Volume 8 Issue 2
Published by Lewis Associates. Dr. Cynthia Lewis, PhD., Editor
with your comments. Enjoy!
If the beginning of a year doesn't already bring
enough change for you, January 20th marked the beginning of a new American
President , his administration, his priorities and a sense of inclusion
for all. One of his ideas is to establish new volunteer corps for health
care, for teaching, for improving clean energy sources, supporting
our veterans, etc.
As a pre-medical/pre-health student, you must, I repeat, MUST engage
yourself in understanding what is happening in health policy as it unfolds.
Read a daily or weekly online or print national news source. Have an
opinion and be ready to back it up with facts! Ignorance and saying "I
am to busy" is not an option for serious pre-medical students!
See Dr. Lewis' answer to this month's question on Facebook: "How
can I be a Competitive Applicant?" This is the single most often asked
question by Pre-Health students.
Getting into medical, dental, pharmacy and the other health professions schools
is getting HARDER!
As usually happens in an economic downturn, more people are attracted to stable
careers like the health professions…competition is fierce!
How are YOU going to stand out from thousands of applicants?
Warning about student administered websites from Cornell Medical School Admissions
"PLEASE do not encourage students to get information from web sites administered
by other students. From time to time, I look up the studentdoctor.net site
(for interview ratings) and I am appalled at the amount of misinformation there.
Most of the information given there will hurt students more than help them."
Sick of rumors and false reports? Lewis Associates website has factual information
that you can trust.
Welcome to Success Stories Newsletter!
to Communicate With Us
Your journey to a health profession
Are You Ready for the Class of 2009?
• AAMC report says 30% med school
enrollment hike is not enough
• 4 New Osteopathic Medical School Programs available for the
2010 and 2011 entering classes.
Essay Contest: Reforming the Nation's Health Care System
•Tech-savvy med students fear
life without EMRs
• New partnership targets health care quality
• Patient privacy at stake in Ohio abortion case
• Health plans will guarantee coverage, if insurance is mandated
• Montana court OKs doctor-assisted suicide
• Defensive medicine widespread among Massachusetts' doctors
• Ethics Forum - Helping patients who are victims of abuse
• Exercise, weight control, adequate sleep found to reduce cancer risk
• Wikipedia often misses important drug facts
• AMSA PharmFree
• Military Scholarships
• New Medical Program: Cleveland
Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western ReserveUniversity
• Summer Training in Academic Research and
• Jim Dolan, M.D., Entering Class of 1991, Stanford
University, Surgery Residency at UCSF, OHSU Dept Surgery faculty.
• Brad Douglas, M.D., MPH, Entering
Class of 1993, USUHS, Aerospace Medicine Residency, Ob/Gyn Internship
at Portsmouth Navy Hospital.
• John Chaffee, M.D. , Entering Class of 1988,
Harvard University Medical School, University of Washington physician.
• Dr. Christie Martinez, DDS , Entering Class of 1995, UCSF Dental School.
• Todd Cook, M.D., Entering Class of 2003, George Washington University.
• Pam Pettigrew, M.D., Entering Class of 1999,
George Washington University, Internal Medicine residency at Albany Medical Center.
• Joseph E. Allen, M.D., Entering Class of
1995, St Georges University; Family Medicine Residency and Fellowship at St.
Joseph's Regional Medical Center; Sports Medicine Fellowship at UCSD; in private
practice in San Diego
Story of the Month
• Ashley White, Veterinary
Student Year 1, Purdue University
of the Month
• How can I be a Competitive Applicant? This is the single
most asked question by pre-health students!
Welcome to Lewis Associates!
Nearly one in ten Americans ages 20 to 24 is unemployed. But, health
care jobs remain an economic bright spot. The U.S. Department of
Labor expects the health sector to add more than 1.4 million workers over
the next ten years. Students in college and even high school can start
preparing now for a rewarding health career.
Are you ready?
Our Track Record
Entering Class of 2009...coming summer 2009
Entering Class of 2008...96%
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Entering Class of 2005...100% acceptance
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We have restructured our Advising package so
you can become competitive during the entire application process!
