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: Fazila Aseem

Aug 20
3:05 pm

Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Fazila Aseem

Posted by Gemma Martinelli

Fazila Aseem (seated) with UAB faculty members Christine A. Curcio, Ph.D. (far left) and Cynthia Owsley, Ph.D. (Photo credit – UAB) I would like to thank the MSTAR program for providing me the opportunity to get involved in geriatric vision research and work with two brilliant scientists—Drs. Owsley and Curcio, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. As a part of my MSTAR fellowship this summer, I worked on a project to analyze the autofluorescence images of the Alabama Study on Early Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ALSTAR) patient cohort. Funded by the National Institute on Aging of…

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Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Linna Guan

Aug 18
8:52 am

Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Linna Guan

Posted by Gemma Martinelli

Linna Guan Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine My experience with MSTAR has been nothing but blessed. As my summer research comes to a close, I reflect back on my experiences this summer. I participated in the MSTAR program at my home institution, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. It was here I experienced two sides of geriatric medicine, the clinical and the basic science. One of the biggest signs of aging occurs on the skin. My research looked at UV photoaging and ways to assuage the effects of UV-induced skin damage. In my research, I learned not…

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Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Senmiao Zhan

Aug 13
10:07 am

Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Senmiao Zhan

Posted by Gemma Martinelli

Senmiao Zhan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Now that the MSTAR program has officially ended, I would like to discuss my experience in the program.  I think one of the biggest benefits of the program was the didactic sessions each Friday.  Since my research was in ophthalmology, I was not exposed to the general geriatric patients as much during my research and clinical time.  The didactic sessions each Friday gave me to opportunity to learn more about the geriatrics field and various challenges related to managing this patient population.  Personally, the talks on polypharmacy…

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Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Yetunde Adekemi Fatade

Aug 7
8:57 am

Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Yetunde Adekemi Fatade

Posted by Gemma Martinelli

Yetunde Adekemi Fatade Drexel College of Medicine MSTAR Site: UNC Chapel Hill As I now wrap up my MSTAR summer experience, I realize that most of my questions about the aging population and older adults have been answered not only by physicians or professors, but mostly by experiences. I also realize that my answered questions and patient experiences have now created a new, bigger question in my mind about what the real needs of our aging population are. As a medical student, my focus so far has been learning my basic sciences and how to identify medical issues, but this…

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Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Laura Pape

Jul 30
11:50 am

Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Laura Pape

Posted by Suzanna Lee

Laura Pape, St. Louis University School of Medicine I have enjoyed working with older adults for a long time and am very thankful that the MSTAR program allowed me to explore geriatric medicine after just one year of medical school. My research project placed me in the Geriatric Clinic at Saint Louis University, where I got to interact with many of the clinic’s physicians and staff. This was my first opportunity truly working in a busy clinic, so the first few days were spent largely learning to navigate the space and my role within it. This will…

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