Clinician Scientist Program

The Clinician Scientist Program (CSP) was established in 1999 in order to address the pressing need for more clinician scientists in psychiatry, a medical specialty traditionally under-represented in research. At the University of Toronto we have developed a two-stage program with the goal of fostering the development of the next generation of clinician scientists in psychiatry. A network of expert mentors, a seminar series, protected time for longitudinal research opportunities, and conference travel support, are key components of the program.

In comparison to other departments in the faculty of medicine, in which research programs generally focus specifically on residents enrolled in full-time graduate training, a unique aspect of the CSP is its emphasis on also supporting and motivating interest in research prior to (or after) graduate research training. The GENERAL STREAM is intended to appeal to residents who have demonstrated an interest in research during junior residency, such as during research electives, and are interested in potentially pursuing a graduate degree in residency or have previously completed a graduate degree. The GRADUATE STREAM is for senior residents who are enrolled in research-focused thesis-based graduate school programs.

Another unique aspect of the CSP is the active involvement of residents in the program leadership. A CSP Chief Resident, along with a CSP Resident Executive Committee work hand in hand with the Director and Faculty Advisory Committee to deliver the best possible experience for trainees.

If you are interested in learning more, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Benjamin I. Goldstein, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Pharmacology
Director, Clinician Scientist Program, Department of Psychiatry
University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine
Director, Centre for Youth Bipolar Disorder

RBC Investments Chair in Children’s Mental Health and Developmental Psychopathology
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health