Nigerian-born, Patrick Mese isn’t just navigating the curriculum; he’s actively seeking to redefine the aging narrative. Mese is in his second year of Miami University’s Master of Gerontological Studies (MGS) program and this past summer he worked with LeadingAge in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mese’s time with Leading Age continues to unlock doors while intensifying his commitment to the field of gerontology. "The internship experience avails me a great network of professionals to mentor and help me with resources to excel as I journey the career path after graduation."
With a foundation in social work, Mese identified a gap in the care afforded to older adults. Particularly in the hospital setting, where he observed a lack of attention to social aspects that accompanied medical interventions. Driven by the desire to overcome this disparity, he embraced the MGS program as a pathway to gain practical knowledge to improve the care landscape for older adults.
Mese’s experience within the MGS program has been marked by the enriching learning opportunities facilitated by accomplished faculty, collaborative projects with Scripps Gerontology Research Center, and invaluable networking during his Summer Enrichment Program through LeadingAge Ohio. This 10-week immersive program equipped Mese with real-world exposure, mentors, and a professional network. This professional development facilitated leadership opportunities, while also playing a significant role in solidifying his career goals and directing his path forward in gerontology.
Patrick Mese presentating on his internship experience.
Equipped with a wealth of knowledge from LeadingAge and Miami’s MGS program, Mese feels confident about a future in planning, implementing, and evaluating programs aimed at enhancing social and healthcare outcomes for older adults. Mese envisions himself as part of the next generation of gerontologists reshaping the narrative of aging in Nigeria. Through evidence-based programs and services, he aspires to transform the gerontology landscape. Mese's journey in gerontology is not only an academic pursuit but a passionate endeavor to make a meaningful impact on the lives of older adults. His commitment to understanding the complexities of aging and his enthusiasm to improve the quality of care epitomize the essence of his dedication to this field.
As Patrick continues to thrive in the MGS program, his ambition, coupled with his enriched academic training, foreshadows a promising future in the gerontology landscape.
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