The Pulse course will be held again this fall! Our topic for 2014 will be CANCER BIOLOGY. A few changes have been made for the upcoming year. Due to changes in funding and state laws, we will be unable to offer the course for credit and we will also be unable to offer transportation. That said, we have a great course to offer this year and we hope that you take advantage of this great opportunity! 


8 December 2014

Congratulations to our 2014-2015 Pulse class!! On behalf of the Pulse Board, I want to thank all our students and the medical student volunteers for all their hard work throughout the semester. Please reapply for next year!

2 December 2014

 Final Exam and Answers are up!

13 October 2014

Oral Presentation Topics

5 September 2014

Welcome students to the 2014 Fall session! Please download the PBL case from the Student Portal prior to class. Case 1 is now available for download.

9 August 2014

If you have not received any correspondence regarding your application, please email hmcpulse@gmail.com!

EVERY APPLICANT should have gotten an email regarding their application. If you have not received our email, please let us know. Thank you.

10 July 2014

Congratulations to our 2014-2015 Pulse Scholars! Looking forward to having a wonderful semester with you all!

1 April 2014

Application is now LIVE! Please read all instructions before submitting. Do not forget the letter of recommendation and send in your transcript. Applications are due June 15th. We STRONGLY advise you to do your narrative statements on a separate word processor and then copy-and-paste the completed statement onto the form. Remember to save your work!

18 March 2014

Hi Pulse Scholars! The application for the 2014 program will be up April 1st! Please click "Course Application" tab to familiarize yourself with the requirements. We look forward to reading your applications. 


 What is PULSE? 

A novel collaboration between medical students and high school students, the PULSE program is a semester long academic course taught at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on Mondays in the fall. PULSE aims to cultivate interest in medicine and healthcare by introducing high school students to medical topics through lectures, facilitated small group learning experiences, and supplemental activities (e.g. laboratories, simulations, exhibits, student presentations).

Mission Statement

The purpose of PULSE is to interact with high school students from surrounding communities in order to foster an interest in medicine through interactive lectures, problem based learning sessions, supplemental activities and shadowing opportunities.  Penn State medical students will be an integral part of the chosen students’ learning experience by acting as mentors and case facilitators throughout the course.  In doing so, it is our goal to enrich the students’ current approach to acquiring knowledge in scientific endeavors, to enhance critical thinking skills, and to provide important information for educational options and career paths in medicine. 

PULSE is a student group at the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Information and opinions expressed on this site are the sole responsibility of PULSE and may or may not reflect the views of the Pennsylvania State University or the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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