University of Saskatchewan - Public Health and Preventive Medicine - Saskatoon

2018 R-1 Main Residency Match - first iteration
CMG Stream for CMG

Last approved on November 6, 2017

Approximate Quota:


Accreditation status : Accredited

Provincial Criteria

Dr. Cory Neudorf
Community Health and Epidemiology 
Health Sciences Bldg., Ewing #3230 
104 Clinic Place
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7N 5E5

Program Contacts

Koreen Skjonsby
Program Administrative Assistant

Important Information

CASPer Test

All applicants must complete a CASPer™ (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) test. More information is available under Supporting Documentation-CASPer Exam.


Matched applicants must be eligible for an educational register license with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan and must maintain eligibility for an educational register license throughout their entire training program.

Applicants completing medical education at the University of Montreal, Sherbrooke, Laval, and the University of Ottawa (French stream) are required to submit a valid language exam score before the rank order deadline to demonstrate they meet the English language proficiency requirements of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan. More information is available under Supporting Documentation-Language Proficiency.


In order to commence and continue in Postgraduate Medical Education training programs, matched applicants must be eligible for and maintain privileges within the Saskatchewan Health Region as determined by their credentialing process. Saskatchewan Health Regions require successful applicants to submit a current criminal record check as part of their pre-resident application for appointment. Applicants with criminal records will be considered on a case by case basis by the College of Medicine in consultation with the Health Region.

Resident Boot Camp

All matched applicants must attend a mandatory two-day Resident Boot Camp on June 27 and 28, 2018. The purpose of the Boot Camp is to provide additional support to trainees as they transition to residency by introducing and consolidating baseline skills and knowledge needed to flourish during their residency years. The program will include interactive case-based and hands-on practice sessions. There will also be a social event to provide trainees with the opportunity to interact and network among themselves. Stipends will be provided to trainees.

Advanced Cardiac Life Support

Matched applicants are required to provide proof of ACLS certification (current as of July 1, 2018) to the PGME office prior to starting their training program. The ACLS Provider course must be certified by the American Heart Association or Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation. ACLS certification that is not endorsed by the AHA/Canadian Heart and Stroke and/or is completed entirely through an on-line course will not be accepted.

Additional information and eligibility criteria that applicants must be aware of and are responsible to read and review are available in the following links:

- University of Saskatchewan Overview
- University of Saskatchewan Policies for the R1 Match

General Instructions

Program application language: English

Applications accepted in English

Supporting Documentation

Reference documents
Number requested: 3

Three letters of reference, written by a physician, are required.


Canadian Citizenship [Document must be notarized/certified]
Submit one of the following documents to verify your citizenship.

• Canadian Birth Certificate or Act of Birth
• Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
• Confirmation of Permanent Residence in Canada
• Passport page showing Canadian Citizenship
• Canadian Permanent Resident Card (both sides of card)
• Record of Landing, clearly showing the date of landing in Canada

All applicants must be Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, or Landed Immigrants at the time of application and must submit a notarized/certified photocopy of one of the documents listed above.

No other forms of verification will be accepted. Proof of citizenship must be current at the time of ranking and expired documents will not be accepted.

Language Proficiency
Submit one of the following documents to verify your language proficiency.


CMGs/USMGs who completed their medical education in an English medical school in Canada or the US are exempt from providing proof of English language proficiency.

Canadian applicants with medical education from the University of Montreal, Sherbrooke, Laval, and the University of Ottawa (French stream) are required to meet the English language proficiency requirements of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan. Applicants must have achieved the required proficiency in ONE of the following English language tests and valid test scores must be submitted to CaRMS by the rank order list deadline:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Version taken no earlier than July 1, 2016 with a minimum score of 7.0 in each component.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT Academic Version taken no earlier than July 1, 2016 with a minimum score of 24 in each of the components. Applicants should be aware that use of the TOEFL IBT will be discontinued effective July 1, 2018.

Medical School Transcript 

Order from your Registrar

Medical Student Performance Record 

Order from your Dean's office

Personal Letter 

The personal letter is intended to serve as an introduction to the document reveiwers - use it to describe who you are, how you arrived at where you are today and your aspirations for the future. It must be written in narrative format and should be no more than 3 double-spaced pages in length. You can find additional information about personal letters on the CaRMS website.

CASPer exam 


All applicants must complete a CASPer(tm) (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) test. CASPer is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics.

Test dates for 1st Iteration: A limited number of test dates and times will be available in early to mid October. Please note these are the only test dates available and no additional tests will be scheduled. To see an example of the test structure and schedule a test, please visit

Please direct any inquiries on the test to

Note: CASPer test results are valid for one year. Applicants who have taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.

