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: Justin Shortell

Jul 14
9:03 am

Diary of an MSTAR Student: Justin Shortell

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 #1: Modern Medicine Causing ‘New’ Problems in our Aging Population As I am starting my 4th week conducting research at UNC Chapel Hill, I am more than satisfied with the program that I have signed up for. I was a little worried about leaving Hawaii for over a month for the first time in my life, but the friendly environment of the UNC Chapel Hill community put me at ease right away. I…

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Diary of an MSTAR Student: Katie Bedard

Jul 14
8:40 am

Diary of an MSTAR Student: Katie Bedard

Posted by Gemma Martinelli

Katie Bedard Home Institution: New York Medical College MSTAR Site: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill I am currently in the first few weeks of my MSTAR summer fellowship that is sponsored by the American Federation for Aging Research. I am very excited and thankful to have been offered this opportunity. On my first day, arriving at such a large institution as Chapel Hill, I was worried about finding my place and settling in. I found I had absolutely nothing to worry about. I was warmly welcomed to a very organized program where my success was a priority. I…

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Diary of an MSTAR Student: Ashley Oskardmay

Jul 13
5:30 pm

Diary of an MSTAR Student: Ashley Oskardmay

Posted by Gemma Martinelli

Ashley Oskardmay Home Institution: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill MSTAR Site: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Factors in Caring for Geriatric Patients This summer, I am working with Dr. David A. Chesnutt and Dr. Stephen Laux to examine the link between chronic inflammation and subjective visual function. If a relationship exists, this could help us to find a potentially modifiable target to guide therapy for older adults with declining vision. Additionally, we are interested in how chronic systemic inflammation modulates the link between social factors, such as isolation, and vision problems.   My interest in aging…

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Diary of an MSTAR Student: Samantha Sabban

Jun 30
10:16 am

Diary of an MSTAR Student: Samantha Sabban

Posted by Gemma Martinelli

Samantha Sabban Home Institution: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - Bradento MSTAR Site: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Geriatric Foot Care I am currently in the middle of my fourth week in the MSTAR program at the University of North Carolina.  It has been so great to be back at my alma mater!  I always loved Chapel Hill in the summertime. The past few weeks have been such a great learning experience.  I am currently working on a geriatric foot care project. The feet are commonly overlooked in medical and nursing education practice. However,…

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Diary of an MSTAR Student: Courtney Maloney

Oct 19
1:07 pm

Diary of an MSTAR Student: Courtney Maloney

Posted by Gemma Martinelli

Courtney Maloney, 2015 UC San Diego MSTAR Student   After taking a small group course in undergrad on aging, death, and dying, I became interested in the subject of aging and working with elders. Between my sophomore and junior I founded Bears for Elder Welfare (the Bear being the UC Berkeley’s mascot) a student-run organization dedicated to educating the campus and wider community on issues in aging and volunteering with the local elder community. Entering medical school I wanted to further pursue my interest in aging so I am so grateful for this opportunity to participate in geriatrics…

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