Clinician Scientist Training Program

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As one of the most highly regarded departments of its kind, LMP offers postgraduates infinite opportunities to develop their careers. Our postgraduates have unparalleled access to a broad spectrum of case material, expert faculty, world-leading training sites and research.

We are one of the only departments offering basic research and clinical training opportunities, emphasizing the importance of research and its impact on health. In conjunction with the University of Toronto's Clinician Investigator Program (CIP), our Clinician Scientist Training Program allows you to pursue your MSc or PhD degree within the Faculty of Medicine while training as a pathologist or laboratory medicine specialist. Benefit from our broad spectrum of research and further develop your career.

The Clinician Investigator Program is fully accredited by The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). This innovative program is open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents currently training in a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) accredited specialty of laboratory medicine. For trainees wishing to enter the program on July 1, completed applications must be received by February 1 of that year.

The Clinician Scientist Training Program is directed to the training of future clinician scientists. The program involves two to four years of research training under the supervision of a member of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. It is open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents currently training in one of the subspecialties of Laboratory Medicine at the University of Toronto who are considering pursuit of a research career in academic medicine. For trainees wishing to enter the program on July 1, completed applications must be received by February 1.



Objectives

The purpose of the LMP Clinician Scientist Training Program is to provide excellent research training for outstanding trainees in a laboratory medicine residency training program who plan to pursue an academic career. This program, which falls under the umbrella of the University of Toronto Clinician Investigator Program (CIP), is an accredited postgraduate medical training program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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Entry Requirements

  • Applicants must be current Postgraduate Trainees in a laboratory medicine residency training program at the University of Toronto and must demonstrate sustained excellence throughout their clinical residency training. Previous research experience is desirable but not a requirement, however, a clear understanding of research training paths and the requirements for acquiring appropriate skills for a future career in research is expected. Strong support from the trainee’s Residency Training Program Director is required.

  • Applicants must enroll in the University of Toronto Clinician Investigator Program (CIP), website: http://cip.utoronto.ca

  • Trainees without a graduate degree must enroll in a graduate program for a minimum of two years within the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, and successfully complete an MSc (two years) or PhD (four years) degree.

  • Trainees with a PhD degree may enter a two-year research program as a postdoctoral fellow.

  • All research supervisors must be faculty members of the School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto and must have appointments within the Faculty of Medicine.

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Funding

For the first two years of research training: Trainees will receive funding towards salary and/or Tuition. Salary funding will be commensurate with the trainee’s PGY classification and will conform to the amounts set by the Ontario Ministry of Health (as outlined in PAIRO-CAHO Agreement, website: www.pairo.org). Stipends will be provided from the Graduate department in which the trainee is enrolled in - see individual departments for details. LMP will provide supplemental funding above this stipend level in order to ensure that our trainees receive a salary appropriate to their level of training. Trainees are expected to apply for postgraduate research fellowship awards from external, peer-reviewed grant funding agencies.

For research training beyond two years (for the purpose of completing a PhD): Trainees who are successful in obtaining a postgraduate research fellowship from an external, peer-reviewed grant-funding agency (e.g. CIHR, NCIC) will continue to receive full funding as outlined above. Trainees who do not obtain a postgraduate research fellowship from an external, peer-reviewed grant-funding agency will receive salary funding only.


Application Process

Contact the Postgraduate Programs Coordinator for more information on how to enroll in the Clinician Scientist Program.

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