Research opportunities

Supporting hands-on research

Dalhousie Medical School has a number of academic research programs to encourage medical students and residents to participate in all aspects of biomedical and health research.

Clinical Investigator Program (CIP)

Canada faces a shortage of clinican scientists and academic centres have a real need for this specially trained professional. Your training in this program consists of two or more years of research-intensive master of science (MSc) or PhD study.

You must already be a medical doctor and enrolled in a speciality or subspecialty training program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada at Dalhousie.

For more infromation about CIP and how to apply, visit the Faculty of Medicine's CIP website.

Clinical Scientist Graduate Program (CSGP)

The CSGP is designed for residents who will become clinical specialists, but who plan on pursuing careers as clinician scientists.

The program allows the MD graduate to concentrate primarily on thesis research in Medical Sciences and to bridge the gap between clinical and basic medical research. In addition, the program offers training in clinical research.

For more information on eligibilty and how to apply, visit the Faculty of Medicine's website.

Research opportunities for students

The diverse labs associated with Dalhousie Medical School can also provide experiences in clinical research, as many professors recruit student volunteers or hire students with grant money (as funding permits).

Below are some of the collaborative health- and medicine-related research projects and labs associated with Dalhousie Medical School:

Acute Research Unit - Dr. Stacey Ackroyd and other researchers have been developing this new emergency-care-related service. Acutely ill people coming through emergency and being enrolled in studies will be able to stay in this unit for monitoring and data collection after they are stabilized. The unit is expected to boost to doctors' ability to conduct emergency research.

Brain Repair Centre - researchers with appointments in Psychiatry, Pharmacology, Neurology, and other areas are working on three broad themes: neural transplantation, neuroimaging, and neuroprotection and drug development. The goals are better to understand brain function and develop new treatments for a variety of dysfunctions and impairments.

Radio Stereometric Analysis (RSA) - a vareity of researchers in the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Health and Human Performance are collaborating to refine assessments of outpatients following joint surgery. A device implanted in the joint during surgery allows for a more comprehensive view of joint function - allowing doctors to thereby more accurately assess a patient's progress and how soon he or she will need a follow-up appointment. This assessment technique is expected to reduce demand on the health-care system.