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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.

1939 Resident Teacher Award in Medicine – Deadline for Nominations is June 30, 2014

Residents who excel in teaching – we know they’re out there – let’s give them some recognition!

The selection committee for the 1939 Resident Teacher Award in Medicine is looking for our most exceptional resident teachers and we are currently accepting nominations from undergraduate medical students, residents, faculty and staff in the College of Medicine. The nomination form and eligibility criteria are attached.

Nomination forms and supporting documentation can be sent to the Postgraduate Medical Education Office and will be accepted until Monday, June 30, 2014 at 4:00pm.

Click here for the nomination form.


FMWC 2014 Annual General Meeting, Vancouver BC

“Women as Medical Leaders: Empowered, Engaged, Extraordinary”




Submission Deadline: July 25th, 2014 at 11:59pm EST.

FMWC seeks to be the networking and professional development home for all Canadian women in the medical profession while being the preeminent advocate for women’s health across Canada.

The 90th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the FMWC will be held in Vancouver, BC, September 19-21, 2014.  The FMWC is now accepting abstracts for scientific poster presentations from medical students and residents.

This meeting is attended by women physicians from all fields of medicine. The presentations include seminars on leadership, networking, work-life balance, career transitions, and medical updates. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your work and network with specialists from across the province and country.

Abstract submission is open to medical students and residents who are current FMWC members. We encourage poster topics related to sex and gender differences and women’s health issues.

Submissions will undergo peer review and all selected abstracts will be displayed as posters. The presenting author of the top abstract in each category of medical student and resident submission will be awarded a prize. The organizing committee will select the top resident and medical student abstracts for the prize, based on the following criteria:

  • Clarity      and depth of writing
  • Ability      of the abstract to stimulate discussion
  • Relevance      to health care
  • Overall      impression of the abstract

Top abstract winners will be announced at the FMWC AGM Meeting.

The abstract limit is 250 words (not including title, authors, and affiliations) and submissions should be formatted using the following headings:

  • Background      and Objectives
  • Methods
  • Results      and Discussion
  • Conclusions

Posters should not exceed 4 feet (width) x 3 feet (height).


We invite you to submit your abstracts to

Register for the AGM at:

Questions can be forwarded to


Student Loan Interest Relief Program Instructions for 2014-2015

saskdocs is pleased to announce that the Student Loan Interest Relief Program has been approved for the 2014/15 fiscal year!  We will be reimbursing U of S medical residents on government student loan interest paid during this period.


saskdocs will begin taking applications on June 1st, 2014.  After submitting your application, you should receive payment within 6-8 weeks.  Please see below for the new program instructions:

-          Go to

-          Click “NSLSC On-line services” and then “Sign On”.  If you do not already have a NSLSC (National Student Loan Service Center) on-line account, you will need to create one by clicking “Register”.

-          After you have signed on, go to “Account Information” and click “Your Loan Account”.

-          Choose your student loan by opening up the document under “Loan Type and Number”.  Print this page.

-          Click “View Loan Statement” beside the balance owing at NSLSC.  Print this page.  Your name should be on the document.


Submit these two documents to saskdocs, Attn: Brittany Laviolette by email at or fax at 306-933-5115.  Include your SIN number, PGY year, current mailing address, and phone number.


If you are interested in applying to the NSLSC for a revision of terms on your student loan to make interest only payments, please contact Brittany Laviolette for more information.


If you have any questions about the program or how to apply please contact Brittany Laviolette at 306-933-5307 or


This program covers April 1, 2014 – March 31, 2015.




Nominees for Special General Meeting


Dr. Lei Xia, PGY2, Anesthesia


CAIR Representative From Saskatchewan

Dr. Breanna  Balaton, PGY2, Anesthesia


Nominations will be accepted until Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 5:30pm.  No nominations will be accepted at the SGM.  Please contact our office if you have any questions.


PAIRS Special General Meeting is on Monday, March 3 at 5:30 pm in Health Sciences 1130

At this meeting the elections for PAIRS President for the 2014-2015 Academic Year and CAIR Representative from Saskatchewan (2 year term) will take place.

Nominate yourself or someone else before 5:30 pm, Saturday, March 1, 2014 by emailing

All nominations will be posted to our website as they come in. See

The purpose of electing the President in March is to meet a request from CAIR to have our President-Elect in attendance at the June CAIR Annual General Meeting in Edmonton, Alberta on June 14-15, 2014. Travel expenses are paid by CAIR. The President-Elect will officially begin his/her role as President after the start of the new academic year in summer 2014.

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 Chair 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 be one of the signing officers 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 be responsible for communications with the media.

CAIR Representative From Saskatchewan Job Description:

The Canadian Association of Internes and Residents (CAIR) is a vibrant national organization uniting, promoting and serving over 8, 000 Resident Physicians across Canada. ~Through its Board of Directors, CAIR provides a unique opportunity for you to represent the interests of residents across Canada and help shape the environment in which you work and train. ~ Any candidate for the CAIR Board must be a CAIR member in good standing.

CAIR seeks candidates with any of the following attributes:

  • Governance skills (previously served with other organizations as a board member, executive member, e.g. Secretary, Vice President, Treasurer, Committee Chair, etc.)
  • Management skills (previous experience in policy, advocacy, medical education, professionalism, communications, well being)
  • From all specialties (Family Medicine and all Royal College specialties)
  • previous CAIR representation as a liaison representative or a CAIR Committee / Working Group member specific skills in finance, legal issues, strategic planning, human resources, leadership, IT

The CAIR Board of Directors will meet face to face usually 4 times a year.

Please note that the dates and locations of the meetings may be subject to change.

• Annual General Meeting/CAIR Board of Directors Meeting – June

14-15, 2014, Edmonton

• CAIR Board of Directors Meetings in August, November 2014, February

2015, to be held in Ottawa, June 2015 location to be confirmed

In addition, there will be Board teleconferences held or emails distributed between the face-to-face meetings to address key issues in a timely fashion. Board members are expected to attend all in-person and telecommunications-based Board meetings. Board members are also expected to serve upon one or more of CAIR’s Governance and/or Management Committees.

Election to the CAIR Board is contingent upon signing the CAIR Board Code of Conduct agreement.

Elected CAIR Board members serve for a one year term, with an option to serve for an additional year at the Board member’s discretion; provided the Board member remains a Resident, is a CAIR member in good standing, and meets the performance/job description expectations for serving as a CAIR Board member.

The CAIR Represenative must communicate on a regular basis with the PAIRS’ Board of Directors to ensure that the Board is fully informed of important issues that may require board assistance, and respond to correspondence from the PAIRS office in a timely manner so that appropriate feedback is obtained when required.


All other PAIRS Board of Directors positions will be elected at the AGM on the summer of 2014. There will be a call for nominations for all other board positions later this summer.


PAIRS Excellence In Teaching Award Nominations Are Now Open!

Nominations are now open for the 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award and all PAIRS members are invited to submit their nominations.

Click here to get the nomination form.

All nominations forms must be submitted to the PAIRS office no later than Wednesday, April 30, 2014.