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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, networking events, 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, professional development, 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, graduate professional students, alumni and other community leaders.
  • Community – Scholars will meet medical students who identify as being from historically underrepresented backgrounds and participate in outreach activities.
  • Competitive Applicants – Scholars will have the opportunity to attend professional development seminars, shadow medical professionals, receive clinical exposure, attend tour various labs, and test prep for medical school and graduate entrance exams.


Application Criteria and Timeline

  • Enrolled in the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

  • Students who are currently Freshmen and will be a Sophomore in Fall 2021 are encouraged to apply

  • Must have a 2.5 overall GPA
  • Need to have taken at least one (1) introductory science course (ex. Bio 101, Chem 101 etc)
  • Must be from a historically underrepresented population group (African American, Latinx, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Asian-American, Pacific Islander
  • February 19, 2021 Pulso Scholar App Opens



  • Each scholar will be expected to attend monthly workshops/seminars.

  • Each scholar will be expected to fulfill the annual requirements throughout their three years as a Pulso Scholar.

  • Each scholar will be expected to participate clinical service opportunities through Latinx Medical Student Association (LMSA).



  • Pre-health advising with members of UNC SOM/SOD admissions committee

  • Scholarship building through inter-disciplinary discussions of health
  • 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 in Year Two of the Program
  • Opportunity to serve in a Peer-to-Peer mentorship capacity
  • Discussions on financial wellness, time management, mental health care, and strategies to navigating the university experience


Info Sessions



Application opens February 19th, 2021

To apply, click on the following link:


Questions contact:
Ariana Ávila:
Josmell Perez:

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