McMaster University

McMaster University

Surgeon Scientist Program (SSP)

OverviewMcMaster Surgeon
Scientist Program

The McMaster Surgeon Scientist Program (SSP) operates as part of McMaster's pre-established Clinician Investigator Program (CIP), a Royal College accredited postgraduate research training program. Operating within the Department of Surgery, the McMaster SSP provides excellent research training for surgical residents, while encouraging the pursuit of careers in academic surgery. Research training opportunities for surgical residents are made available through McMaster's medical, biochemical and world-renowned clinical epidemiology research programs. Additionally, the SSP provides a framework for the pursuit of graduate studies within the course of residency, as well as secure funding at the PGY level of entry into the program.


McMaster University Surgeon Scientist Program

Research may be pursued in four main areas:

  • Basic Science
  • Clinical Epidemiology/Health Research Methodology
  • Medical Education/Medical Administration/Health Services Research
  • Biotechnology/Innovation

The McMaster SSP assists in identifying faculty members within the Faculty of Health Sciences who would serve as research supervisors, all of whom would have sufficient space and funds to support the SSP trainee. Each trainee would have a graduate student committee formed in accordance with the rules of the graduate program. The supervisor would serve as chair, and the committee would meet roughly twice a year. The minutes for each meeting would be forwarded to the division chair, program director and Associate Chair of Research. In-Training Evaluation Reports would also be completed through CIP.

Surgeon Scientist Program Brochure

Congratulations to:

  • Nathan Evaniew (PGY4 Orthopaedic Surgery; 2013 CIP/SSP cohort), the recipient of a CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship-Doctoral Award (CGS-D)! The CGS-D is intended to recognize and support students pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field in Canada, and who are "expected to have an exceptionally high potential for future research achievement and productivity" (from ResearchNet).
  • Iqbal Jaffer (PGY3 Cardiac Surgery; 2013 CIP/SSP cohort) and Mike Livingston (UWO; 2014 McMaster CIP/SSP cohort), authors of the two top-rated abstracts (oral and poster presentations, respectively) at the 2015 CIP-FHS Research Plenary.

Our 2016 CIP/SSP Cohort:

  • Colm McCarthy (PGY3 Orthopaedic Surgery), Master of Health Science Education Program at McMaster.
  • Yuding Wang (PGY3 Urology), Master of Health Science Education Program at McMaster.

Important Dates & Upcoming Events:

2015-16 Surgeon Scientist Program Lecture Series: Stay tuned! Will be updated shortly.


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