Eliot Phillipson Clinician-Scientist Training Program

Introduction
Eligibility
Application Process
Application Deadline
Contacts

Introduction

The Department of Medicine’s Eliot Phillipson Clinician-Scientist Training Program (CSTP) trains future faculty members who will engage in research as a major component of their career in academic medicine.

What is a clinician-scientist?

A clinician-scientist must;

  •  be an MD specialist who has established a career in research (~75%) as well as clinical practice (~25%) at a University affliated hospital
  •  be competitive for research funding from sources external to the university
  •  sustain a high level of scholarship and research productivity

Popular clinician-scientist graduate studies departments:

Should you apply?

You should consider applying to the CSTP if you;

  • Have a strong desire to become an independent investigator, and a clinician-scientist in particular.
  • Are connected with a supervisor who is a senior scientist, committed to working with you over several years and understands the rewards and challenges of being a clinician-scientist.
  • Are planning to pursue a master's (two years minimum) or PhD (four years minimum). Entry into a PhD program is strongly encouraged.
  • Are willing to apply to external funding sources throughout your time in the program.
  • Have discussed your intentions to apply with you department division director and program director (if applicable).

What does the Program provide?

The nature of support you will receive depends on where you are in your training. It is possible to enter the program as a PGY trainee or as a research/clinical fellow.

For Phillipson Scholar trainees:

  • Pay and benefits details
  • U of T tuition coverage (if applicable)
  • Access to regualr breakfast meeting with other CSTP and CETP trainees
  • Access to informal mentorship opportunities
  • Opportunity to present the DoM Annual Day event in June in front of senior faculty and leadership

For CSTP trainees (in this stream the division and supervisor are expected to cover the trainees salary and benefits costs):

  • Access to regualr breakfast meeting with other CSTP and CETP trainees
  • Access to informal mentorship opportunities

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply you must;

  • be a postgraduate trainee at the University of Toronto in entry level programs of the Department of Medicine (internal medicine, dermatology, emergency medicine, neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation) or in a subspecialty program of internal medicine. Entry into full-time research training may occur after satisfactory completion of clinical training at the PGY 1-5  level. Re-entry into the clinical program (when required) follows two or four years of research training.  
  • have previous engagement with research and an idea about the future direction of your research program. All areas of medical research will be considered. These include: basic cellular and molecular biology; genetics; integrative human physiology and pharmacology; clinical epidemiology; health outcomes and quality research.
  • have identified a research supervisor(s) with a University of Toronto faculty appointment.
  • plan to enrol in, or are already enrolled in, a two-year graduate program (MSc) in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, which includes both course work and defense of a research thesis. Direct entry into a PhD (four-year) program, or transfer from the MSc to the PhD program is encouraged.
    • For trainees with a PhD degree, whether a graduate degree is required will be at the discretion of the Eliot Phillipson Clinician-Scientist Training Program committee. For example, if research training is in an area different from the PhD training, a graduate degree may be required.
  •  enrol in the Royal College Clinician Investigator (Certificate) Program, which provides career development opportunities, designed specifically for MDs, above and beyond the graduate program.
    • Please be advised that the deadline to apply for CIP and qualify for a Ministry of Health funding package (MOH-CIP) is mid January 2020. Application forms are be available on the CIP site. 

Application Process

Trainees apply the year before entry into research training.

Completed applications (submitted as a single PDF format) include;

  • a completed application form
  • a current curriculum vitae
  • statement of intent
  • a one‐page abstract of the proposed research
  • official post‐secondary and medical school transcripts (copies acceptable)*
  • checklist form

* ITERs from medical residency are not required.

Letters of reference and the accompanying CSTP Referee Applicant Assessment form should be sent via email by referees to Joanna King.PDF iconCSTP Referee Applicant Accessment form.pdf (197.79 KB) Late applications will not be considered.

Eligible candidates will be reviewed by the Eliot Phillipson Clinician-Scientist Training Program Committee.

Candidates chosen for interview MUST be available for the interview on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 1-5pm. Location TBD.

Please email all documents to:

Dr. R. Chen
Director, Eliot Phillipson Clinician-Scientist Training Program
C/O: Department of Medicine, University of Toronto at: joanna.king@utoronto.ca

Application Deadline

The Deadline for applications to the CTSP is Monday, December 2, 2019 for July 2020 entry into the program.

Contacts

Director, CSTP

Dr. Robert Chen, MD, FRCP(C)
Department of Medicine
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
C. David Naylor Building
6 Queen’s Park Crescent West, Third Floor
Toronto, ON M5S 3H2
E-mail: robert.chen@uhn.ca

 

Administrator, CSTP

Joanna King, MI
Department of Medicine
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
C. David Naylor Building
6 Queen’s Park Crescent West, Third Floor
Toronto, ON M5S 3H2
Phone: 416-978-4844
Fax: 416-978-7230
E-mail: joanna.king@utoronto.ca