Goals & Objectives

Overall Goals of the Clinician Investigator Program

The fundamental aim of the Royal College Clinician Investigator Program is to provide trainees with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to embark on a successful career in health research. In most cases, further research training specific to the candidate’s field of interest will be required so that he/she can succeed as an independent investigator.

During the two  years of the research component in the continuous training (CT) pathway, some time may be spent in clinical activity related to the research; however, the majority of time (at least 80%) must be devoted to research.  In the distributive curriculum training (DCT) pathway, the requirement during the 27 month research component is to dedicate 75% of time to research, to accommodate integration of clinical training that would normally be undertaken in the PGY3 year of specialty/subspecialty training.  In the fractionated training (FT) pathway, the requirement during the (minimum) 24 month research component is to dedicate at least 80% of time to research in the periods of 3 months or longer blocks, with one year of continuous research training.

CIP educational objectives comply with the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada CanMEDS competency guidelines.

For more information, visit the “Specific Standards of Accreditation” section of the Royal College Website.

Medical Research Expert

  • Function effectively as a clinician investigator, integrating all of the CanMEDS Roles to function as a clinician and to conduct ethical research
  • Seek appropriate consultation from others as required, recognizing the limits of their own clinical research expertise
  • Effectively manages activities for career development, including integration of clinical and research activities


  • Communicates clearly with research participants, peers and other professionals to establish rapport, trust and ethical relationships.
  • Effectively write research proposals, reports, grant proposals and manuscripts
  • Effectively present work at lab meetings, research seminars, thesis advisory committee meetings, scientific meetings, and able to defend and discuss the presentation in an articulate and polished manner


  • Participate effectively and appropriately in interprofessional research teams
  • Form collaborative relationships within the scientific community
  • Effectively work with others in research teams to prevent, negotiate and resolve interprofessional conflicts


  • Effectively and efficiently manage research project and resources (financial and materials)
  • Manage experimental data recording and result interpretation appropriately in research endeavours
  • Serve in administration and leadership roles, as appropriate to their research career
  • Meet appropriate deadlines (funding, submission, REB, draft manuscripts to reviewers)

Health Advocate

  • Demonstrate appreciation of social economic and biologic factors that impact health research
  • Demonstrate advocacy for subjects, patients, populations, communities, as appropriate, including ensuring that research subjects have access to appropriate supports, information, and services
  • Promote research knowledge translation to patients, populations, communities, other stakeholders, as appropriate


  • Establish and maintain knowledge and understanding of general principles and fundamentals of research, including research ethics
  • Establish and maintain knowledge and understanding of the specialized topics in the specific area of research
  • Elicit, synthesize, and critically evaluate information and apply it appropriately to research
  • Demonstrate overall competence in techniques required for the research project (i.e. experimental design, data collection and management, and analysis)
  • Demonstrate overall competence in analyzing and interpreting the results of an experiment
  • Consult appropriately for feedback on knowledge and performance


  • Demonstrate commitment to profession, society, research participants, patients and collaborators through absolute objectivity, honesty, and adherence to ethical standards in the conduct and reporting of research
  • Demonstrate commitment to ethical research practice, including demonstrating ethical conduct in the treatment of human and animal research subjects.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the application of exemplary bioethical standards to clinical practice and research in such areas as consent, confidentiality, conflict of interest, resource allocation, and research ethics.