Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy’s PULSE (Proviso United with Loyola Students for Educational Enrichment) program presents a world of opportunities for students who hope to pursue careers in the medical field. The program was developed at PTHS 209 in partnership with the Stritch School of Medicine. This year over 45 PMSA students participated in the program vowing to use its many benefits and learning activities as a launch pad for success.
“PULSE has opened many new doors for me,” said PMSA senior Kiran Goyana who used the program to earn a full nursing scholarship to Elmhurst College. “It gave me a lot of experience in what a nursing program is all about. It helped me narrow down what I wanted to be and which college courses were right for me. When it was time to apply for college and scholarships, the PULSE program put me ahead of the game.”
PULSE was designed to provide students with hands-on experiences in the medical field. It matches Loyola medical student mentors with PMSA students. Proviso students shadow them and learn through a series of workshops, field trips, and discussions. These enrichment activities help upon the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom and it opens the doors for higher education and career exploration.
“I joined the PULSE program because I was thinking of going into the medical field for pharmacy,” said PMSA junior Jomel Socorro. “I knew that PULSE would be a good experience for me. I learned a lot—not just about pharmacy but about other aspects medicine as well. It was a great learning experience. We got mentored by college students at Loyola, and the food was good.”
“I wanted to become a doctor,” said PMSA junior Nicholas Tarleton. “The mentors are the best. They taught us so much about the health care industry and career. My favorite part about PULSE was going to the Museum of Science and Industry and studying how the human body works. I was really interested in that and just wanted to learn more.”
Last week, PULSE students came together for the last time to receive their PULSE Program certificates and to thank the administrators and support staff that made the program possible.
Great Job Students! Keep up the excellent work.