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Clinician Scientist Programme

Clinician Scientist Programme

The Clinician Scientist Programme is aimed at physicians who are in their specialist training, would like to conduct their own research project and would like to continue their scientific education within the framework of a structured training programme.

The programme has a two-stage structure and is divided into a basic and an advanced module. The advanced module is aimed at physicians who have already successfully acquired a third-party funded project or IZKF or Junior Project, or who have completed a post-doctoral stay abroad of at least 2 years, or who have successfully completed the basic module.

Applications for admission to the CSP may be made on an ongoing basis. The confirmation of rotation for the basic module does not have to be available at the time of application or at the start of the project. When applying for participation in the advanced module, the confirmation letter of the rotation must already be available at the time of application.

At the same time as the application deadlines for the Junior Projects, a rotation position for participation in the CSP (Advanced Module) can be applied for at the IZKF on an annual basis.

For the basic and advanced module:
  • successfully completed medical studies
  • successfully completed doctorate to Dr. med. or Dr. med. dent. at the time of entry into the Clinician Scientist Programme
  • own research project
  • suitable scientific environment, proven by an at least 2-fold LOM-listed third-party funding project of the head of institution or laboratory of the hosting institution as well as the members of the Mentoring Committee
  • in specialist training at the time of entry into the Clinician Scientist Programme

In addition, for the advanced module:

  • self-acquired IZKF- or third-party-funded project, or
  • at least a 2-year post-doctoral stay abroad, or
  • completion of the basic module

  • Protected research time of at least 12 months full-time (or equivalent in part-time), supplemented by a research time of 25% for a further 2 years or 50% for a further year (if necessary by clinic, flexible handling) → usually divided into 6 months basic module rotation and 12 months advanced module rotation; in case of direct entry into the advanced module or on request to complete solely within the framework of the advanced module.
  • Mentoring Commission consisting of at least 2 habilitated leaders of working groups from different clinics/institutes and proven in the respective field of research
  • Supervision agreement
  • Active participation in external congresses
  • Participation in network meetings
  • Participation in locally organized guest speaker seminars
  • Interdisciplinary training
  • Internal retreat
  • Annual project reports
  • Public relations
  • Funding of stays abroad within the framework of IZKF travel grants (only for IZKF-financed Clinician Scientists)

Basic Module Advanced Module
Start of programme Directly after admission Flexible up to 6 months preparation phase
Rotation rotation flexible, 6 months rotation at the latest 6 months after the start of programme
End of programme After 2 years at the latest or with admission to the advanced module End of programme with completion of the research project, the specialist training and proof of regular participation in the training modules