Custom Résumé / CV 

Photo  [Note: Photograph is used as memory aid only]

Review Process

Applications submitted after file review has opened on November 21, 2017

Supporting documents (excluding letters of reference) that arrive after file review has opened  on  November 21, 2017

Letters of reference that arrive after the unmasking date on November 28, 2017

There will be a review of all applicants by a sub-committee of the Residency Program Committee.



  • January 26, 2018
January 26th, 2018

Program will only notify applicants who are selected for an interview
There will be a panel interview of pre-selected candidates.

Selection Criteria

Applicants should demonstrate knowledge of what range of professional work the specialty involves, ideally acquired in an elective in the specialty.

The selection is based generally on the overall quality of the candidate, his/her likelihood of being able to contribute to the specialty in the future, and how well the specialty fits with the career plans of the candidate.

Elective criteria

We encourage applicants to have completed at least one elective in our discipline.
We do not require applicants to have done onsite electives.

Program Highlights

The strength of the program will be in helping residents learn how to function effectively as specialists in Public Health and Preventive Medicine within an integrated regionalised healthcare system, able to work in a public health department, and with other parts of the healthcare system.

The variety of public health experiences available in rural, northern and urban settings as well as the provincial level will provide a well balanced learning environment. The small size of the program will also ensure a greater ability to exercise responsibility through the program, and to adapt training to their career goals.

As well as being a good learning environment for educating public health "generalists", there are the academic resources to support other career goals in the specialty, whether that includes academic medicine, medical epidemiology, administrative medicine or a combination practice and public health work.

The University of Saskatchewan has a unique combination of academic units related to health issues, including a veterinary college, agriculture college, school of public health, school of the environment, school of public policy, and a world class vaccine development centre. [Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization].

Being embedded in a relatively small healthcare system, this program will provide residents with the opportunity to get to know first-hand the important components of the public health system.

Because it is a small program, during the first years we will be linking with other western programs for joint learning experiences where possible, both for the learning opportunities and to enable residents to meet their peers.

Program Curriculum

This residency program is for 5 year(s)

Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.

The curriculum is designed to meet Royal College requirements for the specialty, with the usual length of training after medical school of 5 years of postgraduate medical education tailored to support the candidate's career goals, whether those are related to a role in the public health system, as a medical epidemiologist, in clinical preventive medicine, health administration, an academic setting or in administrative medicine.


For residents starting in 2018, the first year will consist of 12 months of basic clinical science training appropriate to a future career path as a specialist in Public Health and Preventive Medicine. Generally, this will involve rotations in urban and rural primary care, pediatrics, internal medicine, emergency medicine, geriatrics, and mental health and addictions.


The second year will consist of academic course work to meet the learning objectives related to the Royal College requirements for the specialty. These are most commonly fulfilled by the course work in a Master of Public Health degree. A Master's degree in Epidemiology, or in Community and Population Health Sciences are also possible. The course work is preceded by a 6-8 week Introduction to Public Health, based in the Saskatoon Health Region. The year ends with the first part of a practicum which is completed while doing a rotation in Public Health Intelligence at the Saskatoon Public Health Observatory and the Health Quality Council.


This year will include finishing the practicum at the Health Quality Council of Saskatchewan and then completing the remaining requirements of the academic course work, followed by the start of 24 months of core placements in public health settings. The PGY 3 core rotations in this set include 4 months in Environmental Public Health (supplemented by some audited courses taken at the School of Environment), and 2 months in Health Promotion and Health Equity in Population and Public Health Services, Saskatoon Health Region.



This will be a continuation of public health core rotations, including a 6 month rotation in Communicable Disease Control and Immunization in the Population and Public Health Services Department in either Saskatoon or Regina, followed by a 3 month rotation in Provincial Public Health at the Ministry of Health in Regina, and a 3 month rotation in either a northern or rural public health setting as the resident progressively acquires the skill and judgement necessary for independent practice.


The final year of training starts with a 6 month rotation in Public Health Leadership in Population Health Services in Regina or Saskatoon where the resident co-manages a public health program area in a dyad role with an administrative manager, followed by 6 months of elective time to tailor their training to their career objectives or to do further academic work.

Training Sites

University of Saskatchewan,

Department of Community Health and Epidemiology
Provides content expertise in the area of epidemiology and epidemiologic methods during the program. It also houses a Master's degree program in MCPHS [Community and Population Health Sciences], which is one option for the academic content of the residency program. Staff in the department have a particular focus on qualitative data as well as quantitative methods.

