University of Saskatchewan - Emergency Medicine - Saskatoon

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

Last approved on December 11, 2019

Approximate Quota:


Accreditation status : Accredited

Provincial Criteria

Dr. Rob Woods
Emergency Medicine 
Royal University Hospital  
Box 16, 103 Hospital Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7N 0W8
(306) 655-1446
(306) 844-1158
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Program Contacts

Dr. Rob Woods
Program Director

Dr. Lynsey Martin
Assistant Program Director

Leah Chomyshen
Program Administrative Assistant
(306) 655-1446

Julie Hunter
Program Administrative Assistant

Important Information

Applicants  are responsible for reviewing the University of Saskatchewan Policies for the R1 Match to determine if they meet all requirements and eligibility criteria. Failure to meet or provide proof of any of the stated requirements or documents may result in an applicant’s file not being reviewed or ranked.

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 (CPSS) for a July 1st start date and must maintain eligibility for an educational register license throughout their entire training program. Any delays in providing all required documentation to CPSS may result in the following:

  • delay in issuance of an educational register license and a delay in start of postgraduate training beyond July 1st
  • release from CaRMS match contract

Applicants completing medical education at the University of Montreal, Sherbrooke, Laval, and the University of Ottawa (French stream) are require to submit a valid IELTS language exam score before the rank order deadline to demonstrate they meet the English language proficiency requirements of CPSS. 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 three-day Resident Boot Camp in late June. 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. 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, 2020) 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.

General Instructions

Program application language: English

Supporting Documentation

Reference documents
Number requested: 3

Three letters of reference MUST accompany your file.  Do NOT send more than 3 letters of reference.  At least one of the letters MUST be from a practicing Emergency Physician.  The application is strengthened by having letters of reference from Academic Emergency Physicians affiliated with a residency-training program.

Please pay close attention to the requested structure and content of your personal letter.


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)

All applicants must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents at the time of application and must submit a notarized/certified photocopy of one of the documents listed above. Please note that a copy of both sides of the Canadian Citizenship card or Permanent Resident card are required.

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.


Applicants may be required to provide proof of proficiency in the English language to meet licensing requirements of the College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPSS) of Saskatchewan.

CMGs/USMGs who completed their medical education in an English medical school in Canada or the US are not required to provide 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 from French-speaking schools are required to complete the Academic Version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). It must be taken no earlier than July 1, 2018 with a minimum score of 7.0 in each component. Applicants are required to submit valid test scores to CaRMS by the rank order list deadline. Applicants who do not submit an IELTS test score by the rank order deadline will not be ranked.

Medical School Transcript 

Order from your Registrar

Medical Student Performance Record 

Order from your Dean's office.

Personal Letter 

A personal letter is required. Please check under 'Selection Criteria' for description.

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. To see an example of the test structure and schedule a test, please visit Please direct any inquiries on the test to

Test dates for 1st Iteration: A limited number of test dates and times will be available in early October. Please note these are the only test dates available and no additional tests will be scheduled.

Test dates for 2nd Iteration: The test date for 2nd iteration will be March 8, 2020. Please note this is the only test date available and no additional tests will be scheduled for 2nd iteration.

Note: CASPer scores are only valid for the match cycle in which the exam was taken. If applicants have taken the test in a past match cycle, they must write a new exam for the current match. Applicants who take the test in the 1st iteration of the current R1 match are not eligible to rewrite the test in 2nd iteration.

Custom Résumé / CV 

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

Applicants are advised to only provide the documents requested by the program. No other documents submitted will be reviewed.

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

Applicants are advised to only provide the documents requested by the program. No other documents submitted will be reviewed.



  • January 23, 2020
Interviews will be held on January 23rd, 2020.  Please note that a social event is scheduled for the evening of January 22nd.

Please do not contact the program for an interview. Candidates will be short-listed for an interview then the program will contact those short-listed candidates to offer them a specific interview. Interviews are required for this program and will be held during the CaRMS Interview period.



Program will notify all applicants through CaRMS Online and will send email invitations directly to applicants selected for an interview.
Every effort will be made to accommodate the travel plans of out-of-town candidates.  Video conferencing interviews or telephone interviews will only be permitted only in exceptional circumstances.


