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Clinician Investigator Program (CIP)


The Clinician Investigator Program (CIP) is a Royal College-accredited program that provides structured research training and support for future academic clinicians who plan to do research as a key component of their medical career. Residents and fellows are provided with a unique combination of academic instruction in research methodology and an apprenticeship as an active member of an established research team.                  

Examples of Research Areas

  • Psychiatric epidemiology
  • Community-based interventions
  • Mood disorders
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Neurosciences
  • Women’s health
  • Child psychiatry

Program Content

Once an applicant is accepted into the program, he/she is assigned to a faculty mentor, a senior clinical investigator, who will be responsible for setting specific goals and objectives. The mentor acts both as a research supervisor and as a facilitator of the trainee's career development. The trainee and the mentor establish a supervisory committee composed of faculty members in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Each supervisory committee represents balanced interests so that the trainee can benefit from input from other related areas particularly in methodology, research design, and measurement. Concrete goals are set out for each year of the program and the supervisory committee meets at least quarterly to review the Fellow's progress. 

For information about Eligibility and other aspects of CIP, please refer to our Education CIP page and  the CIP Website.

Admission Procedures

An applicant should first contact Dr. Benicio Frey, the Department Representative for CIP. The applicant and the mentor then prepare a brief written proposal to outline areas of study, educational objectives, and other educational activities to be pursued during the course of the training program. 

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