FAQAug 26, 2021 2021-08-28 19:15
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a clinician-scientist?
What training routes are available to become a clinician-scientist?
- MD/PhD: A common route to a clinician-scientist career is to complete a dual MD and PhD program. These programs are offered at many Canadian universities and typically require 7-10 years of training. Medical and graduate training are either completed sequentially or in multiple stages. For more information about which universities offer MD/PhD training, see below.
- MD/MSc: Dual programs that combine MD and MSc training can also lead to clinician-scientist careers. MSc degrees are often completed prior to, or at an intermediate stage of, MD training. For more information about which universities offer MD/MSc training, see below.
- CIP: Clinician-Investigator Programs (CIP) foster the development of clinician-scientists during postgraduate training. CIP trainees have completed their MD and pursue advanced research training during residency. CIP programs can be used to obtain graduate degrees, such as a PhD or MSc.
- Prior graduate training: Clinician-scientists can obtain graduate training prior to beginning medical school, thus completing both training routes independently. By pursuing research opportunities during their medical training, trainees can prepare themselves for a dual career that integrates their experience in medicine and research.
Which universities offer clinician-scientist training?
Can I receive mentorship and/or support with preparing my applications?
How can I get involved with CITAC?
There are many opportunities to be involved with CITAC’s activities throughout the year! Becoming involved in CITAC’s leadership structure is an excellent way to learn more about the organization and connect the clinician-scientist trainee community across Canada. CITAC’s Board of Directors is elected following the Annual Joint Meeting each year, held in October/November. Following the election of the Board of Directors, an application period is held for Chair positions and appointments are made by the following January. Details about elections and applications are shared via our newsletter and social media channels; connect with us to ensure you stay up to date as information is released!
How can I hear from CITAC about relevant opportunities and events?
How can I share my ideas and/or feedback with CITAC?
We’d love to hear from you! If you have any ideas, feedback, or suggestions for our team, email us at email@example.com and we will follow up with you shortly.