Selection Criteria

Our program aims to represent the diversity of our society and people that we serve. Given that we are a small program, with the CaRMS matching process, it is difficult to have representation of all genders, ethnicities, beliefs, and sexual orientations among our residents. If you do not see yourself represented by our current residents and faculty, please know that you are welcome to train in our program!  
We are committed to fostering a training environment that is characterized by respect and equity, and free from harassment and discrimination. File reviewers and interviewers are selected intentionally to ensure diversity.  We are always working towards making everyone feel included and welcome in our training program, and appreciate your feedback to improve our selection process.
Our senior residents Seyara Shwetz PGY-4 ( and Justin Koh PGY-3 ( would be more than happy to address questions/concerns about resident diversity in our program. Please feel free to reach out to them! 
We aim to be as transparent and fair as possible regarding our selection process.  Please see our website ( for the complete breakdown of weighting for both our pre and post-interview rank lists.  Pre-interview file reviewers and interviewers are z-scored to ensure that no applicant is given an advantage or disadvantage by being reviewed/interviewed by a particular rater/interviewer.  We will have one selection committee member complete an on-line search to review social media and other on-line material for all applicants to look for any concerns related to professionalism.  

Program goals

Goals of the USask FRCPC Emergency Medicine Residency Program:

The Emergency Medicine Residency Training Program at the University of Saskatchewan aims to train Emergency Medicine Specialists who:

      - are skilled in resuscitative procedures and able to initially manage acute illness and injury in all age groups

      - possess a sound approach to initial management, treatment and disposition of all chief complaints that present to the Emergency Department

      - possess strong organizational skills, can triage and manage multiple acutely ill patients, and can be a leader in disaster situations

      - function well within the team environment of the Emergency Department, and are effectively able to negotiate situations of conflict

      - successfully integrate work and life within the challenges of working in the ED environment

      - contribute to their administrative environment, at the hospital and pre-hospital organizations

      - contribute to the academic environment as an effective educator and scholar

      - contribute to the overall health of their community

Selection process goals

The application review and interviews will specifically evaluate candidates on the following characteristics:

 - Personal insight into the field of Emergency Medicine

 - Thoughtful review of the challenges and opportunities of training in our program

 - Likelihood of making a significant contribution to the field of Emergency Medicine

 - Demonstrated approach to learning with a growth mindset

 - Maturity, resilience and work-life integration

 - Teamwork and inter-personal skills

 - Organizational skills and ability to complete tasks

 - Leadership experience and potential

File review process

Review team composition : File reviewers 2-3 Faculty members and 3-4 residents review each resident application file. 4 panels of 2-3 interviewers (residents and faculty) administer and score the interview stations. The entire review team does a qualitative reviews of rank lists for both the interview and final list.

Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 51 - 200
~ 90 applications per year for the past 3 years

Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 26 - 50 %
32 interviews offered, 3 wait list spots notified. It is rare for us to go on to our wait list.

Evaluation criteria :
File component Criteria
CV CanMEDS roles
Electives Diversity of electives, at least one EM elective to gain insight into the specialty
Extra-curricular Evidence of work-life integration and contribution to society
Leadership skills Diversity of experiences, degree of involvement
MSPRs Consistent performance across rotations/courses
Personal letters 3 paragraphs, each answering a specific question (see below)
Reference documents Letters of reference, ideally from Emergency Physicians (see below)
Research/Publications Degree of involvement, relevance to EM
Transcripts Consistent performance across rotations/courses
Other file component(s) Personal Letter

You are to specifically answer the following 3 questions in your personal letter:

1. Why do you want to train in OUR program?

2. If you had to choose one academic/clinical/administrative niche in EM today, what would it be and why?

3. What strengths and weaknesses do you possess relevant to the practice of EM?

The response to each question should be approximately 250 words, and the total length of the letter should not exceed 750 words.

Letters of Reference

3 letters of reference MUST accompany your file. At least one of the letters MUST be from a practicing Emergency Physician. The application is strengthened by having letters of reference from Academic Emergency Physicians affiliated with a residency-training program. Do NOT send more than 3 letters of reference. If more than three letters are submitted, the first three letters, based on the the writer's last name alphabetically, will be reviewed and the others will not be.

Elective criteria

We are looking for and rewarding applicants who have completed a broad range of electives including in our discipline.
We do not require applicants to have done onsite electives.

Interview process

Interview format :

We accommodate additional interview formats as an option for applicants unable to attend an in-person interview due to weather or unforeseen circumstances.

