In September 2018, the Medical Post ranked Saskatchewan as the country’s second best province to practice in. Here, physicians from across the province tell us why they love working in Saskatchewan.
“Saskatchewan is a wonderful place to work! Nurses, allied health care professionals, primary care physicians and sub-specialists are all pulling hard on the same cart to ensure our patients receive top quality health care. There is a sense of connectedness amongst the health care teams in the province and the fact that the patients appreciate our hard work, makes the job extremely rewarding!”
- Dr. Kelly Schweitzer, Ophthalmology, Regina
Dr. Kelly Schweitzer, with his wife Alex, an anesthesiologist, and their daughter Vivien, enjoying one of their favourite places in Saskatchewan: Wascana Trails.
“I love the friendly people of the city and hospital staff. I love the amazing health care team. Saskatoon has a small-town feel, with all the amenities of a big city. It also meets my cultural needs. I came here six years ago for my residency. Today this feels like home, and my wife (also a physician) and I would like to lay our roots here.”
- Dr. Nabeel Samad, Internal Medicine and Hepatology, Saskatoon
Dr. Nabeel Samad with his wife Ambreen Khan, a rheumatology fellow, and their son Ehaab
“I have been practicing as a family doctor in Melville since 2003. I love working in Melville because of my patients: they are appreciative, forgiving and truly grateful. I have wonderful office staff and nurses that work with me in my office and at the hospital. We work as a team and try to help each other to make work easier for everyone. I have a supportive wife and kids who understand how tough it is to practice in rural Saskatchewan. I can go on about the things I love about working in Saskatchewan. The Medical Post got it wrong: Saskatchewan is the best place to practice medicine in Canada.”
- Dr. Abdulhamid Eshawesh, Family Medicine, Melville
“I love working in Saskatchewan because the people are generally friendly and as an amateur photographer, I love the skies and landscapes. We have it all! I can always find beauty in this province. I’m now working in Regina but rural Saskatchewan is my passion.”
- Dr. Susan J. MacDonald, Family Medicine, Regina
Dr. Susan MacDonald standing beside J. P. Cunningham, a fictional character that signed into her medical school ‘system’ classes:
“The professors could never figure out who he was. We found out the culprit at our 40th reunion in June 2018!”
Photographer Dr. Susan J. MacDonald
“I am a foreign trained MD. I arrived in Saskatchewan in 2002 with my wife, who is also a doctor. Immigrating and starting a new life with kids is fearful, but we found from the very first day, we were welcomed into the fold and culture of our town. We have never felt like foreigners. We made friends quickly and were welcomed into their homes. Our opinions and work was valued by nursing staff and Canadian-trained docs. The SMA and CMPA were also very supportive from the word go! I appreciate the effort made to further educate MDs and our access to education. Our pay schedule is competitive. For the first time in my life, I have a voice and it is listened to. My family owes our lives to Saskatchewan – our longevity in our town is our way of thanking this province. Our Canada is Saskatchewan!”
- Dr. Gavin Van de Venter, Family Medicine, Meadow Lake
Dr. Gavin Van de Venter with his family
“Mainly because of the people: genuine, friendly, non-entitled, reasonable expectations, grateful... just a few of the many qualities that Sask. people have that make my job as a family physician so enjoyable. Time spent in the office with them is both therapeutic and relational. Also, the health community networks are relatively easy to navigate and beneficial to timely help by specialists and allied health care professionals. It’s a real pleasure to work with such down-to-earth, caring colleagues and patients.”
- Dr. Paul Taillon, Family Medicine, Saskatoon
“I chose to come to Regina in September of 2011 because I witnessed first-hand the devastating impact of the HIV epidemic on patients and their families, and I saw the opportunity to work with wonderful people and teams dedicated to exceptional patient- and family-centred care. Since then, I have had the opportunity to collaborate and work with cross-functional teams focusing on innovative and impactful work supporting persons affected by all manners of infectious diseases. We have seen some progress on the HIV front locally with improved rates of retention in care and viral suppression and a modest decrease in the number of newly reported HIV cases since 2011 across southern Saskatchewan.
This progress would not be possible without the shared values on the team of respect and compassion demonstrated by our front-line staff, administrative and physician colleagues when we work together creatively to support each patient’s unique needs. We still have much work to do on many fronts, including HIV and viral hepatitis, but this work is easier when it is shared amongst so many dedicated individuals committed to ending the HIV and viral hepatitis epidemics in our province. I am proud to work with and stand amongst such good people here in Saskatchewan, and could not imagine being happier and more challenged working anywhere else.”
- Dr. Alexander Wong, Infectious Diseases, Regina
Dr. Alexander Wong