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Lewis Associates e-Newsletter
Volume 9 Issue 10
October 2010

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

October! For most of you, this month signals your first midterms. Many times, these exams are a wake-up call about both the quantity and quality of study time! The problem is, that that call is not heard until AFTER your exam is returned to you, graded. If you did not seek help (professor, discussion group, TA, study group) to answer your questions, or did not understand the format or depth or breadth of what was going to be covered on your exam (because you didn't ask!), now you have confirmation (if you earned < B) that all is not well! So, seek information and clarify concepts long before exams! Use all your resources! And, do this regularly.

This month's question (on Dr. Lewis' Facebook page) is: "How much time should I study for organic chemistry?"

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 2012?
Track Record
Be Competitive

Getting Started

• Medical School Students Facing A New Reality
• A Decade of Reports Calling for Change in Medical Education: What Do They Say?
• US Study Indicates Better Way to Care for Patients
• What do 50.7 million uninsured mean to physicians?
• Residents, Students Seek Action on Medical Education, Obesity, Other Topics
• Doctor sells coffee to help Rwanda's poor
• New personal technology creating new ailments
• Physician background doesn't tell the whole quality story
• What editorial writers are saying about the effects of health system reform
• HHS call for more insured children clashes with state budget troubles
• Practices hiring despite drop in patient visits
• Reform law to raise health spending a bit, CMS reports
• NIH resumes stem cell funding after court lifts injunction
• Hospital Job Growth Up in August
• Organized medicine to Geithner: Don't give lawyers tax break for litigation expenses
• Doctors' tech adoption influenced by social circle

Useful Links
• Health care reform's impact on various stakeholders and client populations
• Health Care Reform: connecting the dots
• Global Health: Preparation for International and Underserved Practice
• ECELA Medical Spanish Program

Alumni Update
• Jimmy, Entering Class of 2010, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
• O. H., Entering Class of 2010, Albert Einstein College of Medicine Medical Scientist Training Program
• Elliot, Entering Class of 2010, Drexel University College of Medicine
• Leah, Entering Class of 2010, University of Illinois, Chicago College of Medicine
• Caitlin, Entering Class of 2010, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Success Story of the Month
• Kim, Entering Class of 2010, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Question of the Month
Dr. Lewis' answer to this month's question: see Facebook.

"How much time should I study for organic chemistry?"

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 2010...86% acceptance
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 2012 or 2013?
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, 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 2012 or 2013 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 25 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.



Medical School Students Facing A New Reality
One of the groups most affected by the changes in the new health law are medical school students.

A Decade of Reports Calling for Change in Medical Education: What Do They Say?
Review the recommendations of 15 U.S. and Canadian reports, published in the last decade, that call for significant change in medical education.

US Study Indicates Better Way to Care for Patients
In medical school, students learn how to diagnose and manage a patient's medical concerns. But non-medical issues - a patient's emotional state, caretaker responsibilities, job status or access to care can be just as important.

What do 50.7 million uninsured mean to physicians?
At many practices, the economy has forced doctors to make stark choices as their patients find it harder to pay for care.

Residents, Students Seek Action on Medical Education, Obesity, Other Topics
Future family physicians want the Academy's help in making changes to medical education, including proposals on residents' duty hours and preventing burnout among medical students and residents.

Doctor sells coffee to help Rwanda's poor
A Seattle family physician's business sells one-pound bags through schools, churches and specialty stores. Revenue goes to improve the health of Batwa pygmies.

New personal technology creating new ailments
Physicians are seeing an increasing number of tech-related problems, such as BlackBerry thumb and cell phone elbow, as dependence on electronic devices reaches unprecedented levels.

Physician background doesn't tell the whole quality story
Patients need better information than education and other credentials to help find the right doctor, a new study says.

What editorial writers are saying about the effects of health system reform
The first major pieces of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act took effect as of Sept. 23.

HHS call for more insured children clashes with state budget troubles
A budget deficit prompted a freeze on CHIP enrollment in California, while Texas isn't expected to increase Medicaid or CHIP funding.

Practices hiring despite drop in patient visits
Physician offices are bolstering clinical staff to generate traffic and prepare for more insured patients once health reform kicks in.

