University of Saskatchewan - Pediatrics - Saskatoon
- We have a strong core of general pediatric and community pediatric training experiences in addition to the full complement of subspecialty pediatric exposures. With no RCPSC fellowship programs, residents in our program have ample direct contact with pediatric faculty and clinical exposures early and throughout their training.
- The Pediatric Program maintains a robust academic curriculum including protected academic half-day, simulation, Code Navy events, wellness rounds, journal club and case rounds, Departmental Grand Rounds, practice examinations (STACERs, OSCEs, MCQs and SAQs), an Indigenous Wellness Course for Healthcare Providers, a Teaching Course (TIPS), and 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 is comprised of 6 residents per year (24 total residents) from all over the country.
- Our core program site is in Saskatoon (the Jim Pattison Children's Hospital, opened in 2019); however, residents will have opportunities to experience some training in Regina (inpatient pediatrics, NICU), Prince Albert (general/community pediatrics), remote settings in Saskatchewan (upon expressed interest) 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 expenses
Note: Program video and program picture slideshow will be provided to candidates who interview for our program.
What is the relationship between the Regina and Saskatoon 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. Bruce Holmes).
Pediatric trainees accepted into the Saskatoon site complete most of their mandatory training in Saskatoon except for 1 block rotations in NICU and Inpatient Pediatrics 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.