University of Saskatchewan - Diagnostic Radiology - Saskatoon

2021 R-1 Main Residency Match - first iteration
CMG Stream for CMG

Last approved on January 20, 2021

Summary of changes

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Accreditation status : Accredited

Provincial Criteria

Dr. Farid Rashidi
Medical Imaging 
Royal University Hospital  
103 Hospital Drive
Saskatoon SK , Saskatchewan, S7N 0W8
(306) 655-2390
Diagnostic Radiology
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Program Contacts

Amanda O'Leary
Program Administrator

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 Authority (SHA) as determined by their credentialing process. The SHA requires 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 SHA.

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, 2021) 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

Applicants are advised to only provide the documents requested by the program. No other documents submitted will be reviewed.
Canadian citizenship
CaRMS partners with third-party organizations to verify your citizenship or permanent resident status. If your status is verified by one of these organizations, you will not need to provide citizenship documents in your application. If your citizenship status is not verified, you must provide one of the documents listed below.
Document must be notarized/certified
Submit one of the following documents to verify your Canadian citizenship:
• Canadian Birth Certificate or Act of Birth
• Passport page showing Canadian Citizenship
• Canadian Permanent Resident Card (both sides of card)
• Canadian Citizenship 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 is required.

No other forms of verification will be accepted. Proof of citizenship must be current when file review opens 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, 2019 with a minimum score of 7.0 in each component. Applicants are required to submit valid test scores to CaRMS by the program rank order list deadline. Applicants who do not submit an IELTS test score by the program rank order deadline will not be ranked.

Note: For the 2021 R-1 Match, the IELTS – Indicator is not accepted.

If an applicant is shortlisted by a program, but does not meet language requirements due to COVID restrictions, the PGME office will provide their name to CPSS. CPSS will follow up with the applicant to determine eligibility for an educational license. Applicants should not contact CPSS directly about their eligibility for licensure.


Reference documents
Number requested: 3

It is preferred that the reference letters be written by physicians who have worked with the applicant for enough time in order to adequately assess and comment on the applicant skills or research projects if applicable.

Reference letters should attest to applicant's interest and proficiency in the specialty as well as comment on interpersonal skills, communication, work ethic, maturity and empathy. References from preceptors with extensive knowledge of the candidate are preferred, regardless of the specialty.

Additional documents
Medical School Transcript 

Order from your Registrar

Medical Student Performance Record 

Order from your Dean's Office

Personal Letter 

A personal letter is required which should be less than 500 words. The letter must describe you, your interests, your abilities, your goals, and your reasons for applying to Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Saskatchewan.

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 December 2020 and January 2021. 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 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 2021 R1 match are not eligible to rewrite the test in 2nd iteration. 

Custom Résumé / CV 

[Note: Photograph is used as memory aid only]

Optional - will be reviewed
Undergraduate Transcript (Bachelor's Degree) 

Review Process

Applications submitted after file review has opened on February 8, 2021

Supporting documents (excluding letters of reference) that arrive after file review has opened  on  February 8, 2021

Letters of reference that arrive after the unmasking date on February 8, 2021



  • March 15, 2021
  • March 16, 2021
Interviews will be held on March 15 and 16, 2021


Program will notify all applicants through CaRMS Online and will send email invitations directly to applicants selected for an interview.
All interviews will be held via videoconference. More information will be provided at the time of interview offer.

There will be Q&A session with the residents and a virtual video in lieu of site visit and tour.

Selection Criteria

- An acceptable academic record.

- Candidates should have a proven interest in our specialty, typically shown by previous electives/research in the area.

- Reference letters should attest to applicant's interest and proficiency in the specialty as well as comment on interpersonal skills, communication, work ethic, maturity and empathy. Reference letters from preceptors with extensive knowledge of the candidate are preferred, regardless of the specialty.

- Demonstration of the characteristics outlined above in the interview or by other means such as additional activities.

Program goals

Upon completion of training, the resident will be competent to function as a consultant in Diagnostic Radiology. This requires the residents to gain ability to supervise, advise on, and perform imaging procedures to such a level of competence, and across a broad range of medical practice, as to function as a consultant to referring physicians.

