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 3 options currently exist for completing the CSP: 

  • 1 year PGY3 (for those who already have a research master’s degree)
  • 1 year PGY3 (which includes the master’s degree MScCH(FCM)
  • 2 year PGY3-PGY4* (which includes the completion of a research master’s degree with thesis)

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.

Length of Program

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

Curriculum Competencies

The CanMEDs roles that are focused on in the CSP are: 
  • Medical Expert
  • Communicator
  • Collaborator
  • Leader
  • Health Advocate
  • Scholar
  • Professional

For complete details, please read the key objectives of the CSP in CanMeds format

Sample Rotation

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

Unique Program Requirements


  • Complete a master's degree (for those without a relevant research master's degree)
  • Complete a major research project or thesis
  • Participation in the Royal College Clinician Investigator Program Seminar series
  • Obtain mentorship from a family medicine researcher
  • Submit a manuscript as first author for publication in a peer-reviewed journal
  • Submit an abstract for an oral presentation at a national or international conference
  • Submit an abstract for an oral presentation at the DFCM Research Rounds and/or the DFCM Conference
  • Attend bi-monthly DFCM Research Rounds
  • Attend the DFCM Conference
  • Co-investigator on a grant application
  • Complete the Enhanced Skills Leadership Course
  • Supervisory role on family medicine resident academic projects

Program Director


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

To Apply

Our application is now closed. We will begin accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year starting August 2019.

Read about the Education Scholar stream here


Back to Top