The Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology hosts a summer program for medical students between their first and second year to expose them to geriatric medicine and research. The ultimate aim of this initiative is to recruit students to academic medicine; specifically to aging research and geriatric medicine. The seven-week program is funded by AFAR and NIA grants.
The focus of the program is to provide the student with intense research experience with a research mentor. Each student will meet regularly with a mentor and complete a summer research project that typically results in a presentation at a national meeting during the second year of medical school (and sometimes a published manuscript). The experience includes research training seminars, as well as clinical experiences, geriatric medicine lectures and ethnogeriatrics conferences, which expose students to a broad array of geriatric services and topics.
MSTAR students present their research projects to a national medical research audience.