Specialist Programs

The following programs for specialists have been negotiated and are managed by the SMA.

Specialist Emergency Coverage Program

The SMA has reached an agreement with Government to pay specialists who provide emergency call/coverage for their districts.

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Specialist Physician Enhancement Training Program

The goal of the program is to provide funding to allow practicing specialists (either Canadian certified or foreign-certified) the opportunity to obtain additional training and professional development.

There is a full time and part time stream:

  1. Full-time clinical training - Clinical training may be sought as a professional sabbatical to obtain post subspecialty training.

    Grants of up to $110,000/year are available to specialists practicing in Saskatchewan. Funding is available for a maximum of two years per applicant depending upon the length of training. Two years of service will be required for each year of funding received. Length of return-of-service will be prorated according to the number of months funding was received.
     
  2. Part-time advanced education - Advanced education can be sought as professional development to obtain further training in areas that promote an applicant’s ability; examples such as (but not limited to) medical research and teaching.

    Grants of up to $25,000/year toward administration costs are available to specialists practicing in Saskatchewan. Funding is available for six-month training to a maximum of to two years per applicant depending upon the length of training. All recipients will be required to fulfill a return-in-service commitment. One year of service will be required for each year of funding received. Length of return-of-service will be prorated.
     

Program Parameters

Full-Time Clinical Training Application

Part-Time Advanced Education Application Form

Appeal Process - Parameters and application

Specialist Recruitment Incentive

The Specialist Recruitment Incentive program will provide $30,000 to an eligible specialist that establishes a practice for a minimum of thirty-six months in a Saskatchewan community.

Eligible physicians must:

  1. applications must be made within twelve months from commencing practice in Saskatchewan;
  2. are specialists who agree and are eligible to establish a practice in Saskatchewan for thirty-six months; and
  3. hold either Regular, Provisional or Ministerial licensure under the Regulatory Bylaws of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan;
  4. has not received a Specialist Recruitment Incentive grant previously.

Program Parameters

Application Form

Appeal Process - Parameters and application

Focused Funding for Priority Specialist Recruitment Program

The Focused Funding for Priority Specialist Recruitment program will provide $30,000 to an eligible specialist (as determined by the Saskatchewan Health Authority/Saskatchewan Cancer Agency). The physician must establish a practice for a minimum of thirty-six months in Saskatchewan.

Program Parameters

Application Form

Specialist Extended Leave Program

The Specialist Extended Leave Program is provided through an agreement between the Saskatchewan Medical Association and the Government of Saskatchewan. The program's purpose is to provide funds to specialist physicians for reimbursement of costs and foregone practice income in order to participate in personalized educational instruction. The program also supports physicians to upgrade skills and knowledge in areas of their choice for periods of time from one to six weeks.

Eligible physicians may be able to claim up to $4,000 per week for each week of course attendance to a maximum of six weeks. Funds received from the program are taxable. Physicians will not be able to claim funds from this program and the CME bank for the same educational experience.

Physicians must have 12 months of continuous licensure and must have been practising in Saskatchewan for at least 12 months prior to applying to the fund. Physicians receiving monies from the fund will be expected to provide services in Saskatchewan for a period of time after completing the educational activity. The service commitment will be one month of service for every week of funding.

Download the Program Guidelines and Application Form

Appeal Process - Parameters and application