Reform law to raise health spending a bit, CMS reports
A slowdown in Medicare expenditures during the next decade will partially offset coverage expansions that take effect in 2014, the agency's actuaries conclude.

NIH resumes stem cell funding after court lifts injunction
The ruling temporarily permits research grants while a three-judge appeals panel considers revoking an earlier ban.

Hospital Job Growth Up in August
The nation's hospitals reported 8,600 payroll additions in August, the largest single month this year of job growth for the sector, which so far has seen  erratic employment growth, preliminary data from the Bureau of  Labor Statistics shows.

Organized medicine to Geithner: Don't give lawyers tax break for litigation expenses
The AMA and other groups are asking the Treasury secretary to reject a policy change they say could encourage attorneys to file more lawsuits.

Doctors' tech adoption influenced by social circle
Studies examine "social contagion" theory to find how electronic medical records adoption is spreading -- and how it can grow even more quickly.


Health care reform's impact on various stakeholders and client populations

Health Care Reform: connecting the dots

Global Health: Preparation for International and Underserved Practice

ECELA Medical Spanish Program

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

alumni updates

Jimmy (right) with parents and brother

Jimmy, Entering Class of 2010, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Aug 29, 2010: "Hi Marcia and Dr. Lewis. How are you? I hope all has been well!

I apologize for the delay in getting this email out to you; the last two months have been unbelievably hectic. The last week of July was our orientation. I don't know if they were trying to foreshadow what medical school was going to be like, but it was from 8-5 Monday to Friday!!!! My goodness, it was everything from what we needed to do/be to become an excellent Osteopathic physician, to "Don't cheat or screw yourselves over, because you've already made it this far." As of tonight, I've been in classes for about 4 weeks, and things have been going well. I've been literally spending every waking free moment studying. Medical school isn't difficult if I just manage my time, and so far, it hasn't been too stressful.

The majority of my classmates are either married or have a significant other. There are 37 states represented in my class, and 50% are from out of state. Oh, there was a "feel good" story I forgot to mention to you. On the first day of Orientation, someone from out-of-state didn't show up, and didn't inform the school, so the school dropped him and the academic counselor took the first person off the waiting list, who was fortunate to be from Boulder, CO (1 hour from school), accepted him, and he rushed down here in one hour.

Our curriculum has been interesting, to say the least. It is very different from the first two classes, partly because we have a new Dean, who seems to want more of a systems approach. The first year consists of learning all the systems, from cardio to renal to neuro, and the associated anatomy that comes with that system. So, we don't have to do all anatomy in one semester, as in previous years, but instead, anatomy follows us throughout our first year. Our first year is learning the "normal" state of the human body. Our second year will build from that, and we will learn the deviations from "normal" of all the systems. The design is to have us see the material twice so that we will become familiar when we take our Boards. The only downside to this is that it's an 11-month curriculum, and we only have 1 month off for summer. This doesn't give us a chance to do research, shadow, or do anything else our last summer before nonstop clinical work. I hear rumblings from the powers-that-be in our school that that may change, and we may have a longer 1st summer, but at this point, it looks like we only have July off.

How are you both? I hope the last couple months have treated you well and that you've been able to enjoy the weather! Here in Colorado, it took me about 4 weeks to acclimate. I find that if I don't drink enough water, I would get headaches and need to take a nap. But I exercise pretty diligently, so it's not bad. They say there's 300 days of summer here, which is the complete opposite of Portland, which has 300 days of rain.

My classmates are amazing and really nice! I've come to know almost all of them, and its always interesting to hear their stories and how they got to this point. I took pictures of my White Coat Ceremony and am excited to share them with you! I wish you both the best, and that life is treating you both well!!!! Jimmy"


O. H.

O. H., Entering Class of 2010, Albert Einstein College of Medicine Medical Scientist Training Program

Sep 1, 2010: "Hey Dr. Lewis. I am LOVING it here! The classes are great, the research labs are excellent, and the people are all extremely nice! Also, living near NYC is awesome, the campus is very nice and the housing is a convenient 5 minute walk to class! What can I say? So far, so good. I had a histology class this summer while I was rotating in a research lab, and both of those went well. Now, with a full class schedule, things are going to become much more hectic, but it was a good start. Best, O."


