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.

Katie Hunold: Lessons from the MSTAR Program

Sep 20
2:11 pm

Katie Hunold: Lessons from the MSTAR Program

Posted by Jillian Patton

My MSTAR summer experience at UNC Chapel Hill has ended, and looking back I am still energized by the experience. When I applied to the MSTAR program, I expected to gain valuable research experience. The MSTAR program more than satisfied this expectation. I am currently working on a paper for publication and I learned innovative data analysis techniques. I hope to continue research throughout my career. What I did not expect was the impact on how I want to practice medicine and hopefully contribute to the field. I met patients who were very open with me about their current medial…

View MoreREAD MORE



MSTAR Christopher Schifeling: A Summer in Summary

Sep 18
5:03 pm

MSTAR Christopher Schifeling: A Summer in Summary

Posted by Jillian Patton

What I Leave • The backbones to 7 online guides to help caregivers make decisions about symptoms in people with dementia What I Take • How to check readability with Microsoft Word – this post is at a Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level of 10.3 • How to keep people with dementia from wandering – try hiding items that remind them of leaving: keys, briefcases, walking shoes, etc. • How to recognize atypical illness in the elderly – MI without chest pain, pneumonia without fever, delirium, etc. • How to make a chocolate soufflé • How translating research into caregiver support is moving…

View MoreREAD MORE



MSTAR Kyle Roedersheimer: Ongoing Research Process

Sep 12
3:19 pm

MSTAR Kyle Roedersheimer: Ongoing Research Process

Posted by Jillian Patton

What I’ve learned about the research process is that it never ends. Even when you think it might be close to completion, you still have more work to do. We concluded enrollment and finished with 142 patients with data. After analyzing the data and working with my PI through the analysis, we determined we need more patients enrolled in the study to find any significant outcomes. Initially, I was frustrated, after hours and hours of work in the Emergency Department, we still came up short. After reflecting and multiple discussions with my PI, I have a renewed sense of…

View MoreREAD MORE



MSTAR Vanessa Danquah: Challenges and Rewards of Geriatrics

Sep 3
4:55 pm

MSTAR Vanessa Danquah: Challenges and Rewards of Geriatrics

Posted by Jillian Patton

My experience as an MSTAR scholar was life changing. The program opened my mind to the world of Academic Geriatrics. I found it inspiring to observe clinicians and researchers who were truly passionate about the challenging-but-rewarding field of geriatrics. MSTAR taught me invaluable lessons about the skill and dedication required to ensure optimal care for the aging population. I learned the importance of cultural competence, which can so deeply affect patient interactions. This experience actually motivated me to seek encounters with patients from demographics outside my comfort zone. I am more eager to learn about them and their cultures and…

View MoreREAD MORE



MSTAR Melissa Ludgate: Care Transitions

Aug 29
2:25 pm

MSTAR Melissa Ludgate: Care Transitions

Posted by Jillian Patton

“How many times do you get up to pee in the night?” “Do you ever not make it to the bathroom on time?” These are questions that I would never dare ask someone in everyday conversation, but it’s part of delivering great care at the Geriatric Specialty Clinic. After all, urinary incontinence is one of the geriatric syndromes; I’ve learned this during the summer along with a bundle of other information about the holistic aspects of geriatric care. Every visit starts out with a question about whether or not patients brought their…

View MoreREAD MORE





BACK TO TOPBACK TO TOP

STAY CONNECTED

LATEST TWEETS