Commitment package addresses ALL
preparation and application activities for one year, no matter
when you begin. We advise
all applicants to begin preparation for their application process
18 months prior to expected matriculation, by January for summer applications!
If you are interested in personalized advising from “The
Best in the Business,” (quote by Dr. Patrick Linson,
Harvard Medical School Alum who is the only Native American Radiation
Oncologist on the planet!), call Lewis Associates today to schedule
YOUR personal assessment. Dr. Lewis invests in you, so you may live
up to your potential to be the best applicant you can be!
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Changes in Services
Where are you in
your journey to a health profession?
In high school? Yes, we advise high school students,
particularly, those interested in BA-MD programs!
Just starting college? This is a scary time. Everything
is new…how do I meet all those new expectations?
Moving into your difficult upper division sciences as a college junior?
Possibly, the "dreaded organic chemistry"…
Re-entering as an "older" non-traditional student?
Re-establishing academic discipline…
We help prepare those of you submitting applications for medical
and dental Residency programs, too!
Whatever niche you fit, we advise students just like you.
you REALLY ready to apply for the Class of 2010 or 2011?
How do you know?
Use our Personal Assessment--and you will be given
your individual strategy and path to your future! Then, if you use
our advising, we help implement your strategy! ! If it were easy to
do, all applicants would be accepted...and, that is not
Many whom we advise may not yet be ready, and need to develop some
aspect of their background to become competitive. Best to apply
when you are ready, be competitive, and do it ONLY ONCE!
Let's work together to make that one-time application successful…contacting
is better so we can develop your strategy and address all those difficult
problems…months or years prior to application.
Why not set yourself up for success, rather than toy with the proposition
Michael Nevarez, Class of 2006, Harvard University
School of Medicine.
"Dr. Lewis was a wonderful guide and mentor as I embarked on a
medical career a number of years after graduating from Cal Poly (graduated
2001, applied to med school in 2006). She gave an honest assessment of
the strengths and weaknesses of my profile, and more importantly provided specific
and personalized ways
in which I could address my application and the process going forward. Her advice
and experience was invaluable and I am very happy to have worked with her. "
Margaret Jolley, Entering Class of 2008, Accepted to
UC San Diego School of Medicine, her first choice school
"I never would've made it without my weekly conference
with the calm, experienced Dr. Lewis. She kept me sane. I am so grateful
for her guidance, for her editing help, and for the confidence she instilled
in me. She is a genuinely caring committed Mentor who takes pride in
helping our dreams happen. I have urged every fellow student I know to
call her. Let her help you, too!"
Austin Yoder, Entering Class of 2009, Accepted to Uniformed
Services University for Health Sciences, Philadelphia Osteopathic-GA,
Osteopathic, Tennessee Osteopathic, and Kansas City Osteopathic
"I am utterly grateful to Dr. Lewis for all her help, guidance and mentorship
through the application process. I owe a great deal of my success to date to
Entering Class 2004, Scholarship Awardee, University of Wisconsin Medical
"Dr. Lewis, I would like to thank you for all of your help.
your guidance, I would not have been accepted
into medical school this year. I am extremely happy to have been accepted
to one of the top medical schools in the country, and to have received
of $130,000. For any student who questions the value of your services,
I can say that you have saved me $130,000 in tuition! Thank
John Fiszer (Lawyer), Entering Class of 2005, University
Of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
Dr. Lewis' note: John was an Assistant State's Prosecuting Attorney in Chicago,
Illinois, when he contacted me in 2004. Finishing his 4th year of medical
school, he said: "I am really enjoying med school, and I am thankful to
Dr. Lewis for her help. Her methodical, disciplined approach to the med school
application process, as well as her insight into the transition to med school
were right on target."
Ali Warrick, Entering Class 2010 Advisee
I appreciate your help in
my transfer process to UC Berkeley. You have been an integral part
of the transition, and I would like to thank you for your time and
efforts. I know that your work is very thorough and well thought
out. In addition, I believe that you really care about your students,
and believe in each student's "right fit" in a school.
You lead many people toward a brighter future, and I would like to
say, 'Thank You!' for your contribution toward my academic goals.
