Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) Clinician Investigator training

There is also training delivered in medical faculties that may be carried out following initial certification, namely, Clinician Investigator training recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. For further details, consult the RCPSC site.

Applications for admission to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) Clinician Investigator Program do not require the DSP’s signature. But they are subject to a specific process, the rules for which vary slightly from one faculty to another. This program offers integrated, structured, rigorous research training during residency, with a view to a career as a clinician investigator.

Research fields do not concern only the traditional aspects of clinical and laboratory-based biomedical research, but also cover such disciplines as the economy, management, social science, and behavioural and information science, as they apply to health and disease. Medical residents successfully completing this program receive a Diploma of Specialized Studies (Diplôme d’études spécialisées) from the university and a Certificate from the RCPSC. Candidates have to register in a Master’s (MSc) or Doctorate (PhD) program to undertake this training unless they already hold such degrees. Medical residents are normally paid by the Quebec Health Insurance Board (RAMQ) during the specialty program, and during the fellowship year.