Applications now being accepted for CMSRU's summer enrichment program


Attention Health Sciences undergrads! Gain valuable skills, knowledge and experience this summer at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University's Premedical Urban Leadership Summer Enrichment (PULSE) Program, a six-week academic enrichment for college undergraduates interested in careers in the health and science field. There is no cost for the program. Acceptance will be based on academic standing, professor recommendations and community commitment.

Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) is now accepting applications for the 2013 Premedical Urban Leadership Summer Enrichment (PULSE) Program, a special academic enrichment program for college undergraduates interested in healthcare professions.    

PULSE provides academic, clinical, research and service learning opportunities with a focus on urban health needs.  A full day program, PULSE runs five days per week for six weeks from June 10 through July 19, 2013. Enrollment is limited. Applications must be submitted by March 15, 2013.   

The PULSE program is free to accepted students and offers a small stipend. Applicants will be accepted based on academic standing, professor recommendations and community commitment. Students from groups underrepresented in medicine and/or financially disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply. College credit is not offered for PULSE, but students will gain educational enrichment and experiences that could prove invaluable for their future careers.

“PULSE gives undergraduates the opportunity to learn from renowned physicians and educators, and also commit part of their summer to medical research or a service learning project,” explains CMSRU Associate Dean Jocelyn Mitchell-Williams, MD, who developed and directs PULSE. “Our PULSE students complete the program with enhanced scientific and medical knowledge as well as a new perspective on career opportunities in the field of health and medicine. The benefits for undergrads interested in the medical field are numerous and significant.”

Program highlights include coursework in basic sciences; discussions about health, economic and educational disparities affecting urban communities; and a capstone poster symposium in which students present observations on what they learned.

Now in its third year, PULSE also enables students to observe clinical procedures, work with high-tech medical simulation equipment, and take part in a variety of seminars and discussions, from cardiac health and prenatal diagnostics to the benefits of yoga and meditation.

To be eligible, students must complete one year of college with a GPA of at least 3.0. An official transcript and two letters of recommendation from undergraduate professors are also required, as well as one semester of each of the following courses:  biology, math, and expository writing or college composition. For more information on PULSE or to download an application, visit