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College of Medicine overlap period and needs assessments

The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region is home to over 110 undergraduate and 60 postgraduate medical learners from the University of Saskatchewan. There is approximately 40 JURSIs geographically based out of Regina. In addition to those JURSIs, the Regina General Hospital has close to 40 Year 2 medical students who spend their time in lectures and participating in hands on clinical activities. These students will finish their Year 2 studies around the middle of May and will commence as Clerks/JURSIs starting in August 2016. Clerkship/JURSI Orientation for these students will take place this year August 2-12 in the Regina General Hospital.

With curriculum changes there will be an extended overlap period of JURSIs/Clerks that will run from August 2016 until April 2017. This means approximately double the amount of JURSIs (approximately 80) on most units in the RQHR during this upcoming 9 month period.

With so many medical students involved in the Health Region we wanted to acknowledge all the hard work and dedication of our many physicians and faculty members. The overlap period will be a very busy time for the College of Medicine and our students. We really want to thank all of the Health Region staff that work with our medical students on a daily basis. Your ongoing and continued support of the College of Medicine is recognized and greatly appreciated.

Any questions or concerns can be directed to the College of Medicine Office in Regina.

Kris Schoenhofen
Manager, Administration and Finance
College of Medicine - University of Saskatchewan

Adrienne Hagen Lyster
Director, Academic Health Sciences Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region

Preliminary Announcement: needs assessment 

The Division of Continuing Medical Education, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan is committed to providing lifelong, evidence-informed learning opportunities to Saskatchewan physicians. We are also committed to providing learner-centred opportunities in which your needs are the deciding factor in all that we do.

In the coming weeks, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan will distribute an announcement with a link to the Practicing Physicians’ 2016 Provincial Needs Assessment. In the survey, we will ask you to tell us about your educational needs related to optimum patient care. As well, we will ask you about your learning preferences, the barriers you face in engaging in CME, and what supports your engagement in CME activities.

Your voice is important to us. We want to hear from you so that we can better serve you and support your lifelong learning.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Heather Stenerson, coordinator, Educational Research at or 306-766-0620.

Dr. Andries Muller, Assistant Dean.

Division of Continuing Medical Education,

College of Medicine,

University of Saskatchewan


RQHR Department Head Searches

There are four active recruitment processes underway for Department Head posts:

  1. Head of Laboratory Medicine
  2. Head of Surgery
  3. Head of Medicine
  4. Interim Head of Family Medicine

Applications are being accepted from national searches for the first three and for Family Medicine there will be an internal search. The reason for the position being an Interim position is to await the outcome of the search for the University Unified Head of Family Medicine.

College of Medicine Positions

  1. Unified Head of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Effective March 1, 2016, Dr. John Thiel was appointed the Unified Head of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science for a five-year term. John moves to the role, having led the department in an interim capacity since 2014.

Based in Regina, as unified head, John serves both the College of Medicine and the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region. He has been on the faculty of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 1996 and is an accomplished researcher. He brings exceptional experience and strong leadership skills to the role, as he has proven as interim head.

Dr Smith in his announcement noted that “having another of the UDHs finalized is excellent for the college and the health region, as well as the students, patients and province we serve. I know you will join me in congratulating John!”

  1. Unified Head of Medicine

The Dean announced the appointment of Dr. Haissam (Sam) Haddad as Unified Head of the Department of Medicine. Dr. Haddad was selected following a national search during which the committee reviewed and interviewed candidates from across North America.

Dr. Haddad previous appointment was with the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. Following medical school and a family medicine practice in Syria, Dr. Haddad moved to Canada and trained in Internal Medicine at Dalhousie University, completed cardiology training at the University of Alberta, and later became Medical Director of the Heart Transplant Program and Director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, Dalhousie University. In 2001 Dr. Haddad moved from Halifax to join the University of Ottawa Heart Institute where he was Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology and served as Director of the Hearth Failure Program and was Medical Director of the Heart Transplant Program.

Dr. Haddad’s five year term as Unified Head of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan and Head of the Department of Medicine for the Saskatoon Health Region began on April 1, 2016. We are delighted that he will be visiting Regina on May 12th for meetings with the CEO, members of the Senior Medical Office, Medical Residents and JURSIs, Section Heads of Medicine and that he will attend the Department of Medicine meeting that evening.

Suspended orthopedic pooled referrals

This Memorandum will confirm that the Section of Orthopedics in RQHR has made a decision to suspend their participation in pooled referrals. While the Section supports the concept of pooled referrals, it was realized that the process as currently designed was unable to achieve several key objectives set out by the group. For those patients already referred through the pooling process and not yet seen, their appointments will be processed as before.

Referring physicians are encouraged to refer to the Specialist Directory to help them find the orthopedic surgeon appropriate to the needs of their patients.

As you are aware, several orthopedic surgeons in Regina have subspecialty practices. For the benefit of referring physicians new to the region or province, we are attaching a scope of practice list for each of our surgeons. This will enable you to direct referrals in the most efficient manner possible.

Once your patient and you have selected the Orthopedic Surgeon of choice, the referral letters accompanied by appropriate lab and diagnostic results (as prescribed in the original pooled referral form) should now be sent directly to the selected surgeon. It is in the best interest of the patient that your referral letter provides all the information necessary to triage the patient appropriately.

RQHR will work with the Section of Orthopedics and the Ministry to further refine many aspects of the pooling process to ensure that once it is restarted that the process will be effective for all its participants.


LINK available to Saskatchewan Practitioners

The Ministry of Health's Wait 1 initiative has launched LINK (Leveraging immediate non-urgent knowledge), a new telephone service that primary care providers can use to consult with a specialist regarding non-urgent cases. See below for more information.