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.
All applicants must complete the Casper test (Altus Suite). 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:
Applicants completing medical education at the University of Montreal, Sherbrooke, Laval, and the University of Ottawa (French stream) are required to submit proof of English language proficiency before the rank order deadline to demonstrate they meet CPSS requirements. 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, 2022) to the PGME office prior to starting their training program. The ACLS course must be endorsed by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and/or the American Heart Association. ACLS training that is not certified by these two organizations and/or is completed entirely through an online course will not be accepted. Applicants are responsible for all costs associated with obtaining ACLS certification.
Program application language: English
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.
CMG/USMG applicants who completed their medical education in an English medical school in Canada or the US are not required to submit 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 one of the following language exams, or demonstrate other proof of English proficiency acceptable to CPSS. Applicants who are required to complete a language exam must submit a valid test score to CaRMS by the program rank order deadline. Please note that test scores must be valid as of July 1, 2022. Applicants who do not provide acceptable proof of language proficiency by the program rank order deadline will not be ranked.
CPSS will accept valid test scores from one of the following language exams:
Alternative proof of language proficiency: CMG applicants attending a French speaking medical school and who completed high school in Canada with instruction entirely in English are required to submit their Canadian high school transcript as part of their CaRMS application if they would like to request an exemption from the CPSS English language requirement.
Applicants should not contact CPSS directly about their eligibility for licensure. Please direct any questions about language requirements or eligibility to email@example.com.
We expect that the letters of reference will be from practicing physicians who have observed the candidate during an elective or other training or research experience.
Order from your RegistrarMedical Student Performance Record
Order from your Dean's officePersonal Letter
A personal letter (approx. 600-750 words) is required that describes why you wish to enter Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Expressed interest and future plans should be outlined. Candidates should demonstrate their knowledge of the specialty and indicate the various strengths that they believe make them an ideal candidate for PM&R in general and the program at the University of Saskatchewan in particular.CASPer exam
All applicants must complete the Casper test (Altus Suite) - a standardized, two-part online assessment of non-cognitive skills, interpersonal characteristics, and personal values. To complete the Casper test (Altus Suite) visit TakeAltus.com to create an account and for more information on test dates and requirements, and the Altus Suite assessments. Test dates are also listed under Saskatchewan provincial criteria. Please note these are a limited number of test dates available and no additional tests will be scheduled.
Note: Test 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 match are not eligible to rewrite the test in 2nd iteration.Custom Résumé / CV
Applications submitted after file review has opened on January 31, 2022
Supporting documents (excluding letters of reference) that arrive after file review has opened on January 31, 2022
Letters of reference that arrive after the unmasking date on January 31, 2022
Academic standing and performance
References specific to an elective or electives in physiatry
Multiple Mini Interviews
The goal of our residency training program is to train physiatrists who are able to provide excellent patient care, education, and research in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. They will be able to provide holistic interdisciplinary assessment and leadership in rehabilitation services. We provide flexibility in training to maximize patient exposure and experience in different working environments.
We value applicants who have demonstrated excellent clinical skills, who have shown an interest in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation, who have had exposure to research, and who demonstrate attributes throughout the CanMEDS 2015 roles. They will demonstrate enthusiasm and ability to learn, and adaptability to the varying demands of physical medicine and rehabilitation training and practice.
Review team composition : Our review team is composed of the program director and assistant program director, two administrative/chief residents, two to five currently active physiatrists in the department, our research coordinator, and our program administrative assistant.
Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 0 - 50
Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 76 - 100 %
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|Extra-curricular||Volunteer, coaching, or mentorship activities; other work experience|
|Leadership skills||Holding roles or positions in student/medical/community leadership activities|
|MSPRs||Areas of strength or concern|
|Personal letters||Knowledge and exposure to physiatry; personal and professional experiences leading to this choice|
|Reference documents||Interactions with peers, colleagues, teams|
|Research/Publications||Involvement in prior research activities|
|Transcripts||Successful completion of/progress in training|
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 format :
We routinely accommodate requests to re-schedule interviews for applicants.
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|Collegiality||We are attempting to explore your experiences and how you respond in certain situations|
|Communication skills||We are attempting to explore your experiences and how you respond in certain situations|
|Health advocacy||We are attempting to explore your experiences and how you respond in certain situations|
|Interest in the discipline||Why do you want to be a physiatrist?|
|Interest in the program||What do you know about our program?|
|Leadership skills||We are attempting to explore your experiences and how you respond in certain situations|
|Professionalism||We are attempting to explore your experiences and how you respond in certain situations|
|Scholarly activities||We are attempting to explore your experiences and how you respond in certain situations|
The University of Saskatchewan Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation is a provincial program that provides a flexible opportunity to take advantage of the best training opportunities in Saskatoon and Regina as well as opportunities to experience one or more regional centres.
