American Board of Pediatrics Accelerated Research Pathway

This program is designed to accommodate candidates committed to an academic career as a physician-scientist. This pathway includes two years of pediatric training followed by four years of subspecialty training. There is no requirement for prior research training.

American Board of Pediatrics Integrated Research Pathway

Individuals may apply for this pathway during the first nine months of the PL-1 year. This pathway is open to individuals with the PhD degree or others who demonstrate equivalent prior research experience. The training in most instances will include 24 months of pediatric clinical rotations and up to 11 months of integrated research time. This pathway is designed to foster development of physician-scientists.

StARR Program (Stimulating Access to Research in Residency) 

  • Prestigious, highly competitive R38 research training program funded by the NIH
  • Up to two years for research training, mentorship, and career development
  • All types of research related to heart, lung, and blood disorders
  • StARR scholars eligible for NIH loan repayment up to $50,000 annually
  • StARR scholars have $20,000 available for research development, workshops, conferences, and career development
  • Annual salary is covered by the grant
  • StARR scholars are more competitive for fellowships and future NIH funding (K38 and other career development awards).

The mission of the STARR program is to recruit, train and retain outstanding clinician-investigators focused on research related to heart, lung, and blood disorders. The program is flexible with the ability to accommodate a variety of interests – bench, translational or clinical research.

Research year(s) can occur after the PGY1 or PGY2 year.

Please let the residency program know of your interest in this program during your recruitment visit and reach out to PD, Adam Rosenberg, MD ( 

Pediatric Physician Scientist Training Program (PPSTP)

Our Mission:

The mission of the Pediatric Physician Scientist Training Program (PPSTP) at Children’s Hospital Colorado is to develop the next generation of independent pediatric physician scientists. Within the environment of excelling as a pediatric clinician, the program provides mentoring, educational programming, and an extensive scientific community grounded in a top 10 pediatric hospital to encourage our residents to be innovative, thoughtful, and advance the field of pediatric medicine.

Program Goals:

  • To produce the next generation of pediatric physician scientists through the Pediatric Residency at the University of Colorado.
  • Develop a community of physician scientists and colleagues that will provide ongoing mentorship and support for pediatric residents with a desire to develop research careers.
  • To recruit and retain pediatric residents with a focus on cultivating a career in clinical, translational, population or basic science research.

What does the program offer?

The University of Colorado Department of Pediatrics  has a history of developing outstanding physician-scientists. The Department is committed to developing and nurturing the careers of future academicians in all areas of biomedical investigation, from bench to bedside to population sciences. The Anschutz Medical Campus, coupled with the  Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) provide an outstanding, state-of-the-art environment for trainees to obtain clinical and research training.  

We offer:

  • A community of scientists interested in development of research careers
  • Diverse Mentorship from scientists, physician scientists and physicians
  • Scholarly oversight and support
  • Social gatherings for unstructured mentorship and community development
  • Monthly seminars on career development and scientific concepts
  • Opportunity to complete the integrated research pathway, accelerated research pathway or traditional residency training program (Residency options).
  • Small grant funding for research by PPSTP members
  • Children’s Hospital Colorado has a wide variety of high caliber pediatric subspecialty fellowship training opportunities (Fellowship programs)
  • Yearly PPSTP retreat, with full coverage of service

What are we looking for?

We are searching for candidates with the potential to become excellent clinicians, who are highly committed to an academic career, and who have substantive and productive prior research experience (eg, MD/PhD trainees and MD-only students with significant research experience).


  • All newly matched interns with MD/PhDs
  • Residents who are doing an additional year of research during pediatric residency training via the R38 StARR program  
  • Residents who have substantial research and publication experience
  • All applicants must have a commitment to and potential for academic research careers.

Director of the PPSTP program: 


Edwin F. de Zoeten M.D., Ph.D. (he/him/his)
Hoover Family Endowed Chair for Digestive Health and Nutrition
Co-Director-Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center-Children’s Hospital Colorado
Associate Professor of Pediatrics- University of Colorado School of Medicine

Dr. de Zoeten is a Pediatric Gastroenterologist who specializes in the care of patients with inflammatory bowel diseases. He completed his residency at the Children’s Hospital Colorado followed by fellowship at the Children’s Hospital Philadelphia. He has been a faculty member at the University of Colorado since 2010. Dr. de Zoeten oversees a laboratory that studies the role of cell stress on development of regulatory T cells and is currently funded by the NIH, the Department of Defense and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.

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