•Expert in advising traditional, non-traditional, change-of-career,
re-entry, postbaccalaureate, disadvantaged and minority applicants
for 26 years
•Advised over 800 alumni who are attending health professions schools
•Average of 97% acceptance rate for advised applicants into medical,
dental, veterinary, physician assistant schools and other health professions
programs over the last three years (year 2006 national rate of acceptance
by all applicants in the US into Allopathic medical school was 47.2%. Source: AAMC
FACTS - Applicants, Matriculants and Graduates, Table 6)
•30 alumni accepted into Harvard Medical and Dental Schools
•Developed professional working relationships with Medical, Dental,
Veterinary, Pharmacy, Optometric, Naturopathic, and Physician Assistant School
•1990 National Academic Advising Association Award for Outstanding
Institutional Advising Program in the United States, 1996
•University of Southern California Award for developing the first Pre-Physician
Assistant program in the United States
•Student-selected Outstanding Biology Faculty 1994, 1995, San Diego
•Vice Presidential Student Service Award "Quest for the Best" selected
by students, 1991–1997, San Diego State University (only San Diego
State University faculty awarded this seven times)
•Former Preprofessional Health Advisor, San Diego State University
•Founder and Director of the Health Careers Opportunity Program, San
Diego State University, 1990-1996
Short Biography - Dr. Cynthia Lewis
B.S., Biological Sciences (Honors) Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Ph.D., Zoology University of Alberta, Canada
Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Dental Institute, National
Institutes of Health and Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Biology faculty, Professor level, taught biology 1975-1997
Dr. Lewis is keenly interested in the problems faced by applicants
of all backgrounds, including non-traditional students who are re-entry, "change
of career" or post-baccalaureate. She served as the Chief Premedical
Advisor at San Diego State University for 11 years, forming many professional
contacts with Deans and Directors of Admission. Dr. Lewis is Founder
and former Director of a Pre-Health Health Careers Opportunity Program
and initiated an Interdisciplinary Studies track for Pre-Health students.
She is an expert in advising traditional, non-traditional, disadvantaged
and minority students for admission to medical schools for 26 years.
Dr. Lewis has advised over 2500 pre-health students since 1985 with
an average 97% acceptance rate for applicants in the last 3 years;
almost 900 of Dr. Lewis’ alumni are in health professions school
training or are practicing now. 30 of Dr. Lewis’ alumni have been
accepted to Harvard Medical and Dental Schools. She is past President of
the Western Association of Advisors for the Health Professions and past
Representative on the Board of Directors of the National Association of
Advisors for the Health Professions.
In 1990, the National Academic Advising Association awarded Dr. Lewis the
Outstanding Institutional Advising Program in the United States, she is the
only faculty member selected by seven students for the San Diego State University
Vice Presidential Student Service Quest for the Best Award, and was twice
honored as Outstanding Biology faculty by her students.
Dr. Lewis’ 26-year career in health services school preparation
is marked by her professionalism and competence with a high level of
commitment to her clients. She is a consummate student advocate with
integrity. An astute communicator, she’s presented over 30 posters and
reports on research at scientific meetings, and has been the invited speaker
on pre-health advising issues at nine national and regional conferences.
Author, 1998, Kaplan’s Medical School Admissions Advisor. Chapters
on Special Considerations: Women Students and Non-Traditional Students. (Now
in its 4th Edition)
Co-Editor, 1997, A Road Map to the Medical Promised Land - An Advising
Manual, University of Virginia School of Medicine.
Contributing Editor, 2001, Medical Professions Admission Guide: Strategy
for Success, 5th ed.
Author, 1990, "Veterinary Medicine" supplement to Medical
Professions Admissions Guide.
Author, 1996, "Academic Medicine" (71: 1050-1057). Article describing
a comprehensive model program to increase the number of disadvantaged students
matriculating into health professions schools.
Reviewer, Meeting the Challenge of the MCAT- A Test Preparation by
Jackson, McGlinn, and Herrold.