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: Saumya Bhutani

Sep 11
2:29 pm

Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Saumya Bhutani

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
2:24 pm

Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Sophie Austin

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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