Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) Program


Garovic, Vesna D. M.D., Ph.D.
Nath, Karl A. M.D.


Award number — R38HL150086

The Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) Program recruits and retains outstanding health professionals during their residencies and provides them with mentored research opportunities. The program experience fosters participants' ability to progress toward earning individual career development research awards.

The StARR Program provides support for up to two years of dedicated research conducted by resident-investigators in a structured program with defined program milestones. Research opportunities pertain to the following specialties:

  • Internal medicine
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Pediatrics
  • Surgery

During the StARR Program, resident-investigators will:

  • Obtain mentored research training and experience as clinician-scientists
  • Publish first-author papers and present at peer-attended meetings
  • Develop grant-writing skills through mentoring

All StARR trainees are expected to write one grant application toward the end of the research period. Alternatively, they may pursue a K38 award; the StARR fellow's primary mentor and the program's Strategic Funding Office will provide guidance and structured support for the application process.

Ultimately, these two years of research should set up a firm base for continued productivity and success in biomedical research, through fruitful mentorship interactions and establishment of future research goals.

The academic home of the StARR Program is the Mayo Clinic Department of Internal Medicine. It is overseen by the Institutional StARR Committee in the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education.

Position availability

There are up to four total positions in this program. The current number of open positions changes regularly.


By the beginning date of the training grant appointment, appointees must have received a medical degree and completed at least the first year of an internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, or surgery residency at Mayo Clinic.

Appointees must also be citizens or noncitizen nationals of the United States or must have been legally admitted as permanent residents.

How to apply

For more information, contact Dr. Garovic at or Dr. Nath at

Student roster

Review the focus areas, mentors and publications of current and former trainees in the StARR Program.


  1. Ackerman, Michael J. M.D., Ph.D.
  2. Ashrani, Aneel A. M.D., M.S.
  3. Bakkum-Gamez, Jamie N. M.D.
  4. Benzo, Roberto P. M.D.
  5. Borlaug, Barry A. M.D.
  6. Burnett, John C. Jr. M.D.
  7. Carmona Porquera, Eva M. M.D., Ph.D.
  8. Chen, Horng H. M.D.
  9. Covassin, Naima Ph.D.
  10. Croghan, Ivana T. Ph.D.
  11. Dingli, David M.D., Ph.D.
  12. Dispenzieri, Angela M.D.
  13. Enders, Felicity T. Ph.D.
  14. Friedman, Paul A. M.D.
  15. Gajic, Ognjen M.D.
  16. Garovic, Vesna D. M.D., Ph.D.
  17. Katusic, Zvonimir S. M.D., Ph.D.
  18. Kennedy, Cassie C. M.D.
  19. Kirkland, James L. M.D., Ph.D.
  20. Kullo, Iftikhar J. M.D.
  21. Lerman, Lilach O. M.D., Ph.D.
  22. Limper, Andrew H. M.D.
  23. Lin, Grace M.D., M.B.A.
  24. Matveyenko, Aleksey Ph.D.
  25. Nath, Karl A. M.D.
  26. Pabelick, Christina M. M.D.
  27. Peikert, Tobias M.D.
  28. Pereira, Naveen L. M.D.
  29. Prakash, Prakash S. M.D., Ph.D.
  30. Redfield, Margaret M. M.D.
  31. Rodriguez-Porcel, Martin G. M.D.
  32. Sieck, Gary C. Ph.D.
  33. Singh, Prachi Ph.D.
  34. Somers, Virend M.D., Ph.D.
  35. Specks, Ulrich M.D.
  36. Stewart, Ebbie A. M.D.
  37. Terzic, Andre M.D., Ph.D.
  38. Tschumperlin, Daniel J. Ph.D.
  39. Wigle, Dennis M.D., Ph.D.