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Lewis Associates e-Newsletter
Volume 9 Issue 6
June 2010

Published by Lewis Associates. Dr. Cynthia Lewis, PhD., Editor
Email imaclewis@lewisassoc.com with your comments. Enjoy!

Coming up in June are 2 events where I will connect with Deans and Directors of Admissions at medical and other health professions schools. I first visit the campus of Touro University, Nevada, College of Osteopathic Medicine, while meeting with some of my alumni, in early June. I have sent alumni to Touro University beginning with its first entering class in 2005, and a special treat for me is seeing my alumni who are practicing all over the U.S. Second, is the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP) meeting in Atlanta. I chaired the 1990 national meeting in San Diego and sat on their National Board of Directors for several years. I always learn new things and meet new people in positions of authority at such meetings, which helps me to help you, my advisees! 

So, look for the Introduction and "News" in our July 2010 newsletter to reflect what I have learned from Touro University, Nevada and the NAAHP meeting. 

This month's question (on Dr. Lewis' Facebook page) is: "I will take my MCAT in May and I don't feel prepared. Is it better to study hard until then, take this MCAT, and turn in my application to medical school before knowing my MCAT scores, or is it better to push the MCAT date back? I will also be doing a research internship this summer, hence I want to take it early."

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-run websites from Cornell Medical School Admissions staff:
"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.

What's inside:

Welcome to Success Stories Newsletter!
How to Communicate With Us
Changes in Services
Your journey to a health profession
Are You Ready for the Class of 2011?
Track Record
Be Competitive

Getting Started

• U.S. News and World Report releases this year’s best medical school rankings.
• President Obama Signs Landmark Legislation into Law
• College of Osteopathic Medicine Applications Top 13,300, Breaking Record Again
• Profiling the 2009 AACOMAS Applicant Pool

Useful Links
• AAMC website for students interested in the MD-PhD
• Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) 2011-2012
• AACOM 2011 College Information Book - Free, online
• Official Guide to Dental Schools: Financing Your Dental Education

Alumni Update
• Brian, DDS, MD, Entering Class of 1992, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, University Of California San Francisco Medical School, Oral Surgery Residency at UCSF, Residency Director for UCSF Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
• Richard, MD, Entering Class of 2006, Ross University School of Medicine, Family Medicine Residency at UC Davis - Modesto

Success Story of the Month
• K, MD, Entering Class of 1997, University of California Irvine School of Medicine, Psychiatry Residency at University of Nevada Las Vegas, Psychiatric practice in Las Vegas.

Question of the Month
Dr. Lewis' answer to this month's question on Facebook. "I will take my MCAT in May and I don't feel prepared. Is it better to study hard until then, take this MCAT, and turn in my application to medical school before knowing my MCAT scores, or is it better to push the MCAT date back? I will also be doing a research internship this summer, hence I want to take it early."

Our Services


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...96% acceptance
Entering Class of 2008...96% acceptance
Entering Class of 2007...97% acceptance
Entering Class of 2006...89% acceptance
Entering Class of 2005...100% acceptance
Entering Class of 2004...100% acceptance

We have restructured our Advising package so you can become competitive during the entire application process!

Our one year package addresses ALL preparation and application activities, no matter when they occur for you. We advise all applicants to begin preparation for their application process at least 18 MONTHS prior to expected matriculation . But, real preparation to become a strong, competitive applicant starts when you enter college (and even before!) So, get started NOW!

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!

How to Communicate With Us

Phone: 805-226-9669
Fax: 805-226-9227

Mailing Address: 1885 Laguna del Campo, Templeton, CA 93465

Lewis Associates absorbs Long Distance Charges

All phone conferences are made from our office to you. Marcia, our Administrative Assistant, calls YOU at your appointment time.

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.

Are you REALLY ready to apply for the Class of 2011 or 2012?
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! And if you start the ultimate Commitement Package within 6 months, we subtract your Personal Assesment Fee from the total. If it were easy to do, all applicants would be accepted...and, that is not the case.

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 us earlier 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 of failure?

Gail Ruth, mother of Todd Ruth, Entering Class of 2010, Jefferson University Medical School
Just a short note here to let you know how appreciative we are of all the wonderful help you gave to our son, Todd. He just received his first 2 acceptances from his top choices, so we couldn't be more pleased.! You were instrumental in guiding him as to which courses to take and gave him invaluable help with his essays. Thanks once again for all your help and guidance.

