November Medical News

By Brandie Erickson November 16, 2022 BS/MD Admissions Consulting Newsletter

With one of the biggest deadlines in the BS/MD admissions cycle behind us (November 1), the Moon Prep seniors are polishing their applications and essays for the upcoming November 15 and December deadlines. This certainly is the busiest time of the year! It feels great to press the submit button, but students need to keep working diligently to make sure their additional applications are in by the remaining deadlines. With all the intricate details of these complicated applications, staying organized with college deadlines and application details has never been more critical.

If there is a senior in your household who had a rough experience finishing everything by the November 1st deadline, schedule a free consultation today to hear how we guide the college admissions process for both BS/MD admissions and traditional undergraduate schools. Our expert essay coaches are available to help you finish and polish off those essays to perfection and stay on task.



  • Reminder: UConn’s deadline for their BS/MD is November 15! 

  • Choose DO’s Virtual Medical School Expo is December 7. Register here.  

  • Rowan University and Virtua Health have announced plans to build a new college of medicine in South Jersey, partnering to create Virtua Health College of Medicine & Life Sciences. 

  • Dell Medical School and Ascension Seton have been answering the physician shortage by consistently doubling their number of residents by 55% since 2015. They plan to continue increasing this number by 65 residents by 2026. 

  • In case you missed it: The American Medical Association hosted a webinar for medical students, The residency application process: What’s new for the 2022-2023 cycle.


November Deadlines

BS/MD applicants have another substantial deadline this week, November 15. Many schools have this date as their BS/MD deadline, including University of Connecticut, George Washington University, Hofstra University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Purchase College, University of Alabama, and University of Rochester. It is essential to add these schools to your Common App or Coalition App early, before the deadline day, to make sure you do not miss a required essay! 

We know firsthand that applying to BS/MD programs can feel like juggling too many dates and details. Download Moon Prep’s BS/MD FAQ guide to make sure you understand the intricate differences between BS/MD application process details from traditional undergraduate programs

Future of Rural Physicians

It’s no secret that there is a significant shortage of physicians in rural areas. This is the reason for multiple BS/MD programs having a rural physician focus, like Mercer University and Nebraska’s Rural Health Opportunities Program. To address the future of this issue, both the University of North Carolina’s School of Medicine and the University of California Davis School of Medicine run programs that focus on creating physicians committed to working in rural and limited access areas. 

The American Medical Association recently held an Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium meeting to identify essential areas of growth for the medical field. It is crucial for high school and undergraduate students to know where the highest areas of need are for physician shortages, so the field of medicine can identify individuals with these areas of interest early. Read more on the AMA website. 


CASPer Test Reminder

If you applied to Hofstra University’s 4+4 Program this week, this is a reminder to sign up to take the CASPer/Altus exam. This is a situational test designed to test your aptitude as a doctor to ensure that medicine is a good personal fit for your skill set through written and video questions. You have until January to take the CASPer test, but we recommend taking the test in advance and not waiting. 

Want help prepping for this test? Schedule a free consultation today to see how a Moon Prep counselor can help you prepare for this test through tutoring!

More Direct Medical Programs To Consider

Direct medical programs aren’t just for MDs and DOs. Did you know? There are direct medical programs for PharmD, DDS, and DMD programs too. One example of these programs is Binghamton University. Undergraduates accepted to the Pharmacy Early Acceptance Program (PEAP) are guaranteed a seat in Binghamton’s Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program. Students are given the option to enter the Pharmacy School after two years of undergraduate classes if they choose, earning a PharmD in an additional four years. 


Medical Expo for Future DO’s

For prospective students interested in DO programs, Choose DO is hosting an incredible opportunity to meet with colleges of osteopathic medicine across the country all in one virtual place. This virtual event will be held on December 7, from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm EST, and is free for all prospective students and advisors. Register here. 

Rising Researchers

For underclassmen, it’s time to be strategic about how you spend time outside the classroom during the school year. Thankfully, we have you covered. Registration is now open for the Winter session of Rising Researchers, an 8-week (January 9 – March 23) online research class under a researcher from UMass Amherst. The course is designed to provide you with an introduction to statistical and machine learning techniques for understanding, finding, and explaining health equity gaps in electronic health records data.

The best part? Students receive 2 college credit hours and there are no course prerequisites, 9-11 grades are encouraged to apply!


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