The doctors of tomorrow, today.

The Professional Association of Internes and Residents of Saskatchewan (PAIRS) is the provincial health organization which represents Medical Residents. Governed by an elected Board of Directors, PAIRS is the official bargaining association and voice of Medical Residents in Saskatchewan.
Residents bring fresh ideas to the health care system, based on their current training and front line experience. In most major hospitals, a resident is the first physician a patient encounters when seeking care and often the last face the patient sees on discharge.

College of Medicine Merchandise Available for a Limited Time

You’ve asked for College of Medicine merchandise, so here it is!  Check out   This online store is a partnership between the CoM and the SMSS and features clothing, coffee mugs, water bottles and more! The store will be open to accept your order selections from now until October 10th at midnight, and all purchases will arrive in mid-November.


If you’re interested in any of the clothing items, sizing samples will be available to try on as follows:


Saskatoon, the try on sessions will all take place in MUMPS during the following times:

  • Tuesday September 30 from 4:30 – 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday October 1 from 4:30-5:30 pm
  • Thursday October 2 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm


Regina, the try on sessions will take place in the Student Lounge:

  • Monday September 29 from 3:45 – 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday September 30 from 4:30 – 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday October 1 from 3:30 – 5:30 pm


Purchases can be shipped to either Saskatoon or Regina.  Information on pick-up locations, dates and times will be shared later in October.  Please note: you will receive an email confirmation of your order from “Imagine That Notification” and charges on your credit card will appear from “Imagine That Media”.


Browse through the apparel and giftware options, make your selections and show your College of Medicine pride. Happy shopping!


What You Should Know About Competency-Based Medical Education (CBME)

The introduction of CBME in Canadian post-graduate medical education will have a significant impact on the training environment for residents. CAIR has developed a CBME Information Document to provide residents with key take-away messages on what residents can do to promote a successful transition to CBME and to ensure that the needs of residents are being met.  We encourage all residents to visit the websites of the Royal College and College of Family Physicians of Canada, to learn more.  The Royal College will be holding interactive sessions on CBME at the 2014 International Conference on Residency Education and free monthly webinars.  You can find more information about this on their website.

Mentoring is an Important Facet of Medical Education and Professional Development

CAIR has recently developed a Mentorship Commentary and Position Paper on Mentorship which highlights the great value placed on mentorship by residents, the importance of establishing a culture that values and promotes mentorship in residency and the contribution of mentoring to current and future career satisfaction. By raising awareness of the importance of mentorship in residency, CAIR hopes to improve the quality of the residency experience and we encourage all stakeholders involved in residency training programs to promote and establish a structured approach to mentorship in residency.

We encourage residents, who are attending the 2014 International Resident Leadership Summit, to join us on October 26th at the CAIR-led workshop on Mentoring: An Empowerment Tool to Motivate and Improve Skills in Residency.  This will be an interactive workshop presented by Dr. Jerry Maniate, Chief, Department of Medical Education & Scholarship, St. Joseph’s Health Centre (Toronto), Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine; Dr. Steve Hawrylyshyn, PGY 2, Family Medicine and Chair of the CPFC Section of Residents; and, Dr. Safiya Karim, PGY-4, Medical Oncology, University of Toronto, and 2013-14 CAIR Board of Directors member.

3rd Annual U of S Global Health Conference

This year’s College of Medicine Global Health Conference, will be held on campus at the University of Saskatchewan in the fall. Please save the date for Saturday October 4th. Topics this year will be focused around Immigrant and Refugee health issues. The day will include both presenters and workshops in the afternoon.

Call for poster abstracts is now open! GHC 2014 is your opportunity to share your research and other work in the field of Global health with your community and colleagues from a diverse spectrum of disciplines.

Abstracts are welcomed from all disciplines and all interests in Global Health, including research, practice, policy and related areas.

Featuring Keynote speakers:

Dr. Meb Rashid: medical director of the Crossroads Clinic in Toronto which serves newly arrived refugees in Toronto. Co-Founder of Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care.

Dr. Judy White: (Acting Dean of the Faculty of Social Work) migrated to Canada fromTrinidad in 1987. Much of her research has focused on the settlement experiences of immigrant and new Canadian women and families in Canada.



December Holiday Scheduling

As many programs are now scheduling for December’s holidays, we’d like to remind everyone how it works in accordance with the contract:

  • All residents are entitled to 6 consecutive days off anywhere between December 20 to January 5.
  • PAIRS does not set two six day blocks of vacation, rather each program schedules so that every resident gets 6 consecutive calendar days off and DOES NOT work any extra time than they normally would at any other time of the year.
  • This means that residents are not to be scheduled to have six days off and then 6 days on. Residents are to work as they normally would outside of the 6 day vacation period, with Monday to Friday being considered regular working days with regular working hours.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kristin at the PAIRS office at 306-655-2134 or as soon as possible to ensure that all programs are applying the contract consistently.