Interview evaluation criteria :
Interview components Criteria
Collaboration Managing conflict
Collegiality Working effectively in a team
Communication skills Ability to communicate during the interview
Interest in the discipline Assessed through personal letter
Interest in the program Assessed through personal letter
Leadership skills Assessed during file review
Professionalism Growth mindset, resiliency and dealing with adversity
Punctuality Time management & organizational skills
Scholarship Assessed during file review

Information gathered outside of CaRMS application

We may consider information gathered outside of the CaRMS application and local interview processes. Specifically, we may consider:

Ranking process

The behavior(s) exhibited below during the interview process may prevent an applicant from being ranked by our program :

Program Highlights

One of the major highlights for our program, the U of S and for the citizens of Saskatchewan is our new Children's Hospital that is scheduled to open on September 30th, 2019.  Of most importance to us is the new state of the art Adult Emergency.  And of course, the STARS helipad on the roof of the new building allowing for a 2 minute transfer to the EM staff!  This is a great time to complete your residency here with us. 

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.

Competency By Design (CBD) Transition

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has transitioned to a competency based assessment model.  Emergency Medicine made this transition in July of 2018 and all of our residents are assessed through this model. 

Goals of the UofS FRCPC Emergency Medicine Residency Program:

The Emergency Medicine Residency Training Program at the University of Saskatchewan aims to train Emergency Medicine Specialists who:

     - are able to initially manage acute illness and injury in all age groups, skilled in resuscitative procedures

     - possess a sound approach to initial management, treatment and disposition of all chief complaints that present to the Emergency Department

     - possess strong organizational skills, able to triage and manage multiple acutely ill patients and be a leader in disaster situations

     - are able to function well within the team environment of the Emergency Department, and effectively able to negotiate situations of conflict

     - are able to successfully integrate work and life within the challenges of working in the ED environment

     - are able to contribute to their administrative environment, at the hospital and pre-hospital organizations

     - are able to contribute to the academic environment as an effective educator and researcher

     - are able to contribute to the overall health of their community





Transition to Discipline


Transition to Practice



EM (Regina)


EM (Regional)

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EM (Regina)


Peds EM











Peds EM


Peds EM

Peds EM








Peds EM




Transport Medicine


Peds EM


Int Med or Neuro



Area of Specialized Leadership


Family Med










Ophtho (2 weeks)










Longitudinal Rotations

Toxicology Call

Research Project

Toxicology Call

Research Project

Education 1


Exam year



Education 2

On-line learning, other courses



Indigenous Health Course


Transfusion Camp




Airway course (AIME, STARS)



Kingston Review Course




With the move to Competence By Design, we no longer request end of rotation evaluations from rotations but rather an accomplishable number of EPAs (Entrustable Professional Activities) direct observation assessments. We expect a minimum of one direct observation per shift in the ED and 1-2 observations per week on off-service rotations. This is a resident driven, faculty supported program of assessment that requires self-motivation on the part of the resident.

PGY1: Transition to Discipline & Foundations of Discipline 

The resident will spend the majority of the year being exposed to Emergency Medicine in order to develop the framework for acquisition of expertise during off-service rotations. All first-year residents will take a Clinical Research Methodologies Course (CLR800.3), which runs on-line for one term, and an Indigenous Wellness Course which also runs one term. Residents are allowed to take up to 4 weeks during their EM blocks over their first two years of residency to complete their research project. During the first two years of residency, residents will take 3 x 12 hour Toxicology call with PADIS (Poison and Drug Information System). Residents are also enrolled in the IMAGE SIM, an on-line self-directed Pediatric Imaging Learning system and are expected to complete the modules by the end of Foundations.


PGY2 - PGY4: Core of Discipline

Residents will ideally present their research project at our annual research day near the end of the academic year in PGY2 or 3.

The third year is currently the Chief Resident year, but we plan to transition this to a PGY5 responsibility once we are in full CBD cohorts. Two longitudinal rotations will occur (EMS and Education) in this year as well. Residents are given a light reduction in their shift load during EM rotations in order to carry out the learning activities of these longitudinal rotations.


Residents will consolidate their knowledge and skills in this final year of core. They will also spend one month in a regional ED (usually in North Battleford or Prince Albert) to gain the perspective of working outside of a tertiary care environment. They will write their exam near the end of PGY4.

PGY5: Transition to Practice 

Residents will be expected to function as a JR Staff in the ED. They will be given up to 6 months developing clinical or scholarly expertise in Emergency Medicine. This can be in any clinical or academic area that will enhance the practice of Emergency Medicine. If residents are performing well, they can combine this time into a one year of focused training or Master's degree.  Ideally the resident will model their future work schedule with a mix of ED work and their proposed niche of expertise.

