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: 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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Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Saumya Bhutani

Sep 11
3:29 pm

Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Saumya Bhutani

Posted by Gemma Martinelli

Saumya Bhutani - UCLA UCLA MSTAR students on the night of our end-of-program reception/dinner One of the highlights of the MSTAR program was the opportunity to delve deeper into the clinical world of geriatrics. Such an opportunity is not available to most medical students during their preclinical years and so I was grateful for it. This exposure came in two forms: didactic lectures and shadowing placements. Two experiences particularly broadened my view on geriatrics and reaffirmed my interest in it.  The final didactic lecture at the UCLA MSTAR site was a physician panel of geriatricians. Each of the…

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Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Sophie Austin

Sep 10
3:24 pm

Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Sophie Austin

Posted by Gemma Martinelli

Sophie Austin, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University MSTAR Site: University of North Carolina Monday, June 1, 2015  10:40am: During undergrad, I participated in genetics research in a zoology lab. Although I enjoyed the bench research, once beginning medical school, I looked forward to gaining additional knowledge necessary to complete clinical research with human participants. My interests in geriatrics and patient-centered care made the “Daily Mouth Care to Prevent Pneumonia in Nursing Homes: A Systems-Level Approach” project an easy choice for a summer project with the MSTAR program at UNC. The study is led by Sheryl Zimmerman,…

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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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