Candace W

Mentor + Essay Coach

Candace draws on her success as a medical scientist to guide students through the entire admissions process, helping them strengthen essays, land research opportunities, and improve testing scores, ultimately positioning them as stand-out applicants for competitive medical and direct medical programs.

Location:
Los Angeles, California

Education:
MD/PhD Candidate, Medical Scientist Training Program, University of California Los Angeles
BA, Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of California, Berkeley
BA, Classical Civilizations, University of California, Berkeley

Bio:
An essay coach with Moon Prep, Candace guides her students through the entire medical school admissions process, helping them strengthen essays, land research opportunities, and improve testing scores, ultimately positioning them as stand-out applicants for competitive programs. As a medical mentor and current MD/PhD student, Candace is passionate about pulling directly from her own experiences to make the process as streamlined as possible for her students. From editing various types of essays and personal statements to navigating scientific research to prepping for the MCAT, Candace prides herself on her one-on-one dedication to students, working closely with them to create the strongest possible applications.

Alongside her mentoring at Moon Prep, Candace is currently a medical scientist at the University of California Los Angeles where she is a full-time MD/PhD student. Having successfully secured admission into a highly-competitive medical career, Candace has firsthand experience and insight into all aspects of a convincing and well-rounded applicant profile for traditional and direct medical programs. Given her strong research background, Candace is uniquely positioned to help students find the right opportunities, navigate the best ways to pursue them, and create a cohesive narrative that highlights their strengths in the best light. As an experienced MCAT tutor, Candace also has firsthand knowledge of the steps required to ace standardized testing and prepare for a career in the medical field. As a former decorated debater and high school speech and debate coach, she thrives in helping students communicate their interests and craft moving narratives. Her passion for mentoring has led her to work with numerous high school students and pre-med students, including coaching the 2019 California Lincoln Douglas Debate State Champion, editing application essays, and helping students secure spots in their top-choice programs.

Previously, Candace worked as a staff research associate at UCLA’s Brutte Lab and UCSF’s Chiu Lab, where she conducted genomic analysis of rare variants within patient populations and worked on rapid detection tests for the novel 2019 COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 virus, respectively. As a driven researcher, she has also worked in other labs at UCSF, UC Berkeley, and Stanford, where she focused on clinical trials, microbiomes, and cell-free DNA. Outside of her undergraduate coursework, Candace was an active volunteer in her community where she worked with the Red Cross, the UC Berkeley Chapter of the American Medical Student Association, and the Coalition of Concerned Medical Providers. Candace has published research on SARS-CoV-2 variant transmissions and infectivity and tick-borne pathogens. In 2020, she was a recipient of the UC Berkeley Haas Scholarship.