David and Maureen Lee, parents of Eric Lee, Entering Class of 2009, Saint Louis University School of Medicine
June, 2009: "Dr. Lewis, We just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you for all of your strategic guidance, wise counsel, encouragement, and mentoring to our son Eric on his journey to get into medical school. That is quite a process!! Eric definitely took the "road less traveled", majoring in philosophy, but he worked really hard to get his science prerequisites under his belt. He benefited so much from your experience, insight, and when needed, "tough love". You kept him on track, and we thank you. We think he will be an excellent physician. Perhaps some day we will meet. Again with gratitude, David and Maureen Lee."

Michael Nevarez, Entering Class of 2006, Harvard University School of Medicine, his first choice school
"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, 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, West Virginia 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 her team."

Ariel Chairez, Entering Class 2004, Scholarship Awardee, University of Wisconsin Medical School
"Dr. Lewis, I would like to thank you for all of your help. Without 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 a scholarship 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 you."

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 2011 Advisee
"Dear Dr. Lewis,
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!"

Be Competitive
In order to be a competitive Class of 2011 or 2012 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.

What are your chances?

If you want to change your career, or reach your present career goal, but do not know how to begin, or how to jump over all those hurdles, Lewis Associates will advise you and implement strategies to change your life. Dr. Lewis is thorough and professional.

Getting Started

Read on our website about getting your Personal Assessment done, then phone or email us to get started!
Dr. Lewis spends, on average, 7 hours developing an effective strategy of taking you from where you are to where you want to be. Added Benefit: We will subtract the cost of your Personal Assesment from an Ultimate Commitment Package if you choose it within 6 months.

You may be like our other Lewis Associates Advisees -- highly motivated and intelligent -- but needing focus, guidance and 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, dentist, physician assistant, veterinarian, optometrist, podiatrist, naturopathic physician, or pharmacist a reality--Dr. Lewis can help you. We have made the difference for more than 800 alumni now training or practicing in medicine over the last 23 years.

Dr. Lewis teaches Professionalism, Leadership, and Quality, and sets high standards for her Advisees.

Lewis Associates will save you money and heartache on your preparation and application process.

Contact the Health Career experts! For more information email imaclewis@lewisassoc.com. Call 805-226-9669 to set up your first appointment.



U.S. News and World Report releases this year’s best medical school rankings.
Seven out of the top ten (including all of the top three) medical schools listed in answer to the question, “Which schools turn out the most primary care residents?” are osteopathic medical schools. 
The magazine ranks colleges in research, primary care, rural and family medicine. 

President Obama Signs Landmark Legislation into Law

College of Osteopathic Medicine Applications Top 13,300, Breaking Record Again
More than 13,380 potential medical students applied to osteopathic medical schools this year, breaking the record for the fourth year in a row.

Profiling the 2009 AACOMAS Applicant Pool
Findings from a 2009 AACOMAS applicant survey reveal the percentage of respondents who received offers of admission to medical school and explore these respondents' choices.


AAMC website for students interested in the MD-PhD

Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) 2011-2012

AACOM 2011 College Information Book - Free, online
The new publication is a "must have - must read" guide for prospective osteopathic medical students.

Official Guide to Dental Schools: Financing Your Dental Education 

Find these and other useful links on Lewisassoc.com's Links Page.

alumni updates


Brian, DDS, MD, Entering Class of 1992, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, University Of California San Francisco Medical School, Oral Surgery Residency at UCSF, Residency Director for UCSF Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 

March 23, 2010: " Dr Lewis, I was just thinking about SDSU. I am full time faculty at UCSF School of Dentistry, and starting in July I will be the Residency Director for our program in oral and maxillofacial surgery. I sit on the Admissions Committee for the School of Dentistry, and every year, I work with 2 or 3 postbac students. My time is divided between an inner city trauma hospital and the university hospital on the main UCSF campus. I spend the majority of my clinical time treating patients who have suffered facial trauma. Thank you for everything and I am really excited to hear from you. Let me know if there is anything I can do. Brian"



Richard, MD, Entering Class of 2006, Ross University School of Medicine, Family Medicine Residency at UC Davis - Modesto 
April 17, 2010: "Dr. Lewis, I just got into Residency at UC Davis-Modesto at Doctors Hospital in Family Medicine. Hope you are well! Richard"

success story

K, MD, Entering Class of 1997, University of California Irvine School of Medicine, Psychiatry Residency at University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Psychiatric practice in Las Vegas.  

