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Research Training for Housestaff: Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) Program

The University of Colorado School of Medicine is one of the top residency programs nationwide to be awarded the prestigious Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) R38 Award through the National Institutes of Health.

This is a new and prestigious, highly competitive R38 Research Training Program funded by the NIH. 

Program Aims

The mission of the StARR Program is to recruit, train, and retain outstanding clinician-investigators focused on basic, clinical and/or translational research in heart, lung and blood disorders. The program will produce a pipeline of highly skilled and diverse resident-investigators who:

  • Will be competitive for future K38, T32, F-type, and K-type career development awards
  • Will be highly sought after for subspecialty fellowship
  • Will have an increased likelihood of retention as clinician-investigators in academic medicine

Program Overview

  • The StARR Program provides dedicated time during Residency for a in-depth mentored research experience
    • 80% of research time is funded by the NIH
    • 20% of clinical time is funded by the Residency Program
  • Mentorship, coaching and career development is provided with experienced and culturally competent dedicated faculty
  • Flexibility is built into the program, with the ability to accommodate a variety of interests - bench, translational or clinical research related to heart, lung and blood disorders

Program Benefits

  • StARR scholars are eligible for NIH Loan Repayment – up to $50,000 annually
  • $20,000 available per each StARR scholar for research development, workshops, conferences, and career development 
  • StARR scholars are more competitive for fellowships and future NIH funding (K38 and other career development awards)

Program Eligibility

Residents interested in having 12-24 months of dedicated time to complete significant research during residency should apply

  • Medicine, Medicine/Pediatrics, and Pediatrics Residents starting either PGY-2 or PGY-3 
  • Surgery Residents 6-12 months prior to their research training

Program Info Session

Principle Investigators

David Schwartz David A. Schwartz, MD
Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Immunology
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Steve AbmanSteve Abman, MD
Director, Pediatric Heart-Lung Center
Founder and Co-Director, Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Program
Professor of Pediatrics 
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Peter ButtrickPeter Buttrick, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Research Affairs,
S. Gilbert Blount Endowed Professor
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Program Contacts

Julia LimesJulia Limes, MD,
Interim Internal Medicine Residency Program Director
Adam RosenbergAdam Rosenberg, MD
Director, Pediatrics Residency Program
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Mark Nehler, MDMark Nehler, MD
Director, General Surgery Residency Program
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David Schwartz, MD
Program Director 

Jennifer Kemp, PhD
Associate Program Director

Paul Wood, MA
Program Manager
Sarah Miller
Business Coordinator


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