Utah StARR

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:

The program main components are: career mentoring, individual development plan, non-degree courseworkresearch seminars, grant writing, pre-submission grant review, pre-award support and writing workshops.

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 contact Madeline Romney, Program Manager if you are interested.

Utah StARR Scholar News

The Utah StARR team is pleased to announce Dr. Kathleen Campbell as the first scholar to complete the Utah StARR Program. Dr. Campbell was awarded a Developmental Pediatrics Fellowship with the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Campbell's final year in the Utah StARR Program focused on completing her StARR research blocks, publishing multiple papers, and research projects. Dr. Campbell was awarded "Best Trainee Poster" for her submission to the 9th Annual Scientific Sessions of the Cardiac Neurodevelopment Outcome Collaborative. Dr. Kola Okuyemi and Dr. Molly Conroy are proud of the exemplary work and relationships created by Dr. Campbell during her time within the Utah StARR Program. The Utah StARR team looks forward to watching Dr. Campbell's progress in the next chapter of her research-investigator career!

Program Directors

Dr. Okuyemi, MD, MPH
Kola Okuyemi, MD, MPH
Professor and Chair
Department of Family and Preventive Medicine
University of Utah Health

Molly Conroy, MD, MPH
Professor and Division Chief
General Internal Medicine
University of Utah Health


Contact Madeline Romney
Email: UtahStARR@utah.edu
Phone: 801-581-7818