Dr. Shadi S

Mentor + Essay Coach

Shadi brainstorms with students to learn about students’ personalities and the unique aspects of their applications so they could together craft a powerful and highly personalized statement that helps them shine in the eyes of the admission committee.

San Diego, California

Physician Resident, Child Neurology Program, Class of 2028, University of California, San Diego
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), Rowan University
BA, Molecular & Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley

As an essay coach and medical mentor at Moon Prep, Shadi collaborates closely with her students to cultivate purposeful critical thinking and gain their trust. She creates an environment where students feel comfortable openly exchanging ideas and provides authentic guidance and feedback to develop powerful personal statements and strong applications. With her role as an essay couch, Shadi is enthusiastic about assisting students in effectively conveying their distinctive experiences, personal reflections, and career aspirations when crafting personal statements explicitly tailored for traditional and direct medical school programs. From day one, Shadi wholeheartedly dedicates herself to supporting students throughout their professional path.

While mentoring at Moon Prep, Shadi will be a child neurology resident at the University of California, San Diego, this summer. Successfully navigating the medical school admissions cycle herself, completing medical school, and matching into her residency of choice, she possesses firsthand knowledge of the entire application and interview process, as well as what the journey entails. With her firsthand experience as a first-generation physician and non-traditional medical student, Shadi is well aware of the significance of having an expert mentor during this challenging academic journey. Shadi eagerly offers her assistance to aspiring BS/MD, BS/DO, and traditional medical students. With her personal and professional expertise in writing, editing, and revising, she has developed the essential skills and knowledge to effectively guide students in crafting meaningful narratives and resumes that authentically highlight their strengths and intentions.

Being fascinated by mentoring and teaching, she received her minor in Education from the University of California, Berkeley. Aside from tutoring throughout college, she founded and taught a college-level course on Human Genetic Disorders and tutored underserved elementary students in Oakland on reading, comprehension, and writing skills. Following undergraduate, Shadi worked as a lab technician at Stanford School of Medicine, where she participated in writing and revising scientific manuscripts. During medical school, Shadi continued tutoring and was an Anatomy Teaching Assistant (TA). Her passion for mentorship and giving back to her community led her to mentor numerous underserved high school and college students through various programs such as the American College of Osteopathic Pediatrics (ACOP) mentorship program, RowanSOM Bridge mentorship program, Rutgers University APAMSA mentorship program, and ShaDOw project. In these roles, she gained valuable hands-on experience working closely with students and understanding their needs. Additionally, she first authored many manuscripts and presented poster presentations at various conferences. She was also the founder and president of the first chapter of the American Academy of Neurology in her medical school, through which she ensured that her fellow medical students had access to networking, community outreach, shadowing, and research opportunities.