Clinician Scholar Program


The UBC Clinician Scholar Program is one of seven across Canada, and offers part-time positions for family physicians in family practice scholarship. These third-year residency positions are part of the Postgraduate Program of the UBC Faculty of Medicine.

Each cohort begins the program on July 1 of the calendar year. This program can be done 100% remote, and does not require any in-person attendance.


  • To engage practicing family physicians in conducting scholarly work
  • To contribute to the knowledge base of family practice and primary health care
  • To cultivate scholarship within family medicine
  • To support the development and enhancement of core scholarship skills
  • To foster innovative, interdisciplinary, community-based scholarship

Timeframe and Funding

Applicants are encouraged to plan a two-year timeframe for completion of the program. Approximately $60,000 per successful candidate is available over two years.

Evaluation and Deliverables

Clinician Scholars are required to dedicate 50% of their time to CSP in order to meet the following deliverables:

  1. Participate in the program content commitments (approximately 17 hours a week).
  2. Participate in scheduled one-hour weekly program video conferences. In these meetings, Clinician Scholars will present their work-in-progress for peer mentoring and discussion, and participate in research skill development seminars, peer reviewing, presentations, and monthly Department of Family Practice Research Rounds.
  3. Meet with the Program Director two times per year.
  4. Participate in workshops and retreats: two one-day research skills workshop retreats per year, and the annual Spring Writing Retreat Weekend. It is strongly recommended Clinician Scholars participate in the Spring Writing Retreat weekend prior to the start of the program.
  5. Present scholarly activities at conferences such as the Family Medicine Forum (FMF), the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG), and the Department of Family Practice Research Rounds.
  6. Submit monthly progress reports, an annual comprehensive progress report and evaluation, and an annual Supervisor Evaluation Form.
  7. Ensure their research mentor submits an annual Clinician Scholar Evaluation Form.
  8. Network and collaborate with other Clinician Scholars and Faculty  Scholars.
  9. Submit a scholarly manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal prior to program completion.

Program Structure

Prior to applying for the program, Clinician Scholars will arrange for one department researcher to act as a research mentor. The CSP Mentorship Agreement will guide the level and type of support the Clinician Scholar receives during the program.

Overall supervision of the program is the responsibility of the Co-Program Directors – Dr. Evelyn Cornelissen and Dr. Brian Ng. The CSP Committee oversees the program and is chaired by the CSP Co-Directors. The CSP is supported by the Research Coordinator of the Department of Family Practice.

The CSP  is a component of the Enhanced Skills Residency training of the UBC Faculty of Medicine, Department of Family Practice Postgraduate Training, and is a Category 1 Accredited Program of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC).


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The department of Family Practice is pleased to offer two-year, part-time, Clinical Scholar positions in family practice research. Applications are currently open for the year starting July 1, 2024.

CSP Brochure
CSP Application
CSP Mentorship Agreement

For the year starting July 1, 2025, applications will open July 1, 2024.

All components of the application must be submitted by the deadline and will not be accepted after the midnight deadline.

For further information, please contact the Clinical Scholar Program Assistant.

