OUR MISSION

PULSE (Pre-Medical Undergraduate Learning Through Shadowing Experience) is a UCLA student-run physician shadowing organization aiming to provide members with a holistic overview of the medical field through exposure to a diverse array of clinical specialties, community involvement, and professional development. As an undergraduate organization, we aspire to encourage our members to explore the multi-faceted nature of healthcare in order to challenge them intellectually, broaden their perspectives, and better prepare them for a career in medicine.

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ABOUT US

PULSE was founded in Spring 2015 by Anant Randhawa, Amol Patel, Vandan Patel, and Karanveer Syal to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to experience all aspects of the hospital in their undergraduate career. Our organization does not have a GPA requirement as we feel that a physician's capabilities are not always measured by just a number. 

UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center (RRMC) is ranked the third best hospital in the nation. As a teaching hospital, RRMC provides an unparalleled learning experience. PULSE collaborates with RMMC’s medical students, physicians, residents, and other medical personnel to offer UCLA undergraduates the opportunity to understand how various departments operate as a functional unit and explore the different dimensions of a career in the medical field.

 

Shadowing is an excellent way to determine if a career in medicine is right for you as it provides a more realistic understanding of what a physician’s typical day entails, from their daily responsibilities, to their most exciting and thrilling moments on the job. Members of PULSE not only interact and build relationships with attending physicians, medical students, residents, and fellows, but also partake in a holistic learning experience that exceeds the limitations of traditional classroom settings.

 

Outside the hospital, PULSE prides itself as an organization that promotes community involvement through our annual St. Baldrick’s Brave the Shave Event, to raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research. Additionally, we host quarterly professional development workshops where members have the opportunity to develop and refine their career goals under the guidance of UCLA physicians and PULSE alumni.

 
Doctor's Clinic

DEPARTMENTS

RONALD REAGAN UCLA MEDICAL CENTER

 
INTERNAL MEDICINE

 

PEDIATRICS
Cardiology/Nephrology
PEDIATRICS
General
PEDIATRICS
Rheumatology
 
NEUROLOGY

 
CARDIOLOGY

 

 
EMERGENCY MEDICINE

 

 

CASE STUDIES

PULSE offers students the opportunity to delve deeper into the world of medical research through quarterly case study presentations. Members work in groups of 2-3 students to explore a medical condition of their choice and subsequently present their findings to UCLA physicians and fellow PULSE members. Through these projects, members enhance their knowledge of research methodology and gain insight into the importance of collaboration in the clinical environment all while understanding the need to remain inquisitive as life-long learners in the medical field. Members may also enroll in SRP 99 or 199 to receive course credit for their shadowing involvement and case study presentations.

 

The following attachments include sample case study presentations created by PULSE alumni.

 

ST. BALDRICK'S EVENT

PULSE partners with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to spread awareness about childhood cancer and raise funds for research grants. According to the Foundation, more than 175,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year—a number that simply cannot be tolerated. 

Each year, PULSE hosts a St. Baldrick’s event to bring the cause to the UCLA campus and get the student and medical communities involved in the fight. This will be our third year hosting an event and we cannot wait to see the enthusiasm that results! During Spring Quarter, our event will be hosted in Bruin Plaza on the UCLA campus. Everyone is encouraged to participate in any way they would like, whether it’s by volunteering to shave your head in support, pledging to join the fight, donating toward leading-edge research, or simply spreading the word! Further details will come, but get ready for a day of head shaving, education, generosity, music, games, and refreshments!

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation has given 923 research grants to 359 institutions in 26 countries—but we won't stop there! Childhood cancer is an underfunded cause. More children die of cancer than of any other disease in the United States according to the Foundation. Join us in supporting those in need by spreading awareness of the disease and raising funds for specially chosen research grants!

We encourage you to attend our event in May at UCLA's Bruin Plaza and to check out the St. Baldrick’s website at http://www.stbaldricks.org for more information and opportunities to donate.

