The goal of the Clinician Investigator Program (CI Program or CIP) is to provide advice and structured training for future academic clinicians that plan to do research as a key component of their medical career (see CI Program Handbook). The CI Program at McMaster University is one of the largest Clinician Investigator Training Programs in Canada.
The Program is supported by a CIP Training Faculty Committee with broad representation, the McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences, Post Graduate Medical Education and its Specialty and Subspecialty Programs, and the Graduate Programs in Health Sciences (which include the Graduate Programs in Medical Sciences, Health Research Methodology and Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences).
CIP training involves a minimum of 2 years of intense research, in the form of graduate or postdoctoral research studies, that must be coordinated with specialty or subspecialty training plans to fulfill McMaster CIP and RCPSC training objectives. CIP training provides individualized mentorship in research and promotes the development of broad and specialized research knowledge, skills and attitudes that are important for future clinician investigators. Academic sessions for McMaster CIP trainees cover a broad range of topics relevant to developing clinician investigators, including advice about career building, grant and manuscript writing and discussion of ethical issues in research.
McMaster University is proud of its CIP trainees and CIP graduates who are pursuing research in many different disciplines. The CI Program thanks its Associate Faculty, who have supervised CIP trainees and chaired CIP academic sessions.
CIP underwent an external review in April 2015 and was granted the designation of fully "Accredited Program" by the RCPSC Accreditation Committee.