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The goal of CPL is to build a research program that promotes quality improvement and innovation within the Division of Continuing Professional Learning (CPL), College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

CPL is currently involved in the following research projects:

Revalidation Impact Study

The Revalidation Impact Study is designed to track the impact of the first cycle of revalidation will have on the continuing education behaviours of Saskatchewan physicians.

Ethics Approval: Beh# 07-144

Funding: Self-Funded

Duration of the Study: July 15, 2007 to August 31, 2013

Executive Summary


Distance Education

Major Conferences

Recommendations and Conclusions


2008 Rural Saskatchewan Family Physicians Continuing Professional Learning Needs Assessment

The 2008 Rural Saskatchewan Family Physicians Continuing Professional Learning Needs Assessment will provide valuable information to CPL program staff about the educational needs of rural family physicians.

Ethics Approval: Beh# 08-103

Funding: Committee on Rural and Regional Practice, Saskatchewan Medical Association

Status of the Study: Completed


Executive Summary

Full Report

CPL research staff also collaborated with the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario in 2009 - 2010 as part of the CME Bias Project 2.


Evaluation of the International Medical Graduate Orientation Program

The Evaluation of the International Medical Graduate Orientation Program evaluates the three components of the program – “Welcome to Saskatchewan: An Orientation to Medical Practice and Life in Saskatchewan” (DVD), “Orientation Guide to Medical Practice and Life in Saskatchewan” (print), and the “International Medical Graduates Orientation Conference”. The DVD and print materials can be viewed by clicking on the “International Medical Graduate Resources” link.

Ethics Exemption: December 10, 2007


The Impact of International Medical Graduate Interventions on Examination Performance and Retention.

Ethics Approval: Pending

Funding: Medical Services Branch, Saskatchewan Ministry of Health

Duration of the Study: July 15, 2009 to June 30, 2010


International Medical Graduates (IMGs) are required to complete three Medical Council of Canada (MCC) Examinations in a five year period before they can achieve full licenser with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CPSS). These examinations have presented significant challenges and barriers to IMGs in the past with poor performance resulting in a loss of licensure. In response to this situation, Continuing Professional Learning has developed a number of examination preparation interventions that IMGs can access prior to sitting the corresponding MCC Examinations. Feedback has indicated that participation in these interventions has a positive impact on examination performance, but no outcome measures have been carried out.

The purpose of this research study, therefore, is to determine if participation in the mandatory IMG Orientation Conference and/or the relevant examination preparation courses has a positive impact on the performance in the corresponding examination. The impact of the interventions will be studied by comparing the number of times required to successfully complete each examination and the number of months required to complete the examinations as compared to control groups who did not take part in the interventions.

It has been further hypothesised that there may be a relationship between two other factors - initial practice location and practice type - and the successful completion of the MCC Examinations. The analysis of the data collected for this study will, therefore, include an examination of these factors.

Inquiries about these research projects and/or suggestions for future research projects can be directed to Please include the term "research" in the subject line.

For inquiries about any of these research projects or to suggest future projects, contact:

Telephone: (306) 766-6421
Fax:  (306) 766-7538