The University of Colorado School of Medicine is one of the few institutions nationwide to be awarded the prestigious Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) R38 Award through the National Institutes of Health. This new research training program is open to residents in the Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Programs and begins July 2020.
The mission of the StARR Program is to recruit, train, and retain outstanding clinician-investigators focused on translational research in heart, lung and blood disorders. The program will produce a pipeline of highly skilled and diverse resident-investigators who:
Clinical training will continue throughout the two-year research training program and will be limited to 20 percent time and effort for the resident-investigator. At the completion of the residency training program in Medicine, Pediatrics, or Medicine-Pediatrics, all StARR scholars will be eligible for certification or endorsement by the oversight board.
In the first 4-6 months of the year preceding the StARR Program, prospective scholars will identify their proposed mentor and project that will ultimately be included in the application process.
Following acceptance into the program, StARR scholars will finalize their research plan and have it undergo review and approval by the Internal Advisory Committee before initiation of the research project.
The start-up phase of the research project will involve frequent interactions with the mentor, acquisition of specific research skills, and may require human use approval. It is expected that StARR scholars will meet with their mentor weekly as well have as quarterly meetings with the mentorship committee. Additionally, StARR scholars will create an Individual Training and Development Plan, attend weekly Research in Progress seminars and monthly Research Methods Conferences. In quarter three, StARR scholars will present at the Research in Progress seminar, and begin the preparation of their manuscript.
In the second year, StARR scholars will continue to refine their research project by continuing to meet weekly with their mentor as well as quarterly meetings with the mentorship committee. Scholars will attend weekly Research in Progress seminars and monthly Research Methods Conferences. In quarter three, StARR scholars will present at the Research in Progress seminar, and will refine their manuscript. The Individual Training and Development Plan will be revaluated, while specific leadership training and guidance on the Pre-K program will also be implemented.