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Resident doctors talk about work, life in Sask.

The SMA spoke recently with two Regina residents on life as a resident, what they like about it, what advice they would give to students entering residency training and what they do to relax and unwind away from their work and studies:

 

Erik Vantomme

What is your favourite part about being a resident in Saskatchewan?

I've grown up most of my life in Saskatchewan, so it is great to be able to continue my medical training in a province with my friends and family. The College of Medicine has consistently gone above and beyond to provide a quality learning experience to me and my colleagues. Furthermore, the SMA and saskdocs have been present from my first day of medical school, and have been a continual source of support in this long process of training. These are certainly benefits that we can reap as Saskatchewan residents.

What advice would you give to our medical students as they move closer to residency training?

My biggest piece of advice would be to choose a career in a field that you love and enjoy. You'll be much happier wherever you go to train if you're in a field that you enjoy. If your training program is available in Saskatchewan, I would highly recommend staying in-province because there are several advantages to being a Saskatchewan resident. Our salary is very competitive across the country, and our RDoS community is always striving to improve residency training in Saskatchewan.

What do you do for fun outside of medicine?

Outside of medicine I enjoy spending time with my friends and family; there's nothing quite like having a good time with friends and family to rejuvenate the mind and body after a long day of work and study.

 

Joshua Jensen

What is your favourite part about being a resident in Saskatchewan?

My favourite part of being a Saskatchewan resident is being trained in a province that is home to my friends and family. Being able to be trained in an excellent program, under the direction of amazing physicians, where I know that I will be well-prepared for my future career, and being close to those that I care about, is the best part about being a Saskatchewan resident.

What advice would you give to our medical students as they move closer to residency training?

In your first two years of medical school try to shadow as much as you can. Going into clerkship with an idea of the field of medicine you are (or are not) interested in, is more valuable than you know. Never think that an experience in medical school was for nothing. Sometimes there are lessons to be learned if you pay close enough attention. Don’t forget about your friends and family. Sometimes it is hard to stay in contact, but those relationships are important and you should make an effort to keep them established.

What do you do for fun outside of medicine?

I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I am an avid curler, and you can usually find me at a curling rink a few times a week. During the summer I enjoy going to Greenwater Provincial Park to swim and fish, as well as playing golf and softball. I have been a member of Spirit of The Dragon Martial Arts School in Regina for many years.

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