Academic Family Medicine in Saskatchewan

The Department of Academic Family Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan welcomes you to its website!  We hope that the information and the links on these pages will help you become familiar with our department and its programs.

Saskatchewan is the home to just over one million people; we have a richly diverse geography and population with many Indigenous people and much multicultural diversity.

Family Medicine residency training programs began in Canada in 1966 and in Saskatchewan in 1971.  Saskatchewan has trained more than 1,000 family doctors for Saskatchewan and Canada.  Our alumni boast a high quality medical education, and are confident to practice in family medicine anywhere in Saskatchewan, nationally, and in the world.

We are very proud of our Family Medicine undergraduate, postgraduate, continuing medical education programs, and our rich medical history.  From the birthplace of Medicare in 1962 under Tommy Douglas, to Roy J. Romanow’s Q.C.’s final report, “Building on Values, the Future of Health Care in Canada” 2002, and to the present changes at the University of Saskatchewan highlighting medical research through “The Way Forward”, the province of Saskatchewan has been in the forefront of health care for Canadians. 

The Department of Family Medicine at the College of Medicine in the University of Saskatchewan promotes high quality health care by encouraging and supporting high standards of medical education at all levels.  The Department of Family Medicine has 25 University faculty in the core sites of Saskatoon and Regina and 450 dedicated community faculty distributed over our 13 health regions in Saskatchewan.  Our faculties hold leadership positions in medical education and research in the College of Medicine, the Saskatoon and Regina Health Regions, Primary Health Care, Continuing Professional Learning, Medico-legal Education, Indigenous Health, and Population Health.

The Department is devoted to increasing the number of medical students that choose generalism as a career choice. 

The goal of the Postgraduate Family Medicine Residency Program is to graduate physicians who are able to practice high quality, evidence informed, and comprehensive care as a family medicine specialist.  We have a strong focus on research and scholarship in Family Medicine.  All of our postgraduate education residents must complete a research project (with ethics) during their residency program.

Residents are exposed to full scope family medicine practice and have opportunities to train in distributed medical education sites such as:  La Ronge, Prince Albert, Swift Current, North Battleford, Moose Jaw and other rural and remote sites in the province.

The Family Medicine Department hosts postgraduate education Year III Enhanced Skills programs in Emergency Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Anaesthesia, and Sports Medicine.

Physicians and students in the department enjoy the benefits of working in a primary health setting with a dynamic interdisciplinary team to support their clinical education and scholarly activities.  Our social accountability mandate is to train family physicians to care for the health needs of the underserved urban, rural, and remote populations.

In Saskatchewan, all roads lead to learning through our network of dedicated faculty located throughout the province.

Dr. Alanna Danilkewich, Department Head

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