The McMaster Clinician Investigator Program (CIP) is a Royal College-accredited program that provides structured research training and support for future academic clinicians who plan to conduct research as a key component of their medical career. Residents and fellows are provided with a unique combination of academic instruction in research methodology and an apprenticeship as an active member of an established research team.
Once an applicant is accepted into the program, they are assigned to a faculty mentor, a senior clinical investigator, who will be responsible for setting specific goals and objectives. The mentor acts both as a research supervisor and as a facilitator of the trainee's career development. The trainee and the mentor establish a supervisory committee composed of faculty members in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Each supervisory committee represents balanced interests so that the trainee can benefit from input from other related areas particularly in methodology, research design, and measurement. Concrete goals are set out for each year of the program and the supervisory committee meets at least quarterly to review the fellow's progress.
Applicants are encouraged to start the process by contacting Benicio Frey, department representative for the McMaster Clinical Investigative Program (CIP). Next, the applicant and the mentor will prepare a brief written proposal to outline areas of study, educational objectives and other educational activities to be pursued during the course of the training program. Additional details, including eligibility and full application process, can be found on the McMaster Clinician Investigator Program website.