The Pulse course will be held again this upcoming fall! Our topic for 2015 will be NEUROBIOLOGY. 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! 


20 January 2016

Annual Central PA Brain Bee competition is coming up! It will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Please check tab "Extra opportunities for PULSE students" for more information.

18 January 2016

Please check tab "Extra opportunities for PULSE students" for volunteer opportunities.

8 December 2015

Final presentations results:

1st place: Beta and Kappa teams

2nd place: Sigma team

3rd place: Pi team

CONGRATULATIONS TO 2015-2016 PULSE CLASS! On behalf of Pulse board, I want to thank all our students and medical student volunteers for your participation and commitment to the program!

2016-2017 Pulse Application will be opened on April 1, 2016. Please apply!

6 December 2015

Final Presentation is tomorrow, Monday, December 7, 2015! Parents/guests are invited to attend and dinner will be provided.

Tomorrow, we will also release the exam score and give award certificates. 

29 November 2015

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends! You will be taking the Final Exam during the first hour tomorrow, Monday Nov. 30 and continue working on your Final Presentation during the second hour.


22 November 2015

There is NO class tomorrow, Nov. 23, 2015! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

15 November 2015


1. Final collection for T shirt $ tomorrow (Nov. 16)!

2. Please fill out this quick, four-question survey about your PULSE mentorship experience by Monday, November 16th! (Click on the link below)


3. Bring laptops if possible to work on final presentations tomorrow.

4. Take the practice quiz to prepare for final exam on Nov. 30th!

5. Parent/guests are invited to attend the final presentations on Dec 7th.

The ppt for tomorrow on "Neurodegenerative Diseases" is up. The practice quiz is also uploaded under Week 11-Final Exam. The answer key to the quiz will be posted sometime next week.

**Update: The practice quiz answer key is now posted under Week 11-Final Exam.

5 November 2015


1) Payments for the PULSE T-shirt are due on Monday, 11/9/15.

2) Please fill out the Student Feedback form when you have a chance.

3) Get excited for the Career Panel on Monday, 11/9/2015 at 4pm! Try not to be late.

2 November 2015

The topic for next week will be on "Intracranial Trauma and Hemorrhage."

25 October 2015

Check out the photos from Simulation-Anatomy Lab! Lecture for this week will be about "Strokes".

18 October 2015

Simulation-Anatomy Lab is tomorrow! It will be a fun experience for everyone. See you all tomorrow!

11 October 2015

REMINDER: We will meet on TUESDAY, October 13 in LR-A from 4:30 - 6:30PM. LR-A is across from LR-B on the 4th floor.

The topic for this week is "PNS Anatomy & Physiology"

05 October 2015

Great work, everyone! 

For next week, please note that the date, time, and place are different from our normal schedule. We will meet on TUESDAY, October 13 in LR-A from 4:30 - 6:30PM. 

01 October 2015

Happy 1st day of October!!! The topic for next week is "CNS Anatomy & Physiology".

27 September 2015

Photos from last week session are up! Check it out! The topic for this week is "Action Potential & Neurotransmission".

21 September 2015

Hope everyone had a good weekend! The topic for this week is "Neuron Structure and Function".

14 September 2015

Thank you all for today! 

Please check the Photos tab; you might find yourself in one of those photos. 

13 September 2015

We are excited to see all of you tomorrow, Monday September 14

A few last-minute items:

1) All PULSE classes will be held in Lecture Room B (LRB). Please check Student Resources tab for directions.

2) Lecture and related materials for this week topic "Introduction to Neurobiology" are now posted under Student Resources tab.

8 September 2015

PULSE class starts next Monday, September 14th

Please complete the forms we emailed you, and bring them with you to class on Monday.

31 August 2015

Please check your email for the Welcome Packet. Remember to complete two forms included in the packet and return them to us on or before September 14th

If you have not received the Welcome Packet by tonight, please send us an email. 

Thank you and see you all on September 14th!

20 August 2015

We are excited to kick off the 2015 PULSE course on Monday, September 14th! Please check your email on Monday, August 31st for your Welcome Packet that will include:

1. The PULSE schedule with dates, times, and locations

2. The course syllabus

3. Two forms that must be completed and returned to us on or before September 14th.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you soon!

19 June 2015

Decisions have been emailed! Please check your email for more information. Thank you all for your applications to Pulse Program 2015.

2 June 2015

Thank you for submitting your application to Pulse program! We will get back to you with your acceptance status by July 1, 2015.

30 May 2015

For Pulstars/Honors who have questions about transcript, please check "Course Application" tab for more information. 

Final Reminder: Application, a letter of recommendation and transcript are due on June 1, 2015.

18 May 2015

REMINDER: Application, a letter of recommendation and transcript are due on June 1, 2015.

8 April 2015

Thank you to everyone who has applied thus far. We can assure you that we have received your letter of recommendation and transcript if your teacher and counselor have emailed them to us. Do not fret if we do not reply to you via email; we've received your documents.

31 March 2015

The application for PULSE Fall 2015 is now available. Please click on "Course Application" tab for more information. Remember to submit your application, letters of recommendations, and transcripts no later than June 1, 2015.

20 March 2015

Dear prospective students, feel free to begin sending us letters of recommendations and transcripts as necessary. Don't forget to fill out our application beginning April 1, 2015.

03 March 2015

The application for PULSE fall 2015 will be available on this website on April 1, 2015.

07 February 2015

Hi Pulse Scholars! The application for the 2015 program will be up April 1, 2015! 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).

Beta Team 

 Kappa Team 

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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