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University of Saskatchewan - Obstetrics and Gynecology - Saskatoon

2022 R-1 Main Residency Match - first iteration
CMG Stream for CMG

Last approved on September 27, 2021

Approximate Quota:

 4 

Accreditation status : Accredited

Provincial Criteria


Dr. Jennifer Duda
Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Program 
Royal University Hospital  
103 Hospital Drive
Saskatoon , Saskatchewan, S7N 0W8
(306) 844-1199
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
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Program Contacts

Dr. Jennifer Duda
Program Director (Saskatoon)

Dr. Kristine Mytopher
Assistant Program Director (Saskatoon)

Mrs. Raven Thomas
Program Administrator
raven.thomas@usask.ca
306-844-1199
306-221-0812


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 the Casper test (Altus Suite). More information is available under Supporting Documentation-CASPer Exam.

Licensing
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 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.

Credentialing
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.


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
Required
Submit one of the following documents to verify your Canadian citizenship:
• Canadian Birth Certificate or Act of Birth
• Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
• 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
Required
Submit one of the following documents to verify your language proficiency:
• IELTS
• Occupational English Test (OET) - Medicine
• Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) - General

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:

  • IELTS academic version and achieved a minimum of 7.0 in each of the components; or
  • OET-medicine version and achieved a minimum grade of B; or
  • CELPIP – General and achieved a minimum grade of 9 in all sections.

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 della.toews@usask.ca

Reference documents
Required
Number requested: 3

Three letters of reference are required, and must be written by faculty members or consultants.

Additional documents
Required
Medical School Transcript 

Transcripts verified by your Registrar are required with application submission.

Medical Student Performance Record 

Order from your Dean's office.

Personal Letter 
Word count
Minimum : None
Maximum : None

A personal letter must be submitted not to exceed 500 words. Your autobiographical letter should answer the following questions: - Why have you chosen Obstetrics and Gynecology as your professional career? - What experiences in your past have led you to choose this speciality? - What personal attributes do you possess that fit you for this career? - What aspects of our program are important to you? - Where and in what type of community would you prefer to practice upon completion of your training?

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 

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


Review Process

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



Interviews

Dates:

  • March 10, 2022
  • March 11, 2022
  • March 16, 2022
The Resident Program Administrator will contact all candidates for specfic details.

Program will notify all applicants through CaRMS Online and will send email invitations directly to applicants selected for an interview.
Each candidate will be interviewed virtually by 2 or 3 teams, including both faculty and residents.  The formal virtual interviews last approximately one hour.  A pre-recorded virtual site tour will be given on the date of interview. We will give further details about a possible virtual social gathering to meet with the residents closer to the dates. 


Selection Criteria

  • An avid interest in the promotion of women's health care from a multidisciplinary perspective.
  • Knowledge and interest in the University of Saskatchewan's Obstetrics and Gynecology program.
  • A solid academic record with proficiency in obstetrics and gynecology.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and a commitment to teamwork and professionalism.
  • Interests outside of medicine are highly valued.

Program goals

Our goal is for our residents to become exceptional clinicians, teachers and researchers in the dynamic field of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  Our graduates will train to become outstanding surgeons who exhibit critical thinking at all times. It is our goal and committment to provide a program where exceptional is the norm. The residents will be well-rounded, socially conscious, scientifically minded scholars who practice patient focused care. They will be enthusiastic team players and demonstrate a positive work/life balance in a very demanding field of medicine.  

Selection process goals

Identify hard-working, enthusiastic learners, who wish to be part of a dynamic team. 

