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Since 1934, Kern Medical has been training residents and
health care professionals in our community.

STAR Program

Surgery, Trauma, and ACS Research Program (STAR)


Our research program is aimed to contribute to clinical research efforts within the Surgery Department at Kern Medical. Research will be focused on surgical topics that support and promote high quality outcomes in research designed to enhance medical knowledge in surgery. Our program also aims to improve clinical practice knowledge and provide research assistants with invaluable exposure and shadowing opportunities in the following fields: Orthopedic Surgery, Urological Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Spine Surgery, Breast Surgery, Neurosurgery, Trauma and Acute Critical Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Podiatry, Hand, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, Gynecological Surgery, Oncology, Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery, and General Surgery.

Research Assistant Role:

  • Development of research questions
  • Complete literature review/bibliography
  • Achieving IRB approval
  • Abstract write-up
  • Poster creation and presentation
  • Publication submission
  • Developing methods
    • Creating data collection templates, executing data collection
    • Statistical analysis of data; statistician available for help
    • Discussion and conclusion write-up
  • Shadow Principal Investigators (as needed)

Minimum Requirements:

  • Commitment: 12 months and 4 hours per week
  • Minimum 3.2 GPA in current undergraduate/graduate/post baccalaureate program
  • Completion of STAR application
  • Resume or C.V.
  • Letter of intent (Optional)
  • Two letters of recommendation (Optional)
  • Interview and acceptance into the program
  • Complete the NIH Basic Human Subjects Research Training Course during onboarding

Lev Libet

Amber Jones, DO, MPH, FACS

Surgery Residency Program Director

Essam Hashem

Essam Hashem, BS

Head Research Assistant

For more information, please email