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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.

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 pairs.sk@usask.ca 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 pairs.sk@usask.ca.

 

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  

 

 

 

PAIRS AGM – Nominations Are Now Closed!

Vice-President (1 Position)

Dr. Eve Marie Johnson, Family Medicine/Regina, PGY1

Dr. Neil Kalra, Diagnostic Radiology, PGY1

Dr. Amanda Kleisinger, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, PGY3

 

Secretary/Treasurer (1 Position)

Dr. Jonathan Dean, Internal Medicine, PGY1

Dr. Kelsey Tallon, Internal Medicine, PGY2

 

Chief Negotiator (1 Position)

Dr. Jason Denis, Internal Medicine, PGY2

 

Assistant Negotiator (1 Position)

Dr. Aaron Daters, General Surgery, PGY3

Dr. Guillaume Leclair, Pediatrics, PGY1

 

Members At Large (3 Positions)

Dr. Jonathan Dean, Internal Medicine, PGY1

Dr. Jeffrey Gu, Clinical Investigator Program/General Surgery, PGY3

Dr. Eve Marie Johnson, Family Medicine/Regina, PGY1

Dr. Neil Kalra, Diagnostic Radiology, PGY1

Dr. Paul Kulyk, Orthopedic Surgery, PGY2

Dr. Guillaume Leclair, Pediatrics, PGY1

Dr. Anish Mody, Family Medicine/Regina, PGY2

Dr. Matthew Nicholson, Internal Medicine, PGY1

Dr. Michael Prystajecky, Internal Medicine, PGY3

Dr. Rochelle Savard, Neurology, PGY1

Dr. Sarah Schmid, General Surgery, PGY1

Dr. Kirsten Walker, Internal Medicine/Dermatology, PGY1

Dr. Gage Watson, Diagnostic Radiology, PGY1

 

Postgraduate Education Committee Representatives (2 Positions)

Dr. Simon Adams, General Surgery, PGY2

Dr. Daniel Altman, Internal Medicine, PGY1

Dr. Jonathan Dean, Internal Medicine, PGY1

Dr. Paige Drever, Obstetrics & Gynecology, PGY2

Dr. Eve Marie Johnson, Family Medicine/Regina, PGY1

Dr. Ida Molavi, General Surgery, PGY2

Dr. Sita Ollek, General Surgery, PGY2

Dr. Kristina Watt, Internal Medicine, PGY2

 

Faculty Council Representatives (4 Positions)

Dr. Daniel Altman, Internal Medicine, PGY1

Dr. Farah Chowdhury, Pediatrics, PGY3

Dr. Jonathan Dean, Internal Medicine, PGY1

Dr. Paige Drever, Obstetrics & Gynecology, PGY2

Dr. Eve Marie Johnson, Family Medicine/Regina, PGY1

Dr. Paul Kulyk, Orthopedic Surgery, PGY2

Dr. Joseph Kim, Internal Medicine, PGY2

Dr. Katie Ng, Internal Medicine, PGY2

Dr. Geoffrey Shumilak, Internal Medicine, PGY3

Dr. Kristina Watt, Internal Medicine, PGY2

 

Saskatchewan Medical Association Representatives (2 Positions)

Dr. Neil Kalra, Diagnostic Radiology, PGY1

Dr. Guillaume Leclair, Pediatrics, PGY1

Dr. Anish Mody, Family Medicine/Regina, PGY2

Dr. Katie Ng, Internal Medicine, PGY3

Dr. Kirsten Walker, Internal Medicine/Dermatology, PGY1

 

PGY1 Representative (1 position)

Dr. Daniel Altman, Internal Medicine, PGY1

Dr. Jonathan Dean, Internal Medicine, PGY1

Dr. Matthew Nicholson, Internal Medicine, PGY1

Dr. Sarah Schmid, General Surgery, PGY1

Dr. Kirsten Walker, Internal Medicine/Dermatology, PGY1

Dr. Gage Watson, Diagnostic Radiology, PGY1

 

Resident Wellness Committee Representatives – RWC (2 Voting Positions)

Dr. Simon Adams, General Surgery, PGY2

Dr. Natasha Desjardins, Family Medicine/Swift Current, PGY1

Dr. Matthew Nicholson, Internal Medicine, PGY1

Dr. Katie Ng, Internal Medicine, PGY2

Dr. Kristine Pederson, Family Medicine/Swift Current, PGY1

Dr. Rochelle Savard, Neurology, PGY1

Dr. Geoffrey Shumilak, Internal Medicine, PGY3

Dr. Kristina Watt, Internal Medicine, PGY2

 

Saskatoon Practitioner Advisory Committee (PAC) Representative  (1 Position)

Dr. Geoffrey Shumilak, Internal Medicine, PGY3

 

 

Support Your Development with Royal College Resident Funding

It’s awards-and-grants season at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. They are welcoming submissions from residents in Royal College accredited specialty medicine programs. Apply for a valuable grant, scholarship and fellowship to advance your skills and competence.

