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Surgical Scientist Program


Department of Surgery
McGill University

The mission of the Surgical Scientist Program of the Department of Surgery is to train surgical scientists who will be the future leaders in academic surgery. The program funds one year of full-time research towards a graduate degree.

Please note that only RAMQ paid residents are eligible to apply to the Surgical Scientist Program.


All programs must be a minimum of 18 months in duration. The deadline for submission is April 1 for a July 1 start of the same year. However, as outlined below, residents must have also applied for an FRQS salary award (Master's or Doctoral Training for Applicants with a Professional Degree) and CIHR salary award (Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship) in the autumn of the previous year to be eligible to apply for the Surgeon Scientist program. For example, for a start date for the surgeon scientist program of July 1 2016, the applicant is required to have already applied for the FRSQ award in October 2015 and CIHR award in December. This is usually at the beginning of the PGY2 year.

Successful application for outside support will free up funds and allow us to support more residents.  

NOTE: FRSQ deadline is generally October 17, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. and CIHR deadline is October 4, 2016. These dates should be confirmed by the applicant.

The application must include all of the following:

  1. The Residents Training Module (SSP Training Module.pdf ), Residents CV Module (SSP Resident CV Module.PDF), and the NIH Biosketch CV Module for supervisor ( Once all documents are completed, please forward all documents as a single pdf file to Barbara Guido at by April 1st. 

  2. Proof of application for FRSQ funding from the October preceding their research program.  For example, the deadline would be October 15, 2015, if a resident plans to begin his/her research year in July 2016.  Only residents who have applied for FRSQ support will be considered for funding by the Surgical Scientist Program. The FRSQ site is: (Masters or Doctoral training for applicants with a professional degree). 

  3. Proof of  application for CIHR funding in the year preceding their research program. 

  4. Proof of application/admission to a Master’s or PhD program at McGill University. On the program websites each program may differ and degrees may include:

     a.  Experimental Surgery
    Experimental Surgery can include laboratory and clinical research. Two new streams within Experimental Surgery are the surgical education stream and the surgical innovation stream.

    b.  Epidemiology
    The application deadline is usually December of the year preceding the start of the degree.

    c.  Applications for graduate degrees in other McGill Faculties will be considered.

  1. Proof of application to the Clinician Investigator Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.  This is done through Dr. Marc Blostein (CIP Director, McGill) via e-mail: or 514-340-8222 ext 4793.

Please forward all documents as a single pdf file to Barbara Guido at: by April 1st. 

A progress report from successful candidates will be required by April 1 of the following year and must be acceptable to the committee to allow continuation of funding.

Click here for the Application for SSP Travel Funding (Excel file)


Liane S. Feldman, M.D.
Director, Surgical Scientist Program