About the Program

The 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 and cultural development, as well as overall preparation for applying to medical school or other health-related programs.


  • ACADEMIC SUCCESS – Scholars participate in seminars, workshops, tutoring and course planning to prepare them to become the most competitive applicants to selective professional schools.
  • NETWORKING – Scholars will meet and engage with faculty, administrators, alumni, and 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, gain clinical exposure, tour various labs and obtain test prep.

Application Criteria and Timeline

  • Sophomore Carolina Students are encouraged to apply
  • Must have a 2.8 science GPA
  • Required prerequisites:
    • Bio 101 with a lab
    • Chem 101 with a lab
    • an additional math or science class

Applications closed for 2018/2019 – Please check back here in August 2019 for details


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


  • Receive pre-health advising with members of UNC SOM/SOD admissions committee
  • Participate in skills labs (drawing blood, patient simulations)
  • Attend cadaver lab tours
  • Attend the National Conference (those who have met requirements will have their fees covered)
  • Receive mentorship


Please contact:

Josmell Perez: josmell@email.unc.edu