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: Allen Tsai

Jul 27
8:42 am

Diary of an MSTAR Student: Allen Tsai

Posted by Gemma Martinelli

Home Institution: Northeast Ohio Medical University MSTAR Site: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Foot Structure and Function in Geriatric Populations This entry marks the fourth week of my MSTAR experience here at UNC Chapel Hill. I am currently working with Dr. Yvonne Golightly at the Thurston Arthritis Research Center to examine associations between foot deformities and lower limb physical function. As we age, our bodies inevitably change with negative physical consequences. The literature has done well in extensively investigating many components involved in lower limb degeneration such as in the hip, knee, and musculature. However, there has been…

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Diary of an MSTAR Student: Kayla Krajick

Jul 27
8:36 am

Diary of an MSTAR Student: Kayla Krajick

Posted by Gemma Martinelli

Kayla Krajick Home Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill MSTAR Site: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Understanding what elder abuse is and the ways in which we can identify it has been the focus of my MSTAR summer. I have read dozens of research articles detailing the prevalence of elder abuse, risks associated with it, and current screening methods to identify it. Here are some basics for your own knowledge: - elder abuse occurs in approximately 10% of all adults over age 65 - elder abuse is associated with higher mortality - elders who are abused are more…

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Diary of an MSTAR Student: Shelby Marx

Jul 25
7:53 am

Diary of an MSTAR Student: Shelby Marx

Posted by Gemma Martinelli

Home Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill MSTAR Site: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill   Switching Roles to Address a Problem This summer, I am working with Dr. Timothy Platts-Mills, an Emergency Medicine physician specializing in geriatric care. The focus of our work this summer has been on the prehospital care of older adults. The number of trauma patients transported by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) increases with age, and older patients account for an estimated 38% of all EMS transports to the Emergency Department. The inappropriate transportation of seriously injured older adults to non-trauma centers is…

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Diary of an MSTAR Student: Justin Shortell

Jul 14
8:03 am

Diary of an MSTAR Student: Justin Shortell

Posted by Gemma Martinelli

Justin Shortell Home Institution: University of Hawaii - John A. Burns School of Medicine MSTAR Site: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill   Diary Entry #1: Modern Medicine Causing ‘New’ Problems in our Aging Population As I am starting my 4th week conducting research at UNC Chapel Hill, I am more than satisfied with the program that I have signed up for. I was a little worried about leaving Hawaii for over a month for the first time in my life, but the friendly environment of the UNC Chapel Hill community put me at ease right away. I…

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Diary of an MSTAR Student: Katie Bedard

Jul 14
7:40 am

Diary of an MSTAR Student: Katie Bedard

Posted by Gemma Martinelli

Katie Bedard Home Institution: New York Medical College MSTAR Site: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill I am currently in the first few weeks of my MSTAR summer fellowship that is sponsored by the American Federation for Aging Research. I am very excited and thankful to have been offered this opportunity. On my first day, arriving at such a large institution as Chapel Hill, I was worried about finding my place and settling in. I found I had absolutely nothing to worry about. I was warmly welcomed to a very organized program where my success was a priority. I…

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