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)
roland.grad [at] (Dr. Roland Grad),
Program Director
alexandra.depokomandy [at] (Dr. Alexandra de Pokomandy)
CSP Research (CSP-R) Director

graduateprograms.fammed [at] (Sherrie Child)

Graduate Programs Coordinator

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

Application period: From August 4 to September 16, 2020. 

For information regarding the application process,
please contact the Graduate Programs Coordinator to determine eligibility, as space is limited.

First step: Send graduateprograms.fammed [at] (Sherrie Child) a recent copy of your curriculum vitae (CV) and all transcripts from all universities you have attended for a preliminary review. She will then introduce you to [at] (Roger El Asmar )at the Faculty of Medicine, who will help you process your admissions application for the CSP. 

Second step: Apply for the CSP by clicking here.

The deadline to apply for the program is September 16, 2020. As for the program you choose in the system, please choose Family Medicine Medical Resident (3rd year) and then Clinician Scholar Program (CSP) should show up.

Third step: Upload all documents into the Admissions System and/or forward documents to [at] (Roger El Asmar)After applying, you must upload your CV and personal statement to the Admissions system. Your referees will also have to upload their reference letters directly through the Admissions System.

Your personal statement should answer the questions below: 

  • How will this year of training improve the manner in which you do research?
  • What can you bring to this year of training?
  • What research are you interested in?
  • Did any experience in medical school or residency lead you to apply?
  • Were there any teachers or mentors that had an impact on your choice, and why?
  • How do you see the challenge of incorporating research in practice?

IMPORTANT: If you are currently completing courses for credit, you must submit a separate application to be admitted as a Special Student for the Fall semester by February 1st. This status will allow you to complete a maximum of 12 credits of courses for credit. graduateprograms.fammed [at] (Sherrie Child) will be able to provide the details on how to do this. If interested in completing a thesis and obtaining a MSc in Family Medicine, you may submit your admissions application by February 1st of your first year of your CSP.

Successful applicants to the CSP who will not be enrolled in the MSc must pay tuition fees for the graduate courses in which they are registered. For more information, click here.



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