We have integrated support for research with access to research scientists in both cities. We have strong working relationships with neurosciences, rheumatology and orthopedics. Both centres have established services in the core rehabilitation areas of stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury and amputation.
In Regina at Wascana Rehabilitation Centre, we have all core rehabilitation services at one site including inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services, prosthetics and orthotics, specialized seating, and services for children with such diagnoses as cerebral palsy and spina bifida. In Saskatoon at Saskatoon City Hospital, there are inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services.There is the opportunity to work with off site pediatric subspecialists as well as teams managing cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other neuromuscular diseases in addition to orthotics and prosthetics. As there is currently no certified pediatric physiatrist in Saskatchewan, we have an affiliation agreement in place with the University of Calgary where we require and support one block of pediatric rehabilitation. There are also three community physiatrists in Saskatoon who see a mix of musculoskeletal and electrodiagnostic medicine.
Our two tertiary rehabilitation centres in Saskatoon and Regina serve a provincial population of just over one million. We feel the single program distributed between both cities offers the best of flexibility, personalized attention and practical experience. There is excellent support from the College of Medicine to support this distributed model. We have a strong focus on neurological and musculoskeletal anatomy reinforced by five half days per year in the College of Medicine anatomy lab guided by an anatomist and physiatrist. We are building our expertise for integrating ultrasound into chemodenervation and musculoskeletal procedures. We also have optional EMG and ultrasound teaching rounds in addition to our regular academic teaching program.
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.
Transition to Discipline (TTD)
Transition to Practice (TTP)
In Saskatoon, the department is located on the 7th floor of Saskatoon City Hospital (SCH), adjacent to the Kinsmen Park and across the river from Royal University Hospital and the College of Medicine.
Strong academic ties exist with the other two main teaching hospitals in Saskatoon, Royal University Hospital and St. Paul's Hospital. Many rotations including orthopedic surgery, neurology, medicine and rheumatology are completed at these facilities.
In Regina, PM&R is centred at Wascana Rehabilitation Centre (WRC), located in Wascana Park. WRC has inpatient and outpatient adult and pediatric rehabilitation programs and includes all of the therapies as well as orthotics and prosthetics under one roof. Healthcare in Regina is integrated and there are close linkages between physiatrists and the physicians and therapists in the acute care hospitals, Regina General and Pasqua.
PM&R outreach clinics are held in Prince Albert and EMG clinics in Weyburn with the option of resident participation.
There is an official academic affiliation with the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary for Pediatric Rehabilitation. The Kinsmen Children's Centre in Saskatoon provides exposure to a broad range of pediatric disabilities and handicaps in a multidisciplinary setting. In Regina, pediatric rehabilitation services including clinics for cerebral palsy, spina bifida, prosthetics and orthotics and developmental pediatrics are integrated into one facility at Wascana.
Residents have access to secure WiFi in all hospitals in both cities. Saskatchewan is making progress toward having imaging, drug information and laboratory information available electronically. Our two main training sites have recently merged our electronic medical record programs to have one provincial physiatry EMR. We have long used videoconferencing equipment for our Academic Half Day with screen sharing and also have interactive whiteboards (e.g. SmartBoard) to support interactive education sessions simultaneously at both campuses which facilitated the transition to pure virtual delivery during COVID restrictions. We now use a combination of purely virtual vs in-person education methods depending on the subject matter being taught.
Distributive Learning at the University of Saskatchewan
The College of Medicine, while physically located in Saskatoon, is a provincial resource in attitude and in practice. 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 Saskatoon 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.
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 at least 10% - 20% of their training in Regina.
For PM&R, the residency program recognizes that both Regina and Saskatoon provide excellent educational opportunities for residents. Some rotations are based in Saskatoon, some are based in Regina, and some rotations provide clinical and educational experience in both centres. Residents also have the opportunity to attend outreach clinics in Prince Albert and Weyburn.
For residents assigned to short term rotations in Regina and Saskatoon, fully furnished private apartments are provided (laundry facilities, wi-fi, cable TV). Family friendly and pet friendly housing is available.
We recognize that family commitments are important for residents as they are for all physicians. We are committed to achieving an optimal balance between training requirements and family life.
Q: Can I contact a resident in the program to ask some questions?
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