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: Nicholas Ashur

Jul 20
1:07 pm

Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Nicholas Ashur

Posted by Suzanna Lee

Nicholas Ashur, Georgetown University MSTAR Site: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Regardless of the specialty I eventually choose, aside from OB/GYN or pediatrics, my clinical experiences in geriatrics with MSTAR have been instrumental in my medical education. The well-documented surge in the population older than 65 ensures that the elderly will make up a significant portion of my patient demographic. Clinical opportunities this summer at the UNC Geriatrics Specialty Clinic and the Rheumatology Clinic have given me a stronger grasp of the complex care required by our older patients and the vital role of the geriatrician in…

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Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Yetunde Adekemi Fatade

Jul 14
10:31 am

Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Yetunde Adekemi Fatade

Posted by Suzanna Lee

Yetunde Adekemi Fatade, Drexel College of Medicine MSTAR Site: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill I am currently 4 weeks into the MSTAR program here at UNC and I can truly say the experiences I’ve had in these last four weeks are invaluable. One of the first things I was exposed to at my clinical sites was the concept of addressing end-of-life care in elderly patients. I realized very early on that the physicians did not simply address end-of-life care the same way for each patient, but rather tailored their conversation based on how well they knew…

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Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Jeffrey Brow (Part 2)

Jul 9
9:50 am

Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Jeffrey Brow (Part 2)

Posted by Suzanna Lee

Jeffrey Brow, University of New England MSTAR Site: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill After having completed five weeks of the AFAR MSTAR summer fellowship program, I can attest that this has been an incredibly positive experience. I have had an abundance of opportunities available to me that I would not otherwise be able to take advantage of. Perhaps most notable of these opportunities, is the capacity to shadow doctors of various specialties. I have typically been shadowing a doctor twice each week. I have shadowed in rheumatology, neurology, and in a geriatric specialty clinic. These experiences have been…

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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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