSCEs, MCQs and SAQs)
Indigenous Health curriculum
Teaching course (TIPS)
And much, much more.
Resident scholarly projects (research) are well supported through a network of research experts (Division Head of Pediatric Research; Department Research Coordinator; and Resident Research Facilitator). The University of Saskatchewan also provides excellent research supports, and all residents are provided funding to present their research.
Resident wellness is an important part of training and is supported through several resident-led and faculty-led initiatives including wellness rounds, ice cream rounds, protected biannual resident retreats, staﬀ/resident events, and other opportunities. Residents are well-supported by their program directors, administrative staﬀ, and a progressive resident contract through the Resident Doctors of Saskatchewan (RDoS).
Our program is located in the beautiful city of Saskatoon — home to the University of Saskatchewan. With an increasingly diverse population and a unique landscape, there are numerous cultural, athletic, and social opportunities unique to the city. Highlights include: the Remai Modern, the Meewasin River Valley, the Persephone Theatre, and much, much more.
Our pediatric training program (Saskatoon site) is comprised of six residents per year (24 total residents) from all over the country.
Our core program clinical site is in Saskatoon (the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital, opened in 2019). Residents will have opportunities to experience training in Regina (inpatient or community pediatrics, NICU), Prince Albert (general/community pediatrics), remote settings in Saskatchewan (Northern clinics, on reserve clinics), and across Canada (if chosen as part of their clinical electives). All in-province training away from the core site of Saskatoon has provided accommodation as well as coverage for travel expense.
Our program employs Competence-by-Design training with the use of Elentra® as our information technology platform.
For further information including specific information on rotation experiences across the four stages of training, please view our program description on CaRMs.
Why do Pediatrics in Saskatoon?
As a small to mid-sized program, our Saskatoon pediatrics site offers a diverse array of general pediatric and subspecialty exposures with residents placed at the forefront. The program is highly responsive to resident feedback, and the program strives to ensure an equitable, culturally-sensitive, and highly supportive environment in which to train. On the backbone of strong clinical exposures and academic curriculum, our program all strives to optimize resident wellness throughout the entire experience. Situated in Saskatoon, residents have the opportunity to enjoy the amazing indoor and outdoor experiences of our Prairie Province.
What is the relationship between the Saskatoon and Regina sites?
Our program director oversees the Pediatric Residency sites in both Saskatoon and Regina. In Saskatoon, there is also an associate program director (Dr. Erin Woods), while in Regina there is a site director (Dr. Shauna Flavelle).
Pediatric trainees accepted into the Saskatoon site complete most of their mandatory training in Saskatoon except for 1 block rotations in NICU (PGY1) and Inpatient Pediatrics/Community Pediatrics (PGY3) in Regina as well as 1 block of Pediatrics in Prince Albert. Saskatoon trainees may choose to spend additional time in or near Regina in community pediatrics, child maltreatment, developmental pediatrics, Indigenous health, or ambulatory pediatrics. Furthermore, Saskatoon-based residents may spend additional time in Prince Albert, Swift Current, or other pediatric partner sites in Saskatchewan to broaden their pediatric expertise and be exposed to new clinical experiences.
Regina trainees spend time between Saskatoon and Regina (approximately 2 blocks in Saskatoon in the 1st year, 5-6 blocks in the 2nd year, 5-6 blocks in the 3rd year, and 2-4 blocks in the 4th year). Overall curriculum (academic half day, OSCEs, practice examinations, courses and certiﬁcations, and other core curriculum) are consistent between both sites.
The overall resident and faculty relationship between the Saskatoon and Regina sites is highly integrated and supportive.