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 2015 MSTAR Student: Laura Pape

Jul 30
10:50 am

Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Laura Pape

Laura Pape, St. Louis University School of Medicine I have enjoyed working with older adults for a long time and am very thankful that the MSTAR program allowed me to explore geriatric medicine after just one year of medical school. My research project placed me in the Geriatric Clinic at Saint Louis University, where I got to interact with many of the clinic’s physicians and staff. This was my first opportunity truly working in a busy clinic, so the first few days were spent largely learning to navigate the space and my role within it. This will…

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Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Jeffrey Brow (Part 3)

Jul 28
10:09 am

Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Jeffrey Brow (Part 3)

Jeffrey Brow, University of New England MSTAR Site: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill I have just completed my summer fellowship with the AFAR MSTAR program. I am extremely grateful that I was provided the opportunity to meet so many driven individuals and be at such an impressive university. I was thoroughly impressed with the faculty who assisted me in my endeavors at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Whether it was the abundance of renowned clinicians in geriatric medicine or simply the organizational infrastructure that exists to ensure the MSTAR students have a successful experience, I was truly…

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Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Scott Morin

Jul 28
10:09 am

Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Scott Morin

Scott Morin, University of New England MSTAR Site: Harvard Medical School My first year at medical school was a huge exploration year in terms of my interest in areas of medicine. Not until I discovered the MSTAR program did I realize how much I had gravitated towards clubs, professors, volunteer opportunities, and mentors involved in geriatrics throughout the year. This summer has only boosted my excitement to pursue more opportunities in geriatrics medicine with the firm knowledge base, research/clinical experience, and mentors that I gained through the MSTAR program.  I will be finishing the program with an extremely…

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Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Nicholas Ashur

Jul 20
12:07 pm

Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Nicholas Ashur

Nicholas Ashur, Georgetown University MSTAR Site: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Regardless of the specialty I eventually choose, aside from OB/GYN or pediatrics, my clinical experiences in geriatrics with MSTAR have been instrumental in my medical education. The well-documented surge in the population older than 65 ensures that the elderly will make up a significant portion of my patient demographic. Clinical opportunities this summer at the UNC Geriatrics Specialty Clinic and the Rheumatology Clinic have given me a stronger grasp of the complex care required by our older patients and the vital role of the geriatrician in…

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Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Yetunde Adekemi Fatade

Jul 14
9:31 am

Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Yetunde Adekemi Fatade

Yetunde Adekemi Fatade, Drexel College of Medicine MSTAR Site: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill I am currently 4 weeks into the MSTAR program here at UNC and I can truly say the experiences I’ve had in these last four weeks are invaluable. One of the first things I was exposed to at my clinical sites was the concept of addressing end-of-life care in elderly patients. I realized very early on that the physicians did not simply address end-of-life care the same way for each patient, but rather tailored their conversation based on how well they knew…

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Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Jeffrey Brow (Part 2)

Jul 09
8:50 am

Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Jeffrey Brow (Part 2)

Jeffrey Brow, University of New England MSTAR Site: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill After having completed five weeks of the AFAR MSTAR summer fellowship program, I can attest that this has been an incredibly positive experience. I have had an abundance of opportunities available to me that I would not otherwise be able to take advantage of. Perhaps most notable of these opportunities, is the capacity to shadow doctors of various specialties. I have typically been shadowing a doctor twice each week. I have shadowed in rheumatology, neurology, and in a geriatric specialty clinic. These experiences have been…

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Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Senmiao (Mimi) Zhan

Jul 02
8:09 am

Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Senmiao (Mimi) Zhan

Senmiao (Mimi) Zhan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Who are the older adults and how should we take care of them?  Although the WHO classifies older adults as anyone older than 65, the way aging affects a person varies greatly depending on the individual.  I remember asking an elderly patient when she started to feel that she was getting old, and was told that you start getting old when you start to feel old.  Before the start of the MSTAR program, I did not think taking care of an older patient would differ significantly from a…

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