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 an MSTAR Student: Ashley Oskardmay

Jul 13
4:30 pm

Diary of an MSTAR Student: Ashley Oskardmay

Posted by Gemma Martinelli

Ashley Oskardmay Home Institution: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill MSTAR Site: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Factors in Caring for Geriatric Patients This summer, I am working with Dr. David A. Chesnutt and Dr. Stephen Laux to examine the link between chronic inflammation and subjective visual function. If a relationship exists, this could help us to find a potentially modifiable target to guide therapy for older adults with declining vision. Additionally, we are interested in how chronic systemic inflammation modulates the link between social factors, such as isolation, and vision problems.   My interest in aging…

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Diary of an MSTAR Student: Samantha Sabban

Jun 30
9:16 am

Diary of an MSTAR Student: Samantha Sabban

Posted by Gemma Martinelli

Samantha Sabban Home Institution: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - Bradento MSTAR Site: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Geriatric Foot Care I am currently in the middle of my fourth week in the MSTAR program at the University of North Carolina.  It has been so great to be back at my alma mater!  I always loved Chapel Hill in the summertime. The past few weeks have been such a great learning experience.  I am currently working on a geriatric foot care project. The feet are commonly overlooked in medical and nursing education practice. However,…

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Diary of an MSTAR Student: Courtney Maloney

Oct 19
12:07 pm

Diary of an MSTAR Student: Courtney Maloney

Posted by Gemma Martinelli

Courtney Maloney, 2015 UC San Diego MSTAR Student   After taking a small group course in undergrad on aging, death, and dying, I became interested in the subject of aging and working with elders. Between my sophomore and junior I founded Bears for Elder Welfare (the Bear being the UC Berkeley’s mascot) a student-run organization dedicated to educating the campus and wider community on issues in aging and volunteering with the local elder community. Entering medical school I wanted to further pursue my interest in aging so I am so grateful for this opportunity to participate in geriatrics…

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Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Saumya Bhutani

Sep 11
2:29 pm

Diary of a 2015 MSTAR Student: Saumya Bhutani

Posted by Gemma Martinelli

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

Posted by Gemma Martinelli

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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