The beginning of the new year also marks the beginning of a new application cycle! While the class of 2024 waits for interview invitations and admissions decisions, those wishing to matriculate in Fall 2025 would be prudent to get started on their primary applications now. Our medical mentors at Moon Prep prepare students for success by getting ahead of the game.
If you want to be first in line when the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) portal opens, it is imperative to have a strong personal statement ready to go. Schedule a free initial call with Moon Prep to secure your 2024 spot with our experienced counselors and get started today.
AMCAS 2024 Updates
This year, AMCAS has announced changes to their application going into effect for the 2024 cycle. The application, which opens on May 2, 2024, will include a new category in the Work/Activities section called “Social Justice/Advocacy.” This section is meant to allow students to highlight their experience in areas including fighting against climate change, addressing health equity, impacts on diversity and inclusion, and serving vulnerable populations.
In previous years, there was a question that asked about an application’s disadvantaged status; this year that has been replaced with the prompt “other impactful experiences.” This change in wording is meant to reflect the varied life experiences students bring to the table and allow for a more holistic review of any circumstances or experiences that may shape a student’s readiness for medical school.
In addition to providing future dates for the MCAT exam, students can now indicate a future date they may be taking the AAMC PREview exam. This professional readiness exam is meant to assess competencies, including resilience, adaptability, ethical judgment, empathy, collaboration, and cultural awareness, among others.
Pathways to Medicine
The road to becoming a doctor isn’t easy, nor is there only one path! While the traditional route is to apply to medical school during junior year of college as a pre-med student, non-traditional students are becoming more common. Some may not find their motivation to become a doctor until later after gathering more life experience, and some may be dedicated to the career early in high school. For seniors applying to colleges, gaining admission to a direct medical program may more efficiently propel students toward their dreams of becoming a physician. For college freshmen and sophomores, early assurance programs are available at select universities to offer high-achieving students conditional acceptance into medical school. Read more about the different pathways to becoming a doctor and the rise of non-traditional medical school applicants in Moon Prep’s Forbes articles.
An essay coach with Moon Prep, Erin works closely with students to help them find their voice and tailor their essays to the unique needs and requirements of each academic program. As a coach and assistant professor, she guides her students to craft essays that will stand out from typical submissions by developing depth, interest, and authenticity in their content. From the initial brainstorming of essay themes and content development to the writing and final line-by-line editing, Erin walks students through the entire essay process from start to submission for traditional four-year universities.
Alongside her mentoring at Moon Prep, Erin currently serves as the Division Chair of Arts and Sciences and an Assistant Professor of English at Howard College. In these roles, she oversees academic and faculty affairs as well as teaches courses in English composition, American and British Literature, and Technical Writing. Erin has a passion for seeing students grow in their confidence as writers and considers herself a ready resource to help students hone and polish their writing skills for every essay throughout the application process to their top-choice programs.
Previously, Erin was the Executive Director of Alumni Relations at Angelo State University and an editor for an online marketing agency. With diverse experiences as an adjunct, editor, and freelance writer, she has published works in both creative and professional publications. Erin has also published academic articles geared towards curriculum cultivation and composition pedagogical theories.
Erin currently lives with her family in Texas. When she’s not teaching and working with students, she can be found playing and writing music with her husband, chasing her four kids, or curled up in a hammock with a good book.