Clinician Scholar Program FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: I am a resident who has just been accepted into Psychiatry Residency at the University of Toronto. Am I eligible to apply to the Clinician Scholar Program?

A: Applications will only be accepted from PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents. If you are a PGY-1 resident interested in the Clinician Scholar Program, you may be able to explore scholarship opportunities through electives/PLEX and extracurricular time. This can help define your research or scholarship interests and better prepare you for program application in future years.

Q: I am interested in the Clinician Scholar Program, but I don’t have a project. Can I still apply?

A: Prior to application, you need to determine your research or scholarship interests. The application requires you to outline a specific project and have a supervisor. Projects should be data driven and outcome focused. Although literature reviews and meta-analyses are important, they are not generally sufficient for a Clinician Scholar Program project. If you need help in deciding on a particular project, connect with the Program Director or your proposed supervisor. 

Q: Who can be my project supervisor?

A: Supervisors in the Clinician Scholar Program need to meet certain criteria, with specific training and expertise, to best support you to successfully carry out your project. The Program Director will work with you in identifying your research or scholarship interests, and match you with potential supervisors. If you have a particular supervisor in mind, connect with the Program Director to see if they are eligible to be a supervisor in the Clinician Scholar Program.

Q: I got into the Clinician Scholar Program in PGY-2. Will I be able to stay in the program for the remaining part of my residency? What are the expectations of the Program?

A: Continued involvement in the Clinician Scholar Program is dependent on progress made on the resident’s project and/or program of scholarship, which is reviewed annually through a formal process with the Program Director. Project progress includes meeting expected requirements in delivering presentations, publications, and other knowledge translation activities. Residents are also expected to attend all professional development seminars.

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