Goals & Objectives

Overall Goals of the CIP

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.

Specific Educational and Research Objectives:

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


  • Establish and maintain knowledge and understanding of general principles and fundamentals of research
  • 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
  • Achieve overall competence in techniques required for the research project (i.e. experimental design, data collection and management, and analysis)
  • Achieve overall competence in analyzing and interpreting the results of an experiment
  • Consult appropriately for feedback on knowledge and performance


  • Participate effectively and appropriately in interprofessional research teams
  • Effectively work with others in research teams to prevent, negotiate and resolve interprofessional conflicts


  • Demonstrate commitment to profession, society, research participants and patients through the importance of absolute objectivity and honesty in the conduct and reporting of research


  • Develop rapport, trust and ethical relationships with research participants, peers and other professionals
  • Effectively write research proposals, reports, grant proposals and manuscripts
  • Effectively present work at lab meetings, research seminars, thesis advisory committee meetings, scientific meetings, and defend and discuss the presentation in an articulate and polished manner
  • Endeavour to form collaborative relationships within the scientific community
  • Demonstrate an ability to prevent, negotiate and resolve interprofessional conflicts


  • Effectively manage activities for research and career development
  • Effectively and efficiently manage research project and resources (financial & materials)
  • Manage experimental data recording and result interpretation appropriately in research endeavours
  • Serve in administration and leadership roles, as appropriate to their research career

Health Advocate

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