Clinician Scholar Program





Have you or are you currently completing a family medicine residency in Canada or the United States?

Are you interested in contributing to the discipline of family medicine beyond everyday clinical practice?

Are you wondering what to do for enhanced skills training and have an interest in research?

If you answered yes to these questions, the Clinician Scholar Program, Academic track (CSP-A) offers a third year of residency training to provide the skills for a career in Academic Family Medicine.

If you aspire to a clinician scientist career in which at least 50% of your time is dedicated to research, then we also offer the Clinician Scholar Program, Research track (CSP-R). The CSP-R is a two-year program (third and fourth year of residency) designed to provide you with a more advanced set of skills.

Offered by the Department of Family Medicine, these unique programs provide solid training in research methods.

In addition, these tracks offer an opportunity to complete a Master of Science degree to make you a highly competitive candidate, while maintaining your clinical skills.

We invite you to consult our PDF icon brochure for more information on the CSP-A. 

Specific Objectives

The CSP-A provides a third year residency training salary for those interested in an academic career in Family Medicine.

Residents in the CSP complete the courses required for the MSc in Family Medicine without any additional course fees. Residents are encouraged to apply for the Master of Science Program while simultaneously applying to the CSP-A and CSP-R. In this way, they will obtain the MSc upon completing their thesis. During the CSP-A and the CSP-R, residents continue to work in a family medicine setting two half-days per week. This might be a continuation of their clinical practice from their first two years of family medicine residency, or it might be in a different context in a specific area of interest.

The CSP-R differs from the CSP-A as it is of two years duration to develop the additional, essential skills to succeed in research. These skills include grantsmanship, study conduct, ethics, good clinical practice guidelines, research data collection, budget management, knowledge translation, article reviews, publication skills and more.

Program Description

Required Course Work

1 credit  = 15 hours class time
3 credits = 45 hours class time

September - December

January - April

Elective courses- 8 credits


Other academic activities

CSP residents attend an annual networking event jointly hosted by the four Quebec university-based family medicine departments. They are also encouraged to attend the North American Primary Care Research Group annual meeting and the Family Medicine Forum. These events provide opportunities to build a collaborative network in support of an academic career.


Apply/Contact Us

Clinician Scholar Program (CSP)
bertrand.lebouche [at] (Dr. Bertrand Lebouché),
Program Director

postgrad.fammed [at] (Ms. Alana Walsh-Ferland)

Postgraduate and Enhanced Skills Coordinator

graduateprograms.fammed [at] (Cheryl Bethelmy)

Graduate Programs Coordinator

(CSP Course Enrolment)

Tel: (514) 399-9109
Fax: (514) 398-4202
graduateprograms.fammed [at]

Applicants interested in the CSP program can apply via the PGME On-line application form.

Please refer to the following URL link for the application timeline and for the details on how to apply to the CSP program:

Questions about the application process can be directed to [at]



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