Knowledge, communication and technical skills are the three pillars on which a radiological career is built upon, and all are dependent on the acquisition of an attitude to the practice of medicine that recognizes both the need to establish a habit of continuous learning and the importance of promoting a team approach to the provision of imaging services.

Residents must demonstrate the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes for effective patient-centered care and service to a diverse population. In all aspects of specialist practice, the graduate must be able to address ethical issues and issues of gender, age, culture, and ethnicity in a professional manner.

Selection process goals

Candidates should have a proven interest in our specialty, typically shown by previous clinical electives and /or research in the area.

Proven proficiency in the specialty as well as comment on interpersonal skills, communication, work ethic, maturity and empathy.

Proven strong CanMEDS roles, as demonstraed on MSPR, CV, Research, Clinical Electives, Reference letters.

Applicants who have demonstrated ability to learn and develop as competent radiologists, interact and communicate in team environment and work effectively within a health care team. 

File review process

Review team composition : Program Director, Other Faculty members, Chief Residents and other resident representatives

Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 51 - 200

Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 51 - 75 %

Evaluation criteria :
File component Criteria
CV Content, Research, Publications and Electives
Electives Electives and relevance to Speciality
Examinations All applicants must complete a CASPer exam to be eligible for consideration
Extra-curricular Demonstrated skills as relevant to communication, collaboration, leadership, mentoring
Leadership skills Effective decision making
MSPRs CanMEDS roles strengths
Personal letters Interest in Speciality and location
Reference documents Communication, Collaboration, leadership
Research/Publications Research interests and participation, Publications if any
Transcripts Strong academic performance

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.

Due to COVID-19, it is expected and anticipated that elective experiences are greatly affected and appropriate consideration will be taken when reviewing applications. We wish to assure applicants this will not impact the eligibility of their application during the review and selection process.

Interview process

Interview format :

We may accommodate requests to re-schedule interviews for applicants due to weather, technology failure, or unforeseen circumstances.

Interview evaluation criteria :
Interview components Criteria
Collaboration skills Demonstrate ability to work effectively within a health care team to achieve optimal patient care
Collegiality Behaviour, attidude and aptitude to work with other Rads, residents and health care professionals
Communication skills Effectively facilitate and develop Physician-patient rapport and relationship
Health advocacy Demonstrate ability enhance health care
Interest in the discipline Show interest and ability to develop key competencies in Radiology as a profession
Interest in the program Demonstrated specific interest in the U of S program. Understand strengths and weaknesses of program
Leadership skills Involvement in CQI, development of best practices, making decisions regarding sustainable practices
Professionalism Interaction and communication with Rads, resdients, PD and PAA
Scholarly activities Demonstrate interest and ability in commitment to lifelong learning.
Other interview component(s)  

Information gathered outside of CaRMS application

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

Quick Facts

- There are opportunities for off-site electives while training in the Radiology program. This is handled on a case-by-case basis through discussions at the Postgraduate Education Committee. We have been very open to electives proposed by the residents.

- Ratio of residents varies by the location, but overall within Saskatoon the ratio of faculty to residents is approximately 2:1. This includes all training sites in Saskatoon.

-The program includes weekly academic half day for which the residents are excused from clinical duties. All PGY 2-5 residents are expected to attend these training sessions. PGY1 residents are encouraged to attend the lectures based on availability from their off service rotations.

Program Curriculum

This residency program is for 5 years.

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


The PGY-1 year represents a broad clinical experience. The current PGY1 rotations include: Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine (including Neurology and other subspecialties), Surgery (including Neurosurgery and other subspecialties), Obstetrics, Paediatrics. Residents are scheduled for up to two rotations relevant to Radiology, currently one rotation in Diagnostic Ultrasound and one rotation in Anatomy. PGY1 residents are also entitled to one elective rotation in accordance with Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada STR (Specialty Training Requirements) guidelines for training in Diagnostic Imaging Program.

PGY-2 to 5

Rotations schedule is established based on Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada requirements for training in Diagnostic Imaging. Our residency program emphasizes on providing sound training in general diagnostic imaging. The core rotations are distributed throughout 4 years of radiology training, allowing the resident to gain graded responsibility in each area as well as taking on an increasing consultative role.

