About the Program
Pulso scholars program is a comprehensive pipeline program specially designed to promote academic and professional success among Carolina students into medical school and other health professions. Scholars participate in a series of workshops, seminars and various hands on opportunities aimed at providing academic, professional, cultural development and overall preparation to apply to medical school or other health related programs.


  • Academic Success – Scholars participate in seminars, workshops, tutoring and course planning to prepare them to make them the most competitive applicants to selective professional schools.
  • Networking – Scholars will meet and engage faculty, administrators, and alumni and other community leaders
  • Community – Scholars will meet other Latinx medical students on campus and participate in outreach activities.
  • Competitive Applicants – Scholars will have the opportunity to shadow medical professionals, clinical exposure, tour various labs and test prep

Application Criteria and Timeline

  • Sophomore Carolina students are encouraged to apply
  • Must have a 2.8 science GPA
  • Need to have taken:
  • Bio 101 with a lab
  • Chem 101 with a lab
  • And another math or science class
  • Application Deadline: Closed for 2017/2018 


  • Each scholar will be paired with a first or second year medical student and is expected to meet with mentor at least 2 times per semester
  • Each scholar will be expected to attend monthly workshops/seminars
  • Each scholar will be expected to participate in at least 2 clinical service opportunities through LMSA


  • Pre-health advising with members of UNC SOM/SOD admissions committee
  • Skills Labs (blood draw, patient simulations)
  • Cadaver Lab Tours
  • National Conference (Those who have met the requirements will have their fees covered to attend the conference)
  • Mentorship

Questions contact:
Diego Hipolito: diego_hipolito@med.unc.edu
Josmell Perez: josmell@email.unc.edu

Applications are now closed for this year – Thank you for the interest