July Medical Newsletter

By Brandie Erickson July 26, 2023 Medical School Admissions Consulting Newsletter

As July begins to heat up, so does the medical school application process. Students can expect to begin receiving secondary applications from allopathic medical schools and may have already received some from osteopathic medical schools if they applied early. As secondary applications typically have a fee associated with submitting them, applying to medical school can be a financially draining process.

Not all schools require situational judgment tests, however each year more schools rely on them to recruit students mentally and emotionally prepared to become doctors. Medical schools aren’t the only ones requiring them either; BS/MD, dental, physician assistant, and veterinary schools also look at these scores. 

To help relieve some pressure from your purse strings, check if your family is eligible for the AAMC’s Fee Assistance Program, which dropped its requirement for U.S. citizenship in 2022. For further information on low-cost medical tuition and scholarships, see the Medical Admission News section below.



As secondary applications start rolling into your inbox, check out the Top 5 Most Common Secondary Questions For Medical Schools and get started writing the essays admissions committees want to see today. 

Get the inside scoop by reading Moon Prep’s Exclusive Interview With SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s BS/MD Program. The Upstate Accelerated Scholars program has been accepting students for four years now and admitted students have an average 1400-1500 SAT score and 30-33 ACT score.

Get inspired by reading our latest Forbes article about three students’ journey to medicine at Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine.

With so many recent updates to standardized testing, the Casper test has followed suit. Read our Forbes article to learn more about how The Casper Test Has Rolled Out Significant Changes For The 2023-24 Admissions Cycle.

A Boston University student talks about what he wished he knew about BS/MD before he was accepted! Moon Prep counselor Darlene reviews his strategy to get accepted, what worked well for him on his application cycle, and the specifics of Boston University.



The White Coat Investor Medical School Scholarship is now accepting applications for the 2023 cycle available for medical, dental, and other professional degree students through August 31st. This is a great option for current medical students looking to reduce their overall debt, with 10 possible awards and $70,000 to disburse.

Kansas City University recently established the Ronald R. Holt II DO, LGBTQ Scholarship, the first scholarship to support students in the College of Osteopathic Medicine who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, or questioning. 

The Starr Foundation gifted Yale School of Medicine $25 million towards scholarships for students who qualify for need-based financial aid. Yale medical students with demonstrated financial need will not be required to take out more than $10,000 in loans each year.

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine pledges to provide half of its incoming class with full-tuition scholarships in an effort to increase access to medical education.


Private charitable foundation, Beauty for Good, is providing one student, whose life has been affected by cancer with a full-tuition scholarship to the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson.

Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine is offering its class of 2024 free medical tuition for all four years, however, the admission process is very competitive. The previous year saw an admission rate of 0.45%.

The Sam Houston State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Conroe will receive state funding to bring down tuition costs starting in fall 2024. The new change will bring tuition down from $59,100 to $26,500.

The National Institutes of Health has awarded Duke University School of Medicine funding to create a one-year postbaccalaureate program for students underrepresented in medicine from any university aiming to apply for PhD or MD/PhD programs. The Duke Preparing Research Scholars in Biomedical Sciences Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PRIME-PREP) will consist of an immersive paid research experience. The program began in July 2023 and accepted a class of seven students. 

Moon Prep is proud to announce a newly-designed research opportunity with Rising Researchers! Students have the opportunity to work one-on-one on a customizable research project with our expert research mentors. Students work virtually while still performing cutting-edge research under the guidance of a research mentor. Our research mentors are experienced in the direct medical and traditional medical admissions process and will guide students on how to showcase this unique research experience. The goal is to give these ambitious students an edge by adding advanced research, data analysis, and a publication to their resumes.

Here’s what you need to know:

How long is the program? 10 sessions, completed over a 4 month period.

When does it start? Projects can begin at any time, even during the school year. Students can register in advance to secure their spot with a research mentor of their choice. 

Who is this program for? Our students are rising 9th graders through college students.

What is the end result? Students work with their research mentor to complete a research paper and poster, ultimately resulting in publication in the Rising Researchers Journal.

What is the curriculum? The project is fully tailored and customizable to each student, but we do have a syllabus of course objectives. 

No other research experience available offers the level of close mentorship and project guidance as our research mentors. Schedule your complimentary session today to learn more about the details of adding a Rising Researchers research project to your child’s college resume. 

Want one more reason to join Moon Prep? Now, our rising seniors have a direct medical college application “boot camp” included in their Moon Prep experience! This summer, our rising seniors will be attending sessions covering the intricate BS/MD application process, including strategies for the medical-focused essay questions. Over seven sessions, students will get a valuable head start on their college applications and essays in a structured, supportive environment. Students receive eBooks, templates, and sample essays to help guide them through the application process. 

Application iQ is an experience like no other and will help guide students (and parents) through the complete BS/MD application process. 

Here are the details:

When does the program start? Every Wednesday (7/19 – 8/30), 7:00-8:30p ET/4:00-5:30p PT. It is 7 weeks long – meeting 1x a week 

What is the investment? Free (live sessions), Paid (offline editing of essays)

Free: Moon Prep students can attend the live sessions for free. Sessions are via Zoom, interactive, and will assist students in getting a head start on their applications and essays in a structured environment

Paid: After each session, students will receive homework and work independently on drafts of their essays. All students are paired with a counselor/essay coach when they sign up. The offline essay edits/feedback will be billed at the hourly rate at sign up. 

What topics are covered? The course syllabus and learning objectives can be found here

Current Moon Prep students can register here.
Not a Moon Prep student yet? Schedule a complimentary consultation to learn more about our affordable services.