As I sit in my condo on this Saturday morning, I am reflecting on all the hard work I have done to get where I am. Where am I?  I live in Las Vegas in a condo I own, am 39 years old, have a moderately growing private outpatient psychiatric practice, and over the last 3 years since finishing residency have averaged 3 – 4 day work weeks and 2 – 3 months [that’s 8 – 12 weeks] of vacation per year.  This past year alone, I spent more than 2 months out of the country including a month long ski-fari to Europe [Switzerland, France & Italy] and month-long scuba/tropical adventures to the Philippines and Mariana’s Islands.  Next up, a surf-ari to the far Western Pacific and another ski-fari to Iceland or Greenland or both.   

I make a modest income for a physician.  I have friends in surgical subspecialties and anesthesia that make more than 6 times as much money as me.  Their 4 car garages hold exotic sports cars and luxury vehicles; my one car garage holds a 9 year old jeep with 105,000 miles on it.  Their house has 5,000 square feet, my condo has 1,100 sf.  My friends still do 'call', and are frequently up all night and have their sleep/wake cycle interrupted multiple times per week.  I turn my ringer off every night before bed and sleep well thru the night, usually waking up when I feel like it [without an alarm] as I rarely schedule patients before 10 am, and sometimes not until noon. 

I plan on keeping up my pace of work until my 60’s and hopefully 70’s. My friends are counting the years until they can retire, hoping burnout doesn’t come first.  I look forward to going back to work after a vacation, usually getting burned out at the end of my vacations. Despite the pretty different life styles, me and my friends still have a lot in common.  We both sacrificed/invested a good portion of our 20’s and 30’s to get into med school, get thru med school and complete Residency.  

I started college when I was 17, had a hand full of majors and university changes, and finally graduated, majoring in Biology at 24 years old with nearly 300 semester units, and just a few units shy of minors in chemistry, math, agriculture and music.  I took a year off after undergrad to ski patrol at Mammoth Mountain.  At the time, I thought my career was in jeopardy and I might never recover, but in retrospect it was one of the best years of my life, plus I got to be a shredding good skier, and was introduced to mountains and snowboarding, which would later become passions. When Dr. Lewis, my pre-professional health Advisor, says to study 300+ hours for the MCAT, take her [and my] word for it; a high GPA and lots of extracurriculars alone won’t get you into med school.  You must have the test scores, too.  Also, don’t just apply to ‘dream schools’ as I did the 1st time around, take her advice and apply to ‘realistic schools’, too.  Otherwise, you too, may be taking a year or more off.  I ended up getting into a ‘dream school’ after finally taking Dr. Lewis’ advice and studying 300 or more hours for the MCAT during my time off. 

Med school the next four years was hard, ages 25 – 30, but Residency was harder ages 30 – 36.  I took a couple years off to do research and travel to break up Residency.  That’s right, you did the math right, I spent 19 years doing school, research and training before I could say, 'I was all done.'  At the time of taking those 2 years off in the middle of Residency, I again thought my career was tanking because I veered off the traditional path of 12 straight years from freshman to Board Certified doctor, but again, in retrospect, they were 2 years well spent exploring and reflecting.  For instance, after living 2 years in Hawaii, I realized it was not my paradise, and I would not be happy living there and practicing.  Better I learned that lesson during training, than make a huge move after training to move there and realize it, and then move back to the mainland, which would be very time consuming, expensive and disruptive to my career. 

Would I do it all over again?  Maybe.  I’m the kind of person who gets bored taking the same roads to a destination, so if I had a 'life do over', I might become a scientist or become a firefighter, but I am happy where I have ended up.  A last piece of advice: only become a physician if you think you will be unhappy doing anything else.  Me, I had to become a physician, and am glad I did.

Email to Dr. Lewis if you wish to communicate about medical schools or other issues or to contact those profiled in Success Stories: imaclewis@lewisassoc.com

question of the month...see Facebook, Advising Tips tab (link)
By Dr. Cynthia Lewis, PhD

"I will take my MCAT in May and I don't feel prepared. Is it better to study hard until then, take this MCAT, and turn in my application to medical school before knowing my MCAT scores, or is it better to push the MCAT date back? I will also be doing a research internship this summer, hence I want to take it early."

We will feature an important question each month. Please submit one that interests you for Dr. Lewis to answer. Send your questions to imaclewis@lewisassoc.com with 'Newsletter Question' in the subject line.

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If this is how YOU feel, then, maybe Lewis Associates is the place for you. Lewis Associates provides Mentoring and Coaching through the rigorous and often circuitous pre-health preparation and application process. Other consultants may support programs like Law and Business or graduate school -- not Lewis Associates. We are the experts in Health Professions based on 23 years of a successful track record.

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