CSP Projects Past and Present

CSP Projects Past and Present

Year of EnrolmentClinician ScholarProject Title
2023-2025Leah NorgroveUnderstanding cervical cancer disease burden in Tanga, Tanzania: A cross sectional analysis of the first 3-years of screening outcomes at the Regional Referral Hospital.
2023-2025Kevin LiangProviding high-value, low-carbon primary care by changing prescription pattern.
2022-2024Daniel EvansWhat are barriers that family physicians on Vancouver Island perceive with respect to integrating Family Practice and Genetics.
2022-2024Melissa AragonAccess and Trust: A mixed methods study examining the impact of a low barrier primary care clinic among patients who are vulnerable in a rural setting.
2021-2023Pamela KryskowSafety Data from C1-5 of RTTKAT Program.
2021-2023Onuora OdohAssessing the Feasibility and Effectiveness of Family Physician-led Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program in Primary Care Setting.
2020-2022Jennifer LeavittScreening for Social Determinants of Health in Pregnancy.
2020-2022Karen GiangWhat are the treatment needs and priorities of young people with substance use disorders during the COVID-19 and opioid overdose pandemics?
2019-2021Timothy TeohWomen’s Experiences in Labour During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Qualitative Study. Experiences in Pregnancy during Pandemics: Qualitative systematic review and thematic synthesis.
2019-2021Matthew MoherImproving Antiretroviral Adherence and Care Engagement in Criminal Justice Involved People Living with HIV Upon Release from Corrections: Designing an HIV Release Checklist for Implementation at Regional Jail.
2017-2019Jani LarameeAnxiety/PTSD, Moral Distress, Impostor Syndrome and Suicidal Ideation Among Canadian Family Medicine Residents.
2017-2019Rahul GuptaHow and why do physician-led health coaching and mindfulness programs work when integrated into medical care?
2016-2018Ilona HalePrimary Prevention of Obesity in Infants at Routine Well-Baby Visits – A Pilot Study.
2016-2018Nitasha Puri Burden and Correlates of Mental Health and Substance Use Among South Asian Diaspora in the Greater Vancouver Area.
2015-2017Susan NouchCommunity based Hepatitis C treatment; marginalized inner city population.
2015-2017Mei-ling WiedmeyerFamily planning needs; refugee women.
2014-2016Melinda Zeron-MullinsBASIC (Boric acid, Alternative Solution for Intravaginal Colonization) Study.
2014-2016Piotr KlakowiczUnderstanding and addressing engagement of people living in Vancouver’s inner-city and of Aboriginal ancestry affected by illicit substance use, HIV and/or Hepatitis C.
2014-2016Adriaan WindtFamily Physician Physical Activity Prescription Study (FPPA-Rx Study).
2013-2015Maria HubinetteSeeing the Forest and the Trees: Toward a Comprehensive Health Advocacy Framework in Medical Education.
2012-2014Lynn FarralesImproving bereavement care for families affected by stillbirth.
2012-2014Anton RabienImproving the physician-patient cardiovascular disease risk dialogue.
2012-2014Launette RiebThe re-emergence of old injury pain during acute opioid withdrawal.
2012-2014Olivia TsengHow does interpersonal continuity impact non-elective hospitalization and preventive care among female breast cancer patients surviving 3 years or more in British Columbia, Canada?
2011-2013Shiroy DadachanjiA randomized single-blinded trial of a unicompartmental unloader brace in the treatment of concurrent knee osteoarthritis and meniscal injury.
2011-2013Rita McCrackenBest measures to assess the quality of urban inpatient hospital care provided by family practice physicians.
2010-2012Patricia GabrielA prospective longitudinal cohort of Government Assisted Refugees in British Columbia: Health care needs, health care utilization and health outcomes.
2010-2012Margaret ManvilleDoes cohorting elderly patients on a Transitional Care Unit in a community hospital improve functional and discharge outcomes?
2010-2012Kara SolmundsonExercise induced bronchoconstriction (EIB) – A barrier to exercise.
2009-2011Vanessa BrcicIdentifying poverty in family practice – Prospective testing of a proposed poverty screening tool for primary care.
2009-2011David JoyceAccuracy of screening for developmental delays in primary care settings.
2009-2011Maureen MayhewAccess to care by refugees after leaving the Bridge Clinic.
2009-2011Wendy NormanBetter contraceptive choices for marginalized women: Immediate vs. delayed insertion of Levonorgestrel-releasing Intrauterine contraception after second trimester abortion.
2008-2010Patricia BeldaImproving HIV care in Prince George, BC.
2008-2010Faye MacKayThe medical office assistant role: Can it modify outcomes in chronic disease care?
2007-2009Scott GarrisonMagnesium status and effect of Magnesium Infusions on nocturnal leg cramps.
2007-2009Vanita LokanathanWhat does it mean to live with diabetes in a rural, remote First Nations community in northern Canada?
2007-2009Sonia SinghFollow-up after low trauma fracture.
2006-2008Richard BeeverDo the new ‘far infrared’ saunas have measurable health benefits?
2006-2008Karin BlouwDepression in First Nations Elders.
2006-2008Vikki KingProbiotics for treating Bacterial Vaginosis.