Enhanced Skills Program: Clinician Scholarship

Clinician Scholar Program  

Overall Program Vision

The overall objective of the Clinician Scholar Program (CSP) is to provide residents with adequate knowledge, training, and experience to enable them to pursue careers as clinician investigators (i.e. co-investigators/collaborators).

The CSP will be tailored to meet the learning objectives of the resident. 
The following 4 options currently exist for completing the CSP: 

  • 1 year PGY3 (for those who already have a research master’s degree)
  • 2 year PGY3-PGY4* (which includes the completion of a research master’s degree)
  • 3 year integrated PGY1-PGY3† (for those with a research master’s degree)
  • 4 year integrated PGY1-PGY4*† (for those without a research masters degree)

Program and Application Eligibility

For information on funding eligibility, please see the Enhanced Skills Program Admissions page.
Applicant must be a Canadian Citizen.
*Funding for possible candidates will be pre-arranged through the Department of Family and Community Medicine and MOH salutations.
†For applicants applying to an integrated program starting in PGY1, please apply via CaRMS

Length of Program

One to four years full-time depending on which of the four options is selected (see four options above).

Curriculum Competencies

The CanMEDs roles that are focused on in the CSP are: 
  • Scholar (e.g. complete grad courses; attend CIP seminars; attends and participates in academic/research rounds;  attends and participates in DFCM Conference; contributes to the design and/or analysis of a research project; submits presentation to a national/international meeting; first author publication submission)
  • Collaborator (e.g. participates in research team; works collaboratively with team members to achieve goals)
  • Communicator (e.g. timely verbal and written communication; effectively writes research proposals, grant applications and manuscripts; effective presentation skills)

Sample Rotation

20% Clinical / 80% Research (based on a one-year CSP)

Unique Program Requirements


  • Participation in the Royal College Clinician Investigator Program Seminar Program
  • Obtain mentorship from a primary care researcher
  • First author publication in a peer-reviewed journal
  • Presentation at a national/international conference
  • Co-investigator on a grant application
  • Attend bi-monthly DFCM Research Rounds
  • Present research at “Work-in-Progress” session
  • Attend/present at the DFCM Conference

Program Director


Dr. Paul Krueger 
Associate Professor/Associate Director, Research Program
Coordinator, Clinician Scholar Program
500 University Ave, 5th Floor, Toronto, ON M5G 1V7
Tel: 416-978-7969 E-mail: paul.krueger@utoronto.ca

To Apply

Application opens: August 20, 2018
Application Deadline: October 5, 2018

Apply Online

Read about the Education Scholar stream here


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