Lewis Associates e-Newsletter
Volume 9 Issue 10
Published by Lewis Associates. Dr. Cynthia Lewis, PhD., Editor
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
"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
Sick of rumors and false reports? Lewis Associates website has factual information that you can trust.
Welcome to Success Stories Newsletter!
How to Communicate With Us
Changes in Services
to a health profession
Are You Ready for the Class of 2012?
• 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
• 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
• 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?"
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.
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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!
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Alum who is the only Native American Radiation Oncologist on the planet!),
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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 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
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
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
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!
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!"
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.
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
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
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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.
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., 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!
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."
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