Goals and Objectives

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 as a clinician investigator.

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 for CIP 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.


  • Establish and maintain knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to their research practices, with a thorough understanding and appreciation of the components of proper scientific inquiry
  • Accurately elicit and synthesize relevant research information and perspectives from relevant sources
  • Critically evaluate information and its sources and apply this appropriately to research practices and decisions
  • Perform complete and appropriate assessments of research questions and problems, using effective experimental
  • Consult appropriately for feedback on knowledge and performance;
  • Commit to life-long learning and continual self-education;
  • Contribute to the creation, dissemination, application and translation of new knowledge and practices.


  • Develop and strengthen linkages between clinical setting and the research setting by interacting with clinical and research staff (e.g. rounds, workshops, seminars);
  • Work effectively with others to prevent, negotiate, and resolve problems.


  • Commit to the importance of objectivity, integrity, compassion and honesty in the conduct and reporting of research;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the profession, society, subjects and patients through ethical and honest research practices;
  • Self awareness and responses to feedback.


  • Accurately present and convey information and explanations in oral and written form to research subjects, peers and other professionals in research activities, including presentation of seminars, writing of reports suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, and grant proposals for research funding;
  • Develop rapport, trust and ethical relationships with research subjects, peers and other professionals.


  • Manage activities for research skill and career development effectively;
  • Manage research project and resources appropriately, effectively and efficiently;
  • Manage experimental data recording and result interpretation appropriately in research endeavours
  • Serve in administration and leadership role, as appropriate to their research career.

Health Advocate

  • Participate in ethical research, with appreciation for the importance of research to the social, economic and biologic factors that impact health;
  • Participate in activities that demonstrate advocacy for subjects, patients, communities and populations, as appropriate to further health and the research enterprise;
  • Promote dissemination of research knowledge to patients, communities and populations, as appropriate.