Identify applicants that have a keen interest in obstetrics and gynecology

Identify applicants that will develop into excellent clinicians

Identify applicants that are able to adapt to the various demands of a busy residency, and demonstrate resilience

Idenitify applicants who are curious scholars willing to work hard to become champions of Women's Health Care

Identify applicants who show heart, determination and the prowess to be excellent surgeons

Identify applicants who exhibit a passion for social justice and demostrate a commitment to those less fortunate in our society

Identify applicants who demostrate intelligence, confidence and empathy in equal measure

File review process

Review team composition : The selection team consists of our 2 program directors, 2 faculty, and 2 senior residents from our program

Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 51 - 200
the average number of applicants has been fairly consistent at 70-85 per year

Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 26 - 50 %
we interview 40 applicants, roughly 50% of the persons who apply

Evaluation criteria :
File component Criteria
CV Optional
Electives Demonstrated aptitude and interest in the discipline
Examinations All applicants must complete a CASPer exam to be eligible for consideration
Extra-curricular Activities that demonstrate work-life balance
Leadership skills Optional
MSPRs Demonstrated positive interpersonal relations
Personal letters Demonstrated interest in discipline and program location
Reference documents Interpersonal skills and aptitude for the discipline
Research/Publications Optional: participation in research within this discipline is an asset but not a requirement
Transcripts Optional: we do not consider this in ranking unless there are significant deficiencies
Other file component(s) CASPer scores

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.

While we do wish to see at least one elective in obstetrics and/or gynecology, we do appreciate and reward applicants who have diversity in their elective choices.

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 in a team environment
Collegiality Behaviour and attitude towards others, including positivity +/- a sense of humour
Communication skills Ability to communicate in a succinct and direct manner
Health advocacy Identify applications to exhibit a passion for social justice and demonstrate a commitment to those less fortunate in our society
Interest in the discipline Demonstrated enthusiasm for care of patients in obstetrics and gynecology
Interest in the program Demonstrated knowledge of our program and location
Leadership skills We do not evaluate this interview component
Professionalism Correspondence/interactions with staff and residents
Scholarly activities Depth of knowledge about research that is on the application

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

We are looking for the same thing as every program: human dynamos with a passion for the practice of Obstetrics and Gynecology!

Saskatchewan has a diverse geography and a bustling economy. Our urban centers are growing and have a lot to offer (jobs, housing, entertainment, restaurants, and services). Young families are moving here and having babies, so there is no shortage of obstetrical experience! You don’t have to be a Rider fan when you get here, but you will be one when you leave! Our total population catchment is just over 1 million. Residents can expect to find a large volume of a wide range of pathology. As such we are a distributed program, 4 positions in Saskatoon, 2 in Regina. Our programs are primarily in an urban setting with frequent forays into some smaller communities, notably the highly popular Prince Albert rotation. These rotations have been very well received.

A comprehensive framework of structured and protected academic time, including weekly subspecialty rounds, half day, biannual OSCE’s and monthly Grand Rounds are in place. Attending staff host Journal Club in their homes monthly from September to June. We have modern well equipped simulation labs in both Regina and Saskatoon, we are presently looking at 4 sessions per year. Our session leaders have extra training and a special interest in simulation.

At the University of Saskatchewan Resident input is crucial to running our program successfully. We are a large ‘small’ program making communication relatively easy. Our PD and assistant PD (Dr. Jennifer Duda and Dr. Kristine Mytopher) are based in Saskatoon, assistant PD (Dr. Jackie Ferguson) is in Regina. Residents are well represented in the running of our program. We are currently looking forward to our Annual Retreat, which takes place out of town in a spectacular Saskatchewan location.  (It’s not all flat here!).

MIS is especially advanced in Saskatchewan with access to advanced, state of the art technology. Global ablation, hysteroscopic morcellation, TVT, TOT and TLH are routinely performed by Residents daily to name a few. Residents receive early exposure and training in all procedural skills.

In Saskatoon, obstetrical care takes place at JPCH (Jim Pattison Children's Hospital). This facility opened in the fall of 2019, and we celebrated 2 years this September. We have state of the art LDRP (Labor Delivery Recovery Postpartum) rooms and operating suites. Our floor also houses a comprehensive Maternal Fetal Unit (MFU) where ultrasonographers and MFM specialists care for our highest risk patients.  When we moved into the new hospital, we also initiated an Indigenous Birth Support Workers (IBSW) program. This consists of a group of indigenous women who work on our floor full time and provide supportive, culturally safe care to any patients who request it. We envision a model of care that is the Gold Standard in Canada.

A full complement of elective and selective time is available throughout the 5 years. Residents either spend concentrated times with local subspecialists or generalist mentors.  Some leave for out of province experience, several residents have travelled to Africa with our own consultants in the past few years.  