Curriculum Disclaimer

The above curriculum is not set in stone.  Modifications to the curriculum have been and will be considered every 6 months as part of the program's semi-annual retreats.  

Training Sites

Distributive Learning

The College of Medicine, while physically located in Saskatoon, is a provincial resource in attitude and in practice. Postgraduate medical education at the University of Saskatchewan takes seriously its role in supporting quality health care to all people of the province. This means training physicians to meet the needs of, not only urban populations, but also those of rural and remote populations. In so doing, the College of Medicine has developed, and continues to develop, rotations in Regina and other communities. These rotations are designed to provide educational experiences to enhance the resident's knowledge and skills, and take maximum advantage of unique educational opportunities in a diversity of communities. All postgraduate programs are expected to develop and incorporate into their curriculum, rotations in communities other than Saskatoon. The manner in which each program does this is not strictly prescribed by the College of Medicine - but is determined by the Residency Training Committee, taking into consideration the needs of their residents, and the excellent opportunities available in other locations. These rotations continue to evolve as we seek to build stronger and better programs.

Extensive support is available for out of town rotations. The exact nature of this support varies with location and program. The communities involved, individual programs, the College of Medicine, and the Ministry of Health work collaboratively to ensure residents are not financially disadvantaged by the need to relocate.

For residents assigned to short term rotations in Regina, shared housing is provided in four 4-bedroom apartments located in the North Residence tower on the University of Regina campus. 

Where necessary, every effort will be made to provide family friendly accommodations.



The University of Saskatchewan achieved accreditation status for this program in February 2011, it's first residents began in July 2011, and it received full accreditation status in 2016 with the next review set for 2023.  We currently have 17 residents across all years of training.   Since 2015 we have 10 successful graduates!



Teaching Resources (UofS)

Royal University Hospital Emergency Department (RUH) in Saskatoon is located on the University of Saskatchewan campus and has a total annual volume of ~ 50,000 patients per year with a 20% admission rate (both Adult and Pediatric patients).  It is the city’s only trauma centre, and Emergency Physicians are an integral part of the trauma team.  Almost all subspecialty services are present at this site, and it is the main teaching hospital for the College of Medicine.  A Pediatric Emergency Department is contained within the ED and is open 24-7 daily, seeing ~ 12,000 patients per year within those hours.  The Jim Pattison Children's Hospital opens in October 2019.  There is a brand new Adult and Pediatric ED!!  

St. Paul's Hospital Emergency Department (SPH) in Saskatoon has an annual volume of ~ 45,000 patients with a 15% admission rate.  It serves a high proportion of inner city patients.  

Saskatoon City Hospital Emergency Department (SCH) has an annual volume of ~ 17,000 patients and an admission rate of 1%.  It is open from 0900-2030 daily and serves as an Urgent Care Centre.  As of 2009, all in-patient surgical and medical services have been consolidated at RUH and SPH so all patients requiring admission are transferred off site.  It now mainly serves patients awaiting long-term care, rehab services, and day surgery for a number of surgical specialties.

PADIS - We have one Inter-University Affiliation with the University of Calgary, specifically the Poison and Drug Information Service.  Residents spend one 4 weeks of training with PADIS in their 3rd year of residency.

Residents from many specialty programs at the University of Saskatchewan spend some clinical time in Regina.  There is also a CFPC-EM Program based in Regina.  Residents in the FRCPC EM Residency Program should plan to complete 4 blocks of Emergency Medicine in Regina.   


The Regina General Emergency Department (RGH) has an annual volume of ~ 48,000 patients with a 20% admission rate.  It is the trauma centre for Regina and has almost all subspecialty services at this site.  

The Pasqua Hospital Emergency Department (PH) in Regina has an annual volume of ~ 34,000 patients with a 17% admission rate. 


Each resident is paired with one FRCPC Academic Advisor and one CCFP-EM Mentor.  You will be scheduled with both of these physicians longitudinally during ED rotations, so they can give you a good sense of your progress.  Your Academic Advisor will also meet with you quarterly to review your CBD assessment data, your self-assessment and help you work toward all of your goals each quarter.

Academic Features

Academic Half Day takes place on Wednesday afternoons.  It is shared with the CFPC-EM Program, which runs a parallel program in Saskatoon & Regina. Half-Day is video-conferenced between the two sites. We have monthly Academic Full Days, which include practice exams and simulation sessions in the morning.

Staff Cases

Staff cases are a mix of Trauma, Transport and other good teaching cases presented by attending physicians.

