The StARR program is designed to provide resident-investigators with a comprehensive, integrative, and formal career development experience with the goal of positioning them to become the next generation of leaders in academic medicine.
This career development training is achieved through pairing our resident-investigators with outstanding, dedicated mentors with extensive disease-specific research expertise and a wide array of cutting-edge approaches to research, and providing appropriate oversight of the mentor-mentee relationship.
Once the mentor and research project has been approved by the Internal Advisory Committee, the StARR scholar will initiate the research. It is expected that the mentor will meet 1:1 with the StARR scholar at least weekly. Less experienced residents may require additional research skill development prior to initiation of their research project.
Resident-investigator and their mentors will also participate in the Emerging Mentorship Program organized by the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI). Evidence-based strategies are used to teach mentor/mentee pairs the skills they need to get the most out of their mentoring relationships.
All StARR scholars are required to establish a Mentorship Committee, approved by the Internal Advisory Committee, at the outset of their research training. The StARR scholar will select 3–4 faculty to join their Mentorship Committee, which will meet four times a year. These faculty are in addition to the research mentor(s), are chosen by the StARR scholar, and should serve to provide unbiased support for the StARR scholar’s research, as well as appraisal of its progress.