NHLBI StARR ON HOLD: We are awaiting word from the NHLBI on whether additional scholar appointments can be made for this program in 2022-2023.

Our NHLBI-funded StARR program is designed to support residents interested in clinical or translational research to improve prevention, detection, or management of cardiovascular, pulmonary, or hematologic health conditions.

Research, Mentorship and Training

Research and mentorship

The StARR program supports a broad range of clinical and translational research, including early translational research involving human tissues, clinical epidemiology and interventional studies, population science research, and implementation or dissemination research designed to translate scientific discoveries into real-world settings.

Residents work with the StARR program directors to identify an appropriate portfolio of research relevant to their research and career goals, with an emphasis on scientific rigor and innovation, clinical or public health relevance, and feasibility within the context of residency.

Prior to the StARR year, residents identify a primary research mentor and associate project mentor with the guidance of the StARR program directors. More than 50 senior and mid-level faculty have already expressed interest in serving as mentors for StARR residents, but other faculty mentors may be identified with the help of the program directors.

Training experiences

The StARR program supports rigorous methodological training to enable residents to design and carry out high-impact research studies, compete successfully for future research support, and launch future successful careers as clinician investigators.

Residents who do not already have methodological training in research are encouraged to pursue structured training during their StARR year, such as the one-year Advanced Training in Clinical Research program or the Implementation Science certificate program.

Residents who already have substantive methodologic training should work with the StARR program directors to identify more selective training experiences appropriate to their research and career goals.

StARR scholars also take part in multidisciplinary career development workshops to improve their scientific writing skills, foster their ability to work effectively within research teams, prepare them to give effective research presentations and foster their grant-writing skills.