 
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Angela Grant

 

Neuroscience '22

Hometown: Sacramento, CA

Fun Fact: I served as a lifeguard for two Olympic swimmers.

 

Angela Zhou

 

Physiological Science '21

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Fun Fact: I have two pet guinea pigs.

 

Aorzala Atmar

 

Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology  '22

Hometown: Brentwood, CA

Fun Fact: I speak four different languages.

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Ashley Mejia

Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics '21

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Fun Fact: I love traveling... I have visited 5 countries!

 

Búverley Trezile

Anthropology '21

Hometown: Inglewood, CA

Fun Fact: I have played tennis since I was eight years old.

 

Dimitri Speron

 

Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology  '22

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Fun Fact: My eyes are several different colors

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Gareema Agarwal

Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology '21

Hometown: Upland, CA

Fun Fact: I play the piano and ukulele.

 

Hector Diaz

Neuroscience '21

Hometown: Yuba City, CA

Fun Fact: I enjoy attending movie premiers.

 

Jessica Schirmer

 

Physiological Science & Philosophy  '21

Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA

Fun Fact: I love to watch baseball (go Giants!)

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Jocelyn Munoz

Physiological Science '23

Hometown: Compton, CA

Fun Fact: I have jumped into a 6000 ft deep sinkhole in Mexico.

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Kelsey Kuwahara

Cognitive Science '21

Hometown: Burlingame, CA

Fun Fact: I have an unhealthy addiction to Philz coffee.

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Kiarod Pashminehazar

 

Neuroscience & Computer Science '22

Hometown: Rocklin, CA

Fun Fact: I've once danced the Macarena for 4 straight hours

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Leah Savage

Human Biology and Society '21

Hometown: Takoma Park, MD

Fun Fact: I learned how to drive a boat this summer.

 

Luis Cortes

Human Biology and Society '21

Hometown: Santa Clarita, CA

Fun Fact: I love basketball and the Lakers.

 

Mahika Nayak

 

Neuroscience '22

Hometown: Pleasanton, CA

Fun Fact: I learned how to drive a motorcycle before I learned how to drive a car. 

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Manu Vohra

Physiological Science '22

Hometown: Encino, CA

Fun Fact: I have an arguably unhealthy obsession with cars.

 

Maria Paulino

Neuroscience '23

Hometown: Clovis, CA

Fun Fact: I once painted a mural down a 40 ft hallway.

 

Mayilone Sathialingam

 

Bioengineering '21

Hometown: Irvine, CA

Fun Fact: I was one basketball shot away from winning a car at the UCLA halftime shootout.

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Naneeta Desar

Neuroscience '23

Hometown: Riverside, CA

Fun Fact: I am an avid bullet journaler.

 

Naqiyah Qadir

Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology '21

Hometown: Corona, CA

Fun Fact: I love taking and editing pictures.

 

Nikhil Patel

 

Bioengineering '23

Hometown: Augusta, GA

Fun Fact: I make a mean cup of chai.

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Oyuki Ramos

Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology '21

Hometown: Long Beach, CA

Fun Fact: I was named after a soap opera.

 

Pearl Omo-Sowho

Human Biology and Society '21

Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria

Fun Fact: I enjoy dancing.

 

Rachel Bai

 

Physiological Science '21

Hometown: Potomac, MD

Fun Fact: I enjoy spending time in nature.

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Ramya Natarajan

Human Biology and Society '21

Hometown: La Palma, CA

Fun Fact: I have memorized almost every lyric of every song in Hamilton.

 

Raymond Ko

Psychobiology '22

Hometown: Walnut Creek, CA

Fun Fact: Ask me about brewing tea.

 

Shane DeGrace

 

Psychobiology '23

Hometown: Fairfield, CA

Fun Fact: I enjoy playing basketball and volleyball. 