We are very proud of our Residents, staff and program. The strength of our program is our residents.  We have early developement of enhanced skills in the MIS, Urogynecology, Obstetrics and Oncology rotations. We value and encourage early hands on experience and consistently receive positive feedback regarding our Residents’ technical and surgical skills.


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.

Curriculum

This is an integrated residency program involving five hospitals with over 10,000 deliveries annually.  There are two tertiary care perinatal units and a provincial referral centre for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. There are currently 35 residents in the program. On July 1, 2019, all Royal College certified programs started conversion into “Competence By Design” (CBD), the Royal College’s version of competency based medical education.  All incoming residents will be trained under this program.

The new CBD curriculum looks very similar to our current program of 5 years duration, but will be divided into 4 stages. Rotations are divided into 4 week blocks with 13 blocks per academic year.  The expected duration of each stage is as follows:

Transition to Discipline - 2 blocks

Foundations of Discipline – 24 blocks

Core of Discipline – 33 blocks

Transition to Practice – 6 blocks

Total = 65 blocks = 5 years

Transition to Discipline

This is the first stage of an anticipated five year program meeting the certification requirements of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  You will also be enrolled in the Surgical Foundations Program for 15 blocks with a final examination in the program that occurs in September of your second year of training.  Residents will be scheduled for the first two blocks of training in the Surgical Foundations Boot Camp concurrently with time in obstetrics and gynecology in our home program.  We anticipate that residents will complete the requirements of this stage in their first 2 blocks of training.

Foundations of Discipline

Residents complete core rotations in obstetrics, gynecology and critical care (ICU, Anesthesia, Trauma).  The basics of obstetrics and gynecology will be taught in this stage.

Core of Discipline

Residents will then complete rotations in gynecologic oncology, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, maternal fetal medicine and pathology.  Significant elective/selective time is allowed to facilitate each resident's individual future career choices. Part of the senior years will also be spent as chief resident with administrative and teaching duties.  Residents will complete the written portion of their FRCSC certification exam at the end of this stage which is expected to occur in the Fall of your fifth year of training.

Transition to Practice

This is the final stage of training. You’ve made it! This is a brief period of time at the end of training for you to hone all of those skills that you’ve accumulated in the previous stages and ready yourself for independent practice.  The final Royal College OSCE examination occurs in Spring of your fifth year of training.

Research

Research is a requirement of the Residency Training Program at the University of Saskatchewan.  Residents complete a Critical Appraisal Course in their first year.  

Our expectation is that you complete a project during your time with us. The specific requirements are outlined by a Resident Research Committee.  Progress reports are presented in poster form on an annual basis with a formal podium presentation in 4th year. All completed projects should be ready for submission for publication in PGY5.  

Projects are suggested and developed with the help of our Resident Research Committee. Support for research projects is provided by faculty and staff. We have a dedicated Research Assistant at each site. Their single most important guideline is taking residents through the technical aspects of their project including study design, statistical analysis and analyzing data.  

We encourage residents to write up case studies when specific rare cases of pathology present themselves.  

Protected research time is allotted in each block. 

Funding is available to support resident research and travel to conferences to present research findings.

Seminars

  • Weekly academic half day on Friday afternoon; held from 1300-1700 hours, presented by faculty, with resident support, on a rotating basis. 
  • Weekly Subspecialty rounds in REI, MFM, Gynecologic Oncology and General Gynecology. 
  • Monthly Grand Rounds. 
  • Monthly Journal Club. 
  • Career development seminars by College of Medicine (6-8 per year)


Training Sites

Saskatoon Hospitals

Jim Pattison Children's Hospital

Royal University Hospital

Saskatoon City Hospital

St. Paul's Hospital

Regina Hospitals

Regina General Hospital

Prince Albert Hospital

Prince Albert Parkland Health Region

Moose Jaw Hospital

Moose Jaw Union Hospital

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. 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 Program 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.  We currently have mandatory rotations in Community Hospitals outside of Saskatoon and Regina in the first and fourth years of training.

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 a rotation. 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.