Medical students Hoyle and Rollins awarded prestigious summer training opportunities

Both students are affiliated with the UNC Center for Aging and Health.

Tori RollinsVictoria (Tori) Rollins, a rising MS2 medical student, has been accepted into the American Federation for Aging Research's Medical Student Summer Research Training in Aging (MSTAR) program. She was one of 25 students selected from all over the nation to remain at her home institution and will receive a stipend/scholarship  to do research in geriatrics for her summer internship.

Since 1994, the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) has directed the Medical Student Summer Research Training in Aging program, which provides medical students with enriching experiences in aging-related research and clinical care, with the goal of attracting urgently needed physicians to the field.  The program  is currently underwritten by the National Institute on Aging, Community Health Foundation of Western and Central New York, and the Lillian R. Gleitsman Foundation with support from the American Federation for Aging Research. The program has generated greater awareness about the need for more training in geriatrics to address the rise in the aging population and the dearth of physicians and other health-care providers to care for them. The MSTAR program has provided nearly 1,100 students from more than 100 medical schools with a focused eight- to twelve-week research and clinical experience.  Under the mentorship of top experts, students receive an intellectually stimulating, positive introduction to geriatrics clinical care and research at designated training centers around the country.

Tori is also incoming President of the UNC School of Medicine American Geriatrics Society Special Interest Group for Medical Students for 2009-2010.

Joseph HoyleJoseph Hoyle, an MPH/MD student, will attend the Summer Institute in Geriatric Medicine at Boston University Medical Center in June. Medical students from all over the nation applied for the Summer Institute. Hoyle will attend the weeklong conference with other rising MS3s and MS4s to gain exposure to academic geriatrics and research in geriatric medicine. The program is sponsored by Boston University School of Medicine and the American Geriatrics Society. It is funded by the National Institute on Aging.

Ellen Roberts, PhD, MPH, is the faculty mentor for Joseph Hoyle and Victoria Rollins. She is Research Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatric Medicine, Center for Aging and Health.