University of Saskatchewan,

School of Public Health

Courses related to the MPH degree housed in the School of Public Health are an important option for acquiring the academic content related to the residency program. Examples include epidemiologic methods, health promotion, program evaluation.  Detailed course descriptions are available on the School of Public Health website.

It is anticipated this will be the most common academic background.

Population and Public Health, Saskatoon Health Region

This training site will provide an introductory orientation to regional public health, prior to the start of academic course work in PGY2, using 6 weeks of elective time. It can also be the site for a senior urban public health 6 month placement in the R5 year.

It is the largest regional public health department in the province, with close links to the academic centres in Saskatoon.  Staff within this public health unit work in the full range of local public health roles, including health protection, disease prevention, population health promotion, and surveillance.  As is typical of Saskatchewan, the largest single staff component consists of public health nurses, who work largely in the areas of well child care, including immunizations.

The public health department is one administrative unit of the regional health authority, and many services are linked to other parts of the health region, such as maternal and child services, home care, primary care, and addictions services.

The learning opportunities are broad, including many areas of content expertise, advocacy, public communications, developing management skills and participating in strategic planning.

A particular strength of the department is the Public Health Observatory, a small but active epidemiology/surveillance unit.

Public Health Observatory, Saskatoon Health Region

This unit within Population and Public Health provides support to the rest of the public health department related to surveillance, performing epidemiologic studies, working on health indicators, quality improvement indicators, and is responsible for general and targeted health status reports for the health region.

One of the regional medical health officers functions as medical director of the unit.

A health data placement, either in the Public Health Observatory or Health Quality Council is a mandatory component of the residency program, usually in the R4 year.

Public and Population Health Services, Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region

This is a large urban public health department in Regina. In relevant years, it can be the site for a senior 6 month urban public health placement in the R5 year.

It provides a full range of local public health services covering the functions of health protection [communicable disease control, environmental health], disease prevention, health promotion and health surveillance.  The largest single staff component is that of public health nurses, with much of their work concentrated on well child care and immunizations.  It is one administrative unit of the regional health authority, with links to many other parts of the health region.

The learning opportunities are broad, including many areas of content expertise, advocacy, public communications, developing management skills and participating in strategic planning.

Being in the capital city means links to the provincial government, including the Ministry of Health and the Saskatchewan Disease Control Laboratory are close.

Population Health Unit, Mamawetan Churchill River Health Authority, La Ronge

The Population Health Unit provides centralized public health expertise for the 3 northern health regions and their largely aboriginal population spread over a large territory.

The range of services provided include health protection [environmental health, communicable disease control], disease prevention and health promotion.  Working with the northern population, cultural issues are important and the impact of the social determinants of health are dominant.

The learning opportunities are broad, including many areas of content expertise, advocacy, public communications, developing management skills and participating in strategic planning.  The environmental issues and communicable disease challenges are often unique compared with those in the southern parts of the province.

A placement in either a northern or rural health region is mandatory, usually as a 3 month placement in the R4 year.

Population Health Branch, Ministry of Health

This site is the public health component of the Ministry of Health.  The placement here, usually 3 months in the R4 year, will provide an experience of the provincial role of a specialist in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, and an opportunity to learn about the role of a provincial government and its processes.

Population Health Branch includes staff who focus on environmental health, health promotion, communicable disease control and epidemiology. The typical functions of the provincial level branch include development of policies, standards and legislation, as well a coordination of regional health authorities, interacting with other branches of government, and liaison with other provincial and territorial jurisdictions. There will of course be the opportunity to learn about the provincial role in directing the health system as a whole by specifying system priorities, engaging in strategic planning, and effective  management through the budget cycle.

Saskatchewan Health Quality Council

The Saskatchewan Health Quality Council is a provincially funded organization based in Saskatoon whose mandate is to support quality improvement throughout the health care system by focussing on priority areas.

A placement here will provide a chance to learn about quality improvement in the health care system and also provide an opportunity to use health data.

A health data placement, either here or in the Public Health Observatory of the Saskatoon Health Region, is mandatory in the residency, usually as a 3 month experience in the R4 year.

Public Health Agency of Canada

While there are no mandatory placements at the Public Health Agency of Canada, there are numerous opportunities for elective placements at PHAC detailed in a catalogue which can provide learning opportunities relevant for residents. Electives at PHAC will also provide a view of the role of the federal public health agency, of federal government processes and of the roles of other federal ministries.