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Utah StARR

Stimulating Access to Research in Residency

Utah Stimulating Access to Research in Residency

What is Utah StARR?


The Utah Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (Utah StARR) is designed to prepare outstanding residents for a career in academic medicine and clinical investigation by providing them with opportunities to learn and practice clinical, transitional, health service, and community-engaged research skills during their residency training. Utah StARR will provide an early "on-ramp" to research careers for competitive academic faculty positions.

Participating residency programs:

Photo collage of the Utah. StARR scholars and from Utah StARR events.

The program main components are: career mentoring, individual development plan, non-degree coursework,  research seminars, grant writing, pre-submission grant review, pre-award support and writing workshops. Click here for an overview of the Utah StARR resources.

Because the recruitment and training of clinician-researchers is such a high priority at the current time, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has implemented a loan-forgiveness program for doctors who commit to a career in clinical research. Individuals in the Utah StARR program may consider applying for the loan-forgiveness program when their residency is completed.

Additional information about the program or information on application procedures, please visit our application information page or email us at

You may also download and reference our informational slides for more information: /media/21071

UStARR Scholar Highlights

Scholar Highlight: RJ Williams Published in Science Advances

Utah StARR scholar Dr. RJ Williams' manuscript, "Integration of population-level data sources into an individual-level clinical prediction model for dengue virus test positively," has been accepted for publication in Science Advances. This publication, like his prior manuscripts, focuses on infectious disease surveillance from a global health perspective. RJ is currently completing his fourth year as an Internal Medicine resident working under Dr. Daniel Leung. He plans to pursue a career in Infectious Disease working within the realm of global health and neglected tropical diseases, and to continue focusing on employing sero-surveillance and other location specific parameters to develop a clinical prediction model for Dengue Virus. The link to the manuscript will be made available within the next several weeks. In the meantime, view Dr. Williams’ ORCiD profile here:

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Scholar Highlight: Boomer Olsen Accepted into ADA Scholars Program

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) Scholars Program is a career training program for early-career professionals who treat and/or research diabetes and its complications. Dr. Olsen shares on his UStARR scholar profile that, "As a person with type 1 diabetes, he has broad interests within both type 1 and type 2 diabetes research. His areas of focus have included diabetes genomics, beta-cell biology, novel therapeutics, management strategies, and clinical outcomes." During the course of a year, the ADA Scholars Program offers its participants practical guidance on career development, aids participants in networking and developing relationships with their peers in diabetes research, introduces them to senior leaders in the field, in-person programming training, and more. Utah StARR congratulates Dr. Olsen, and is excited to see how the ADA Scholars Program can further support his research goals.

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UStARR Scholar Presentations

Utah StARR Scholar Shares Her Experience with the Program

Kayla Jordanova

Utah StARR scholar and Family Medicine resident Kayla Jordanova shares her experience in Utah StARR.

Utah StARR Scholars Lead an Internal Medicine Grand Rounds

Victoria Vardell & Alex Zheutlin

University of Utah Internal Medicine Grand Rounds - 10/27/2022 - Dr. Victoria Vardell and Dr. Alex Zheutlin present "Future StARRs: Highlighting the Work of our Senior Residents in the Utah StARR Program"

Meet the Utah StARR Program Directors

Molly Conroy, MD, MPH

Professor and Division Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine

Molly Conroy MD, MPH is a Primary Care Provider and General Internist at the Madsen Internal Medicine Clinic. As a General Internist, her clinical interests include physical activity and lifestyle counseling, weight management, cardiovascular disease prevention, hypertension management, and women’s health. Dr. Conroy received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and her MD from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed an Internal Medicine residency in the Primary Care Track at the University of California, San Francisco and a General Internal Medicine Fellowship at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and recognized as a Fellow of both the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association.

Joseph Stanford, MD, MSPH, CFCMC

Professor and Vice President of Research, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine

Joe Stanford, MD, MSPH, CFCMC, is the Professor and Director of the Office of Cooperative Reproductive Health at the UofU School of Medicine and holds the George D. Gross and Esther S. Gross Endowed Professorship in Family and Preventive Medicine. With expertise in reproductive epidemiology, natural procreative technology, restorative reproductive medicine, natural family planning, women's health, and periconceptional/prenatal origins of health, he has led five preconception cohort studies. Stanford has contributed to national scientific advisory committees, including for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the Food and Drug Administration's Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health Drugs. Dr. Stanford also serves on the board of the International Institute for Restorative Reproductive Medicine.

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