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Postgraduate Medical Education

CIP Prospective Trainees

Trainees should start planning the process of applying to CIP early in their training. If you are interested in applying for the Clinician Investigator Program, you will find all of the pertinent information in this section.

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Learners enrolled in a RCPSC specialty or subspecialty program, or within six months of completing a RCPSC residency program, as well as enrolled in a full-time graduate program leading to a M.Sc. or Ph.D. for a minimum of two years are eligible for CIP.

If a Learner has already completed an M.Sc or Ph.D in a related field, they can still apply and, if accepted, will enter the CIP as a postdoctoral fellow (non-graduate stream), providing an opportunity to add to their previous research with additional mentorship.

Full eligibility requirements are listed in the CIP Handbook.

Learners considering the CIP option should contact the CIP Administrator and Director early, and well in advance of their anticipated research years to ensure optimal guidance and mentorship in integrating their clinical and research training plans.

To apply for one of the six CIP Ministry of Health funded positions, applications are due September 30th.

A completed application will consists of:

  • A letter from the applicant that outlines their training plans, career goals and interest in
    becoming a clinician investigator. A detailed training plan is required if you are in a Post
    Doctoral position.
  • Updated curriculum vitae, which should include a list of all publications and research
  • Letters of Reference – please see the CIP handbook for details on these letters


The Ministry of Health (MOH) has provided McMaster with six funded positions annually, and these six CIP-MOH funded positions are awarded by competition to cover one year of funding while in CIP. The funding is distributed through the PGME office at the appropriate PGY level when you enter CIP.

Salary support while in CIP that is not CIP-MOH funded are considered “Non-CIP funded” and can be obtained from various sources such as research grants, Department funding, etc. Please review the CIP handbook for further details and requirements for funding.


When all CIP research requirements are completed, McMaster University CIP program forwards a completed Attestation of Completion of the Research Component of the Clinician Investigator Program form to the RCPSC. When both the clinical specialty/subspecialty and the research components of the CIP program are completed, a certificate recognizing successful completion of CIP is issued by the RCPSC as well as by the McMaster Postgraduate Medical Education office.