University of Texas - Stimulating Access to Research in Residency

The University of Texas - Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (UT-StARR) program is a mentored residency research training program funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) R38 grant mechanism. It is designed to recruit and train a diverse group of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residents that will become the next generation of M.D.-investigators conducting laboratory-based, translational, clinical, or population health research to detect, treat, and prognosticate diseases affecting the heart, lungs, and blood of diverse populations throughout the lifespan.


Eligible candidates must meet NIH criteria as a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and must have matched to the Internal Medicine Residency Program or the Pediatrics Residency Program. Years of training will be between PGY1 and 2, or between PGY 2 and 3. At least one year and up to 2 years of research is funded. Given that the purpose of the R38 funding mechanism is to stimulate recruitment and retention of M.D. physicians into research-related careers, not all candidates will have had experience in research. In fact, we encourage applications from residents that are interested in a research career but have no prior experience. Eligible candidates must demonstrate a clear desire to pursue a career path involving research investigation. It is intended that trainees that complete this program go on to subspecialty fellowships that continue career development in both clinical and research training. 

Relationship with other Residency Training Programs

The R38 training grant opportunity will leverage and in fact complement the Training Resident Doctors as Innovators in Science (TARDIS)Internal Medicine Physician Scientist Training Program (IM-PSTP), and Physician Scientist Training Program in Pediatrics (PSTP2) training programs we currently have available for our residents. The intent is to feed the pipeline of physician investigators that stay in research and commit to a research fellowship such as the T32 after finishing any of these training programs.

graphic image showing relationship of UT-StARR program to other Residency Training Programs
UT-StARR Relationship with other Training Programs