October Medical News

By Brandie Erickson October 19, 2022 Newsletter

We are officially in crunch time before the November 1 deadline, the first (and most substantial!) admissions deadline in the BS/MD sphere. Our students are hard at work, writing multiple essays per week at this point in the year, and making sure their applications are perfect. It is more important than ever to stay organized and keep college deadlines (and application details!) in mind – many of our seniors have ten or more schools due November 1.

If you are feeling like you are missing small details in the application process, like which schools ask for a secondary application to apply to their BS/MD programs, schedule a free consultation today to hear about our services and how we can help guide the college admissions process for both BS/MD admissions and traditional undergraduate schools. We still have essay coaches available to help you finish and polish off those essays to perfection.




  • Don’t miss the upcoming SUNY Upstate Medical University information session on October 20 @ 5:00 pm EDT for you to gather more information about the colleges paired with this medical school for BS/MD pathways. 
  • UNE COM Virtual Open House. The first part of the virtual Open House will be a short presentation from the Recruitment, Student & Alumni Services Office. The second part of the virtual Open House will highlight a specific topic (Addiction Medicine). November 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm EDT

  • The University of New England plans to expand and move its medical school from Biddeford to Portland. The new planned center will feature state-of-the-art laboratories, and simulation facilities. 

November 1 Deadlines

We are quickly approaching a big deadline in BS/MD admissions, November 1. Many schools have this date as their BS/MD deadline, including UMKC, College of New Jersey, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Drexel University, and Virginia Commonwealth University. If schools on your list have this deadline, we cannot stress enough the importance of knowing the details of each application. Some schools allow you to apply for their BS/MD program in the initial application, some have a separate application entirely, and others are emailed to you at a later date. 

Applying to BS/MD programs can be like navigating a tricky maze. Don’t forget to 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.

Advice From Current Medical Students

Many students considering medical school would love some insider advice. This is exactly what the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine had in mind, by hosting a virtual event on November 30: Conversations with Second Year Medical Students. Register here

We know not every student will pursue a DO path, but we feel that this information session would be valuable to students interested in both DO and MD paths. If you are still considering which path to medicine is the best fit for you, Moon Prep has been navigating the world of DO vs. MD through our articles on Forbes and daily discussions with our students as we help them discover the right path for them. We also created a handy Comparison of MD and DO Guide for you to download and review.

Who’s Reading Your Application?

Applying to medical school can be stressful. It may be helpful to keep in mind the details of the admissions process. In many cases, medical school admission counselors are aided by current medical students, people who were in your exact shoes a few years ago. These medical students often provide feedback and notes on each applicant and can help advocate for certain students, often bringing a better light to activities on your resume. Read more about how medical students help the medical school process on Medscape.

Budgeting For Medical School 

In a recent study by Becker’s Healthcare, it was noted that 14 of the top 20 medical schools cost more than $55,000 each year. Some, including Yale, Harvard, Columbia, and Northwestern, cost upwards of $67,000 annually. Combined with the cost of undergraduate pre-med programs, many new doctors are walking away with considerable debt these days. In fact, a report from the Association of American Medical Colleges discovered a median four-year cost for medical schools exceeding $263,000. With all of these dollar signs, it is important to consider the end cost involved in medical school and make sure you are applying to colleges that are the best financial fit, no matter what position you are in. It may be beneficial to familiarize yourself with medical schools that offer substantial scholarships to attend, starting with this handy list from Becker’s Healthcare.


Life After Med School

Curious about life after medical school, in the real world? During Medical Student National Advocacy Week, Dr. Bobby Mukkamala, an otolaryngologist from Flint, Michigan, and past chair of the AMA Board of Trustees, shared his perspective on life after medical school in a recent video interview. Specifically, he shared what he wished he had known in med school, from dealing with medicine shortages, insurance, and the details of private practice. Watch the video or read the interview transcript on the American Medical Association website

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. Apply by Nov 1 to get $200 off the total cost! 


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