Elliot (middle) with parents

Elliot, Entering Class of 2010, Drexel University College of Medicine

Sep 1, 2010: "Hi Dr. Lewis, so far I am working my tail off.  Everything is good, though.  I had my first two tests and did well on biochemistry and genetics.  We have two more tests next week, so this email is actually serving as a nice break from studying at the library.  Talk to you soon. Elliot"


Leah (left) with mother & sister

Leah, Entering Class of 2010, University of Illinois, Chicago College of Medicine

Sep 9, 2010: "Hi Dr. Lewis. The move and transition to med school have been overwhelming and extremely busy!  I'm just starting my 3rd week and already took my 2nd exam today . . .Lots to do and not enough time in the day!  I am enjoying Chicago so far, and although I don't possibly see how we can fit more into a day, I'm excited to get started with anatomy and my other classes this week. I'll be in touch. Hope all is well! Leah"


Caitlin & her mother

Caitlin, Entering Class of 2010, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Sep 19, 2010: "Hi Marcia. Here's a picture of me and my mom at the White Coat Ceremony. Tomorrow I finish my first round of exams with anatomy. I did well on my physio and biochem 1st exams and we'll see about anatomy tomorrow!! Working harder than ever; unbelievable how much studying, but really enjoying it. I am certain I am at the right school. Thanks!! Caitlin"


Watch for Success Stories coming for some of these alumni!

success story


Kim, Entering Class of 2010, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

A year and half ago, I never thought I'd be sitting among the graduating Class of 2014 in the middle of orientation week and getting ready for our White Coat ceremony. Although I earned my bachelor's degree in the US, prior to transferring to my American college, I went to high school and spent a year in college in Jamaica where I was born and raised. This made me unsure about how to present my background and experiences to develop a competitive application for US medical schools. Applying for medical school in the US seemed so different and more complicated than applying for medical school in Jamaica.  And, not only did the process of applying seem daunting, I had to prepare for the MCAT, another "foreign" experience with objective questions rather than written exams, as I had experienced in Jamaica.

Then, in my final year of college, someone passed along one of the most powerful resources for any person applying to medical school: he talked about how his premed Advisor helped him compile his application, keep his application deadlines on track, and help him prepare for interviews, consequently earning him a place in the entering Class of 2009. After completing my initial assessment with Dr. Lewis, I understood why. Dr. Lewis helped me realize I had many meaningful clinical, service, and research experiences, and helped me organize them into a competitive application. But more importantly, she helped lay aside my fears and insecurities about applying, and simplified the process. Her timely MCAT preparation, AMCAS, and secondary application deadlines helped me stay on target and remain stress-free while applying. But even more important was the work Dr. Lewis helped me put in for the MCAT. Dr. Lewis helped me prepare for the MCAT in ways no class ever could. The simple logic behind keeping track of my progress and assessing my strengths and weaknesses weekly was supportive, yet serious enough to help me gain confidence, remain focused, and work hard, even through days when I thought I could not do it.

However, more than keeping the application process simple, is Dr. Lewis’ strategy for keeping the interview process simple. Because of our pre-interview practices, I was prepared for every interview, and by the end of my second interview, was completely relaxed and prepared to the point of having one of my interviewers comment on how prepared I was for our interview. At the end of the day, I had more than 13 invitations to interview, 3 merit-based scholarship offers, and a place among the entering Class of 2010. I still can’t believe it. What I thought was an insurmountable task is just a memory, and now, a success story. Dr. Lewis’ approach is best summarized in this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Don't waste life in doubts and fears; spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour's duties will be the best preparation for the hours and ages that will follow it."

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
By Dr. Cynthia Lewis, PhD

"How much time should I study for organic chemistry?"

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.

AIGAC Stamp of Excellence
The Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants' (AIGAC) Stamp of Excellence is issued based on education, professional experience as a graduate admissions consultant, and commitment to the AIGAC's principles of good practices. AIGAC exists to define and promote professional excellence in serving graduate and professional school applicants worldwide.


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Lewis Associates' services meet the needs of all types of students from pre-applicants to applicants, including hourly advising support for specific needs. Click here.


"It's never too late to be who you might have been."

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.

Call or email today to set your first appointment!

805.226.9669 imaclewis@lewisassoc.com

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