Charles and Muriel Kornheiser Clinical Scholars Program

St. Francis Hospital & Heart Center® is pleased to announce the Charles and Muriel Kornheiser Clinical Scholars Program as part of a donation by the Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund. 

This clinical scholarship program aims to provide two paid research internships each year to college graduates who aspire to a medical career. Candidates from underrepresented minorities (URM) in medicine are encouraged to apply.

*URM. Association of American Medical Colleges: Underrepresented in medicine means those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population. In the U.S., this generally includes students who identify as African Americans, Native Americans, (American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians), and Hispanic Americans.

About the Clinical Scholars Program

2021 Scholars
Dylan Dominquez Sulca and Elma Chowdhury, Class of 2021
Scholars 2021
Cristian Espada and Leana Figueroa, Class of 2022


Scholars selected for the program are paired with a physician mentor who is an active clinical and research physician at St. Francis Hospital & Heart Center®. This full time, paid position will focus on research activities and clinical observations in cardiovascular medicine at St. Francis Hospital & Heart Center®. Scholars will collaborate with a research team to contribute to scientific publications, as a result of research activities, and will attend a national scientific meeting.

Through structured lectures and journal club, scholars will learn about research methodology to strengthen critical thinking skills and to supplement their research work. Scholars will be trained to analyze various cardiac imaging modalities including Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), CT, MRI and coronary angiograms.

They will also have the opportunity to interact with patients through their research work. Opportunities exist for the scholars to build networks of formal and informal contacts in the medical community that will provide support as they seek future career goals.

  • Able to commit to the Clinical Scholars program for one year (7/5/2023 to 7/1/2024) 
  • Recent graduates who received a baccalaureate degree or a current senior planning to graduate by May 2023
  • GPA of 3.6 or higher
  • Plans to pursue an advanced degree in biomedical sciences

The Clinical Scholars Program application provides instructions for completion and submission.

Send your completed application to:

  • Resume/CV
  • Unofficial copy of transcript to date
  • Personal essay
  • Two/three letters of recommendation

Application submission deadline: February 1, 2023 

Candidates’ selection date: March 15, 2023

Program start date: July 5, 2023

Administrative Office of the Charles and Muriel Kornheiser Clinical Scholars Program

Call: 833-CSP-SFH4 (833-277-7344)


The Kornheiser Clinical Scholars Program has expanded my interest in cardiology by exposing me to various components of the field such as multimodality imaging and surgery. I have been able to gain exposure to other fields of medicine and develop meaningful relationships with physicians and other healthcare professionals. The skills and knowledge I have gained through first-hand clinical experience are applicable to research as well as my future career as an aspiring physician."

Leana Figueroa, B.A. Biochemistry, CUNY, Hunter College, Class of 2022

The Kornheiser Clinical Scholars Program enabled me to explore different aspects of the medical field during my gap year. The caring physicians and staff at St. Francis Hospital provide scholars with direct learning experiences like being able to identify pathological issues via imaging modalities, participate in several research projects, and converse with patients. I obtained an extensive amount of knowledge that will forever follow me throughout my medical career. I am beyond blessed that St. Francis Hospital is committed to incorporating pre-medical students in the evolving medical field. This program was the most valuable experience I could have ever imagined!"

Cristian Espada, B.S. Biological Sciences, Binghamton University, Class of 2022