Medical Scholars Program Faculty

Osborne Head and Neck Institute’s Medical Scholars Program (MSP) is an intensive and immersive experience to the medical field. The program is comprised of a five week summer course focused on providing students with career guidance and an introduction to clinical medicine. Students that have demonstrated excellence and determination in their academic pursuits are encouraged to apply.

The program curriculum includes observation of an OHNI surgeon with patients; exposing students to care that is humanistic, patient-centered, and comprehensive; didactic clinical science lectures; and sessions  Students are provided with the opportunity to observe evaluation, treatment, and where possible, procedures and surgery at our Cedars-Sinai Medical Tower offices. Students attend continuing medical and clinical education seminars presented by OHNI physicians. The MSP also develops the individual, with focus on ethics, professional demeanor, workplace dynamics, and skills to succeed in the workplace.

“The Medical Scholars Program at OHNI offers students a unique opportunity to observe surgeons in a busy multispecialty ENT practice. These hands-on experiences will be invaluable for these students in their pursuits as future doctors. Our goal is to reinforce the skills, character, and drive needed to succeed as a surgeon, while providing guidance and clinical education.”

– Reena Gupta, MD, Program Director


Summer Program (June 12, 2017 – June 30, 2017)  

The MSP Program is open to students, grades 11 and up, in excellent academic standing. This program involves a significant time commitment, professional involvement, and is for those who are committed to pursuing a career in the medical field. Most enrolled students are high school juniors and above. The program goals are:

  • Elevating the understanding of professionalism, including preparedness, punctuality, proper demeanor, quality of work, written and spoken communication, and dress
  • Writing for the medical professional: this includes publication in the OHNI online journal. Student Sample
  • Medical school preparation: understanding the pathway to medical program acceptance and determining the personal fit of medicine as a career
  • Assistance with obtaining admission to medical school
    • Understanding the application process
    • Recognizing and understanding the different pathways to medical school
      • Traditional vs. non-traditional
    • Planning extracurricular activities in High School and demonstrating interest in medicine.
      • Volunteering
      • Shadowing
      • Prep Programs
    • Selecting competitive undergraduate majors/concentrations
    • Research and volunteer involvement in college
    • Medical writing and publications
    • Cultivating relationships with faculty and staff for letters of recommendations
    • Preparing a CV
  • Creating familiarity and increasing comfort level with addressing senior medical personnel
  • Introduction to lessons and skills obtained on clinical rounds
  • Basic medical skills: obtaining vitals and basic suture skills.
  • Patient shadowing


All students are expected to adhere to guidelines set forth by Osborne Head and Neck Institute pertaining to professional dress and conduct. Refer to the OHNI professional dress code for guidelines.