The Short-Term and Long-Term Impact of a Brief Aging Research Training Program for Medical Students

Jeremy S. Barron, Elizabeth Bragg, Danelle Cayea, Samuel C. Durso, Neal S. Fedarko

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Summer training in aging research for medical students is a strategy for improving the pipeline of medical students into research careers in aging and clinical care of older adults. Johns Hopkins University has been offering medical students a summer experience of mentored research, research training, and clinical shadowing since 1994. Long-term outcomes of this program have not been described. The authors surveyed all 191 participants who had been in the program from 1994–2010 (60% female and 27% underrepresented minorities) and received a 65.8% (N = 125) response rate. The authors also conducted Google and other online searches to supplement study findings. Thirty-seven percent of those who have completed training are now in academic medicine, and program participants have authored or coauthored 582 manuscripts. Among survey respondents, 95.1% reported that participation in the Medical Student Training in Aging Research program increased their sensitivity to the needs of older adults. This program may help to build commitment among medical students to choose careers in aging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)96-106
Number of pages11
JournalGerontology and Geriatrics Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2015


  • medical students
  • mentoring
  • research training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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