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Utah StARR

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:

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 contact Quinn Tanner, Program Manager if you are interested.

Utah StARR Scholar News

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Lauren Gimbel is our second Utah StARR scholar to graduate from the program. Lauren's research focus has been on maternal mental health outcomes, most recently examining maternal emotional dysregulation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Congratulations to Dr. Gimbel, and we are excited to see where her future clinical research takes her.

Program Directors

Kola Okuyemi, MD, MPH

Professor and Chair
Department of Family and Preventive Medicine
University of Utah Health

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Molly Conroy, MD, MPH

Professor and Division Chief
General Internal Medicine
University of Utah Health


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Contact Quinn Tanner
Phone: 801-587-9355