The Medical Magnet Program (known internally as Project A-Pulse®) was developed in 2010 in partnership with Mission Hospital. The goal was to create a unique student-hospital program founded on the core Catholic values of dignity, service, compassion, and excellence. In 2011, the program’s partnership transitioned to Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance.
The Medical Magnet Program provides students who are seriously considering a career in medicine the unique opportunity to explore various disciplines within the medical field – both in the classroom and off-site in a hospital facility.
The program is designed for students who have a strong aptitude in math and science, well developed academic skills, a desire for a challenging course of studies, and the aspiration to pursue higher education leading to a career in medicine or health related fields.
The four-year course of studies includes classroom instruction in advanced math, life, and health science combined with clinical knowledge provided by working professionals in a hospital setting. The program’s curriculum is rigorous and mandates students to enroll in double science and math courses compared to the typical high school science-based curriculum.
Classroom instruction is supplemented with lectures, observed operations, and individual meetings with eminent medical professionals such as prominent physicians, nurses, emergency/operating staff, medical/radiological technicians, and medical management executives. Students graduating from this challenging program will have a solid foundation in science and math applicable for future careers in medicine.
Mrs. Betty Cappelletti, Head of the Medical Magnet Program, is an accomplished medical professional and science teacher. She created the program with the goal of preparing students to compete at the nation’s most prestigious universities.