Clinician Investigator Program

The goal of the University of Manitoba Clinician Investigator Program (CIP) is to improve the health of society by providing the next generation of medical and surgical specialists with the leading-edge graduate research training necessary to become successful clinician scientists.

For more information or to apply to the Clinician Investigator Program, view the CIP program page.

CIP Training Goals and Objectives 

CIP Faculty Resources

How can physicians and faculty get involved with CIP?

Be a Research Supervisor

CIP Research Supervisors are ideally established Clinician Investigators with University affiliation (any university, not exclusively University of Manitoba). To discuss eligibility or interest in taking on the role of a resident's Research Supervisor in CIP, feel free to contact the Program Director, Dr. Shayne Taback, at any time.

Join the CIP Residency Program Committee (RPC)

The CIP RPC meets 4 - 6 times per year and is responsible for ensuring effective administration of the CIP including the development and implementation of the CIP curriculum, program goals and objectives, CIP policies, and evaluation documents, maintaining mechanisms for career counseling, stress management, and appeals, and ensuring that the program meets or exceeds the general standards of accreditation.

Since CIP does not use CaRMs, an additional major role of the CIP RPC is the evaluation of all applicants every November and the selection and approval of successful candidates.

Encourage research in your field

  • Ensure all the residents in your program are aware of the opportunity to participate in CIP
  • Encourage individual research, even if residents aren't participating in CIP, there are lots of resources available through the Resident Research Pages linked below:

Resident Research

Resident Research Resources

Faculty Resources for Resident Research

CIP Frequently Asked Questions

When should I start planning CIP? 
Building a great support committee and designing a research project can take time. It is highly recommended that you start planning your time in CIP as early as possible. The CIP Director is happy to help trainees develop their plans. We encourage you to involve CIP and your clinical department faculty throughout the planning process.

How are CIP trainees funded?
Accepted trainees are guaranteed funding for the full 24 month program at appropriate PGY level through the use of PGME Flex Spots and other funding awards and partnerships. However, CIP trainees are required to apply for external salary awards for their second year. This improves the trainee's resume and, if successful, frees up the Flex Spot funding so that it can be used to sponsor more future CIP trainees.

Some surgery specialties offer 1 year of funding to complete a research-based Masters degree. This program may be combined with CIP to fund one of the two years provided this is arranged ahead of time and the trainee is enrolled in CIP prior to starting the Masters of Surgery year.  

What are my options for graduate degree programs?
There are many options for graduate programs and you do not have to stay in Winnipeg to complete your research. We recommend meeting with your advisors and with the CIP Director to determine where your research should be conducted to have the most impact and benefit for your career. Only research-based graduate programs shall be considered for CIP, not course-based.

Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Manitoba

How long will I be in CIP?
The program is a minimum of 24 months of active research (minimum 80% protected research time) but can often span up to 4 years, depending on the type of research project and graduate degree.

What are the major benefits of CIP?
This program provides thorough, hands-on research training and experience that will help you to establish yourself and succeed in your chosen field. Some specific benefits include:

  • Protected, mentored research time
  • Specially designed academic curriculum which addresses all major aspects of conducting health research
  • Support from a group of peers pursuing similar projects
  • Graduate degree, making you more competitive for faculty positions

More questions?
Feel free to contact the CIP Program Administrator at any time.

Tashanna Gabbidon
CIP Program Administrator
260 Brodie Centre, 727 McDermot Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3E 3P5

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