University of Saskatchewan - Public Health and Preventive Medicine - Saskatoon

2023 R-1 Main Residency Match - first iteration
CMG Stream for CMG

Last approved on December 01, 2022

Summary of changes

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Accreditation status : Accredited

Provincial Criteria

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

Amanda Willms
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 the Casper 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. Matched applicants who are graduating in the spring will need to provide a copy of their medical degree/diploma to the PGME office and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CPSS) prior to the start of residency training. 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.

NOTE: Applicants who are considering a delay to their convocation date must be aware that a medical degree cannot be issued to a student until they have convocated. CPSS bylaws require that new residents must have received their medical degree prior to the commencement of residency training. Choosing to delay convocation will affect a matched applicant’s ability to commence their residency training program in Saskatchewan on July 1. Please refer to the U of S CaRMS Deferral Policy for additional information.

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 scheduled for 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. There will also be a social event to provide trainees with the opportunity to interact and network among themselves. Stipends will be provided to trainees.

Attendance is required and absences are only permitted in exceptional circumstances, with prior approval of PGME.

Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Matched applicants are required to provide proof of ACLS certification (current as of July 1, 2023) 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

Applications accepted in English

Supporting Documentation / Information

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
• 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 accepted citizenship documents.

Proof of citizenship must be current at the time of application and expired documents will not be accepted.

CaRMS is partnering with third-party organizations to automate the verification of citizenship/legal status required by postgraduate offices for entry into residency. Third-party verification simplifies the process for applicants and programs. All applicants who do not receive third-party citizenship verification will be required to upload and assign an acceptable proof of citizenship document. Please see additional information here.

Language proficiency
Conditionally required
Submit one of the following documents to verify your language proficiency:
• Occupational English Test (OET) - Medicine
• Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) - General

Language assessment document accepted: IELTS Academic

  • Document validity (not expired) by: Must be valid up to July 1, 2023
  • Minimum score: Minimum of 7.0 in each of the components
  • Results available and submitted to programs by: March 2, 2023 at 14:00 ET 

Language assessment document accepted:

  1. Occupational English Test (OET) – Medicine on paper at a test venue
  2. Occupational English Test (OET) – Medicine on a computer at a test venue
  • Document validity (not expired) by: Must be valid up to July 1, 2023
  • Minimum score: Minimum grade of B
  • Results available and submitted to programs by: March 2, 2023 at 14:00 ET

Language assessment document accepted: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) – General

  • Document validity (not expired) by: Must be valid up to July 1, 2023
  • Minimum score: Minimum grade of 9 in all sections
  • Results available and submitted to programs by: March 2, 2023 at 14:00 ET

Applicants will 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 at 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 and must complete one of the language exams listed above.

Applicants who are required to complete a language exam must submit a valid test score to CaRMS by the program rank order deadline. Applicants who do not provide acceptable proof of language proficiency by the program rank order deadline will not be ranked.

Please direct any questions about language requirements or eligibility to Applicants should not contact CPSS directly about their eligibility for licensure.

Reference documents
Number requested: 3

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

Additional documents
Medical School Transcript 

Your medical school transcript can be submitted through one of the methods below:

  1. Obtain your medical transcript from your school and upload it directly to your CaRMS Online account. Follow your school’s policy regarding accessing or requesting your transcript;
  2. Ask your medical school to upload your medical transcript through their CaRMS Undergraduate Portal account; or
  3. International (IMGs) and United States (USMGs) medical graduates can transfer their transcript from their account.

Medical Student Performance Record 

For current year Canadian medical graduates (CMGs), there is no action required from you. Your medical school will automatically submit your MSPR to CaRMS on your behalf for you to assign.
If your MSPR is in a language other than the program language of English or French, you are required to have the document translated.

Personal Letter 
Word count
Minimum : None
Maximum : 1500

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

CASPer exam 

Your CASPer assessment result is sent directly to CaRMS from Altus approximately one week prior to the application deadline. Please ensure that you give Altus permission to share your results with CaRMS.
The CASPer assessment is only valid for one admissions cycle. If you have taken the assessment in a previous year, you are expected to re-take it. To register for the CASPer assessment visit

Custom Résumé / CV 

[Note: Photograph is used as memory aid only]

Review Process

Applications submitted after file review has opened on January 10, 2023

Supporting documents (excluding letters of reference) that arrive after file review has opened  on  January 10, 2023

Letters of reference that arrive after the unmasking date on January 10, 2023

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



Program will notify all applicants through CaRMS Online and will send email invitations directly to applicants selected for an interview.
There will be a panel interview of pre-selected candidates.

All interviews will be virtual for the 2023 R1 match.

