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Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) & Adelman Medical Student Summer Programs

Program Overview

Each summer, selected first-year Weill-Cornell medical students are provided with an enriching experience in aging-related research and geriatrics, under the mentorship of top experts in the field. Students are introduced early in their training to research and academic experiences that they might not otherwise have during medical school. They 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, clinical, or health services research relevant to the care of older people.

Over the summer, students spend the majority of their time working closely with their research mentor, but they also spend:
  • One half day a week in a focused clinical experience in out-patient and in-patient medicine, homecare and long-term care.
  • Attend a half-day weekly small group discussion/ didactic session in which they hear lectures on various aging-related topics (e.g., communicating with older patients, successful aging, falls and assistive devices),
  • Present a journal article on their research area, and share their own weekly progress on their research projects.
  • Give a formal presentation on their research to faculty, peers, and foundation program officers.
Students also prepare and present a poster presentation at the annual national meeting of the American Geriatrics Society and draft a journal-style research paper on their project (8-10 pages).

These student scholars are selected by and funded under either (1) the Student Summer Research Training in Aging Program, administered by the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA), or (2) the Henry Adelman Fund for Medical Student Education in Geriatrics, created to honor the memory of Henry Adelman, father of Ronald Adelman, MD, Professor of Clinical Medicine and Co-Chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology at Weill-Cornell.

Medical Student Geriatrics Summer Scholars

For more information, please contactFor more information, please contact Kevin Curley, at (212) 746-1382 or [email protected]

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