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.

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

PAIRS New Year’s Gala – Get Your Tickets!



The PAIRS New Year’s Gala is on Saturday, January 17, 2015.  This event will be held at TCU Place in Gallery A starting at 6pm.

Tickets for this event are $30.00 and all money raised through tickets sales will be used to fund a photo booth and purchase door prizes.

Check your email for the link to purchase tickets.


If you have any questions, please contact the PAIRS Office at 306-655-2134 or




Public Presentation November 17, Assistant Dean Division of Medical Education, Scholarship, and Support


 Click here to see the poster for Dr. Joan Forder’s public presentation, ‘Medical Education, Scholarship, and Support: An Opportunity for Development through Collaboration’.  Dr. Forder is a candidate for Assistant Dean Division of Medical Education, Scholarship, and Support.  This event will take place:


Monday November 17th, 2014

12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Room A204 Health Sciences Building

Video conferenced to Regina, West Winds, and other TeleHealth sites by arrangement


A Q&A session will follow the half hour presentation.  Please note that due to renovations in B Wing, some access routes to A Wing are blocked and extra travel time may be needed.


Feedback for the search committee regarding each of the Assistant Dean Division of Medical Education, Scholarship and Support candidate presentations should be sent to leslie.bousquet@usask.caby 3:00 p.m. November 17th.


CAIR Fall Newsletter

In this issue:

•  Call CAIR Awards Nominations

•  CAIR on Location

•  Handover Best Practices Workshop at ICRE

•  Mentoring: An empowerment tool to motivate and improve skills session at IRLS

•  Family Medicine Forum

•  Nominations for the 2015 Sandra Banner Student Award for Leadership

•  On the CAIR Website

Click here to read the newsletter.


You’re invited to attend the Department of Psychiatry Resident/Trainee Research Forum – November 28

On Friday, November 28, the Department of Psychiatry will host its fourth annual Resident/Trainee Research Forum. This will take place from 12:00-1:30 in the SaskTel Theatre, Royal University Hospital.


The event celebrates the excellent work conducted by our residents and graduate students. It is open to everyone who wishes to attend.  Click here for details.

PAIRS Wellness Committee presents a Halloween Social! All Saskatchewan medical residents are invited!


When: Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Where: Maguire’s Irish Pub & Brewery

Time: 8:00p.m.


Wear your best Halloween attire and join us for an evening of socializing.

No cover charge.

Significant others welcome.

Check your email for your punchbowl invitation to RSVP!


Contact your Wellness Committee with any questions: Kristine Pederson ( or Matthew Nicholson (


See you there!





Only 1 Week Left to Submit Your Nomination for the Dr. Brad Ardell Spirit Award!


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.  See the attached nomination form.  The award will be handed out at the PAIRS New Year’s Gala in January 2015.




Please contact us if you have any questions.



Click here for the nomination form.