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:
- Family Medicine
- Internal Medicine
- Combined Medicine-Pediatrics
- Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Occupational Medicine
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.
Utah StARR Scholar News
Dr. Victoria Vardell was recently highlighted by the University of Utah's Department of Internal Medicine for her publication on the influence of race and ethnicity on leukemia survival. This report examined the largest cohort of underrepresented racial and ethnic minority CLL patients.
Her work was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, and can be accessed here.