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: Fazila Aseem

Aug 20
2:05 pm

Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Fazila Aseem

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
7:52 am

Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Linna Guan

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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Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Senmiao Zhan

Aug 13
9:07 am

Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Senmiao Zhan

Senmiao Zhan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Now that the MSTAR program has officially ended, I would like to discuss my experience in the program.  I think one of the biggest benefits of the program was the didactic sessions each Friday.  Since my research was in ophthalmology, I was not exposed to the general geriatric patients as much during my research and clinical time.  The didactic sessions each Friday gave me to opportunity to learn more about the geriatrics field and various challenges related to managing this patient population.  Personally, the talks on polypharmacy…

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Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Yetunde Adekemi Fatade

Aug 07
7:57 am

Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Yetunde Adekemi Fatade

Yetunde Adekemi Fatade Drexel College of Medicine MSTAR Site: UNC Chapel Hill As I now wrap up my MSTAR summer experience, I realize that most of my questions about the aging population and older adults have been answered not only by physicians or professors, but mostly by experiences. I also realize that my answered questions and patient experiences have now created a new, bigger question in my mind about what the real needs of our aging population are. As a medical student, my focus so far has been learning my basic sciences and how to identify medical issues, but this…

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