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Saskatoon/Regina

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

University of Saskatchewan – Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation – Saskatoon
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Dr. Shane Wunder (Program Director), Dr. Brendan Kushneriuk (Assistant Program Director)

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Adesola (Sola) Ogundana

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University of Saskatchewan – Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation – Saskatoon

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Resident Experience

Andrea Kwan
PGY-3
The rich, diverse range of patients and clinical experiences that result from being a distributed program, with learning opportunities in two communities.- Ample one-on-one clinical time and bedside teaching with the faculty physicians.- Generous research support, with a dedicated program clinical research coordinator. – A collegial culture of learning that emphasizes safety, and graduated independence.
Throughout my residency experience, I have been most grateful for and impressed with the flexibility present in my program. On a personal level, the program has allowed a significant degree of autonomy as I arrange the order of my rotations and granted me the ability to identify and schedule useful experiences within rotations. Additionally, there is a lot of room to pursue areas of interest through electives. – At a program-level, I have appreciated and benefitted from the adaptability of the program in tailoring experiences to the pandemic situation. Our education has definitely not been as affected as it could have been without the readiness of our program leaders to adopt virtual technology for teaching and clinical sessions. – Another great aspect of my program that has enhanced my experience is its willingness to consider new educational initiatives that we propose and provide help in making these ideas a reality. In the recent years, our resident educational experiences have been enhanced by the addition of these initiatives to our schedules, with some examples including weekly EMG rounds, and MSK anatomy labs and hands-on interventional ultrasound technique sessions six times per year.
Positive and due to the small nature of the program, close-knit. There is a large degree of collaboration and camaraderie amongst the residents in the program. During times when it is safe to do so, we regularly get together for board games and “Thirsty Thursdays” after work.- Additionally, the community within the program is respectful and inclusive. At some point during my time in the program, every faculty member has gone out of their way to ensure that my educational experience is being optimized during the rotation. – For an example of inclusivity, residents with children returning from parental leave are supported during their transition back to clinical duties by an official policy that intends to ease their return. This was created by a resident, and unanimously ratified by all members of our program.
My answer to this question was much different and richer during non-pandemic times! However, even with the limitations of the past year, I have found that Saskatoon is an ideal place to lead a balanced life as a resident due to its small size. Even with all the studying required, I’m still able to be currently involved in a number of social activities, including weekly virtual Women in Medicine leadership course, Zoom yoga, and a local community hiking group. Additionally, I am the Competency by Design (CBD) Resident Lead for the program within the College of Medicine’s CBD Advisory Council. Individually, I really enjoy taking advantage of all the outdoor opportunities present in and around Saskatoon, including snowshoeing, stand-up-paddleboarding, and chasing my perfect shot of the aurora borealis!
The program has an elected resident wellness representative who does formal, structured check-ins with the entire group twice per year, and provides direction to resources and supports as needed. In addition to this, we have a designated faculty wellness coordinator who also performs two check-ins per year with us, staggered with those of our resident representative. – In my experience, the program has been diligent about operating in a way that creates an environment of wellness, including urging us to use our allotted vacation days and not denying the requests that we make and incorporating a “buddy system” with a senior resident to alleviate stress during the first 3 months of call.
In our program, the majority of the first two years of residency are spent almost entirely on off-service rotations. As a 3rd year resident, what I’m looking forward to the most is finally spending the majority of my time on physiatry rotations, growing in the field that I am passionate about!
The rich, diverse range of patients and clinical experiences that result from being a distributed program, with learning opportunities in two communities.- Ample one-on-one clinical time and bedside teaching with the faculty physicians.- Generous research support, with a dedicated program clinical research coordinator. – A collegial culture of learning that emphasizes safety, and graduated independence.

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