Here are just a few of ways the Royal College can support your development through its awards-and-grants program:

  • Study the highest standards at home or abroad. Gain valuable experience for clinical practice at medical centres in Canada or abroad with the Detweiler Travelling Fellowship. This opportunity — a $21,000 value for junior applicants — is open to final-year residents and Fellows in their first five years post-certification, in all surgical and medical disciplines.
  • Study surgery in the U.K. Final-year surgery residents can advance their skill set in the United Kingdom under the Royal College’s new Harry S. Morton Travelling Fellowship in Surgery. This fellowship is a wonderful opportunity to gain surgical skills and training abroad for up to $50,000/year. Not only will your future practice benefit, the expertise you bring home will also build excellence in your current academic program.
  • Build a career in #MedEd. The Royal College will donate $40,000 in funding towards one year of a Masters or PhD in Education under the Robert Maudsley Fellowship for Studies in Medical Education. The goal of this fellowship is to increase the number and quality of professionally trained medical educators in Canada.
  • Research the historical archives of the Royal College in Ottawa. If you are undertaking a research project in the history of specialty medicine or medical education in Canada, consider applying for the Peter Warren Travelling Scholarship. This scholarship is exclusively for residents from all medical and surgical disciplines.

To apply for these and other exciting opportunities, visit www.royalcollege.ca/awards or email Mélanie Blackburn at awards@royalcollege.ca. The deadline for all applications and nominations is September 2, 2014.

 

PAIRS Annual General Meeting – Nominations Open on July 24!

PAIRS will be holding our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 5:30pm in the SaskTel Theatre at RUH.   Dinner will be provided.   This meeting will be videoconferenced to the distributive sites as follows:

  • La Ronge – Medical Clinic
  • Moose Jaw – Union Hospital
  • North Battleford – Clinic
  • Prince Albert – HD1
  • Regina – College of Medicine HD1
  • Swift Current – CRH Education

 

If you are interested in attending this meeting please RSVP to pairs.sk@usask.ca .

 

At the AGM, the Board of Directors for the 2014-2015 academic year will be elected.  If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else for a position, all nominations must be made to the PAIRS office in writing or email by Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 5:30pm; as per the bylaws no nominations from the floor will be accepted at the AGM.

 

Candidates may nominate themselves for multiple positions, but can only hold accept one position on the Board.  Please not that you may hold a voting position and a program representative position simultaneously as the program representative position is a non-voting liaison role.  All positions are for a one year term, with the exception of Chief Negotiator and Assistant Negotiator which have a two year term.  Position responsibilities are effective immediately after the votes are tallied at the AGM.

 

Campaigning is optional and may consist of a 90 second speech the day of the AGM.  If the candidate is unable to attend the AGM, they may submit a 90 second video or audio clip.  All votes must be cast in person at one of the sites, as per the bylaws there is no proxy voting for elections.

 

The PAIRS website will be updated as nominations are received.  The link is www.saskresidents.ca.

 

Please note that the President and CAIR Board Member from Saskatchewan positions were elected at our annual Special General Meeting in March, 2014.  The 2014-2015 President is Dr. Lei Xia and the CAIR Board Member from Saskatchewan is Dr. Breanna Balaton.  As well, the saskdocs position is held for a two year term and was elected at last year’s AGM.  The continuing saskdocs Representative for 2014-2015 is Dr. Nikki Rewuski.

 

The following is a list of the positions that are available:

 

Vice-President

  1. The Vice-President shall attend all meetings of the Board of Directors.
  2. In the absence of the President, the Vice-President shall assume the duties of the President.
  3. The Vice-President shall be a signing officer of the Corporation.
  4. The Vice-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.
  5. The Vice-President shall maintain ongoing communication with the Executive Director.
  6. The Vice-President shall notify the Executive Director if they are unavailable through pager – i.e. off pager, in a different location or on holidays.

