Eliot Phillipson Clinician-Educator Training Program
The Department of Medicine is committed to the career development and continued training of clinician-educators. This program provides advanced training to postgraduate medical trainees interested in pursuing future academic careers focused on education research and scholarship. Graduates of the program will be prepared to develop as leaders in the field of medical education.
Applicants must be postgraduate trainees at the University of Toronto in entry-level programs of the Department of Medicine (internal medicine, dermatology, emergency medicine, neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation) or in a subspecialty program of internal medicine. Canadian citizens or permanent residents who apply to a clinical training program in the Department of Medicine may apply simultaneously to the Eliot Phillipson Clinician-Educator Training Program (CETP). (Applications from trainees outside of the University of Toronto may be considered, but only if the candidate has external funding for the two years.)
Applicants must have demonstrated clinical excellence and scholarly achievement throughout their training. Documentation of teaching skills and accomplishments in medical education through a formal teaching portfolio is required. Strong support from the trainee’s clinical program director (and divisional director, if applicable) is expected.
Entry into the full-time Eliot Phillipson Clinician-Educator Training Program may occur after satisfactory completion of at least one year of clinical training. Re-entry into the clinical program, when required, will follow two years of the Eliot Phillipson Clinician-Educator Training Program.
Enrollment in a graduate degree program at the University of Toronto is required by the program committee. In extraordinary circumstances, other training experiences will be considered.
Entry into the Eliot Phillipson Clinician-Educator Training Program is a competitive process. The number of positions available in any year will be dependent on departmental resources.
The program consists of a two-year curriculum that fosters the development of clinician-educators who will have a specific focus of expertise and scholarship and the capacity to be successful education researchers. Potential areas for program concentration include, but are not limited to: evaluation of competence; self-assessment; simulation; technical skills expertise; professionalism; inter-professional education; communication; diagnostic reasoning; sociology; and program development and evaluation.
Most of the candidate’s time will be devoted to course work related to the master’s degree and to at least one major education research project. In addition, the program will provide mentoring and counseling regarding career opportunities as a clinician-educator, and opportunities to develop skills in educational leadership and administration. Clinical work is permitted during this time but is limited to allow completion of the master’s degree. (The specific details may depend on level of training and the clinical program the candidate is enrolled in, and will be worked out at time of acceptance.)
The Eliot Phillipson Clinician-Educator Training Program provides funding for two years with a stipend of $75,000 per year plus benefits and graduate tuition. All trainees are required to apply for external career awards, such as the Royal College Fellowship for studies in education. Acquisition of external career awards are used to offset the individual’s base funding of $75,000. Please note that all external award funding must flow through the University of Toronto, Department of Medicine.
Those interested candidates are required to contact the director of the Wilson Centre for Research in Education (WCRE) Fellowship Program as well as the director of the Eliot Phillipson Clinician-Educator Training Program well in advance of the deadline, to discuss goals and objectives, research interests and opportunities, etc.
Complete the application document and supply the following supplementary materials:
- current curriculum vitae
- official transcripts
- and letters of reference (four in total - see page 5 of the application form for details).
These materials must be received by Joanna King in the Department of Medicine office by November 18th, 2019. The Eliot Phillipson Clinician-Educator Training Program Committee will interview eligible candidates shortly thereafter. Successful applicants will be notified within four weeks of the interview. Letters of reference should be emailed directly with "CETP: applicants name" in the subject line.
As outlined above, enrolment in a graduate degree at the University of Toronto is required. This is most often undertaken as a Master’s of Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE/UT). Information and application forms for the MEd
Please note that this application process is separate from the application to the CETP. Other degrees and programs can be considered, but must be approved by the program committee at the time of application to the program.
In addition, candidates should, in most cases, simultaneously apply to the Fellowship Program at the Wilson Centre for Research in Education
Most (but not all) trainees in the CETP have also been fellows of the WCRE, and have greatly benefited from the world-class expertise, research mentorship and resources of the centre. Please note that this application process is separate from the application to the CETP. Acceptance to the WCRE Fellowship is highly dependent on the match between the research interests of the candidate and the availability of appropriate mentorship. Those interested candidates are required to contact the director of the WCRE Fellowship Program as well as the director of the Eliot Phillipson Clinician-Educator Training Program well in advance of the deadline, to discuss goals and objectives, research interests and opportunities, etc.
Applicants are also encouraged to enrol in the Royal College Clinical Investigator (Certificate) Program (CIP), which provides career development opportunities, designed specifically for MDs, above and beyond the graduate program.
Please be advised that the deadline to apply for CIP and qualify for a Ministry of Health funding package (MOH-CIP) is mid January 2019. Application forms are available on the CIP site.
November 18th, 2019
Interviews for the program will take place on a Friday in December 2019. The date will be confirmed by the end of August 2019.
Requests for further information should be directed to:
Shiphra Ginsburg MD, FRCPC, MEd, PhD
Director, Eliot Phillipson Clinician-Educator Training Program
Director, Education Scholarship (Department of Medicine)
Scientist, Wilson Centre for Research in Education
Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
190 Elizabeth Street, Suite FE3-805
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2C4
Joanna King, MI
Administrator, Eliot Phillipson Clinician-Educator Training Program
Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
Suite 3-805 R. Fraser Elliott Building
190 Elizabeth Street
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2C4