PULSE registration is now available for students currently in Grades 8-11! Application deadline is May 1, 2024. PULSE is available to any student who is interested in medicine. It is run by the medical students at Hershey Medical Center.

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    Use the link below for the application and information:


     Course structure:

    • Meets on scheduled Mondays, 6-7:30 PM (September 9, 2024-December 16, 2024)
      • Lecture
      • Problem-based learning session
      • Longitudinal mentorship session

    Typical activities include:

    • Small group learning opportunities
    • Health professions career panel
    • Discussions about college and career preparation:
      • College selection process, SAT/ACT and essay tips, science major information

    This year, PULSE will be virtual (over zoom) with several optional in-person sessions at the Penn State College of Medicine. Space for these sessions will be limited, depending on interest. More information on this will be provided when acceptance offers are extended. These in-person sessions will include opportunities to tour and experience our medical school and facilities. There may be limited transportation support from Lebanon and Harrisburg areas for students who need it. 

    Students selected for PULSE will be expected to attend and participate in all weekly sessions. There will be no exceptions allowed for late arrivals or early dismissals for any reason other than illness or emergency. We will not make exceptions for varsity athletes, as sessions are not recorded and absences detract from the overall experience in PULSE. Please consider any standing commitment you have already made on Mondays from 6-7:30 PM before submitting an application.


    • College of Medicine Lecture Room
      GPS address FOR DROP-OFF/PICK-UP:
      700 HMC Crescent Road
      Hummelstown, PA 17033
      (No. 14 on the Campus Map)
    • Parking is available in the West View Parking Garage (No. 27 on the map). Use GPS address of 30 Conference Drive, Hummelstown, PA 17036, then park in the garage next to that building.
    • Once parked, walk in front of 30 Conference Drive and toward the tan crescent shaped building; you will cross Campus Drive to get to this building. The first main entrance you will see is the College of Medicine entrance on your right. You will be greeted by PULSE volunteers for check-in and directions to the Lecture Room.