University of Saskatchewan - Psychiatry - Saskatoon


Program Director

Dr. Marla Davidson


Program Administrative Assistant

Kathy McKenzie

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  • 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: $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). 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.


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 8:30-9:00 am to 5:00 pm, with the exception of two days per week when the residents meet for morning teaching rounds at 8:00 am or when they are administering ECT during their PGY2 adult inpatient rotation. PGY1 and PGY2 residents do four call shifts per month with PGY1 residents buddied with an upper year resident. PGY3-5 residents do three call shifts 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 and 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.