University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine expands family medicine residency training to Moose Jaw

The newest training site in Moose Jaw welcomed four medical residents who began two years of postgraduate training for the University of Saskatchewan's Family Medicine Residency Training Program.

Medical residents are graduates with a MD degree and are completing postgraduate training in a specific medical specialty area, for example, family medicine. This training typically requires two to five years, depending on the area of study.

"The College of Medicine is and has always been a provincial resource,"said Dean of Medicine at the U of S, Dr. Preston Smith. "We are mandated to serve the people of Saskatchewan by educating and training the students who will become our future physicians."

"Our borders, and our interests, extend to the entire province of Saskatchewan. This is why the expansion of our family medicine training program to Moose Jaw and the arrival of these four new residents is so significant," said Smith. "It speaks to the college's commitment to the people of this province."

Expansion of the program to Moose Jaw is a positive step towards the college's goal of further developing its model of distributed medical education. Smith said medical residents are more likely to establish their permanent practice in the location where they received training. By providing them with more opportunities to learn in sites across Saskatchewan, the college is strengthening physician recruitment and retention in Saskatchewan.

"The Government of Saskatchewan is committed to a strong College of Medicine that offers educational, research and outreach opportunities in the province," Minister of Advanced Education Kevin Doherty said.  "This program will help to support the health needs of our growing province including people in our rural communities."

In addition to Moose Jaw, medical residents can now complete training in Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert, Swift Current, North Battleford and La Ronge. There are currently more than 430 U of S medical residents training throughout Saskatchewan.


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Laura Herman, Communications

College of Medicine

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