The doctors of tomorrow, today.

The Professional Association of Internes and Residents of Saskatchewan (PAIRS) is the official voice of resident doctors training in Saskatchewan. Governed by an elected Board of Directors, PAIRS advocates for residency training and education in the province, and is the official bargaining association for the resident collective agreement.
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. PAIRS members are post-graduate residents doctors training for certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) or the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) in one of their recognized specialty or sub-specialty programs.

Winners of PAIRS Teaching Excellence Award

And the winners are…

2015 Winners of the Excellence in Teaching Award

PAIRS is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Awards. Residents nominated 13 teachers this year, and the committee has chosen 7 winners who best exemplified the key attributes of quality of teaching, interest and rapport in teaching residents, positive role modeling, enthusiasm and commitment to the teaching of residents.

This year’s recipients of the PAIRS Excellence in Teaching Award are:

  • Dr. Nadim Lalani, Emergency Medicine, Saskatoon
  • Dr. Duane Lichtenwald, Dermatology, Saskatoon
  • Dr. Jose Lopez, Cardiology, Saskatoon
  • Dr. Almereau Prollius, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Saskatoon
  • Dr. Bonnie Richardson, Internal Medicine, Regina
  • Dr. François Roussou, Emergency Medicine, Prince Albert
  • Dr. Eben Strydom, Family Medicine, Melfort

Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you for your dedication to excellence!



Resident Wellness Day 2015

Join us Thursday, May 21st at 5:00 pm to celebrate and learn more about Resident Wellness.

Please check your inbox for your event invitation sent via Event Brite to RSVP.

Saskatoon: HS 1130, Regina: LC Conference Room, PA: Victoria Hospital Room 418, Swift Current: CRH Education, Moose Jaw: FM Room



Important Info! Capacity Limits for MCCQE Part II

Capacity Limits for the Fall 2015 MCCQE Part II are being introduced. When registration for the fall session opens in May 2015, candidates will be able to register until the limit for their group is reached, after which point, candidates will be able to request to be added to a pre-registration list for the next session. Those on the pre-registration list will be provided the option of registering for the Spring 2016 MCCQE Part II before general registration opens.

For further information explaining why capacity limits are being introduced, how the caps will be applied and application information, please view the FAQ on the MCC website.

For more information on the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part II, click here.



PAIRS President-Elect 2015-2016

Amanda Kleisinger

Amanda Kleisinger

Thank you to everyone who voted! The results are in and Amanda Kleisinger is the new President-Elect. She will officially take office as PAIRS President at our AGM in August 2015.

Nominations are Open for the Position of PAIRS President 2015-2016

Submit your nomination to the PAIRS Office by emailing .  Nominations are open until 11:59pm on Saturday, March 7, 2015.


PAIRS President Job Description

The President of PAIRS shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors. The President of the Association (or his/her designate) shall be Chairman of meetings and shall not vote except to decide in the case of a tie decision by the Directors. The President is in charge of the general management, supervision of the affairs and operation of PAIRS, and ongoing communication with the Executive Director. The President shall notify the Executive Director if they are unavailable through pager – i.e. off pager, in a different location or on holidays. The President shall be a signing officer of the Corporation. The President shall be expected to assume certain tasks and projects as may come up from time to time, attend any local or provincial committee meetings as directed by the Executive, and provide timely reports on such meetings to the Board of Directors. The President shall approve all Board Agendas. The President shall be responsible for communications with the media.


Please contact us at 306-655-2134 or if you have any questions.


CMA Session on Physician Leadership for Learners

The CMA has developped a 1/2 days session on physician leadership for learners, to be held in conjunction with the Canadian Conference on Physician Leadership (CCPL).  There are no fees associated with attending, but students and residents must be CMA members. This will be of particular interest to any students or residents attending CCME.

Further details can be found in this flyer, or online at:


Here’s a brief overview of the 1/2 day.

7:45-8:45: Breakfast and Registration

8:30-8:45: Welcome and Introductions*

8:45-9:45: Keynote Address Number 1-Speaker TBD*

9:45-10:45: Keynote Address Number 2-Carmel M Martin*

10:45-11:15: Break*

11:15-12:45: Workshop (1 of 3) Choice will be up to the delegate  *denotes this activities are in conjunction with the CCPL attendees


SMA PMI Leadership Course Dates

Here are the dates for the upcoming in-house Physician Management Institute (PMI) leadership courses the SMA will be hosting for the 2015 year:

Engaging Others – March 20-22 in REGINA

Physician as Coach – June 5-6 in SASKATOON

Leadership for Medical Women: Strengthen Your Leadership Capacity – September 18-19 in REGINA

Leadership Strategies for Sustainable Physician Engagement – Oct. 16-17  in SASKATOON


The SMA will sponsor two residents to attend each course, you pay for your travel and accommodations.


If you are interested in attending, please contact:

Delilah Dueck

Administrative Assistant,

Professional Affairs

Saskatchewan Medical Association

PH: 306-244-2196


FAX: 306-653-1631