Clinician Investigator Program

Get ready for a research career

Are you a surgical resident interested in pursuing a graduate degree during your training?

If so, you may want to consider applying to the Dalhousie Clinician Investigator Program (CIP).

This Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada-accredited training program will add the specialized knowledge and skills you need to pursue a career as a clinician-scientist or as a clinical investigator.

Upon completion, you’ll also receive:

  • Royal College certification
  • an “Attestation of Completion,” signed by the CIP Director and the Associate Dean of Medicine

Is this program for me?

To be considered for acceptance, you must:

  • be an MD enrolled in a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons specialty or subspecialty in the Dalhousie Postgraduate Medical Education Program
  • be willing to enroll in a Dalhousie-approved MSc or PhD program, if you do not already hold a graduate degree


  • If you are interested in applying to CIP, you should get in touch with the Surgery Research Office Administrator Elaine Marsh ( early in your residency to identify a supervisor and establish a plausible research project.
  • Funding award applications are due to the Surgery Research Office in the fall.

DOS Research Application Process:

  • Letter of Intent to Elaine Koziwka-Marsh in the Research Office
  • A meeting will be set up between interested resident and our CIP Lead on the Reserach Committee
  • You must complete a CIP application for Research Committee Review
  • You will be asked to present a 5 minute presentation to the Reserach Committee
  • If successful for DOS Support, the DOS CIP applicant will recieve a letter detailing departmental salary support. 

Find out more

Current CIP participants

Jae Ho Han Neurosurgery  MSc
Shahriar Seddigh Orthopaedics  MSc
Erika Leck  Neurosurgery
Joel Bierer Cardiac Surgery  PhD
Rakesh Guidimella Plastic Surgery MSc
Claudia Cote  Cardiac Surgery  MSc 

Past CIP participants

Catherine Deshaies  Cardiac Surgery  PhD 2021
Phillip Tremblay  Cardiac Surgery  MSc  2021
Sam Jessula  General Surgery  MSc 2019
Ashley Drohan  General Surgery  MSc 2019
Aaron Robichaud Neurosurgery MSc 2019
Amanda Murphy  Plastic Surgeyr  MSc 2018
Scott Hurton General Surgery MSc 2018
David Brandman Neurosurgery PhD 2017
Gavin Tansley General Surgery MSc   2016
Phil Magown Neurosurgery PhD 2014
Christine Herman Cardiac Surgery MSc 2012
Phil Davis General Surgery MSc 2012
Jon Bailey General Surgery MSc 2012
Scott Livingston General Surgery MSc 2011
Matthew Smith General Surgery MSc 2011
Lindsay MacDonald General Surgery MSc 2011
Paul Yaffe General Surgery MSc 2010
Devon Richardson General Surgery MSc 2009
Jane Watson General Surgery MSc 2008
Mike Bezuhly Plastic Surgery MSc 2008
Lara Williams General Surgery MSc 2007
Dimitri Kalvrousiotis Cardiac Surgery MSc   2007
Ansar Hassan General Surgery
PhD 2007
Phil Barnsley Plastic Surgery MSc 2003
Anton Skaro General Surgery PhD
James Ellsmere General Surgery MSc 2002
Daniel Wong Cardiac Surgery MSc 2002
Paul Johnson General Surgery MSc 2001
Rakesh Arora Cardiac Surgery PhD 2001
Jean-Francois Legare Cardiac Surgery MSc
Sean Christie Neurosurgery PhD 2000
Wey Liang General Surgery MSc 1998