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 a 2015 MSTAR Student: Senmiao (Mimi) Zhan

Jul 2
9:09 am

Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Senmiao (Mimi) Zhan

Posted by Suzanna Lee

Senmiao (Mimi) Zhan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Who are the older adults and how should we take care of them?  Although the WHO classifies older adults as anyone older than 65, the way aging affects a person varies greatly depending on the individual.  I remember asking an elderly patient when she started to feel that she was getting old, and was told that you start getting old when you start to feel old.  Before the start of the MSTAR program, I did not think taking care of an older patient would differ significantly from a…

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Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Jeffrey Brow

Jun 17
5:30 pm

Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Jeffrey Brow

Posted by Suzanna Lee

Jeffrey Brow, University of New England MSTAR Site: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill My experience in North Carolina got off to somewhat of a rocky start, as my housing, which I had independently arranged, did not pan out as expected. Fortunately, I was put in connection with a first year medical student who spread the word about my predicament and enabled me to get settled in with time to spare. This was the first of numerous positive experiences I have had in my first two weeks with the students and staff at UNC-Chapel Hill. I approached my first…

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Diary of a 2014 MSTAR Student: Sruti Brahmandam

Oct 16
12:49 pm

Diary of a 2014 MSTAR Student: Sruti Brahmandam

Posted by Suzanna Lee

Sruti Brahmandam, Northeast Ohio Medical University MSTAR Site: University of North Carolina I had a wonderful opportunity to participate in the 2014 MSTAR Program at the University of North Carolina during the summer in 2014. The UNC MSTAR Program demonstrated to me how all-encompassing the field of geriatrics can be. After reflection, I realized how geriatrics is incorporated into almost all fields of medicine. UNC conducted weekly didactic sessions about a variety of topics including geriatric psychiatry and physiology of aging. It was an academic enrichment for me to know how practicing in the field of geriatrics requires a thorough understanding…

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Diary of a 2014 MSTAR Student: Anupama Sundaram

Oct 16
11:26 am

Diary of a 2014 MSTAR Student: Anupama Sundaram

Posted by Suzanna Lee

  Anupama Sundaram, Northeast Ohio Medical University MSTAR Site: University of North Carolina   This past summer was the most rewarding experience I had as a medical student. It was very intimidating, at first, being in a new city, finding my way around town, and starting a new project. However, my MSTAR coordinators did an amazing job helping me become acquainted with the city and learn the transportation system.  After a few weeks, I felt right at home and was able to navigate and explore my new environment. I was privileged to work with Dr. Kistler and her…

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Diary of a 2014 MSTAR Student: Radhika Takiar

Oct 16
10:38 am

Diary of a 2014 MSTAR Student: Radhika Takiar

Posted by Suzanna Lee

Radhika Takiar, Northeast Ohio Medical University Inevitable Aging Although I once heard the saying, “Geriatricians are the happiest group of physicians,” I realized how accurate this statement was during this past summer. After a challenging year of learning the fundamentals necessary for a first year medical student, I received the amazing opportunity to learn from a handful of the most talented and compassionate physicians in the medical profession. Spending eight weeks at the Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, was quite possibly the most fulfilling and meaningful experience I could have received as a medicine aficionado.…

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