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Simrina Desar

Physiological Science '21

Hometown: Riverside, CA

Fun Fact: I am a bagel sandwich enthusiast.

 

Stephanie Gaytan

Physiological Science '21

Hometown: Newhall, CA

Fun Fact: I have been cliff diving in Cyprus.

 

Steven Garcia

 

Biology '21

Hometown: Bakersfield, CA

Fun Fact: I am a major movie enthusiast and critic.

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Sumaarg Pandya

Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology '21

Hometown: Morris County, NJ

Fun Fact: My favorite book is The Count of Monte Cristo.

 

Vanessa Gaeta Garcia

Biology '21

Hometown: San Ysidro, CA

Fun Fact: I have a pet horse.

 

Vivian Yu

 

Psychobiology '21

Hometown: Gilbert, AZ

Fun Fact: I love drawing with Prismacolor pencils.

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Yousif Jafar

Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology '22

Hometown: Dana Point, CA

Fun Fact: I am fluent in Arabic.

 

Zoe Kieu Bui Hahn

Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics  '21

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Fun Fact: I still use Microsoft Paint.

2020-21 EXECUTIVE BOARD

Faculty Chair and Advisor

Dr. Amanda Kosack
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I received my undergraduate degree in biology and psychology at Barnard College of Columbia University. I completed my medical training at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and my general pediatrics residency at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. I currently serve as the Chair of the UCLA Santa Monica Patient Family Centered Care Committee as well as the pediatric clerkship site director at Mattel Children's Hospital. I am also the director of the Sub-I for general and complex pediatric care at Mattel Children's Hospital and Santa Monica Medical Center. I was recently appointed an Educator for Excellence at the David Geffen School of Medicine and am active in the development of the medical school curriculum. My interests focus on medical student education, improvement of family bedside rounds, and improving communication with Spanish speaking families. 

 

I began working with PULSE in 2015 when we incorporated pediatrics into the rotations. Then I became the Faculty Chair. It has been such a rewarding experience working with all the students. I know that when I was an undergraduate opportunities in the medical field influenced my decision to become a future pediatrician. It is exciting to teach the students during rounds and show them a glimpse into a career a medicine. I am always impressed by their case presentations and how far they come throughout each quarter.

Directors of Hospital Operations

Simrina Desar & Manu Vohra
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Each shadowing shift with PULSE presents with a unique scene: traveling to different floors to collaborate with other medical teams, learning how to evaluate a child’s heart sounds, and translating a unique diagnosis to a patient and family. PULSE introduced me to the language of medicine, which includes not only physiological terminology but also emphasizes compassionate communication with patients and families to help them feel supported and find a source of healing. I have been fortunate to learn from wonderful physician mentors who are dedicated to guiding us towards our future career paths. As a Co-Director of Hospital Operations, I work with our team of Directors to create professional development workshops, community outreach opportunities, and research presentations for our members. I have been thankful to serve such a motivating and empowering group of PULSE members who continuously inspire me to understand the cultural, social, and economic implications of a disease and how to advocate for providing quality care to the diverse patients we serve.

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My experiences shadowing teams of physicians with PULSE has shown me that being a medical practitioner encompasses much more than just collaborating with one another to diagnose and treat a patient. Rather, medical professionals undertake a social obligation for their patients and for society—the breadth of which I previously did not fully comprehend. Through PULSE, I have gained first-hand exposure to the various scenarios I may encounter as a future physician, including assisting patients who cannot afford potentially life-saving medications and educating families faced with making life or death decisions for the well-being of their loved ones. These realities of medicine have shown me that present-day physicians have a significant role not just as medics who treat a set of symptoms but as healers whose empathy, compassion, and humility are as equally important as their knowledge. As one of this year’s Directors of Hospital Operations, I hope to continue fostering a sense of community within PULSE while developing innovative solutions to overcome the logistical challenges presented by the pandemic to keep members engaged and enthusiastic and continue assisting them in their professional development.

