University of Saskatchewan - Family Medicine - La Ronge


Program Director

Dr. Brian Geller


Program Administrative Assitant

Janice Skilliter

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  1. Full-service Family Medicine (Emergency Medicine, Office-based care, procedures in clinic and on call at the hospital, Obstetrics, In-patient care, Long-term care, etc.)

  2. Close knit, collegial, and engaged physician group (good mix of younger and more experienced physicians with great retention of docs who graduated from the residency program, large number of visiting medical students and residents from other programs, opportunity to work with visiting specialists from Saskatoon and Prince Albert)

  3. Opportunity to work with high risk vulnerable populations (great exposure to Addictions Medicine, local Primary Care led Hep C and HIV treatment)

  4. Opioid Agonist Therapy program offering excellent care to over 120 patients (several of our residents have chosen to offer Opioid Agonist Therapy following their training)

  5. Opportunity to utilize point of care ultrasound in the clinic and the Emergency department with excellent on-site mentorship

  6. Busy Emergency department with great exposure to a wide range of patient presentations

  7. Amazing outdoor lifestyle in winter and summer (world-class paddling routes, summer mountain bike trails and winter fat bike trails, over 50 km of groomed cross-country ski trails, water sports, fishing, snowmobiling, women’s, and men’s hockey, etc.)

  8. Great local events and organizations (annual Napatak Ramble outdoor music concert; BORA Boreal Outdoor Recreation Association; Pimiskitan Canoe Club; etc.)

  9. Remote medicine experiences (weekly flyouts to Northern nursing stations, opportunity to work closely with local Indigenous populations)

  10. Innovative clinic team focused on high quality patient care (13 salaried physician positions providing care for over 7000 patients in the local La Ronge area and 15,000 patients in the extended north central SK catchment area, fully integrated electronic medical records program, strong culture of continuous quality improvement, long history of learner mentorship and teaching with over 35 years of experience working with medical students and residents)

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Our mission is to create, teach, and develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes specific to the discipline of Family Medicine. We will work to optimize health by demonstrating excellence and innovation in service, education, and scholarly activity. We will provide university, hospital, and community-based education consistent with the principles of Family Medicine. We will focus our efforts on working with communities in response to their health needs.

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Interviews will be held March 12-14, 2021

  • Residents are provided 20 vacation days per year

  • NRP is provided by the program

  • There is ample opportunity to teach medical students

  • Very competitive resident salaries

  • CMPA insurance is paid by the University of Saskatchewan

  • Annual Resident Retreat


Each resident is required to complete a scholarly project during the two-year residency. Residents are supported by faculty and staff of the Research Division to complete this work. The project must be presented by residents at the annual Resident Scholarship Day and a manuscript must be submitted. All residents are required to complete scholarly academic modules and will have protected time to complete these activities.

Quality improvement and reflection on one’s own practice are important components of the practice of Family Medicine and there is increasing emphasis on this activity. All residents are required to participate in a practice assessment, as set out by their training site.


Planning for academic sessions is coordinated across all sites of the program. An Evidence Based Medicine course and a Scholarship Skills course are mandatory for the first year. Physician Management courses and ethics courses are provided. Written and Simulated Office Oral Exam preparation is provided.