This process has been much more enjoyable with your
guidance. Thank you for being so good at what you do."
S, Entering Class 2008, accepted with full scholarship
to Mayo Medical School
"I cannot thank Dr. Lewis enough for her support and
invaluable advice. When I came to her, I was apprehensive
about the formidable task of applying to medical school especially with
my past academic and personal hardships. She helped me see that overcoming
these difficulties was a testament to my strength, dedication, and diligence.
One of the most surprising outcomes of our relationship was that she
was effective in helping me develop a more positive self-image
and conquer many of my insecurities. Without her guidance and letter
of evaluation, I would not have been able to earn an acceptance to Mayo
Medical School, which granted me a merit scholarship that covers
almost all of my tuition. I truly appreciate all of her help. She went
above and beyond her role as an Advisor by becoming a Mentor to me. She
is absolutely the best in the business!"
In order to be a competitive Class of 2010 or 2011 applicant, you need to submit a quality
application as evaluated by your clinical, service and other experiences
and your GPA-MCAT/DAT/GRE, etc. profile in a timely fashion. This
requires a well thought-out strategy to carry you through the difficult
year-long application process. If you use Dr. Lewis' advising, we
begin preparation early in the year BEFORE submission of your application!
EARLY is always better, removes much of the pressure, and allows
time to solve unforeseen problems and challenges.
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but do not know how to begin, or how to jump over all those hurdles,
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our website about
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specific technical expertise. Dr. Lewis solves problems for
her Advisees and finds opportunities for them. Or, you may
wish to use hourly advising to solve one specific problem.
Dr. Lewis is a trained Biologist, having taught and directed her own
research programs for many years at two universities. She earned two
postdoctoral fellowships (one at NIH), received the 1990 NACADA
Outstanding Institutional Advising Program in the U.S. and directed
her own Health Careers Opportunity Program grant for 6 years,
bringing $1 million to her university while
helping hundreds of disadvantaged students enter health professions.
If you are serious about making your dreams to become a physician,
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AAMC report says 30% med school enrollment hike is not enough
Attempting to combat a projected physician shortage, the Assn. of
American Medical Colleges set a goal in 2006 to increase first-year
enrollment 30% by 2015. A report released by the AAMC in November
said that even if the plateau is reached, it still won't be enough
to avert a work force shortage. The projected shortage of physicians
is about 150,000. Officials are urging changes such as more Residency
4 New Osteopathic Medical School Programs available
for the 2010 and 2011 entering classes.
2010: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
will open an additional campus at Seton Hill University.
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic
Medicine will increase its class size by 100 students, who will
study at two new locations: Detroit Medical Center and Macomb University
Center in Clinton Township.
2011: Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
in Pomona, CA, will open an additional campus in Lebanon, Oregon.
Win $1000 Student Essay Contest: Reforming the
Nation's Health Care System
KaiserEDU.org is now accepting entries for its Annual Essay
Contest, giving undergraduate and graduate students a chance to win
a prize of $1,000 by writing an essay addressing the elements of
health reform that President Obama's team should focus on in 2009.
Tech-savvy med students fear life without EMRs
For the next generation of physicians, information technology is
as essential a tool as the stethoscope -- so much so that they are
uneasy when they are confronted with practicing in a paper-based
New partnership targets health care quality
Despite intense focus on improving care and keeping patients safe
from harm, American health care quality is only about 2% better this
decade than last, according to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research
and Quality. That is just not good enough, say leaders of a major
new initiative aimed at coordinating quality improvement and patient
safety efforts among physicians, hospitals, accreditation and certification
bodies, health plans, payers and patients.
Patient privacy at stake in Ohio abortion case
Physicians are fighting a demand for broad access to a clinic's
medical records. The privacy of hundreds of minor patients' medical
records lies in the hands of the Ohio Supreme Court as it deliberates
a case over alleged violations of the state's abortion consent law.
Health plans will guarantee coverage, if insurance is mandated
The reform proposal by America's Health Insurance Plans concentrates
on controlling costs, adding value, assisting consumers and businesses,
and covering all. A national health insurers' association released
a health reform proposal that would guarantee coverage for people
with preexisting conditions in exchange for the government requiring
everyone to have health insurance.