Topic Presentations

Three 25-minute topic presentations per academic-half day are scheduled based on a two-year cycle of topics.  Usually, a faculty member does the first talk and the second and third talk are done by one of the Emergency Medicine residents and occasionally off-service residents.

Case Presentations

These interactive rounds are meant to illustrate clinical reasoning and application of knowledge through real-time management of cases.

Interpretive Rounds

These interactive rounds are meant to work on interpretive skills by reviewing any of the following: xrays, CT head, ECGs, US images, blood gas analysis, synovial fluid analysis, CSF analysis, urinalysis, blood tests, spirometry, pictures of rashes/injuries/eye diseases/otoscopy, etc.

Critical Appraisal Rounds

Residents are assigned an article to critically appraise and discuss as a group.

Procedure Rounds

All of the key Emergency Medicine procedures are covered monthly over a one-year period.  This curriculum is overseen by Dr. Lynsey Martin.

JR & SR CanMEDS Rounds

PGY1 residents will participate in 10 workshop style sessions on advanced communication and collaboration skills.  PGY5 residents participate in 4 sessions related to transition to practice.  This curriculum is overseen by Dr. Rob Woods.

Research Wall Walk

Our Research Director, Dr. Phil Davis and our Research Assistant, Dr. Tom Graham, leads monthly research wall-walk sessions.  Residents discuss their progress towards completion of their own projects.  Projects are broken down into three tracks: Clinical, QI and Education.  There are 3-4 sessions per year for each track for residents to share challenges and successes of their project progress.

EDUS Rounds

Dr. Mark Taylor and Dr. Paul Olszynski lead monthly beginner and advanced point of care ultrasound sessions.  PGY3 residents follow the EGLS curriculum.

High Fidelity Simulation

Residents participate in 6 inter-disciplinary simulation sessions per year based on our critical care curriculum.  The curriculum runs parallel in Saskatoon and Regina.  This curriculum is overseen by Dr. Desiree Rouleau

We also have specific simulation for assessment.  In Transition to Discipline, we run 2 sessions for our new residents to assess their ability to recognize critically ill patients.  In the Core phase of training, we assess Advanced Airway skills.  This curriculum is overseen by Dr. Brent Thoma.

Critical Appraisal Rounds

PGY1 residents participate in 4 critical appraisal sessions where they review the most common types of articles using landmark EM articles as examples for discussion.  This curriculum is led by Dr. Brent Thoma & Dr. Phil Davis.  PGY5s help to teach the sessions.

Textbook Rounds

Emergency Medicine Residents will be assigned monthly reading of Rosen’s textbook of Emergency Medicine.  A faculty member will develop exam style questions on the assigned reading.  The answers to the questions will be reviewed at these sessions.  The bulk of this textbook will be covered every two years.  This curriculum is overseen by Dr. Damjan Gaco.

Practice Written Exam

The Canadian In-Training Exam is a short answer style exam, designed to reflect the style and content of the Royal College Exam.  We write it twice per year, and the exam is scored nationally so you can see how you are performing compared to your cohort of training across the country.  Our monthly textbook rounds are designed to prepare residents for this type of exam as well.

Practice Oral Exams

Emergency Medicine Residents will be exposed to at least one practice oral exam session per year, several in their final year.  This curriculum is overseen by Dr. Mark Taylor and Dr. Damjan Gaco.

Journal Club

Residents will participate in one Journal Club per year.  They will work with a faculty member to choose a clinical question or topic, select the relevant articles, critically appraise them, report their findings to the group, and develop a best practice document after the large group discussion.  This curriculum is overseen by Dr. Mark Taylor.

EMS Meeting

The FRCPC EM Residency Program serves as the Medical Advisor for Ground Ambulance Services in the Saskatoon Health Region, under the supervision of Dr. Kamini Premkumar. The Chief Residents chair these meetings and keep minutes to ensure all tasks related to this position are delegated and completed. All tasks are reviewed by Dr. Premkumar. This position serves as the longitudinal EMS rotation of the PGY3 year.

Wellness Rounds

Once a month as part of our Academic Half-Day we participate in a group activity session, followed by a group discussion or presentation on a wellness topic.  The goal is to promote regular physical activity in the busy life of a resident, to provide an opportunity for residents to bond outside of work-related duties and to build resiliency in our residents.  This curriculum is run by one of our PGY3s Dr. Rob Carey and Faculty Advisors Dr. Janet Ferguson, Dr. Ali Turnquist, Dr. Carlyn Denton & Dr. Desiree Rouleau.

Thank you for considering our program!