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The Specialty Training and Advanced Research (STAR) Program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is a unique program designed for optimal training of physician-scientists. The program offers the opportunity to combine clinical fellowship or residency training with formal, advanced research training. Learn more » 

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Career Tracks

Track 1. Basic Science (PhD)


Track 2. Health Services/Outcomes Research (PhD)


Track 3. Clinical Research (MSCR)


Track 4. Postdoctoral Research (for MD/PhD graduates)

"As the first Infectious Diseases fellow in the UCLA STAR Program, I was strongly encouraged to customize my training to fit my interests and develop my career to support my future study of malaria and other tropical infectious diseases... My recent successes in deciphering the mechanisms of human resistance to malaria in Africa, and parasite resistance to multiple antimalarial drugs in Southeast Asia, all stem from the (STAR) Program's initial challenge to me: find the best place in the world to do malaria research, then go there and become the best malariologist you can be."


Rick Fairhurst MD, PhD

Chief, Malaria Pathogenesis and Human Immunity Unit, Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research
NIH MD/PhD Partnership Training Program
NIAID, National Institutes of Health

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