StARR Eligibility and Selection

To be eligible for the UCSF StARR program, residents should:

  • Be currently enrolled in a UCSF residency (non-UCSF residents are not eligible to join the UCSF StARR program)
  • Show evidence of interest in clinical or translational research (prior research experience in cardiovascular or pulmonary health is desirable but not required)
  • Have a strong interest in conducting research related to an aspect of cardiovascular or pulmonary health
  • Belong to a residency program or department that will co-sponsor their participation, including 20% salary and benefits during the StARR year

Of note, the departments of Medicine, Pediatrics and Anesthesia have already confirmed their co-support of medicine, pediatrics and anesthesia residents selected for StARR.

Scholar selection process

Scholar selection is designed to identify the most promising candidates as well as guide candidates in identifying mentors and developing preliminary research plans before the start of the StARR year. This approach ensures that residents begin the StARR program with at least one committed research mentor and a preliminary research plan already in place.

Residents are encouraged to contact co-Program Director Dr. Alison Huang for a preliminary informal consultation prior to submitting an application. Following this, promising candidates will pursue a two-stage application process:

Stage 1

During stage 1, which may take place during the summer or fall before the proposed StARR year (before November 1 preferred), applicants submit:

  • A one-page cover letter describing their clinical and research background, any prior research training, and current or future research interests
  • A resume or curriculum vitae emphasizing any past research training, experience, or products

Stage 2

Following review of materials from stage 1, promising applicants will be guided in preparing additional materials in the spring before the start of the StARR year, to ensure they have viable StARR research programs:

  • Two letters of support, at least one of which must be from the proposed primary research mentor confirming interest in mentoring the resident
  • A brief statement of eligibility/support from the applicant’s residency director (see attached template)
  • A 2-3-page research proposal synopsis describing the objectives, methods and expected outcomes of a proposed project (with input from the primary mentor)
  • An NIH-style biosketch summarizing education/training, research goals and any past contributions to science or research support

Before appointments are confirmed, stage 2 applications are reviewed by the Program Directors and Steering/Advisory Committee, who consider the qualifications of the resident, the experience or resources of the mentor, and the appropriateness of the research plan.

Residents from internal medicine or pediatrics seeking to pursue StARR via the short-track pathway are strongly encouraged to make preliminary inquiries by the end of internship, to ensure that they can pursue a program of clinical care and research that will lead to board eligibility.