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Postgraduate Medical Education

Clinician Investigator Program

The Clinician Investigator Program (CIP) is designed to provide advice and structured training for future academic clinicians that plan to do research as a key component of their medical career. The CI Program at McMaster University is one of the largest Clinician Investigator Training Programs in Canada.

CIP underwent an external review in April 2015 and was granted the designation of fully “Accredited Program” by the RCPSC Accreditation Committee.

The Program is supported by a CIP Training Faculty Committee with broad representation, the McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences, Post Graduate Medical Education and its Specialty and Subspecialty Programs, and the Graduate Programs in Health Sciences (which include the Graduate Programs in Medical SciencesHealth Research Methodology and Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences).

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CIP training involves a minimum of 2 years of intense research, in the form of graduate or postdoctoral research studies, that must be coordinated with specialty or subspecialty training plans to fulfill McMaster CIP and RCPSC training objectives. CIP training provides individualized mentorship in research and promotes the development of broad and specialized research knowledge, skills and attitudes that are important for future clinician investigators.

Academic sessions for McMaster CIP trainees cover a broad range of topics relevant to developing clinician investigators, including advice about career building, grant and manuscript writing and discussion of ethical issues in research.

Residents in Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) specialty or subspecialty programs are eligible to apply. Entry is possible during core or subspecialty residency training, or within six months of completing a RCPSC residency program.

Trainees 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. McMaster’s CI Program has six one-year funded positions that are allocated by competition.

Please review the CIP Handbook and the RCPSC CIP training objective documents for additional information about CIP training at McMaster University and sources of funding.