 

Secretary/Treasurer

  1. The Secretary/Treasurer shall attend all meetings of the Board of Directors and work with the Administrative Assistant to ensure accuracy of all meeting minutes.
  2. The Secretary/Treasurer shall be a signing officer of the Corporation.
  3. The Secretary/Treasurer shall ensure that accurate accounts of all receipts and disbursements of the corporation are maintained, and provide regular reports of the financial affairs of PAIRS to the Board of Directors.
  4. The Secretary/Treasurer 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.
  5. The Secretary/Treasurer shall maintain ongoing communication with the Executive Director.
  6. The Secretary/Treasurer shall notify the Executive Director if they are unavailable through pager – i.e. off pager, in a different location or on holidays.

 

Members At Large (3 positions available)

  1. The Members at Large shall attend all meetings of the Board of Directors.
  2. The duties of the Members at Large are determined by the Board of Directors.
  3. The Members at Large shall be expected to assume certain tasks and projects which may come up from time to time and shall attend any local or provincial committee meetings as directed by the Executive, and provide timely reports on such meetings to the Board of Directors.

 

Negotiators – Chief and Assistant (2 positions available)

  1. Both Negotiators shall attend all meetings of the Board of Directors. The position shall be 2 years in length, whereas the Assistant Negotiator is elected at the AGM and will be promoted to Chief Negotiator upon the election of a new Assistant Negotiator. This staggered process will supply continuity to contract negotiations.
  2. They shall be jointly responsible for coordinating the items for any proposed changes to the PAIRS contract in any given year.
  3. They shall be responsible for preparing any internal surveys to PAIRS members, required in connection with determining members’ input as to important items to be considered for negotiations.
  4. They shall attend all negotiations meetings and provide timely reports to the Board of Directors.
  5. Both of them shall be signing officers of the Corporation if required from time to time, by the absence of the President, Vice-President or Secretary/Treasurer.

 

Postgraduate Education Committee Representatives (2 positions available)

  1. The Postgraduate Education Committee Representatives shall attend all meetings of the PAIRS Board of Directors and all PGEC Committee Meetings and shall submit timely reports on the PGEC meetings to the Board of Directors.
  2. The PGEC Rep shall be expected to assume certain tasks and projects as may come up from time to time.

 

Faculty Council Representatives (4 positions available)

  1. The Faculty Council Representatives shall attend all meetings of the PAIRS Board of Directors and all Faculty Council Meetings and shall submit timely reports on the Faculty Council Meetings to the Board of Directors.
  2. These Representatives shall be expected to assume certain tasks and projects as may come up from time to time.

 

Saskatchewan Medical Association Representatives (2 positions available)

  1. The SMA Reps shall attend all meetings of the PAIRS Board of Directors.
  2. One SMA Rep shall attend all meetings of the SMA Board of Directors and the SMA Representative Assembly Meetings and shall submit timely reports on the SMA meetings to the PAIRS Board of Directors.
  3. One SMA Rep shall attend all meetings of the SRR and CORRPS and shall submit timely reports to the PAIRS Board of Directors.
  4. The SMA Reps shall be expected to assume certain tasks and projects as may come up from time to time.

 

Resident Wellness Committee Representatives – RWC (2 positions available)

  1. The RWC sub-committee is open to any PAIRS members who wish to participate. Two voting members for the PAIRS Board, as well as the SMA Physician Health Program, shall be determined via majority vote by RWC members
  2. Voting members of the RWC shall attend all meetings of the Board of Directors, or appoint a representative on the RWC to attend in their stead, and shall submit timely reports on the activities of the RWC to the PAIRS board members.
  3. Members appointed to the SMA Physician Health Program shall attend all PHP meetings, liaise between the PHP and PAIRS, and make timely reports to the PAIRS board regarding the PHP.
  4. The RWC shall seek to promote better health and wellness for all residents.
  5. RWC members shall actively seek information on issues affecting resident health and wellness.

 

Saskatoon Practitioner Advisory Committee (PAC) Representative

  1. The Saskatoon PAC Representative shall attend all meetings of the PAIRS Board of Directors, and shall submit timely reports on the PAC meetings to the Board of Directors.
  2. The PAC Representative shall be expected to assume certain tasks and projects as may come up from time to time.

 

PGY1 Representative

  1. The PGY1 Representative shall attend all meeting of the PAIRS Board of Directors.
  2. They will act as a liaison between the PGY1 residents and the Board of Directors.
  3. They shall be expected to assume certain tasks and projects as may come up from time to time

 

 

Congratulations Dr. Julie Seymour!

Each year PAIRS conducts a survey for residents in their final year of their residency and uses this survey to measure trends.  This year residents who completed the survey could enter their name into a draw for a $200 Air Canada Gift Card.  We are happy to announce Dr. Julie Seymour as the winner.  Congratulations Dr. Seymour!

For residents completing this year, watch your inbox during the last few months of residency to complete the survey.