Save the Date!

The PAIRS New Year’s Gala is at TCU Place on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 6pm.  Make plans for a night of food, dancing and door prizes!  Stay tuned for details!


Dr. Brad Ardell Spirit Award – Nominations are Now Open!

This award has been established in memory of Dr. Brad Ardell who passed away suddenly September 26, 2008 when he was a third year Orthopedic Surgery Resident.  The award is given out on an annual basis for as long as the funds allow for an annual award of $1000.  The award will be based on the candidate’s leadership and/or excellence in areas such as team building, empathy, creativity and dependability.  Academic performance shall not serve as a criteria.

The award is open to all residents enrolled in the postgraduate medical training program at the University of Saskatchewan.  Eligible candidates can be nominated by undergraduate medical students, residents, faculty or staff of the College of Medicine.  The deadline for nominations is October 31, 2014, click here for a nomination form.  The award will be handed out at the PAIRS New Year’s Gala in January 2015.


Do We Have Your Current Address?

If you have changed your address since submitting your forms to the College of Medicine, please make sure you update this information in two places.

First, in your PAWS account for payroll purposes.

Second, with our office to receive important information regarding your employment conditions, news and events. Email your address changes to


New Board of Directors & Program Reps

Executive (9 with 8 votes)

President Lei Xia Anesthesia PGY3
Vice President Amanda Kleisinger Physical Medicine & Rehab PGY3
Past President * Dilip Gill General Surgery PGY5
Secretary Treasurer Kelsey Tallon Internal Medicine PGY2
Chief Negotiator Jason Denis Internal Medicine PGY2
Assistant Negotiator Aaron Daters General Surgery PGY3
Member at Large Eve Marie Johnson Family Medicine PGY1
Member at Large Paul Kulyk Orthopedic Surgery PGY2
Member at Large Guillaume Leclair Pediatrics PGY1

*no voting privileges


Board of Directors (13 votes)

Faculty Council Rep 1 Daniel Altman Internal Medicine PGY1
Faculty Council Rep 2 Joseph Kim Internal Medicine PGY2
Faculty Council Rep 3 Katie Ng Internal Medicine PGY3
Faculty Council Rep 4 Kristina Watt Internal Medicine PGY2
PGME Committee Representative 1 Jonathan Dean Internal Medicine PGY1
PGME Committee Representative 2 Paige Drever Obstetrics and Gynecology PGY2
PGY1 Representative Sarah Schmid General Surgery PGY1
SaskDocs Representative Nikki Rewuski General Surgery PGY3
SHR Practitioner Advisory Committee Geoffrey Shumilak Internal Medicine PGY3
SMA Representative 1 – Board & RA Neil Kalra Diagnostic Radiology PGY1
SMA Representative 2 – CORRP & SSR Kirsten Walker IM/Dermatology PGY1
Wellness Representative 1 – PHP Matthew Nicholson Internal Medicine PGY1
Wellness Representative 2 – RWC Kristine Pederson Family Medicine PGY1


Program Representatives (no voting privileges)

Anesthesia Tim Bolton PGY1
Cardiology TBD
Clinical Investigative Program Jeffrey Gu PGY3
Diagnostic Radiology Gage Watson PGY1
Emergency Medicine Lynsey Martin PGY2
Family Medicine – La Ronge Ankit Kapur PGY1
Family Medicine – Moose Jaw Amanda Waldner PGY1
Family Medicine – North Battleford Isa Saidu PGY1
Family Medicine – Prince Albert Navid Robertson PGY1
Family Medicine – Regina Beth Machnee PGY1
Family Medicine – Saskatoon Robyn Tenaski PGY1
Family Medicine – Swift Current Kristine Pederson PGY1
Family Medicine/Emergency TBD
Family Medicine/Enhanced Skills Nichelle Desilets PGY3
General Surgery Ida Molavi PGY2
General Internal Medicine Alia Teja PGY4
Internal Medicine Kelsey Tallon PGY2
Neurology Pragma Roy PGY2
Neurosurgery Uzair Ahmed PGY1
Obstetrics and Gynecology James Hayward PGY1
Ophthalmology Gabriela Campos-Baniak PGY1
Orthopedic Surgery Shandy Fox PGY4
Pathology Yanping Gong PGY1
Pediatrics Kate Neufeld PGY1
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Melissa Andersen PGY1
Psychiatry Ashwati Raghunath PGY2
Public Health and Preventative Medicine Lanre Medu PGY3
Respirology TBD
Rheumatology Keltie Anderson PGY5


CAIR Board Member for Saskatchewan (no voting privileges)

CAIR Board Member for Sask Breanna Balaton Anesthesia PGY3


Office Staff (no voting privileges)

Executive Director Kristin Johnson
Administrative Assistant Shari Rolleston