MEDICAL MINDS: Fellowship Training        

Dr. Gary Hunter, Dr. Marla Davidson, and Dr. Michael Kelly are three specialists who brought their new skills to RUH after receiving fellowship funding in support of advanced training out of province.

Physician Fellowship Training

Physicians who wish to sub-specialize after their Residency training may enter a Fellowship training program. Sub-specialists fill service gaps and advance patient care, research and training at RUH. Similar to Residency training seats, a Fellow cannot fund their Fellowship seat; funding must be provided by a third party.

Physician Fellowship Funding

At present there is no readily available source of funding for Fellowship training. But thanks to funding from donors to RUH Foundation, in partnership with the College of Medicine, Saskatoon Health Region (SHR) and Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA) specialists are able to leave the province for sub-specialty advanced training and bring their new skills back to RUH and the SHR.

Since 2005, RUH Foundation, in partnership with the College of Medicine, SHR and SMA has funded 15 physician fellowships for a total of 22 years of sub- specialty training, helping to recruit and retain these dedicated young physicians to fill service gaps and advance patient care, research and training at RUH. The Foundation's Royal Care Campaign (2004-2006) and 2008 Royal Ball raised $600,000 for fellowship funding, and the Foundation has recently committed another $500,000 over five years to continue this support.

"Fellowship funding made all the difference," says Dr. Michael Kelly, who completed a three-year residency in the United States in the cutting-edge sub-speciality of endovascular neurosurgery. "I simply would not have been able to afford it otherwise," he says. "The fellowship funding was the fundamental piece that got it all going," he says. "Donor generosity was instrumental in my training, recruitment and retention in this province. There's no reason why we can't have more of these sub-specialists in Saskatchewan."

Thanks to donor support, RUH Foundation was able to provide Dr. Mary Kinloch, a gynecologic pathologist, funding for fellowship training in Vancouver. Dr. Kinloch has returned to her roots in Saskatoon to give back to her community and ultimately provide better health care outcomes. Read more about her story in the September, 2015 edition of Benchmarks.

Physicians who have received Fellowship Support

  • Dr. Mary Kinloch - Gynecology Pathology
  • Dr. Sachin Shah - Home Dialysis
  • Dr. Sarah Mueller - Trauma Surgery
  • Dr. Tanya Holt – Pediatric Critial Care
  • Dr. Shari McKinny – Urology
  • Dr. Jill Newstead-Angel – Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • Dr. Kelly Coverett – Electrophysiology
  • Dr. Jason Orvold – Interventional Cardiology
  • Dr. Carlo Stuglin – Electrophysiology
  • Dr. Kristine Mytopher – Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • Dr. Adrian Gamelin – Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
  • Dr. Michael Kelly – Neuroendovascular Intervention
  • Dr. Gary Hunter – Critical Care Neurology
  • Dr. Edward Atkins – Neuro-Ophthalmology
  • Dr. Marla Davidson – Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Dr. Camelia Garofeanu – Psychotherapy/Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Dr. Oscar Larios – Infection Control

Please consider donating to the Royal University Hospital Foundation in support of Fellowship Training. Call the RUH Foundation at 306-655-1984 or donate online.




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