Imaging resources throughout the province of Saskatchewan may be utilized, but the majority of training is obtained at the Royal University, Saskatoon City, St. Paul's and Jim Pattison Children’s Hospitals in Saskatoon. These hospitals house 4 MRI magnets (including one 3Tesla magnet), 5 multi-detector CT, 14 Ultrasound and multiple X-ray and Fluoroscopy units.   There is an active interventional radiology program in Saskatoon. There are two biplane angiography units as well as a brand new state of the art angiography suite at the Royal University Hospital and a modern Siemens angiography suite at St Paul's Hospital.

Mammography training is obtained at City Hospital as well as private radiology clinics affiliated with university of Saskatchewan.  There is a new state of the art PET-CT Unit on-site at the Royal University Hospital.  The hospital teaching sites are fully Integrated with PACS (picture archiving and communication system), Voice Recognition system and RIS (Radiology Information System).

Opening in October 2019, the new Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital will offer state-of-the-art radiology service and facilities for children, mothers and families from across Saskatchewan. This includes new Emergency department equipped with state of the art multi detector CT and 2 Ultrasound as well X-ray and Fluoroscopy units.

Elective attendance at Four week Radiologic Pathology Correlation Course, AIRP (American Institute for Radiologic Pathology) is encouraged and will be financially supported. Elective experiences are also available at affiliated sites in Saskatoon and Regina. These offer an opportunity to experience radiology outside of tertiary care centers.




The residents are expected to undertake two complete research projects during their five years of their training. A broad range of types of projects can be performed, ranging from retrospective views through quality assurance, to prospective randomized clinical trials. It is expected that a question will be raised and subsequently answered through the process of research. If it is felt to be appropriate, presentation of materials at National or International conferences would be beneficial to the resident and supported by the department. Presentation at the Resident Research Day is mandatory, but additional presentations are voluntary. All Residents are expected to attend the research day.

Funding is available to travel to present at a conference. Additional funding/awards for research are available to support resident research projects through the Vice Dean Research's office.


Training Sites

Saskatoon Hospitals

Royal University Hospital

Saskatoon City Hospital

St. Paul's Hospital

Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital

Private Radiology clinics affiliated with the University of Saskatchewan

Saskatoon Medical Imaging Clinic

Saskatoon Wall Street Clinic

Additional Resources

In addition to PACS (picture archiving and communication system) stations fully integrated with Voice Recognition system and RIS (Radiology Information System), several computers are available for use by residents. Residents are provided access to e-mail as well as the University Library and journal resources. The Hospital Radiology Information System (RIS) is linked to Intranet and Internet which is accessible via all review stations and smart phones.

Residents have complete access to web-based medical journals , Statdx and other radiology teaching resources.


Quick Facts

- There are opportunities for off-site electives while training in the Radiology program. This is handled on a case-by-case basis through discussions at the Postgraduate Education Committee. We have been very open to electives proposed by the residents.

- Ratio of residents varies by the location, but overall within Saskatoon the ratio of faculty to residents is approximately 2:1. This includes all training sites in Saskatoon.

- There is a weekly academic half day for which the residents are excused from clinical duties.

Distributive Learning at the University of Saskatchewan

The College of Medicine, while physically located in Saskatoon, is a provincial resource in scope and in practice. Postgraduate Medical Education at the University of Saskatchewan takes seriously its role in supporting quality health care for 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, fully furnished private apartments are provided (laundry facilities, wi-fi, cable TV) and are located in close proximity to the Regina General Hospital. Family friendly and pet friendly housing is available.

While all residents are strongly encouraged to take advantage of educational experiences in other communities to ensure a well-rounded education, the amount and format of such time is determined by the program committee. Royal College Specialty residents are expected to complete 20% of their training in Regina.

Additional Information

We offer a collegial work environment and there has always been an excellent relationship between residents and faculty. Many residents have ended up as a staff Radiologist at the University of Saskatchewan after they finished their residency/fellowship training. There is excellent resident representation on the Residency Program Committee and we are and have been always open to any feedback from our residents.



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