Clinician Scholar Program





Have you or are you currently completing a family medicine residency in Canada or the US?
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 offers a third year residency that will provide you with the skills to become a clinician scientist in family medicine.
Offered by the Department of Family Medicine, this unique one year program provides solid training in research methods.
In addition, the program offers an opportunity to complete a M.Sc degree that will make you a highly competitive candidate, while maintaining your clinical skills.

We invite you to consult our PDF icon csp_brochure_20151013.pdf.

Specific Objectives

The Clinician Scholar Program (CSP) provides a third year residency training salary for those interested in conducting research relevant to the discipline and practice of 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. In this way, they will obtain the MSc upon completing their thesis in a second year as a Clinical Research Fellow.  During the CSP, 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  that relates to a specific area of interest.

Program Description

Required Course Work

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

September - December

FMED504D1 Family Medicine Research Seminars (.5 credit)

FMED505 Basics of Analysis of Health Data (3 credits)

FMED509 Foundations of Epidemiology in Family Medicine (3 credits)

FMED625 Qualitative Health Research (3 credits)


January - April

FMED504D2 Family Medicine Research Seminars (.5 credit)

FMED672 Applied Mixed Methods in Health Research (3 credits)


May- June

FMED 600 Mixed Studies Reviews (1 credit)

FMED603 Introduction to Participatory Research (1 credit)

Elective courses- 6 credits


Other academic activities

CSP candidates 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 a great opportunity to build a collaborative network in support of a career as a clinical scientist.


Apply/Contact Us


Clinician Scholar Program (CSP)
roland.grad [at] (Dr. Roland Grad),
Program Director

graduateprograms.fammed [at] (Ms. Sherrie Child)

Graduate Programs Coordinator

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

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

First step: please send graduateprograms.fammed [at] (Sherrie Child) your most current curriculum vitae (CV) and all transcripts from all universities you have attended for a preliminary review. Sherrie will then introduce you to Nathalie at the Faculty of Medicine who will help you process your admisssions application for the CSP. Nathalie's email address is [at] "> [at]  

Second step: please apply for the CSP at the below link. 

APPLY NOW by September 13th!  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: please upload all documents into the Admissions System and/or forward documents to Nathalie. After applying at the above link, you must upload your CV and personal statement to Admissions system. Your referees will also have to upload their reference letters directly into the Admissions System.

Your personal statment should answer the below questions: 


  • 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 completing courses for credit (this should apply to most people), you must submit a seperate application to be admitted as a Special Student for the Fall semester by March 1st. This status will allow you to complete a maximum of 12 credits of courses for credit. Sherrie will be able to provide the details about how to do this. If interested in completing a thesis and obtaining a MSc in Family Medicine, you may submit your admissions application in the Fall semester of your second year by March 1st of your first year.