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Dr. Shane Wunder (Program Director), Dr. Brendan Kushneriuk (Assistant Program Director)

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Julie Gillis

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Program Highlights

The University of Saskatchewan Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation is a provincial program that provides a unique and flexible opportunity to take advantage of the best training opportunities across two main campuses, located in the cities of Saskatoon and Regina, as well as opportunities to experience one or more of the regional centres throughout the province. We currently have residents in various stages of training who have their primary base in either Regina or Saskatoon. For 2024, we will have two positions with their primary base in Saskatoon. Residents training at both sites will still be expected to complete part of their training at the other campus to take advantage of the strengths at both locations and the diversity of faculty and patients across our province.

We have integrated support for research with access to research scientists in both cities. We have strong working relationships with neurosciences, rheumatology and orthopedics. Both centres have established services in the core rehabilitation areas of stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury and amputation medicine.

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General Information

At the Regina campus, the program is primarily based out of Wascana Rehabilitation Centre, a stand-alone rehabilitation facility which has all core rehabilitation services at one site including inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services, electrodiagnostics, prosthetics and orthotics, specialized seating, and services for pediatric rehabilitation. The campus in Saskatoon is based out of Saskatoon City Hospital, where there are inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. There is also the opportunity to work with off-site pediatric subspecialists as well as teams managing cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other neuromuscular diseases in addition to orthotics and prosthetics. As there is currently no subspecialized pediatric physiatrist in Saskatchewan, we have an affiliation agreement in place with the University of Calgary where we require and support one block of pediatric rehabilitation.  There are also five community physiatrists in Saskatoon who see a mix of musculoskeletal and electrodiagnostic medicine.

Our two tertiary rehabilitation centres in Saskatoon and Regina serve a provincial population of over 1.1 million. Our program is distributed between both cities, which offers the best of flexibility, personalized attention, and practical experience. There is excellent support from the College of Medicine to support this distributed model. We have a strong focus on neurological and musculoskeletal anatomy reinforced by five half days per year in the College of Medicine anatomy lab guided by an anatomist and physiatrist. This is followed by hands-on ultrasound teaching and practice evaluating the anatomy reviewed in the lab. We are continuing to build our expertise for integrating ultrasound into chemodenervation and musculoskeletal procedures. We also have optional EMG teaching rounds in addition to our regular academic teaching program.

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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 - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - Saskatoon.
Saskatchewan
Gross annual PGY-1 Salary
$61,635
Gross annual PGY-2 Salary
$67,217
Gross annual PGY-3 Salary
$72,794*
Gross annual PGY-4 Salary
$78,348*
Gross annual PGY-5 Salary
$83,860*
Gross annual PGY-6 Salary
$89,359*
Educational Leave
Minimum 7 days with pay, 12 Maximum
Annual Vacation
4 weeks
Meal Allowance
n/a
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
100%
Dental Plan
100%
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)
1%
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 http://www.residentdoctorssk.ca/contract/current-collective-agreement for contract details.

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Explore Location

Bridge in the foreground of the city
Saskatoon
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

Stephen Patrick
PGY-3
One of the things that comes to mind is our anatomy and ultrasound sessions. These days are a great opportunity to review in-depth anatomy and develop technical ultrasound skills that can easily be carried over into practice. I also find our weekly EMG rounds are another great aspect of the program. We have dedicated staff who have put lots of effort into making these rounds both fun and highly educational.

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