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 2014 MSTAR Student: Sruti Brahmandam

Oct 16
12:49 pm

Diary of a 2014 MSTAR Student: Sruti Brahmandam

Posted by Suzanna Lee

Sruti Brahmandam, Northeast Ohio Medical University MSTAR Site: University of North Carolina I had a wonderful opportunity to participate in the 2014 MSTAR Program at the University of North Carolina during the summer in 2014. The UNC MSTAR Program demonstrated to me how all-encompassing the field of geriatrics can be. After reflection, I realized how geriatrics is incorporated into almost all fields of medicine. UNC conducted weekly didactic sessions about a variety of topics including geriatric psychiatry and physiology of aging. It was an academic enrichment for me to know how practicing in the field of geriatrics requires a thorough understanding…

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Diary of a 2014 MSTAR Student: Anupama Sundaram

Oct 16
11:26 am

Diary of a 2014 MSTAR Student: Anupama Sundaram

Posted by Suzanna Lee

  Anupama Sundaram, Northeast Ohio Medical University MSTAR Site: University of North Carolina   This past summer was the most rewarding experience I had as a medical student. It was very intimidating, at first, being in a new city, finding my way around town, and starting a new project. However, my MSTAR coordinators did an amazing job helping me become acquainted with the city and learn the transportation system.  After a few weeks, I felt right at home and was able to navigate and explore my new environment. I was privileged to work with Dr. Kistler and her…

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Diary of a 2014 MSTAR Student: Radhika Takiar

Oct 16
10:38 am

Diary of a 2014 MSTAR Student: Radhika Takiar

Posted by Suzanna Lee

Radhika Takiar, Northeast Ohio Medical University Inevitable Aging Although I once heard the saying, “Geriatricians are the happiest group of physicians,” I realized how accurate this statement was during this past summer. After a challenging year of learning the fundamentals necessary for a first year medical student, I received the amazing opportunity to learn from a handful of the most talented and compassionate physicians in the medical profession. Spending eight weeks at the Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, was quite possibly the most fulfilling and meaningful experience I could have received as a medicine aficionado.…

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Diary of a 2014 MSTAR Student: Anthony Liccini

Sep 19
3:12 pm

Diary of a 2014 MSTAR Student: Anthony Liccini

Posted by Suzanna Lee

Anthony Liccini, Saint Louis University School of Medicine My summer project through the MSTAR program has been truly memorable. I had the opportunity to work with Dr. John Morley and Dr. Theodore Malmstrom, two experts in the field of geriatrics, and investigate the negative effects of diabetes on the aging process. In addition, I was able to receive strong clinical exposure as I worked with patients at the Saint Louis University outpatient clinic. I encountered a variety of elderly, diabetic patients who were at different stages of aging.  I was amazed at how diabetes accelerated the aging process in…

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Diary of a 2014 MSTAR Student: Brock Polnaszek

Aug 12
12:04 pm

Diary of a 2014 MSTAR Student: Brock Polnaszek

Posted by Gemma Martinelli

  Brock Polnaszek, University of Wisconsin - Madison  My favorite clinical moment occurred during my experience with Dr. Sanjay Asthana at the University of Wisconsin Memory Assessment Clinic. I knew that the opportunity to work with a world renowned leader in Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease at such an early time point in my medical education was invaluable and it was all due to the MSTAR program. During the clinic, I took a particular interest in a husband/wife couple who came into clinic after their kids had noticed some changes in their mother’s cognitive function…

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