Saskatchewan Health Authority, Saskatoon Integrated Service Area

c/o Royal University Hospital, 103 Hospital Drive
Saskatoon, SK, S7N 0W8

Doreen Zimmer, BSP, ACPR
Director, Pharmacy Services
Saskatchewan Health Authority, Saskatoon Area

Barb Evans, BSP, ACPR, MSc FCSHP
Clinical Manager, Pharmacy Services
Phone: 306-655-2268
Fax: 306-655-2350


Type: General
Focus: General
Established in: 1958 (RUH), 1970 (SPH & SCH), 1995 (SHR), 2017 (SHA, Saskatoon ISA)
# Positions: 4
App. deadline: October 8, 2020 - 5:00 p.m. EST.
Starting date: 2 residents the second Monday in June 2021; 2 residents the first Monday of December 2021.
PRAMS: Additional requirements to complete the Pharmacy Residency Application and Matching Service (PRAMS) application should be sent through PRAMS when applying to Saskatchewan Health Authority, Saskatoon Integrated Service Area program by the application deadline: In 250 words or less, outlining your reasons for applying to the SHA, Saskatoon area residency program. Highlight what appeals to you about the program, how you will fit within the organization and some of your opportunities for growth by the Pharmacy Residency Application Matching Service (PRAMS) deadline. Eligibility for a Saskatchewan Health Authority – Saskatoon Residency Position requires that candidates must hold a valid Practicing Pharmacist License from a Canadian Pharmacy Regulatory body at the time of application and be in possession of a Practicing Pharmacist Licence from the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Professionals (SCPP) on the first day of the residency program or be in possession of a Conditional License from SCPP on the first day of the residency program as per SCPP bylaws.
Est. stipend: $40,000 per annum
Benefits: Extended Health Care and Dental Plan 
Vacation/holiday leave: 3 weeks of vacation with two weeks scheduled in December    
Education/conference leave: Stipend provided to support attendance at a hospital pharmacy conference (e.g. PPC in Toronto, CSHP Western Branches Banff Conference).  Residents also attend the Manitoba Saskatchewan Management Seminar and the CSHP SK Branch AGM, when possible.

Program highlights: Competency based program which encourages residents to develop knowledge, skills and values required to excel as a practitioner. In striving towards provision of patient-focused care, emphasis is placed on identifying, solving, and preventing drug-therapy problems. Experiential learning environment using practitioner role models is the primary method of education. This philosophy promotes development of competent, progressive practitioners and nurtures future leaders. Twelve month program includes series of mandatory immersion and mandatory and elective excursion rotations. Original research project selected by resident must be completed. Supported by contemporary pharmacy services at 3 acute care hospitals, as well as ambulatory and home care settings.

Required Rotations:

  • Drug Distribution – 4 weeks
  • Direct Patient Care Skills/Drug Information rotation – 3 weeks

Immersion rotations, required:
#1: Adult medicine or pediatrics – 7-8 weeks and
#2: Adult medicine or critical care or pediatrics – 5-6 weeks

Excursion rotations, required:
Adult medicine – 3-4 weeks (if adult medicine immersion rotation not completed)
Pediatrics – 4 weeks (if pediatric immersion rotation not completed)
Practice Management and Drug Use Control – longitudinal rotation 
Clinical Instructor for Structured Practice Experiences Program – 5 weeks
Final Competency (capstone) rotation – 3-4 weeks

Excursion rotations, elective:
Anticoagulation Management Services – 3 weeks
Antimicrobial Stewardship/Infectious Diseases – 3-4 weeks
Cardiology – 3-4 weeks
Critical care – 4 weeks
Emergency – 3-4 weeks
Home care – 3 weeks
NICU – 3 weeks
PICU – 3 weeks
Primary care – 4 weeks
Renal services – 4 weeks
Rx Files – 3 weeks
Transplant – 3-4 weeks

Minimum required credentials: Baccalaureate degree in Pharmacy


Type: Regionalized health care environment
Number of beds: 939
Sites: Royal University Hospital, St. Paul's Hospital 
Affiliation: University of Saskatchewan


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