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 Maribel Cedillo, Program Manager if you are interested.

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 Maribel Cedillo, MS
Email: UtahStARR@utah.edu
Phone: 801-581-7818