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The Michael L. Freedman Research Center on Aging, Technology & Cognitive Health Medical Student Training in Aging Research

Medical Student Training in Aging Research

NYU Langone’s Division of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care offers an annual Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) program for internal and visiting medical students. The program is funded by the National Institute on Aging. As a trainee, you are paired with a faculty mentor at NYU Grossman School of Medicine on an aging-related project of your choice.

During the nine-week program, which begins in June, you attend weekly didactic sessions focusing on career development, basic research, and key topics in geriatrics. Additionally, you gain exposure to clinical geriatrics practice by shadowing a physician on a home visit, observing at the NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue geriatrics clinic, observing on the inpatient consult service at NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital, visiting NYC Health + Hospitals/Gouverneur, or observing a cognitive clinical examination.

You are also granted an opportunity to travel to the annual meeting of the American Geriatrics Society to present their research as a poster.

Application Process

NYU Langone’s summer MSTAR program is one of seven national training programs that offer aging-related research projects to medical students. Applications are submitted directly to each training site. Fourteen MSTAR positions are available at NYU Langone.

The brief application requires biographical information and a short personal statement. Additionally, we require the following information:

  • a recommendation letter from a mentor at the applicant’s home institution
  • a ranking of the top five projects of interest

Contact Caroline S. Blaum, MD, program director, at, or Hibah Khan, administrative coordinator, at to obtain an application.

Email completed application materials to Ms. Khan by January 31 of the training year. Applications are reviewed by the MSTAR advisory committee, and selected applicants are notified in March.