Family Medicine Research for Medical Students and Residents

There are several possibilities to engage in research as a student or a resident:

The Clinician Scholar Program: this program offers a third year residency that will provide you with the skills to become a clinician scientist in family medicine.
Offered by the Department of Family Medicine, this unique one-year program provides solid training in research methods. In addition, the program offers an opportunity to complete a MSc degree that will make you a highly competitive for academic positions and career awards while keeping current with your clinical skills.

The Master in Family Medicine: If you are interested in a career as clinician scientist, or if you are looking for an entry point for medical school or further graduate studies, this program is for you. Learn more on the website.

Ad hoc PhD program

Scholarly activities are part of the resident curriculum. The Isaac Tannenbaum research day is an opportunity for all residents to present and share their scholarly work as well as to meet with other residents from the different McGill Family Medicine Units.

Links to Site Specific Teaching Settings and Methods


Summer student : Each year, the Faculty of Medicine offers its Summer Research Bursary Program. The program provides McGill health professional students with an opportunity to work in a research environment alongside clinical and fundamental scientists and their trainees. For 2 months during the Summer term, each student is expected to work full-time on a health-related and hypothesis-driven project. Students must be thoroughly involved in the scientific experimentation process and not mainly data collection.
McGill, Faculty of Medicine, Summer Bursary Program for Medical Students

How do I start doing research?

We encourage you to ask questions and to explore your research ideas by talking to a family physician who is doing research, or a researcher within the Department of Family Medicine (see Research interests and Our researchers sections). The first step is to develop research ideas into a solid research question, and to pursue formal research training.

You can develop you own research project, funded or un-funded, with assistance from designated persons within your teaching unit, and/or the Department of Family Medicine. Or, you can work with others clinician researchers, or researchers on existing projects or developing projects.

For more information, contact a Faculty researcher in our area of interest or the Research Director, Dr Jeannie Haggerty


Web Resources:

North American Primary Care Research Group

College of Family Physicians of Canada