Montana court OKs doctor-assisted suicide
A judge ruled that the state's constitution gives mentally competent
patients with terminal illnesses the right to seek physician aid
in dying. For 10 years, Oregon stood alone as the state with a legal
physician-assisted suicide process. But two other states now allow
the practice. Washington voters in November 2008 passed a ballot
initiative legalizing aid in dying. Then in December 2008, Montana
Judge Dorothy McCarter ruled that state homicide laws unconstitutionally
restrict terminally ill patients' right to dignified deaths.
Defensive medicine widespread among Massachusetts' doctors
The state medical society is calling for tort reforms to address
costs, access and safety issues associated with medical liability
Ethics Forum - Helping patients who are victims of abuse
What do you say when a patient tells you he or she has been abused?
For years, primary care physicians taking a history have asked patients
whether their personal safety has ever been threatened. Most anticipate
a "no" answer and move on. But studies suggest more patients
will be answering in the affirmative.
Exercise, weight control, adequate sleep found to reduce cancer
Both fitness and fatness appear to play an important role in breast
cancer risk. "Keep moving to help ward off cancer" is a
message that seems to be picking up momentum. Evidence has built
in recent years that risk for breast cancer, in particular, increases
with a sedentary lifestyle.
Wikipedia often misses important drug facts
A study found the information on the user-written encyclopedia was accurate.
The danger could be in what's not there. Patients seeking drug information on
the Web site Wikipedia might be dangerously ill-informed.
Medical community’s home for reclaiming the ethics of medicine by
removing conflicts of interest and restoring the sanctity of the patient-physician
relationship. PharmFree.org, created in collaboration with the Prescription
Project, a drug industry watchdog group, provides resources for students seeking
policy change at their institutions. PharmFree.org promotes evidence-based
prescribing, access to medicines and pharmaceutical innovation
Whether you've just begun your undergraduate studies or have accepted a seat
in medical school, you can take advantage of the programs the U.S. Army provides
for students pursuing careers in health care.
Air Force: http://sf.airforce.com/opportunities/healthcare/education/
Education is of the utmost importance in the Air Force. Whether you are still
in medical school or are continuing your education and training, we will
make sure you have the resources and tools to meet your goals.
Wherever you are in your medical career, the Navy can help ease your financial
burdens and advance your career with generous scholarships, financial assistance
and continuing education programs.
New Medical Program: Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western
Reserve University (CCLCM)
CCLCM is a new program that sets standards for the training of physician
investigators through innovative approaches to the integration of basic science,
research and clinical medicine.
Summer Training in Academic Research and Scholarship (STARS) Program
The Office for Multicultural Faculty Careers at Brigham and Woman's Hospital
is recruiting its inaugural cohort of scholars to join them for 8 weeks to
engage in basic, clinical or translational research projects under the supervision
of BWH and Harvard Medical School faculty advisors.
Find these and other useful links on Lewisassoc.com's
Jim Dolan, M.D.
Jim Dolan, M.D., Entering Class of 1991, Stanford University,
Surgery Residency at UCSF, OHSU Dept Surgery faculty.
I don’t know if you would recall being the driving force
that helped a lad from Ireland, and SDSU undergrad, get into
medical school in 1991…maybe the name James Dolan may
It has been too long since I had a chance to say hello. I managed
to locate you online. It has indeed been an eventful 17+ years
since I talked with you last. After leaving SDSU in 1991,
I went to Stanford, then to UCSF to do a surgery Residency… and
a research Fellowship….and then to Oregon Health and
Science University to do another fellowship (laparoscopic surgery)…and
then off to the US Air Force in Biloxi, Mississippi for 4 years… (and
2 overseas deployments as a military surgeon)….and..
finally, now back to OHSU again where I’m now a faculty
in the Department of Surgery. .hopefully to settle down for
the long term…"
Brad Douglas, M.D.
Brad Douglas, M.D., MPH, Entering Class of 1993, USUHS, Aerospace
Medicine Residency, Ob-Gyn Internship at Portsmouth Navy Hospital.
