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.

Congratulations to Dr. Zafrina Poonja, winner of the RDoC Puddester Award for Resident Wellness!

Resident Doctors of Canada announced its 2016-2017 award recipients on March 22. Among this year’s winners is Dr. Zafrina Poonja, a PGY3 in Emergency Medicine at Royal University Hospital.  See full article on all recipients here.

Reminder: Call for Nominations for PAIRS President Now Open!

Nominations are now being accepted for the position of PAIRS President. The term officially begins at the close of the Annual General Meeting in August 2017 and ends in August 2018.

To be eligible to run for the position, you must be a PAIRS resident, training during the 2017-2018 academic year. Previous experience on the PAIRS Board of Directors is preferred, as a solid knowledge and understanding of PAIRS operations is required in order to lead the Board of Directors. Additional experience in leadership roles is an asset. All candidates are asked to submit a one page biography which will be posted online for all voters to review prior to the election. A description of the role of PAIRS President can be found here. Please contact our office to nominate yourself or someone else (with their consent) or if you would like more information.

Nominations close on Monday, March 27, 2017. The election will be held online on March 29 & 30. More details on the election process will be sent to everyone in the coming weeks.

Click here for an updated list of candidates.

Winners of 2016 Dr. Brad Ardell Spirit Award: Melissa Andersen & Tamara Tsang


Each year, residents and staff have an opportunity to nominate individuals for the Dr. Brad Ardell Spirit Award, in recognition of residents who exhibit characteristics of a “true prairie spirit”: dependability, selflessness and compassion. They exemplify integrity, empathy and care to all. They treat every day as a challenge, an opportunity for accomplishment and achievement, and are innovative and creative thinkers.

This year’s nominations included two equally deserving candidates, and as a result, the Awards Committee chose two winners: Melissa Andersen, a third-year Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation resident, and Tamara Tsang, a first-year Family Medicine resident.  Their awards will be presented at the PAIRS New Year’s Gala on January 21.   

Congratulations to both Melissa and Tamara on this well-deserved honour!



Nominate a Resident for the Dr. Brad Ardell Spirit Award

Nominations close November 6, 2016

This award was created in 2008 in memory of orthopaedic surgery resident Dr. Brad Ardell. Residents, faculty and support staff are encouraged to nominate a resident who best embodies Dr. Ardell’s characteristics of hard work, compassion and empathy in clinical practice.

Nominations must include:

  • Nomination form (available by clicking the button below)
  • A brief essay describing how your nominee meets the award criteria
  • Submission to by November 6, 2016

The award will be presented at the 2017 PAIRS New Year’s Gala.

Nomination Form