About UsDec 02, 2019 2021-08-13 3:40
The Clinician Investigator Trainees Association of Canada (CITAC) is a registered Not-for-profit organization that is led by trainees.
CITAC provides a national voice for clinician-investigator trainees in Canada. We connect, support, and advocate for our trainee membership as they pursue their vocational goals in research and medicine.
Champion Canadian clinician-scientist trainees, both current and aspiring, and help all members realize their full potential to integrate the two worlds of clinical practice and health research.
The initial idea to launch the CITAC emerged in April 2006, at an Annual Charles Scriver Meeting of Walter and Jessie Boyd & Charles Scriver – MD/PhD Studentship awardees. Attending students identified a need for an association that could address issues common to clinician-investigator trainees across Canada.
In the fall of 2006, with formal support from the CIHR Institute of Genetics, approximately 40 trainees from clinician-investigator training programs across the country came together to discuss a path forward.
In concert with key senior advisors, trainees developed plans for a national organization, outlining the organizational model, mandate, elections plans, and communication strategies.
An interim planning committee, consisting of representatives from each training centre in Canada, was struck to further develop the Association and coordinate plans for an inaugural national meeting in September 2007. Since then, CITAC’s membership has consistently grown, along with the services, resources, and supports provided to trainees.
CITAC is composed of a core Board of Directors, which also serve as the CITAC Executive. Board members are elected at our annual general meeting in accordance with our Bylaws. In addition, appointed Chair positions are made available by application to all members following CITAC elections.