Darlene D

College Counselor

Darlene draws on her medical research background and admissions success to mentor (or guide) students during the admissions process, encouraging them to frame their academic passions and professional goals into compelling essays and applications that stand out.

Las Cruces, New Mexico

DO Candidate, OMS-IV, Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine
BS, Human Biology, University of California, San Diego

A counselor with Moon Prep, Darlene partners with students to strengthen their overall academic profile, encouraging them to frame their passions and experiences into original essays that convince and inspire. As a current medical student, she is experienced in guiding pre-medical students through all aspects of the arduous application process for both BS/MD and medical school programs. Darlene is particularly passionate about helping students stand out from the pack through extracurricular activities, hands-on learning, meaningful internships, and research opportunities.

Alongside her mentoring at Moon Prep, Darlene is currently a medical student at the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine. With her successful admission and first-hand experience, Darlene understands the journey to medical school can be confusing and often overwhelming. As a result, she looks forward to advising aspiring physicians on the helpful tips and proven techniques she learned as a way to make the process less stressful and more rewarding. With an extensive background in research, she also guides prospective medical students in selecting the right opportunities to allow their resumes to truly stand out. Darlene has experience guiding students applying to not only BS/MD programs and allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, but also traditional four-year colleges.

Throughout her college career, Darlene has participated in circadian rhythms research at UCSD, dermatology immunology research at The Scripps Research Institute, radiology clinical research at the UCSD Medical Center, and biotechnology entrepreneurship. Darlene was president of the BCOM Dermatology Club Board and she served as a mentor in the Burrell-Aggie Mentorship program. She has also published dermatology research on lesions and skin infections.

Student Placements:
Darlene has helped countless students secure admission at some of the most competitive medical schools, BS/MD and BS/DO Programs. A few of her recent acceptances include: 

Traditional Schools:

  1. Boston University 
  2. University of Georgia (scholarship)
  3. Georgia Tech University
  4. University of Arizona (with scholarship)
  5. The College of New Jersey 
  6. Virginia Commonwealth University
  7. New Jersey Institute of Technology 
  8. Washington & Jefferson University
  9. University of Pittsburgh 
  10. Penn State University
  11. University of Albany 
  12. Drexel University
  13. University of Alabama – Birmingham 
  14. Florida Atlantic University
  15. Mercer University
  16. Nova Southeastern University
  17. St Louis University
  18. University of Oklahoma 

BS/MD Programs: 

  1. Case Western Reserve University
  2. University of Connecticut
  3. Tulsa University
  4. New Jersey Medical School partnered programs: TCNJ, NJIT
  5. University of Rochester
  6. Boston University
  7. Tulane University
  8. University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) 
  9. The University of Illinois at Chicago 
  10. Seton Hall University
  11. University of Central Florida
  12. Colorado University – Denver

BS/DO Programs:

  1. Nova Southeastern University
  2. New York Institute of Technology
  3. Lake Erie College Osteopathic Medicine

Medical School:

  1. Tufts University 
  2. University of Southern California 
  3. University of Houston
  4. Iowa Carver School of Medicine 
  5. Georgetown (Interview Invite) 
  6. Rush Medical college (Interview)
  7. University of Texas Medical Branch (Interview Invite)
  8. University of San Diego (Interview Invite and Waitlist) 
  9. AT Still University- SOMA (Interview Invite) 
  10. Western University Interview Invite)
  11. Touro University- California (Interview Invite 
  12. Rowan University (MD) (Interview Invite) 
  13. California University of Science and Medicine School of Medicine (CUSM-SOM) (Interview Invite)
  14. LECOM (Interview Invite)
  15. California Health Sciences University College of Osteopathic Medicine (Interview Invite)
  16. Wayne State University (Interview Invite)
  17. Kansas City University- College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM) (Interview Invite)