Eliot Phillipson Clinician-Scientist Training Program

Application Process
Application Deadline


The Department of Medicine’s Eliot Phillipson Clinician-Scientist Training Program (CSTP) trains future faculty members who will engage in research as a major component of their career in academic medicine.

What is a clinician-scientist?

A clinician-scientist must;

  •  be an MD specialist who has established a career in research (75%) as well as clinical practice (25%) at a University affliated hospital
  •  be competitive for research funding from sources external to the university
  •  sustain a high level of scholarship and research productivity

Popular clinician-scientist graduate studies departments:

Should you apply?

You should consider applying to the CSTP if you;

  • Have a strong desire to become an independent investigator, and a clinician-scientist in particular.
  • Are connected with a supervisor who is a senior scientist, committed to working with you over several years and understands the rewards and challenges of being a clinician-scientist.
  • Are planning to pursue a master's (two years minimum) or PhD (four years minimum). Entry into a PhD program is strongly encouraged.
  • Are willing to apply to external funding sources throughout your time in the program.
  • Have discussed your intentions to apply with you department division director and program director (if applicable).

What does the Eliot Phillipson CSTP provide?

The nature of support you will receive depends on where you are in your training. It is possible to enter the program as a PGY trainee or as a research/clinical fellow.

For trainees:

  • Pay and benefits details
  • U of T tuition coverage

For fellows:

  • Pay and benefits details
  • U of T tuition coverage


To be eligible to apply you must;

  • be a postgraduate trainee at the University of Toronto in entry level programs of the Department of Medicine (internal medicine, dermatology, emergency medicine, neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation) or in a subspecialty program of internal medicine. Entry into full-time research training may occur after satisfactory completion of clinical training at the PGY 1-5  level. Re-entry into the clinical program (when required) follows two or four years of research training.  
  • have some previous engagement with research and an idea about the future direction of your research program. All areas of medical research will be considered. These include: basic cellular and molecular biology; genetics; integrative human physiology and pharmacology; clinical epidemiology; health outcomes and quality research.
  • have been identified a research supervisor(s) and at least one of the supervisors must hold a University of Toronto faculty appointment.
  • plan to enrol in, or are already enrolled in, a two-year graduate program (MSc) in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, which includes both course work and defense of a research thesis. Direct entry into a PhD (four-year) program, or transfer from the MSc to the PhD program is encouraged.
    • For trainees with a PhD degree, whether a graduate degree is required will be at the discretion of the Eliot Phillipson Clinician-Scientist Training Program committee. For example, if research training is in an area different from the PhD training, a graduate degree may be required.
  •  enrol in the Royal College Clinical Investigator (Certificate) Program, which provides career development opportunities, designed specifically for MDs, above and beyond the graduate program.
    • Please be advised that the deadline to apply for CIP and qualify for a Ministry of Health funding package (MOH-CIP) is mid January 2019. Application forms are be available on the CIP site. 


Application Process

Trainees apply the year before entry into research training.

Completed applications (submitted as a single PDF format) include;

  • a completed application form
  • a current curriculum vitae
  • statement of intent
  • a one‐page abstract of the proposed research
  • official post‐secondary and medical school transcripts (copies acceptable)*
  • checklist form

* ITERs from medical residency are not required.

Letters of reference and the accompanying CSTP Referee Applicant Assessment form should be sent via email by referees to Joanna King.PDF iconCSTP Referee Applicant Accessment form.pdf (197.79 KB) Late applications will not be considered.

Eligible candidates will be reviewed by the Eliot Phillipson Clinician-Scientist Training Program Committee.

Candidates chosen for interview MUST be available for the interview on Friday, January 11, 2019.

Please email all documents to:

Dr. R. Chen
Director, Eliot Phillipson Clinician-Scientist Training Program
C/O: Department of Medicine, University of Toronto at: joanna.king@utoronto.ca

Application Deadline

The Deadline for applications to the CTSP is Monday, December 3, 2018 for July 2019 entry into the program.


Director, CSTP

Dr. Robert Chen, MD, FRCP(C)
Department of Medicine
University of Toronto
Suite 3-805, R. Fraser Elliott Building
190 Elizabeth Street
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2C4
E-mail: robert.chen@uhn.ca


Administrator, CSTP

Joanna King, MI
Department of Medicine
University of Toronto
Suite 3-805 R. Fraser Elliott Building
190 Elizabeth Street
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2C4
Phone: 416-978-4844
Fax: 416-978-7230
E-mail: joanna.king@utoronto.ca


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