Director of Outreach

Naqiyah Qadir

I distinctly remember my Pediatrics rotation, as that was not only my first rotation, but also something I have always been interested in exploring! Watching how the rounding team interacted with patients and their families was inspiring and showed me how much strength there is in vulnerability. The way medical students and attendings communicated to other branches, created treatment plans, discussed all aspects of patient care was something I was able to witness firsthand while learning more about hospital atmosphere and etiquette. It was through my shifts, I was able to see clearly what I was working toward and what I hoped to pursue!

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Director of SRP

Dimitri Speron

PULSE has been one of the most valuable experiences I have had the privilege of being a part of at UCLA. The ability to shadow physicians at Ronald Reagan Hospital has been perhaps the most obvious benefit of being a member. Through this I have met and interacted with world-class physicians and learned things that will benefit me throughout the entire duration of my life. The benefits of PULSE are, however, not contained to shadowing. Through professional development, case study research, and social events, PULSE has fostered the development of an inclusive culture of like-minded and spectacular individuals that make the organization that much more enjoyable. Experiences that I have had have solidified and shaped my desire to become a physician like none other. As the Director of SRP, I endeavor to make conducting and receiving credit for the research that PULSE does easier for all members, and to continue to foster the spirit of intellectual cooperation and friendliness.

Directors of St. Baldrick's

Vivian Yu & Raymond Ko 

My time in PULSE has been one of the most humbling and inspiring experiences in my undergrad years at UCLA. Shadowing at Ronald Reagan has given me insight into not only the medical processes of diagnosing and treating a patient, but also the very human side of caring for a patient holistically and emotionally. The physicians are always so encouraging of our curiosity and actively take the time to teach and explain the nuances of complicated cases. This organization has played a significant role in affirming my decision to pursue medicine as a career, and the emphasis it places in recognizing both personal and professional potential reminds me that there is so much to strive for. I’m absolutely thrilled to serve as one of the Co-Directors of St. Baldrick’s this year in continuing our ongoing contribution toward funding pediatric cancer research, and I’m so excited to see what PULSE has in store for us all this year.

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The bright and early mornings with interns, residents, attendings, and nurses working in unison for the betterment of a patient inspired me each time I stepped into the hospital to shadow. On rounds in the pediatric department one day, the team brainstormed treatments for a patient who had been admitted for a rare disease; observing how each individual racked their brains in such a systematic, yet creative and collaborative way gave me a lot of insight into this career I was pursuing. Beyond the hospital setting, PULSE as an organization and support group provided me with the opportunity to receive advice from my peers, build friendships with like-minded students, and strengthen my professional skills for a future in medicine. In a professional resume-building workshop, I had the chance to connect with an attending at RRMC, who gave me pointers on my resume and offered to be a mentoring resource for me throughout my journey to medical school. I am very grateful for the many doors PULSE has opened and am excited for the years to come.

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Director of Fundraising

Sumaarg Pandya
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Through my experience shadowing with PULSE, I have gained invaluable insight into the field of medicine and the aspects that comprise compassionate healthcare professionals. Through my experience accompanying a diverse team of attending, residents, and nurses during morning rounds, I was able to witness and appreciate the collaborative, team-oriented culture of healthcare. I am grateful to be a part of an environment that promotes learning and offers career guidance. The diversity of experiences I've had, ranging from having attendings diagram the Fontan surgical operation to residents talking about their gap year in Europe researching stem cell therapy, has become integral to my pre-medical experience. I am fortunate to have strong role models in the medical professionals at Ronald Reagan Hospital; these talented doctors who exemplify virtues of benevolence, teamwork, and excellence have greatly influenced my professional aspirations. By interacting with patients and observing medical care, I was able to experience firsthand the intellectual engagement and emotional commitment necessary for compassionate care. My time in PULSE has influenced and solidified my ambitions to pursue a career in medicine.

