March Medical News

By Michaela March 23, 2022 BS/MD Admissions Consulting Newsletter

It is always surprising how busy the month of March can be, between interview prep with seniors, building resumes and college lists with juniors, and finishing summer program applications with our students. In fact, look below for a special offer on a great summer research opportunity that expires on April 1!

Direct Medical Interviews This Month

BS/MD programs are still holding interviews this month: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute- B.S. + M.D. Physician-Scientist Program, Drexel University, Texas A & M, and Nova Southeastern University- Dual Admission Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.). This list also comes with a wide variety of types of interviews and programs, where the interview panels will be looking for very different answers (like preparing multiple examples of leadership for Nova.) Thankfully, the students at Moon Prep are expertly guided by their Moon Prep counselors, who are adept at preparing students for every style of interview. 

Schedule a free consultation to learn more about our services and set up mock interview practice if you need help preparing for an upcoming college interview! This is also the perfect month to start counseling services for underclassmen or build a college list for a junior. Don’t wait to get started! Some of our counselors are already at capacity for the 2022-2023 admissions cycle.

Admissions News

The Future of Medical Schools

During the pandemic, our BS/MD students were disappointed to learn of the closure of two of the top guaranteed medical programs, both Washington University and Northwestern University. Thankfully, while the seats for BS/MD programs have become more competitive, the high demand for physicians is still being recognized across higher education institutions. This year alone we will see the opening of multiple medical schools: 

  • Texas Christian University announced a new medical campus for its School of Medicine to be located in Fort Worth.

  • Duquesne University began construction on their new College of Osteopathic Medicine for expected enrollment in the Fall of 2024.

  • In October, Touro University began construction on its new osteopathic medicine college in Great Falls for enrollment projected for Fall of 2023, 

  • Another option will be coming to Montana as well, with the announcement of another medical campus planned in Billings with Rocky Vista University.

With more medical schools opening each year, the future of medical school admissions is on the rise. Read our post on Forbes to learn more about our thoughts on the ways COVID has affected medical admissions. 

Ace Your Medical School or BS/MD Interview

With interview season still in full swing, it’s no secret: if you are invited to interview for medical school or a guaranteed medical program, your seat in medical school is yours to win or lose through your interview. This is where practice makes perfect. When it comes to interview practice, this is where having an expert guiding a mock interview is the best way to prepare. The experienced counselors at Moon Prep can help you craft your answers in the right way to meet the talking points the interview panel will be seeking. For example, it is essential to show a theme of internal reflection in your answers, which demonstrates maturity and personal growth. Weave a strong thread of learning from your experiences and applying those lessons to your future throughout your responses. Learn more tips on how to answer many types of interview questions by downloading one of our free interview guides and schedule a free consultation to learn more about our mock interview services.

A Future In Medicine

If you are considering a career in medicine, you might enjoy an early look at medical schools. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is once again holding their 2022 Virtual Medical School Fair, which will be on Tuesday, April 19. In addition to learning about admission information for the over 70 medical schools in attendance, the fair will also host information sessions on financial aid, preparing for the MCAT, and the AMCAS® application. This is a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with the traditional medical school application process, while being able to show early interest in participating medical schools. Register for free. 

Accelerated Medical School: Know Your Options

For students who are certain that their future career lies in medicine, a direct medical program from high school is not the only option. Programs like the three-year MD pathway at NYU Grossman School of Medicine in Manhattan exist as accelerated medical education options for students seeking to enter the profession earlier than the traditional timeline of medical school. Read all the details about these three-year medical programs on the AAMC website.

An Equitable Future

This past week, at the ViVE conference, the American Medical Association announced a new initiative focused on guiding equitable innovation, the In Full Health innovation. This movement is born from a desire to support investments in historically underrepresented populations. This initiative will be based on a platform that helps guide their healthcare organization partners to seek equitable investments and development options in the future, based on seeing an opportunity to impact underserved areas of need. Read more about their mission and principles behind this new initiative on the AMA website. 

The BS/MD College List

One college application task is perfect for March: building a college list. To ensure that rising seniors are able to maximize their time during the summer completing the essays ahead of time for college applications due in the fall, now is the time to finish your research and build your college list. This step can take some substantial time, so it is best to start as early as possible! BS/MD programs, in particular, include more essays than most, so the more organized we are, with ample time to prepare all of our tasks, the better. 

Are you seeking insider advice on which BS/MD programs to add to your college list? Our Moon Prep counselors are ready to help build the perfect balanced college list.

Timeline for Underclassmen

It’s no secret that essays are the most stressful component of the college admissions process and there is good news for students worried about the number of essays ahead of them.The Common Application has confirmed the essay prompts for the class of 2023, giving the most motivated students an early start on their Personal Statement essay. Many of the juniors at Moon Prep have begun work on their Personal Statements with their counselors. 

Here are the prompts from the Common App:  

  1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

  2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

  3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?

  4. Reflect on something that someone has done for you that has made you happy or thankful in a surprising way. How has this gratitude affected or motivated you?

  5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.

  6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?

  7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.


Independent Summer Research

At Moon Prep, we are focused on helping our students maximize the items on their resumes to stand out to their top colleges. Our counselors are available to help any students in your household pursue meaningful summer planning. Schedule a free call with Moon Prep to see how we can help!

Are you looking for a resume booster for this summer? Want to earn 2 college credits while completing hands-on research? 

Rising Researchers is a virtual, interactive, research-intensive program where high school students work directly with a scientist from UMass.

This 4-week program is a research experience like no other. This research program offers 2 college credits (transferrable to a university of your choice), a certificate of completion, and publication in UMass’s research journal.

By the end of the program, students will have a publication to add to their resumes and submit with their college applications. Our experienced team will guide the student through the entire process. 

You can have your research featured in this publication – UMass — High School Research Journal, Summer 2021 

Ready to get started? Register by April 1 to save $200! But, don’t wait too long; space is limited.



Thursday, March 24, 8:00 PM ET: Understanding The College Admissions Process

Are you ready to begin your college admissions journey? Having a plan is key to staying on track and not missing any important steps!

Moon Prep Counselors will cover a checklist for high school students, including:

– How to build your resume safely during a pandemic

– Creating a solid college list

– Understanding the different application types

– Applying for scholarships

– A timeline of essential items to be completed

Register here


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