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Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) program
Date:9/7/2011

geriatric medicine, and to stimulate their pursuit of long-term career paths in studying and treating age-related diseases and conditions.

While the number of programs offering fellowships in geriatric medicine has been increasing from 119 in 2000-2011 to 148 in 2009-2010 the number of doctors interested in geriatric fellowships is still low. In 2009-2010, for example, only 56% of all available first year geriatric fellowships were filled.1 The MSTAR Program was created to rectify this shortage in geriatric medical education, and since 1994 has trained a total of 1,599 students from over 100 medical schools throughout the United States. Students apply directly to AFAR, which dispenses scholarships to students selected by a committee of top geriatricians.

"We are pleased to provide funding for activities that give physicians exposure to the important field of geriatric medicine in the early years of their medical training," said Dennis White, President and CEO of MetLife Foundation. "We support AFAR's effort to attract more physicians to the field at a time when the need for age-related health practitioners is reaching a critical phase."

"My experience was truly outstanding," says Kimberly Churbock, a recent graduate of the MSTAR Program. "I was interested in working with older patients before participating in MSTAR, but now I feel much better equipped to do so, as a scholar, researcher, and as a future clinician. The research, didactic, and clinical components of the program together amounted to an unparalleled experience in geriatric medicine."


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Contact: Ashby Andrews
ashby@afar.org
212-703-9977
American Federation for Aging Research
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