Director of Recruitment and Socials

Leah Savage
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My most memorable experiences in PULSE have definitely been interacting with the amazing physicians at RRMC. For example, one doctor in cardiology introduced me to each patient as "the future Dr. Savage" and allowed me to perform all procedures along with her. Many doctors have given presentations directly to me and have consistently pushed me to ask questions and engage deeply with the patient's story and condition. RRMC serves a diverse patient population, each with specific needs, and it has been really impactful to learn about the way that doctors, social workers, and other actors in the hospital attend to each patient. I have been able to see the way that doctors bring their eclectic passions into their clinical work, which has inspired me to aim for an MD along with another degree in a related field. Being a part of PULSE has shown me the way that my passion for health equity and social justice can intersect with a career in medicine.

OUR 2020-21 MEMBERS

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WHY YOU SHOULD APPLY

Physician Shadowing

PULSE offers a unique physician shadowing opportunity, allowing undergraduate students to rotate through seven different departments at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center while interacting with medical students, physicians, residents, and other medical personnel to explore the rewards and obstacles encountered in various clinical specialties.

Professional Development

PULSE forms relationships in the greater community of medical professionals to provide the resources and guidance needed to advance our members’ professional development as they pursue their future endeavors.

Additionally, PULSE offers members the opportunity to become involved in research and receive SRP 99 or 199 credit through quarterly case study presentations.

Community Involvement

PULSE strives to foster a community of members who not only provide a support system comprised of like-minded individuals, but also desire to service their greater community through collaboration with our on-campus partners and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

EXPERIENCE
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RECRUITMENT

Application Details​​

  • PULSE has one admission cycle each year during Spring quarter and new members begin shadowing the following Fall quarter.

  • Written applications are due in mid-April of each year. 

  • While we evaluate all applicants using a holistic approach, we do not consider GPA in our selection process.

  • Select applicants will be invited for an interview conducted by PULSE Executive Board Members.

  • Who can apply?

    • PULSE only accepts undergraduates who are currently enrolled at UCLA.

    • Incoming freshman must wait to apply until they are active students at UCLA.

    • Unfortunately, students currently in their last undergraduate year cannot apply because they will no longer be undergraduates when they begin shadowing.

 

2021-22 Recruitment Cycle

Info Sessions: Tuesday, March 30th from 5-6PM PST & Friday, April 2nd (Week 1) from 5-6pm PST

Pop in with PULSE on Monday, April 5th (Week 2) from 6:30-8pm PST via Zoom.

Zoom Details for ALL Information Sessions and Pop in with PULSE event:

Zoom Link: https://ucla-hipaa.zoom.us/j/96405644823?pwd=VWlIalpLcFcwYkRWcmY0dmkxakQxdz09

Meeting ID: 964 0564 4823

Passcode: 337847

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click the video above for a recording of our 2021-2022 Information Session!

The PULSE recruitment cycle for the 2021-22 school year is here! The applications can be found at the red button below. They will be due on Tuesday, April 6th by 11:59PM PST (Week 2). Applicants must email the application in a PDF format to uclapulserecruitment@gmail.com and must submit the required Google form linked on the application before the deadline. To maintain fairness to all applicants, we will not consider any late applications. Additionally, the word limit must be strictly adhered to.

 

 

You may retrieve the written application by:
1. Clicking on the red button provided above to access the application
2. Downloading the application by clicking "file" then "download as"
3. Choosing a desired format to download and edit application
4. Submitting your application to uclapulserecruitment@gmail.com in a PDF format by the deadline, 
Tuesday, April 6th by 11:59PM PST (Week 2)

5. Fill out the required Google form (linked on the application) by the deadline, Tuesday, April 6th by 11:59PM PST (Week 2)

Interviews will be held on Zoom for select applicants from Monday, April 12th through Saturday, April 17th (Week 3).

Thank you! You will receive an email once our application is live.

 

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