Dr. Marla Davidson

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Kathy McKenzie

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Program Highlights

  • Collegial, friendly and supportive environment including a cohesive and engaged resident cohort with four to five residents per cohort year
  • Dedicated faculty who are approachable, enthusiastic and effective teachers
  • Small program that allows for 1:1 teaching experiences and mentorship
  • Program is supportive of individual learning goals and responsive to resident professional and personal needs
  • Dedicated resident space including a newly renovated teaching space equipped for virtual learning, lounges, and individual resident offices
  • Residents are given a half- day per week of protected academic time plus an additional week dedicated to research and study every six months
  • Psychiatry residents are provided with funding and support to attend conferences, courses and present research during the course of their residency
    • $1000 per year per resident to use toward education, materials, electives, conferences and travel.
    • Supplemental Travel: $2000 to each resident during the residency term to support residents who are presenting at conferences (not just attending).
    • Ottawa and London review course registrations for Royal College licensing exam preparation.
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General Information

The Psychiatry residency program at the University of Saskatchewan is distributed across two sites and includes our Saskatoon and Regina campuses with approximately 35 residents (20 in Saskatoon and 15 in Regina). The program has been developed to provide each trainee the opportunity to acquire the requisite knowledge and clinical expertise in Psychiatry integrating all of the CanMEDS roles, while developing individual academic interests. Structured, supervised clinical experience occurs in a variety of settings and with a wide variety of psychiatric disorders and problems.

The Divisions of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Saskatoon and Regina provide academic and clinical experiences for residents that extends to subspecialty training. The Division of Forensic Psychiatry provides academic and clinical experience for residents that extends to subspecialty training. This includes unique experience at the Regional Psychiatric Centre (Prairies), which is the federal maximum security 200-bed treatment facility for Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.

Saskatoon is a friendly and vibrant city situated on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River. It is centrally located within the province and is one of the sunniest cities in Canada. There is an eclectic mix of arts and culture, theatre, festivals, and a lively restaurant scene. The size of the city allows for a short and convenient commute of approximately 20 minutes wherever you need to go within city limits. There is a low cost of living and housing is affordable. Saskatchewan has a diverse and beautiful landscape with ample opportunities to walk or bike along the extensive Meewasin Valley trail system along the South Saskatchewan River, visit lakes, hike, camp at various provincial and national parks, and cross-country ski during the winter.

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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 - Psychiatry - 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.

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