Clinician Scientist – Graduate Stream

The graduate stream of the Clinician Scientist Program (CSP) is intended for psychiatry residents in their PGY-5 and potentially PGY-6 years who have a substantial interest in research and wish to pursue graduate school.

Residents will be eligible to apply to the graduate stream of the CSP when they are in their PGY-4 year. Applicants must be accepted into a graduate degree granting program and begin graduate work full time as of September of their PGY-5 year and are expected to complete at least a Master’s degree and preferably a PhD. Graduate program.

Tuition fees will be paid by the CSP for successful applicants for thesis-based graduate research school training (MSc or PhD; maximum 2 years). Support will be provided to a maximum $8,000 per year for graduate training within the University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies (for external graduate training, the CSP will cover 50% of tuition fees to a maximum of $8,000 per year). Applicants who are interested in applying for graduate research training that is not thesis based should first contact the CSP Director to discuss this; requests will then be adjudicated by the CSP Faculty Executive Committee). Reimbursement for travel expenses for presentations at scientific meetings will be available up to $1,500 per year for up to 2 years.

There is also an expectation that applicants apply for and receive salary support to provide for at least one year of salary for the second year of the CSP, which will occur in a fellowship year post residency training. Additionally, applicants are expected to be enrolled in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons’ Clinician Investigator Program (CIP) while in the CSP. All CSP trainees are expected to participate in the CSP seminar series.

There are many graduate programs at the University of Toronto that may be suitable for CSP residents with respect to their graduate stream training. The Institute of Medical Sciences, the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, all offer excellent programs that may be of interest to CSP residents.

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