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

Eric StulbergDr. Eric Stulberg was recently published in the American Academy of Neurology. Click here to read the press release highlighting his publication on "Does Your Neighborhood Affect Your Stroke Recovery?"

AlexanderThe research work of Alexander Zheutlin, MD, was recently highlighted by the American Heart Association Blog. In an analysis of clinical trials investigating interventions of high blood pressure, Dr. Zheutlin and his colleagues found that Black patients are markedly unrepresented, despite the fact that high blood pressure affects Black adults more than any other group in America. Dr. Zheutlin’s analysis paves the way for more inclusive studies and more specific intervention for Black adults with high blood pressure.

    • Alex is a recipient of Society of General Internal Medicine’s 2021 National Young Scholars in GIM Scholarship

KathleenKathleen Campbell, MD, MHSc recently presented a poster at the CNOC Virtual Meeting which was awarded Best Poster for the conference. Dr. Campbell's recognition demonstrates her rising star status in the national stage of the cardiac ND world.

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