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.

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


Need A New Badge Reel?

Badge Reel

If you have lost or broken your PAIRS Badge Reel, stop by the PAIRS Office at 2695 RUH or the 2nd Floor Resident’s Lounge and pick up a new one.



Update for Obstetrics & Gynecology, Ophthalmology and Urology


Notification of updates to the format documents for the Obstetrics & Gynecology, Ophthalmology and Urology certification examination.

Please be advised that the documents which describe the formats of the examinations in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Ophthalmology and Urology have been updated. Specifically, the changes are that Paper 1 of the written component will now include the multiple-choice questions (MCQ) and Paper 2 will now include the short-answer questions (SAQ).

The content of the examination is still based on the Objectives of Training and the examination format can be found at the following link:;jsessionid=tPQzLNE284iWqk-6OmFvtGDpQI0xxG9NXGYIKcXfSH8Fh2E2YEJU!74434802?lang=en&_afrLoop=10474495085493346&_afrWindowMode=0&_afrWindowId=null#%40%3F_afrWindowId%3Dnull%26_


Information by discipline and by selecting the specialty.

Note that candidates (ruled eligible) will be receiving their notice of registration for the examination between mid-November 2014 and January 2015.



Congratulations Dr. Alison Turnquist on Receiving the Dr. Brad Ardell Spirit Award!

PAIRS is proud to announce that the recipient of the 2014 Dr. Brad Ardell Spirit Award is Dr. Alison Turnquist, PGY2 Family Medicine/Saskatoon.

Each year residents and staff have the opportunity to nominate an individual who they feel has exhibited true prairie spirit; someone who is hardworking, dependable, selfless, warm and considerate. They exemplify compassion, empathy and care alike. They treat every day as a challenge, an opportunity for accomplishment and achievement, and are an innovative and creative thinker. Dr. Turnquist was selected by the selection committee as the candidate who best exemplified these qualities.  The Award Selection Committee consisted of the PGME Dean, Attendings and a Resident.

She will receive her award at the Annual PAIRS New Year’s Gala on January 17th.

Congratulations, Dr. Turnquist!


Candidate Volumes Fall 2015 MCCQE Part II

Dear Colleagues:


In light of the new examination structure for family medicine that will be in place as of 2016, the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) has been working to assess possible implications to the MCCQE Part II. We are projecting a significant increase in candidate volume for the fall 2015 examination.

Consequently, we are encouraging eligible candidates to take this exam in the spring instead of the fall.


Over the past two years, we have seen family medicine candidates who would have normally taken the MCCQE Part II in the fall, take the harmonized Certification Examination in Family Medicine in the following spring.

Candidates who were successful on the exam would receive both their LMCC and CCFP. The shift in cohort to the spring administration helped with the operation of our examination sites, and ensured a more balanced cohort between the spring and fall sessions.


As of 2016, family medicine candidates will need to take the MCCQE Part II and the Certification Examination separately. We believe many candidates will opt to take the fall 2015 MCCQE Part II as a result of this change.


MCC has taken many proactive measures to increase overall capacity. Our Evaluation Bureau team is working with exam sites to increase OSCE tracks around the country. MCC staff are also investigating the possibility of opening new exam sites in distributed centres, and collaborating with partners to establish a centralized overflow centre.


Even with these measures in place, capacity for the fall 2015 MCCQE Part II will be finite, and MCC may not be able to provide space for every applicant as it has in the past. We will do absolutely everything we can to accommodate candidates, but in the meantime we are asking eligible applicants to take the exam in the spring.


Application to our spring 2015 exam opens November 18 and candidates who register for this examination will be more likely to get their preferred centre(s) than those who wait until the fall examination.


MCC recognizes that a significant cohort of candidates will not be eligible for the spring 2015 session of the MCCQE Part II, as candidates require 12 months of postgraduate training before they can apply to the exam. For those candidates who are not yet eligible, we encourage them to make use of our sign-up distribution list to receive an email notification when registration for the fall 2015 session opens (see the sign-up button at the bottom of the following webpage: [



We will update you on our efforts to increase capacity in the coming months. In the meantime, MCC would be very grateful if you could share the information in this email with your residents, and encourage those who are eligible to take the exam in the spring instead of the fall.


Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.




M. Ian Bowner, MD, CM, FRCPC

Executive Director