Two students with the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine pose in front of the hospital in Regina
A new anatomy lab will support medical student learning at the College of Medicine’s Regina campus. (Photo: David Stobbe)

New anatomy lab will support USask medical students in Regina

An anatomy lab is being built at Regina General Hospital to support University of Saskatchewan (USask) medical students learning in Regina.

The lab was made possible through a partnership between Hospitals of Regina Foundation (HRF) and USask’s College of Medicine. HRF will match funds raised by USask to a maximum of $200,000, providing a total maximum investment by both partners of $400,000.

The college’s Regina campus, based at Regina General Hospital (RGH), is home to about 160 medical students. The lab will be outfitted with modern anatomy tools, equipment and IT, and is an important part of the medical school experience. Students will gain essential clinical skills and hands-on learning essential to their training.

Since 2012, the Regina campus of the College of Medicine has been home to medical students in years two through four of the program. In August, the college welcomed 40 first-year medical students to the campus. The anatomy lab is part of a significant renovation and expansion underway at RGH to increase learning space and support first-year medical education more fully in Regina.

The existing Dilawri Simulation Centre at RGH and other training spaces at the College of Medicine Regina campus will continue to be used extensively for all medical students. The new anatomy lab will further enhance the high quality of training being delivered in Regina and is slated to open in March 2023.

This is the first time the College of Medicine has partnered with Hospitals of Regina Foundation. This new partnership signals a shared commitment to growing medical education in Regina and southern Saskatchewan.

“We know that training future doctors is more important today than it ever was. We are grateful to Hospitals of Regina Foundation for its vision and generous investment in the education of southern Saskatchewan medical students,” said Dr. Gill White (MD), associate dean of the College of Medicine Regina campus.

“We are pleased to partner with the University of Saskatchewan and the College of Medicine on this important initiative. Keeping Regina-area medical students close to home is better for families, for our community and, ultimately, for the future of patient care in southern Saskatchewan,” said Dino Sophocleous, president and CEO, Hospitals of Regina Foundation. 

The Hospitals of Regina Foundation has been supporting the best health care possible for the people of southern Saskatchewan since 1987 through investments of more than $230 million in technology, equipment, research, and education.

The College of Medicine is Saskatchewan’s only medical school, training the physicians, scientists, researchers and physical therapists the world needs.