I have outlined the steps to apply for medical residency in a previous post. You can start by reading it HERE first. I’ll go through some of the steps again quickly but this time, this is specific to Saskatchewan residents.

1. Pass your Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE). The MCCEE will be phased out in November 2018.

2. Pass your Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part I (MCCQE1) and National Assessment Collaboration OSCE (NAC OSCE).

3. Pass your IELTS. You cannot apply to a residency program if you do not have at least a score of 7 in each component (writing, reading, listening and speaking).

4. CASPer Test. All IMGs who intend to apply for a residency program in Saskatchewan must complete a CASPer™ (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) test.

5. Apply to the Saskatchewan residency program of your choice. The University of Saskatchewan has programs in La Ronge, Moosejaw, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon and Swift Current.

6. You can also apply for residency programs in other provinces to increase your chances of getting accepted. However, you need to find out about province-specific assessments as these might be used to filter applicants, in addition to the usual NAC, MCCEE, MCCQE1, and IELTS.

7. Programs that like your application will send you an email inviting you for an interview. Depending on the program, it might be in any format: structured, semi-structured, or MMI. You will be given this information in better detail when you receive your interview invitation.

8. After the interview, you will be placed on a ranking list and then you might be matched to one of the programs that interviewed you.

9. If you get matched, then this means you have been accepted to start your residency and you will proceed to the next step. Take note that IMGs who match to residency programs in Saskatchewan will be expected to fulfill Return of Service (ROS) Obligations. Read more about ROS obligations.

10. Pre-residency evaluation. Matched applicants will be required to successfully complete a mandatory assessment/orientation program before the start of their residency training program. This evaluation period commences around the middle of May each year and lasts for about 6 weeks. There are three possible outcomes: pass, outright fail or extension. If a trainee is given an extension, he/she will be assessed for another 4 weeks and if this results in a pass, then he/she will begin residency.

11. If you pass the assessment/evaluation, then you are ready to start residency! Residency begins on the 1st of July each year but there is usually a two-day Resident Boot Camp at the end of June.

You might also enjoy reading:

IMGs Applying for Post-Graduate Medical Training/Residency Positions in Canada: Alberta

IMGs Applying for Post-Graduate Medical Training/Residency Positions in Canada: British Columbia

IMGs Applying for Post-Graduate Medical Training/Residency Positions in Canada: Ontario

If you have more questions, please leave a comment or send me an email at internationalphysiciantraining (@) gmail.com.

’til my next post……

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