Curriculum and Requirements

Seminar Requirements

The CIP Seminar Series is a cornerstone of the CIP curriculum and is desgined to develop trainee skills within the roles defined in the CanMEDS framework. All CIP trainees, irrespective of their graduate unit enrollment, are expected to attend a minimum of five full seminars, and help organize a seminar during their years in the research component of CIP certification. The seminars are designed especially for the trainees and they are strongly encouraged to attend as many seminars as possible even after they’ve fulfilled their minimum. Each CIP seminar counts as one seminar credit. The seminars help to build knowledge and a “skill-set” that is beneficial for the aspiring clinician investigator.

CIP Psychiatry trainees: The Royal College CIP has an agreement with the Department of Psychiatry Clinician Scientist Program so that research and career development seminars can count towards CIP seminar credits. The same applies to seminar organization.  For trainees who seek credit for seminars taken outside of the CIP program, the seminar in question must meet the following criteria:

  1. It must have  clearly defined objectives which must be sent to the CIP office.
  2. It must have content that virtually duplicates that presented in similar seminars presented with the CIP
  3. It must have a pre and post-test consisting of 5 or more content questions, to be administered and collected by the seminar organizer.  The results of the pre and post-tests must be shared with the CIP office.
  4. It must have a combination of listening and participating. (An exclusively lecture format is inconsistent with the CIP seminar format and is therefore unacceptable).
  5. An administrator at Psychiatry must vouch for your attendance.

As each seminar is announced trainees will register their attendance by email to the CIP office. The Seminar Workshop SUMMARY 2009-present shows the frequency and topics of seminars offered throughout a given year.  It is updated regularly to assist trainees in organizing their own seminar. 



CIPCorEd is an on-line learning tool by which CIP trainees can learn independently about professional skills critical to the clinical investigator. Completion of CIPCorEd is a requirement for all trainees who enrolled in the CIP in 2011 and after.  Trainees need to attain a minimum of 70% on all unit quizzes in order to meet their CIP requirements. CIPCorEd is however, available to all Clinician Investigator trainees and all are encouraged to use them.

CIPCorEd consists of 8 individual units. The first group of units are currently available on Quercus:

  • Unit 1: Grant Writing
  • Unit 2: Manuscript Writing
  • Unit 3: CV Writing
  • Unit 4: Research Ethics
  • Unit 5: Knowledge Translation
  • Unit 6: Mentoring
  • Unit 7: Collaborations in Research
  • Unit 8: Presentations

To Access the CipCorEd units:

  • Go to Quercus
  • Log in using your UTORid and Password
  • The CipCorEd Course will be on your Quercus Dashboard

Annual CIP Symposium

Attendance is mandatory each year (minimum attendance to two meetings) while actively engaged in the research phase of the CIP program. The program offers interactive workshops designed to enhance research training and professional development.