October can be a spooky month for medical school applicants as some are still writing secondary essays, while others are receiving interview invitations, and the lucky few receive acceptance letters. One of the scariest parts about applying to medical school is the lengthy process and the long waiting time. Students who have already completed all their secondary essays can best use their time by preparing for interviews. Brush up on MMI skills and your traditional interview answers by taking a look at these quick guides. If you need more confidence in the strength of your answers or want to better prepare by simulating a real interview, schedule a free informational call with Moon Prep today to see how our counselors can support your interviewing skills. As interview season goes on, our counselors’ availability fills up quickly, so schedule in advance to secure your spot.
Podcast – White Coat Club
Whether your goal is to apply to a BS/MD program or medical school, you will want to stay up to date on the best application and admissions advice by listening to Moon Prep’s podcast, White Coat Club. From the role of research in an application to interview skills and more, White Coat Club has got you covered.
The latest episode is “All About Applications – Common App, Coalition, Etc.” Lead Moon Prep counselors Lindsey, Alix, and Nicole discuss everything you need to know about the college application platforms and processes. Current BS/MD applicants should listen in to make sure they are following the best practices and avoiding common pitfalls. Listen now on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, or Spotify.
Rising Researchers – NEW Winter Session
As winter break approaches, make the most of your time by getting involved in research. Rising Researchers offers the perfect opportunity for students to get exposed to scientific literature and complete the course with a publication and poster presentation. Gain valuable research experience in only 4 weeks, while working alongside peers in a small class cohort, under the guidance of a research mentor.
Schedule: 4 weeks long – meeting twice a week
Dates: Every Tues/Fri (12/19-1/12), 7:00p – 8:30p ET/4:00p – 5:30p PT
Research Topic: Social determinants of health in cardiovascular disease. An intersection between how public health impacts medicine.
Tarek has a wonderfully varied background, including being a tutor, high school educator, and mentor in medical school. Having taken a non-traditional route to medicine, Tarek is aware that diverse experiences are extremely valuable in medicine and in the application process, regardless of the applicant’s age. Tarek is passionate about writing and believes that the essay portion of applications is foundational to expressing how student’s life experiences, values, and goals make them a unique asset to institutions. He believes in holding students to a high standard of excellence while guiding them with clear expectations through the entire writing process while giving them room to express themselves and find their own voice.
As a fourth-year medical student, Tarek has been longitudinally involved in the mentorship of medical students, undergraduate students, and high school students in the Reno area. He is the leader of a student organization called Mentors in Medicine, which is dedicated to long-term mentorship of high school students interested in careers in healthcare. This program begins in freshman year of high school and consists of direct mentorship, education about different healthcare careers, and guidance on what students should pursue as they progress to senior year and college to best prepare them for applications. He also was hired by UNR Med to tutor students in the first and second-year curricula.
Tarek was previously a mathematics and computer science high school teacher for three years after graduating from ASU. Since college, Tarek has tutored in a range of subjects, including mathematics, sciences, MCAT, and medicine. After teaching, he gained experience as a medical scribe before being accepted to medical school.