The 2014 MSTAR Program provides medical students with an enriching experience in aging-related research and geriatrics, with the mentorship of top experts in the field. This program introduces students to research and academic experiences early in their training that they might not otherwise have during medical school. Positive experiences in the MSTAR program have led many physicians-in-training to pursue academic careers in aging, ranging from basic science to clinical research to health services research. They have joined the growing cadre of physicians and scientists whose specialized knowledge and skills are in great demand as our population ages.
The 2014 program continues and strengthens the original Hartford/AFAR Medical Student Geriatric Scholars Program, established in 1994, which to date has trained 1894 students from more than 100 medical schools. Students participate in an eight- to twelve-week structured research, clinical, and didactic program in geriatrics, appropriate to their level of training and interests. Research projects are offered in basic, translational, clinical, or health services research relevant to older people. Most scholars will do their training and research during the summer months. They will also be invited to present a poster at the Annual Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society in Orlando, Florida, May 15-17, 2014, and participate in a poster presentation and networking event with prominent aging and geriatrics research scholars.