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Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program


The Johns Hopkins Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology’s summer training program immerses medical students at the end of their first year in a focused experience in aging research, supplemented by research training and clinical experiences. 

As a student in this eight-week summer program, based in Baltimore, Maryland, you will participate in research, clinical, and academic experiences at one of the best teaching hospitals in the country. You can choose a research interest from basic sciences, clinical research, population-based research, education, or health services research. You will be paired with a research mentor to complete a specific project.

The summer experience includes a geriatric medicine and gerontology lecture series, epidemiology and biostatistics seminars, other research training, an ethnogeriatrics discussion series, and a variety of exciting clinical shadowing opportunities.

Students typically present their summer research at the annual meeting of the American Geriatrics Society and many students work with their mentors to publish their research findings.


To apply, you must expect to successfully complete your first year of medical school at an accredited medical school. The program welcomes and encourages students of all genders and from minoritized groups to apply.

Program directors

Colleen Christmas, M.D.
Sevil Yasar, M.D., Ph.D.

Neal Fedarko, Ph.D

Samuel C. Durso, M.D., M.B.A


Contact us

If you have questions about the program, please contact:

Lindia Holmes
MSTAR Coordinator

Phone: 410-550-8675

Program information