Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why should I enroll in the CIP?

There are many advantages to being part of the CIP during your anesthesia residency training. Here is a list of just a few advantages of this program:

  • Anesthesia Residents will have an opportunity to train as clinician investigators in an accredited and audited Royal College research training program and concomitantly pursue a Master of Science or Applied Science, Master of Education, Doctor of Philosophy degree, or Postdoctoral training
  • The Clinician Investigator Program is designed to provide dedicated and funded research time
  • CIP trainees have the opportunity to attend practical and informative research and career-focused seminars
  • CIP trainees receive bioethics training
  • CIP graduates obtain a certificate of completion from the RCPSC, attesting to the completion of the research and clinical components of the program
  • CIP graduates are better able to compete for grant funding opportunities because they have proven dedication to a clinician-investigator career by enrolling in CIP.

How long am I expected to engage in full-time research to complete the research component of the CIP?

All CIP trainees are required by the RCPSC standards to complete two years (24 months) of full-time (min. 80%) research. However, we acknowledge that various degrees have different requirements and we are committed to work with the trainee and the CIP Committee to allow maximum flexibility in organizing the research training component.

Does the CIP find a supervisor for me?

No, the CIP does not find a supervisor for its trainees. However, the Anesthesia Department and the CIP Committee will provide mentorship and guidance to find a supervisor. The graduate units usually have a list of faculty members in their department who could be potential supervisors.

I started my graduate studies already, may I still apply to CIP?

Yes, the CIP committee will permit up to six months of retroactive registration in the CIP. However, you must remain in the program for a total of two years in full-time research and fulfill all program requirements in order to receive your CIP certificate.

Will I be allowed to take a leave of absence during the CIP training?

Yes, you are allowed to take a leave of absence or parental leave, the program is very flexible. However, this will extend your training by the number of weeks/months you take off and must be reviewed and approved by the Program Director, your research supervisor and the CIP Committee.

When do I receive my CIP certificate from the RCPSC?

You will only receive your certification as a clinician investigator from the Royal College after you have finished both the clinical and research components of your training. You must pass the Royal College Anesthesia Examinations, received your degree from the School of Graduate Studies, and approval of your CIP requirements by the CIP Committee.