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: Samuel Dotston

Jul 30
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Diary of a 2014 MSTAR Student: Samuel Dotston

Samuel Joshua Dotson, UNC School of Medicine One of the fundamental principles of geriatric medicine is physiologic diversity. The concept is based on the simple observation that people become more different from each other as they age. This necessitates individualized, patient-centered care rather than pre-calculated, algorithmic medicine. The increase of physiological diversity with age is the reason that pediatricians are always focused on percentile rankings and developmental milestones, while geriatricians often ignore the age in their patient’s chart. When we say that a patient is 18 months old, a strong predication can be made about their expected functional…

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