Enhanced Skills Program: Clinician Scholar Program Key Objectives

By the end of the Clinician Scholar Program, the resident will be able to:

Medical Expert

  • Integrate critical appraisal skills into clinical decision making
  • Act as a resource to other Family Medicine residents at their clinical site
  • Function effectively as a clinician investigator, integrating all of the CanMeds roles to function as a clinician and to conduct ethical research
  • Seek appropriate consultation from others as required, recognizing the limits of their own clinical and research skills
  • Function effectively and independently as a family physician


  • Exhibit effective and timely verbal and written communication skills
  • Effectively work with research participants and/or research teams


  • Participate effectively and appropriately in a research team (e.g. thesis committee)
  • Identify and describe the roles, expected contributions and limitations of all members of the research team
  • Effectively work with others to prevent and resolve conflicts
  • Effectively discuss issues of team dynamics with the CSP research supervisor
  • Work collaboratively with research team members to reach common goals
  • Form one or more collaborative relationships within the family medicine and scientific communities that has potential to continue during their career
  • Work collaborateively with other health professionals in the provision of care


  • Demonstrate a leadership role on a research project where appropriate
  • Effectively and efficiently manage a research project and resources
  • Effectively manage activities for research and career development
  • Demonstrate evidence of increasing supervisory roles related to Family Medicine resident academic projects as appropriate
  • Provide evidence of successful completion of the DFCM Leadership Course
  • Display skills to appropriately manage patient flow

Health Advocate

  • Promote and advocate the need for appropriate level of rigor in research and decision making
  • Promote and advocate for the need to conduct research that will address important questions
  • Consider and address health equity as appropriate in their research
  • Promote research knowledge translation to patients, populations, communications, other stakeholders as appropriate
  • Demonstrate advocacy for subjects, patients, populations, communities as appropriate


  • Demonstrate knowledge of general principles of research including:
    • types of quantitative research methods, including their design, conduct, analysis, interpretation and reporting
    • types of qualitative research approaches, including their design, conduct, analysis, interpretation and reporting
  • Demonstrate knowledge of one or more specific content areas
  • Identify, access and critically appraise the research literature as it applies to their area of research
  • Demonstrate overall competence in techniques required for their research project (e.g. research design, data collection, management and analysis)
  • Demonstrate overall competence in analyzing and interpreting the results of their research project
  • For those who are required to enroll in a graduate level research program, provide evidence (e.g. letters from their academic and thesis supervisors) showing successful prograssion through their degree program (e.g. course work, thesis proposal acceptance, thesis defense date) and a proposed timeline for completion
  • Consult appropriately for feedback on knowledge and performance
  • Contribute to the writing of a research grant application
  • Contribute to the writing and submission of an REB application
  • Prepare a manuscript suitable for publication and/or thesis
  • Exhibit effective presentation skills in research meetings
  • Prepare an abstract suitable for submission to a national and international conference
  • Discuss and respond to questions in an articulate manner
  • Effectively communicate research findings
  • Attend the Clinician Investigator Program (CIP)'s Seminar series and provide evidence of successful completion of CIP requirements
  • Provide evidence of attendance at the DFCM bi-monthly research rounds
  • Seek appropriate consultation from others as required, recognizing the limits of their own clinical and research skills


  • Demonstrate ethical research practices regarding obtaining informed consent, considering harms and benefits, and considering vulnerable populations
  • Address privacy, legal and data security issues related to the collection and storage of data
  • Demonstrate a commitment to patients, colleagues, profession and society through ethical and reflective practice
  • Demonstrate commitment to profession, society, research participants and patients through the importance of absolute objectivity and honesty in the conduct and reporting of research