University of Saskatchewan - Psychiatry - Regina


Program Director

Dr. Marla Davidson


Program Administrative Assistant

Tracy Arnold

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  • Collegial, friendly and supportive environment including a cohesive and engaged resident cohort with three residents per cohort year

  • Residents that prefer a smaller, ‘family-oriented’ program will thrive in the close-knit program

  • 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 teaching space equipped for virtual learning and lounge space

  • Residents are provided with 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: $20000 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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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). Regina provides training under a distributive learning experience with the College of Medicine office, and Associate Program Director (Dr. A. Papish). Regina has had CARMS specific positions since July 2010. The University of Saskatchewan Psychiatry program at the Regina site provides the full spectrum of training requirements for Residents, with the option to pursue additional elective opportunities in Saskatoon and throughout Saskatchewan, if desired.

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.

Regina is the “Queen City” and capital of Saskatchewan, and is a lovely city. The city offers world class dining, performing arts and culture, museums, and annual outdoor festivals, and is home to many parks and green spaces. The small size of the city allows for a short commute wherever you need to go. Cost of living is low and housing is affordable. Saskatchewan has a diverse landscape with opportunities to visit lakes, hike, and cross country ski during the winter. There are opportunities to explore smaller towns in Saskatchewan within driving distance from Regina, each featuring their own local business, farmers markets, and restaurants.


What is the salary of a resident in Saskatchewan?

Residents’ salaries are determined by the Resident Doctors of Saskatchewan Collective agreement. Resident doctors are remunerated through salaries, call stipends, and stat holiday pay. Current salaries are listed below:

  • PGY1 $59,234

  • PGY2 $64,599

  • PGY3 $69,959

  • PGY4 $75,296

  • PGY5 $80,594

  • PGY6 $85,879

What are the work hours and call frequency?

Residents generally work from 8:30-9 am to 5 pm except two days a week when the residents meet for morning teaching rounds at 8 am or when they are administering ECT during their PGY2 psychiatry inpatient rotation. PGY1 and PGY2 residents do four call per month on psychiatry and PGY3-5 residents do three call per month.

How are residents involved in the program?

The residents have a strong voice in shaping the program. They play an active role in program curriculum development with representation on the resident training, Competency by Design, and research committees. To ensure ongoing resident safety and contract support, residents also contribute to the department safety committee and Resident Doctors of Saskatchewan. Constructive feedback and communication are strong suits of the program through monthly resident-only forums followed by a resident administration meeting with the Program Director.

Will the program offer meet and greets with potential candidates?

The program will be hosting virtual meet and greets for potential candidates to meet with our residents, faculty to provide an opportunity to learn more about our program. The dates and times will be posted on our website and the AFMC National Web Calendar of Events.