Medical Education Research with the UCLA STAR Program
Young researchers starting in today's competitive environment need rigorous scientific training. The STAR Program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is a unique curriculum designed for optimal training of physician-scientists. Started in 1993, this program offers the opportunity to combine clinical fellowship or residency training with formal, advanced research training leading to a graduate degree, coordinated with clinical training.
Fellows/residents admitted to the STAR Program complete clinical training toward board certification in internal medicine, its subspecialties (including cardiology, digestive diseases, hematology/oncology, dermatology, endocrinology, pulmonary and critical care, rheumatology, infectious diseases, nephrology, and clinical immunology and allergy) or in other departments, including pathology, pediatrics, or one of the surgical disciplines (including Surgery, Obstetrics/Gynecology, or Ophthalmology).
In general, the STAR Program begins with approximately 12-24 months of clinical training, followed by research training in one of four research career tracks: