About CITAC

The initial idea to launch the Clinician Investigator Trainee Association of Canada emerged in April 2006, at an Annual Charles Scriver Meeting of Walter and Jessie Boyd & Charles Scriver - MD/PhD Studentship awardees. Attending students identified a need for an association that could address issues common to MD/MSc, MD/PhD and Clinical Investigator Program (CIP) trainees accross Canada.

In the fall of 2006, with formal support from the CIHR Institute of Genetics, approximately 40 trainees from MD, PhD and CIP programs accross Canada, along with key senior scientist advisors, met to develop plans for a national organization, including possible organizational models, mandate, elections plans and effective communication strategies.

An interim planning committee, consisting of representatives from each of the 12 training centres in Canada, was struck to further develop the Association and coordinate plans for an inaugural national meeting in September 2007.

Since then, CITAC mandate has been established and all institutions across Canada offering accredited MD+ clinician investigator trainins programs have been contacted, involved and represented. Annual meetings have been hosted each year and more than 200 trainees have registered as CITAC members.

CITAC is comprised of and governed solely by volunteer CI trainees. As such, all activities carried out by CITAC are in the interest of CI trainees and therefore do not generate a profit. Accordingly, as of May 2011, CITAC has officially attained federal not-for-profit status in Canada.

Mission Statement

The mission of the CITAC is to organize and promote activities that support clinician investigator trainees in Canada, with the intention to improve academic and post-graduate career opportunities, expand institutional and public awareness of clinician investigator programs and develop a nationally accessible information database of student and program development. CITAC aims to improve the early-career conditions of clinician investigators in order to expand and advance innovative research initiatives within Canada.

Goals

  • Expand institutional and public awareness of clinician investigator programs and campaign/lobby on identified issues affecting trainees.
  • Provide a forum and foster networking and mentorship activities for clinician investigator trainees across Canada.
  • Develop and maintain a nationally accessible database of student and program information and developments.
  • Document the career paths of Canadian trainees in order to better evaluate clinician investigator programs across the country.
  • Disseminate information to trainees through annual meetings, website, newsletter and publications.

Information Transfer & Collaboration

The CITAC will work towards collaboration for academic, research and educational purposes. This may include direct collaboration or sharing of materials for research purposes or the sharing of knowledge of research materials or techniques. This may also include items related to medical education and visiting studentships. The information transfer may be facilitated/encouraged through the annual meeting or through research topics/updates contributed by the members of the group. In the future, this may involve financial support for visiting studentships or for research funding. The goal should be to foster national and international sharing of information or research materials.

Mentorship

Through the various communication methods outlined above, the CITAC will foster mentorship for the purpose of helping trainees strategize and make decisions regarding their career development. In addition, this may include the transfer of research knowledge, recruitment for post-graduate positions (e.g. post-doc, residencies, etc) or personal consultations. By including clinician investigator trainees from various stages of training, as well as communicating with recent graduates, we hope to facilitate the vertical transfer of information and discussion.

Membership Benefits

CITAC Membership is free and offers many benefits, including:
  1. Member profile highlighting research interests, recent publications, and more.
  2. Networking opportunities with all Canadian MD+ trainees including annual meetings and online discussion forums.
  3. Immediate access to ad hoc mentorship from established clinician investigators in many areas of expertise.
  4. Discounted registration for the CITAC-ACCFC Annual General Meeting and Young Investigators Forum.
  5. Access to information about upcoming local and international events relevant to clinician investigators.
  6. Access to a variety of resources about career development and funding opportunities.
  7. Opportunities to provide input regarding the unique concerns of MD+ trainees.
  8. Involvement in administrative activities to help guide the future directions and mandates of CITAC-ACCFC.
  9. Eligibibility for Associate Membership in CSCI (Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation) at a reduced rate.
  10. Opportunity to publish in the Medline-indexed journal Clinical & Investigative Medicine.

Related Organizations


Canadian Soceity for Clinical Investigation (CSCI): http://www.csci-scrc.ca

The Association of Faculities of Medicine Canada (AFMC): https://www.afmc.ca

Friends of CIHR: http://www.fcihr.ca

Candian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS): http://www.cfms.org

CITAC Annual General Meeting 2015


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