"I am currently only practicing Ob/Gyn and planning on
entering into the Ob/Gyn Hospitalist realm after retiring from
the Navy in the next 18 months. Dr. Lewis - thank you again
after all these years."
John Chaffee, M.D.
John Chaffee, M.D., Entering Class of 1988, Harvard University
Medical School, University of Washington.
"I passed my 10th year of service with University of
Washington Physicians. Last June, I had to give up delivering
babies, as there were not enough other physicians practicing
obstetrics to share in our call group. Though I miss the joy
of deliveries, I am glad to have a more flexible schedule"
Todd Cook, M.D.
Todd Cook, M.D., Entering Class of 2003, George Washington University.
Christie Martinez, DDS
Christie Martinez, DDS, Entering Class of 1995, UCSF Dental
Pam Pettigrew, M.D.
Pam Pettigrew, M.D., Entering Class of
1999, George Washington University, Internal Medicine residency
at Albany Medical Center.
Joseph E. Allen, M.D.'s children
Joseph E. Allen, M.D., Entering Class of 1995, St Georges University;
Family Medicine Residency and Fellowship at St. Joseph's Regional
Medical Center; Sports Medicine Fellowship at UCSD; in private
practice in San Diego.
Watch for Success Stories coming for some of these alumni!
Ashley White, Veterinary Student Year 1, Purdue University
I can’t remember when I first decided I wanted to be a veterinarian. It
might have been after years of helping my mom give insulin injections to our
diabetic cat as a child. Or later, after going through years of medical
problems with any of three guinea pigs I had growing up. Somewhere along
the line though, I found my passion for animals and knew veterinary medicine
was my future.
In late high school, I had a few bad experiences in different science courses
and felt that I couldn’t ever be a veterinarian as I just couldn’t
cut it in a science-based profession. I decided I wanted to be an interior-designer – I
think more because I had no idea what else I wanted to do – than because
I actually wanted to do interior design. I applied to a number of colleges
with good interior design programs, and when I was accepted to and given a scholarship
at UC Davis I declined and headed to San Diego State University instead. By
the time I got there, I changed my major to undeclared instead of wading through
classes I wasn’t interested in.
My roommate, and later best friend, was pre-med and encouraged me
to turn back to my old dream. She referred me to Dr. Lewis, who
quickly put me on track to becoming pre-vet. Dr. Lewis encouraged
me to test out some beginning science classes and see if a biology
major was a good fit. Through her, I also joined the pre-professional
health group, CUHRE, to gain leadership experience and meet other pre-professionals. She
met with me frequently to ensure I stayed focused, and taught me how
to approach my professors and do well.
Dr. Lewis also set me up with my first shadowing and clinical volunteer
positions with alumni from CUHRE. Based on those experiences,
I located a job at the Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital of San Diego. Under
the guidance of two wonderful doctors, I learned a great deal as a
kennel assistant, receptionist, and technician. This experience
solidified my desire to be a veterinarian. I learned the basics
of what it takes to be a veterinarian and run a successful practice. I
became even more interested in the human-animal bond, and felt that,
in some small way, I was doing my part to improve the world by helping
animals and their owner counterparts.
I was invited to and joined the five honor societies offered at San
Diego State and became Vice President and later President of CUHRE. These
experiences boosted my confidence. I felt ready to tackle a rigorous
curriculum, move to a new place to attend veterinary school, and meet
a ton of new people. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with
my life and how I was going to do it. Finally, after a shaky
start and five years of uncertainty, I was sure of one thing: myself. I
applied to vet schools all over the country with Dr. Lewis’ help.
Though I didn’t see it as a blessing at the time, I was only
accepted to one school: Purdue University. I moved to Indiana
and began school in August of 2008. It was the change I didn’t
know I needed. It is, without a doubt, the most challenging thing
I have ever done. But the people, the animals, the learning process,
and the knowledge that I’m one step closer to achieving my dream
makes it all worthwhile.
I’m still not sure what I’ll specialize in, but I have
another year and a half to figure that out. Right now, I’m
focusing on learning as much as I possibly can and enjoying this time
before I have to head out into the real world. For now, I have
interests in exotics and oncology, and a desire to become the best
possible veterinarian that I can be.
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