The SMA Roadmap Passport Contest

The SMA Roadmap Program for Students and Residents will take medical learners around Saskatchewan by bus and plane to learn about exciting practice opportunities and discover this province’s hidden gems!

How it works

There will be four Roadmap rural tours this academic year – each will take you to an exciting practice location in a rural community where you will meet local physicians, learn about practicing medicine in that community and tour the local sights and attractions.

For each tour that you attend, you will be given one stamp in your Roadmap passport. (Passports will be given out on the tours.) Year 1 and 2 medical students will recieve additional stamps by independently shadowing rural or regional physicians. Year 3 and 4 medical students/FMRs may complete a 500 word essay for additional stamps. Once you recieve the required number of stamps in your passport, you are eligible to submit it to the SMA for contest prizes.

Option A

Year 1 medical students:

A total of five stamps are required to qualify for the contest.
Collect five stamps by:

  • Attending Roadmap tours:  a minimum of two roadmap tours must be attended to be eligible (one stamp per tour) and;
  • Independently shadowing rural or regional physicians in different communities for a minimum of two hours or more, (one stamp per community) and/or;
  • Participate in the Rural and Regional Clinical Skills Program (two stamps per community)

Upon submission of your completed passport on or before the contest deadline: TBD - you will receive $250 from SMA’s Committee on Rural and Regional Practice and be entered to win one sponsored trip to the SRPC Rural & Remote Conference.

Year 2 medical students:

A total of five stamps are required to qualify for the contest.
Collect five stamps by:

  • Attending Roadmap tours:  a minimum of two Roadmap tours must be attended to be eligible (one stamp per tour) and;
  • Independently shadowing rural or regional physicians in different communities for a minimum of two hours or more (one stamp per community) and/or;
  • Participate in the Rural and Regional Clinical Skills Program (two stamps per community)

Upon submission of your completed passport on or before the contest deadline: TBD - you will receive $500 from SMA’s Committee on Rural and Regional Practice and be entered to win one of two sponsored trip to the SRPC Rural & Remote Conference.

Independent Shadowing - Year 1 and 2 medical students:

  1. Independent Shadowing: Each stamp must be from a different rural (one stamp per community) community and cannot be from any of the following "bedroom" communities:

    • Lumsden, Pilot Butte, Balgonie, White City, Pense, Martensville, Warman, Langham, Clavet, Dalmeny, Delisle

    • Please note: you are permitted to obtain a second stamp independently from a community that has been visited on a Roadmap bus tour. In this instance only you may have two stamps from the same community.

  2. Get the physician to stamp your passport with their clinic stamp. If they do not have a clinic stamp please write the name of the clinic, the community, name of the physician you shadowed and the date in your passport and have them sign it to verify.

  3. For the Rural and Regional Clinical Skills Program, please follow the parameters of the program to be eligible for your stamps. Only one shadowing per community will be allowed. 

All shadowings must be completed and passports stamped and submitted to the SMA office by the contest deadline of TBD.

Mileage will be reimbursed at a flat rate per trip according to the distance of the community from your home address of either Saskatoon or Regina. 

To set up shadowing, you are encouraged to contact physicians and/or clinics independently. If you are having difficulties, please contact Dr. Tom Smith-Windsor for assistance:

Dr. Tom Smith-Windsor
Associate Dean, Rural and Northern Medicine Programs
dr.tom@sasktel.net

Year 3 and 4 medical students/FMRs:

A total of three stamps are required to qualify for the contest.
Collect three stamps by:

  • Attending Roadmap tours:  a minimum of one Roadmap tour must be attended to be eligible (one stamp per tour) and/or;
  • Submitting a 500 - 1000 word essay on the question below to attain an additional two stamps in lieu of independent shadowing. 

Essay Question:

In your opinion, what is the role that rural medical centers (communities of less than 5,000) play in health care delivery in Saskatchewan?

  • Background statement: Medical care has become very complex and technical. It appears that practitioners now need a great deal of technical resources such as laboratory tests, diagnostic imaging (x-rays, ultrasound, CT, MRI etc.).
  • Points to consider: should each community have a hospital, physicians, nurse practitioners, ambulance services? What technical resources, if any, should be available to healthcare  practitioners in rural medical centres?

Upon submission of your completed passport on or before the contest deadline: TBD - you will receive $500 from SMA’s Committee on Rural and Regional Practice and be entered to win one of two sponsored trip to the  SRPC Rural & Remote Conference.

Option B

Year 1- 4 medical students, and FMRs:

All medical learners who have attended a minimum of one Roadmap tour will be eligible to enter their name to win one of 10 free registrations for the SRPC Rural & Remote Conference  (registration only - travel and expenses are not included).

To enter the draw, please email roadmap@sma.sk.ca with your name and the Roadmap tour you attended. All submissions must be recieved by TBD to be eligible. 

Deadline and how to submit your completed passport

Once you have completed a qualifying passport, please submit it to us by TBD. You can either drop it off at the SMA office in person or mail it to us at 201-2174 Airport Drive, Saskatoon. No late passports will be accepted.

Tour Schedule:

Tour #1: TBD

Tour #2: TBD

Tour #3: TBD

Tour #4: TBD

If you have any questions or require any clarification on the rules for the Passport Contest please contact roadmap@sma.sk.ca.

 

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