Diary of an MSTAR Student
Diary of an MSTAR Student

The MSTAR Program encourages medical students to consider a career in academic geriatrics by providing summer research and training opportunities. Follow these students as they journey through new experiences in the lab, classroom, and clinic.  Click here to read entries from previous years.

Diary of an MSTAR Student: Michael Gehring

Aug 18
1:12 pm

Diary of an MSTAR Student: Michael Gehring

Posted by Gemma Martinelli

Home Institution: Medical College of Wisconsin MSTAR Site: Medical College of Wisconsin & Clement J. Zablocki Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center Storytelling sits at the cornerstone of society’s culture. This art form shares experiences, instills morals, and preserves traditions.  As part of my MSTAR experience, I was fortunate to be involved in two research studies, one of which allowed me to listen to the stories of surgical patients. Specifically, I listened to the stories of older adults after their surgical procedures, as our research team explored their perceptions about recovery after high-risk operations. Through their storytelling,…

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Diary of an MSTAR Student: Julianna Ricco

Aug 8
10:43 am

Diary of an MSTAR Student: Julianna Ricco

Posted by Gemma Martinelli

Julianna Ricco Home Institution: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University MSTAR Site: Johns Hopkins University I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to explore geriatrics through the MSTAR program. Currently in my last week of the program at Johns Hopkins, I look back on my summer and wish I had more time to learn and enjoy being with the great people I have met here. However, I carry forward with me a rejuvenated passion for medicine, especially in working with older adults. On my first day arriving on campus, I was informed of all the…

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Diary of an MSTAR Student: Sung (Richard) Park

Aug 2
12:08 pm

Diary of an MSTAR Student: Sung (Richard) Park

Posted by Gemma Martinelli

Home Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill MSTAR Site: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Several weeks prior to the beginning of my MSTAR experience, my mentor spoke with me about what I can expect to gain from my summer research.  I was promised ample opportunity to learn from the best geriatricians, many hours of patient contact, and new insights into what it’s like to conduct clinical research.  Looking back at my time as an MSTAR student, I am happy to say that I experienced all of the above and much more. …

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Diary of an MSTAR Student: Justin Shortell, Part 2

Aug 1
11:19 am

Diary of an MSTAR Student: Justin Shortell, Part 2

Posted by Gemma Martinelli

Justin Shortell Home Institution: University of Hawaii - John A. Burns School of Medicine MSTAR Site: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill   Diary Entry #2: Research Grind and Team Work in Medicine After finishing my 6th week here at UNC Chapel Hill I am both excited for the two weeks to come and at the same time sad that I am already 3/4th of the way done with my stay here. The first month was a great time, but there was a myriad of new experiences just in these last two weeks in both my research and my clinical…

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Diary of an MSTAR Student: Allen Tsai

Jul 27
9:42 am

Diary of an MSTAR Student: Allen Tsai

Posted by Gemma Martinelli

Home Institution: Northeast Ohio Medical University MSTAR Site: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Foot Structure and Function in Geriatric Populations This entry marks the fourth week of my MSTAR experience here at UNC Chapel Hill. I am currently working with Dr. Yvonne Golightly at the Thurston Arthritis Research Center to examine associations between foot deformities and lower limb physical function. As we age, our bodies inevitably change with negative physical consequences. The literature has done well in extensively investigating many components involved in lower limb degeneration such as in the hip, knee, and musculature. However, there has been…

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