Selection Criteria

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

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

Program goals

To provide a diverse training environment conducive to train specialists in Public Health and Preventive Medicine that are prepared to work in any of the diverse settings and roles available to our specialty, in urban, rural and remote public health. Public Health and Preventive Medicine is the medical specialty primarily concerned with the health of populations. The discipline’s focus is disease and injury prevention and control, which is achieved through health protection and health promotion activities. A Public Health and Preventive Medicine specialist monitors and assesses the health needs of a population and develops, implements, and evaluates strategies for improving health and well-being through interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral partnerships. Building on foundational competencies in clinical medicine and the determinants of health, the Public Health and Preventive Medicine specialist demonstrates competencies in public health sciences, including but not limited to epidemiology, biostatistics, and surveillance, planning, implementation and evaluation of programs and policies, leadership, collaboration, advocacy, and communication. These competencies are applied to a broad range of acute and chronic health issues affecting a population, including those that may be related to environmental exposures.

Selection process goals

Applicants providing evidence of academic potential in the CaRMS application file will be considered first, especially in areas relating to public health and preventive medicine. This includes academic achievement in the form of academic standing or awardsscholarship (e.g. research, publications, innovation), evidence of leadership capacity and experience (e.g. committee memberships), and/or teaching excellence.

Other skills and attributes of a successful applicant include:

- demonstrated ability to interact appropriately with peers, community groups and partners

- recent clinical experience 

- demonstrated interest in prevention, health promotion, and population health approaches

- high level of proficiency in the English laguage, both spoken and written

- demonstrated leadership potential 

File review process

Review team composition : The selection committee includes the program director, a resident representative, and 2 to 3 members of the Residency Program Committee (faculty).

Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 51 - 200
Under 10 in the first round, and between 150-200 if a second round is required

Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 0 - 25 %
75 - 100% in the first round, and 5% if a second round is required

Evaluation criteria :
File component Criteria
CV We evaluate the content, including volunteer activities, interests, related to public health
Electives Evaluations of all electives with emphasis on those related to public health
Examinations All applicants must complete a CASPer exam to be eligible for consideration
Extra-curricular Volunteering and memberships on community groups and agencies relating to public health
Leadership skills Memberships and roles on committees, boards and groups pertaining to social justice, and prevention
MSPRs Demonstrated interpersonal skills and teamwork
Personal letters Interest in the discipline and location
Reference documents Positive interactions with colleagues and groups
Research/Publications Interest in evidence informed practice and application of research and data
Transcripts Academic performance especially in population health and epidemiology

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.

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 routinely accommodate requests to re-schedule interviews for applicants.

Interview evaluation criteria :
Interview components Criteria
Collaboration skills Ability to work in teams in various capacities and roles depending on need
Collegiality Able to work well with peers and partners individually and in groups
Communication skills Excellent spoken and written English language skills
Health advocacy Evidence of using health advocacy skills in a variety of settings
Interest in the discipline Knowledge of the various career paths and skills needed to do well in this discipline
Interest in the program Evidence of electives and volunteer activities, or participation in interest groups in Public Health
Leadership skills Evidence of using leadership abilities and styles in various settings
Professionalism Ability to represent their perspective in a professional and respectful manner
Scholarly activities Demonstrated interest in continuous learning and evidence informed practice
Other interview component(s)  

Information gathered outside of CaRMS application

We do not consider any information gathered outside of the CaRMS application and local interview processes.

Ranking process

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

Program Highlights

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

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

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

The University of Saskatchewan has a unique combination of academic units related to health issues, including a veterinary college, agriculture college, School of Public Health, School of the Environment, School of Public Policy, and a world class vaccine development centre [Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization].

Being embedded in a relatively small healthcare system serving just over 1 million people, this program will provide residents with the opportunity to get to know first-hand the important components of the public health system.

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


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


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


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


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


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

Training Sites

University of Saskatchewan,

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

University of Saskatchewan,

School of Public Health

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

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

Population and Public Health, Saskatoon Area, Saskatchewan Health Authority

This training site will provide an introductory orientation to regional public health, prior to the start of academic course work in PGY2. It is the main site for the rotations in Health Intelligence, Environmental Health, Communicable Disease Control and Immunization, and Health Promotion and Health Equity. It can also be the site for a senior urban public health 6 month placement in the R5 year.

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

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

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

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

Public Health Observatory, Saskatoon Area, Saskatchewan Health Authority

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

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

A health data placement, either in the Public Health Observatory or Health Quality Council is a mandatory component of the residency program, usually in the R2 to R3 year.

Public and Population Health Services, Regina Area, Saskatchewan Health Authority

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

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

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

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

Population Health Unit, La Ronge

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

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

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

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

Population Health Branch, Ministry of Health

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

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

Saskatchewan Health Quality Council

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

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

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

Public Health Agency of Canada

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

Housing for Distributed Rotations

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 short term mandatory rotations. Private housing is provided for residents completing short term rotations away from their home site within the province. Family friendly and pet friendly housing is available in Regina.

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