Clinical Scientist Training & Research Program

The Clinical Scientist Training and Research (C-STAR) Program is a track for medical residents who wish to pursue a career in academic medicine in clinical or outcomes research. Working with a mentor, the resident will complete a clinical research project and/or write a grant proposal. The C-STAR program enables residents to have protected time in their schedule for research and to attend the "Designing Outcomes and Clinical (DOC) Research" Course. It does not provide additional funding for resident research.


C-STAR participants have a specially designed schedule during the fall of their second or third year. The block is 16 weeks and includes the following:


  • Non-call rotations, permitting the residents to take one or more graduate level courses
  • "Designing Outcomes and Clinical (DOC) Research" Course
  • Residents may also elect to take Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Three months of protected research time (the maximum allowed by the American Board of Internal Medicine)
  • One block of clinical electives


For the remainder of the residency, their clinical experiences are identical to those of the other categorical residents and meet all requirements of the American Board of Internal Medicine.


Applications for C-STAR are made in the fall of the PGY-1 of PGY-2 year. Residents participating in the Mentors in Medicine Program may also participate in C-STAR.


Applications are due December 1. Please click here to download the application. For questions, contact Dr. Brian Gage at

Washington University School of Medicine

Division of General Medicine

Campus Box 8121

660 S. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110

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