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Lewis Associates e-Newsletter
Volume 9 Issue 12
December 2010

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

Wow - How did it get to be December, and the end of 2010? Kind of sneaked up on me - what about you?

If you have 1 or more years to go before you apply, you need to be forewarned. One of my "strong" MD applicants for the entering Class of 2011 was rejected by a school. Of course, this happens all the time. But, sometimes rejection provides the opportunity to learn about one's weaknesses and "how to improve". This student's GPA/MCAT profile is about 3.6 overall and science/31 S. These are strong numbers. When pushed, the admission's officer at the rejecting school said, "If you had a 3.7/33 profile, we wouldn't be having this conversation" (meaning the student would have at least interviewed there). So, remember "Holistic Admissions"? Facebook page, Advising Tips from March 09 

Allopathic medical schools don't seem to be using this concept very much yet!

Forewarned is forearmed!

This month's question (on Dr. Lewis' Facebook page) is: "How can I become a competitive applicant?"

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

• Physician shortage projected to soar to more than 91,000 in a decade
• AAMC: Physician shortage may be 50 percent higher than previously projected; more residency slots
• GOP state gains expected to have broad impact on physicians
• Cyberbullying a high-tech health risk for young patients
• "Blue button" technology pushed to give patients instant access to medical records
• Medical students enthusiastic about mobile electronic health records
• Shorter hours for residents may come with financial consequences
• Art of medicine: Paintings sharpen medical students' skills
• Ethicists fear patients don't know students may be behind surgical masks
• Doctors' house calls making a comeback
• Survey: Most individuals want control of personal health data
• Wrong-patient, wrong-site procedures persist despite safety protocol
• What editorial writers are saying about rulings on the health reform law
• Has participatory medicine's time arrived?
• Healthcare Job Growth Shows Movement
• AMA looks for ways to trim rising student debt
• Residents to work shorter shifts under more supervision
• Surrogate decision-makers' dilemma on end-of-life care requires more input from doctors

Useful Links
• Today's Podiatrist
• Medical School Mapper
• National Center for the Analysis of Healthcare Data
• Medical Assistant

Alumni Update
• Jimmy, Entering Class of 2010, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
• Tristan, Entering Class of 2010, Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry

Success Story of the Month
• Babak, D.M.D., Entering Class of 1995, Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM 1999), Residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center 2000, Endodontics specialty at USC School of Dentistry 2002

Question of the Month
• Dr. Lewis' answer to this month's question: see our Facebook page, Advising Tips tab.

"How can I become a competitive applicant?"

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.



Physician shortage projected to soar to more than 91,000 in a decade
AAMC: Physician shortage may be 50 percent higher than previously projected; more residency slots needed to increase supply. Increases in residency positions are needed to counter rising demand for Medicare and expanded coverage for the uninsured under health reform.

GOP state gains expected to have broad impact on physicians
Republicans may support more medical liability reform legislation and trim spending on health programs such as Medicaid.

Cyberbullying a high-tech health risk for young patients
Mental health professionals say leaving the problem unchecked can result in anxiety, depression and, in some cases, suicide among victims and perpetrators.

"Blue button" technology pushed to give patients instant access to medical records
Proponents say web-based entry will save physicians time and hassle from gathering information for patients. But technical and privacy concerns must be addressed.

Medical students enthusiastic about mobile electronic health records
A survey found that this year's students were twice as likely to turn to mobile references compared to respondents in 2009.

Shorter hours for residents may come with financial consequences
Reduced residency duty-hour rules could increase hospitals' financial burdens and hinder education efforts.

Art of medicine: Paintings sharpen medical students' skills
For first-year students at Yale Medical School, training includes a visit to the Yale Center for British Art, where these future doctors hone their observational skills by examining centuries-old paintings in thick, gold frames.

Ethicists fear patients don't know students may be behind surgical masks
Medical students nationwide play a far greater role in patient care than is commonly known.

Doctors' house calls making a comeback
These visits offer insights not available during a 15-minute office visit.

Survey: Most individuals want control of personal health data
A new poll found that 97 percent of respondents say physicians, hospitals, labs and health information technology systems should not sell or share personal health data unless they obtain patient consent.

Wrong-patient, wrong-site procedures persist despite safety protocol
A new study found Joint Commission-required timeouts are skipped or rushed. Experts say a "zero tolerance" approach is needed to stop these tragic mistakes.

What editorial writers are saying about rulings on the health reform law
A federal court in Michigan upheld the validity of the health reform law, while a Florida judge said a 20-state lawsuit can proceed.

Has participatory medicine's time arrived?
Family physicians are urged to restructure their practices to get patients involved in making medical decisions and taking more responsibility for their health.

Healthcare Job Growth Shows Movement
Despite widespread and well-publicized layoffs, the nation's hospitals reported 5,100 payroll additions in October, and 31,600 payroll additions so far this year.

AMA looks for ways to trim rising student debt
The Association will work to increase medical school funding, reduce tuition costs and ease students' loan repayment obligations.

Residents to work shorter shifts under more supervision
The ACGME approves new standards that place increased emphasis on patient safety, proper transitions in care and fatigue management.

Surrogate decision-makers' dilemma on end-of-life care requires more input from doctors
Physicians and hospitals adhere too strictly to a protocol that leaves such choices exclusively to family members, an article's co-author says.


Today's Podiatrist

Medical School Mapper
This tool allows you to explore where medical school graduates practice across the United States, by medical school and state.

National Center for the Analysis of Healthcare Data

Medical Assistant

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

alumni updates

Jimmy's first snow in Colorado
Jimmy's first snow in Colorado

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

Nov 9, 2010: "Hi Dr. Lewis and Marcia!! I'm sending along some pictures I just took of my first ever Colorado snow! It was weird because for the past 3 days, the average temperature here in Parker, CO, was up in the 70's, I'm not even kidding. Then, we as a class, all looked at the weather forecast for today and saw that it was projected to drop to 40 degrees and snow today, and I thought that the weather source was lying. I woke up this morning, and it was in the 60's, bright and sunny, so I was sure that there had been a mistake. But about 2 hours ago, I was proven wrong and now it is snowing like crazy!!

School so far has been going well. I've officially started my 3rd course, cardiorespiratory, and just finished 3 exams over 2 days. I'm slowly adjusting to the grind of medical school, both mentally and physically, and have been adapting well to my classes. The schedule is pretty much the same week in and week out, lectures in the morning, osteopathic manipulation lab on Tuesday afternoons, and principles of clinical medicine lab on Wednesday afternoons.

I've also recently joined the surgery club here, as well as the internal medicine and family practice clubs. These three areas seem to be the most interesting for me so far.

I should mention that I was a big football buff, and wanted to get a game of two-hand touch football going on at RVU at least once a week. I started asking around and got people interested. I've even created a small group here for it. Now, the mailing list is about 1/5 of my class, and every time I send an email out letting people know we're playing football, over 20 people show up. I hope all is well Dr. Lewis and Marcia!!!! Sincerely, Jimmy."



Tristan, Entering Class of 2010, Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry

Nov 15, 2010: "Dr. Lewis, OHSU is great, the work load is high, but my classmates and instructors are nice people. I am currently on a midterm cycle, so I am a bit behind on my emails. I'm doing quite well, it's been very busy. I mostly finish my exams near the top of the class. Hope you've been doing well. Take care. Tristan"


Watch for Success Stories coming for some of these alumni!

success story


Babak, D.M.D., Entering Class of 1995, Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM 1999), Residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center 2000, Endodontics specialty at USC School of Dentistry 2002

I was introduced to Dr. Lewis as a predental student at San Diego State University.  My family had recently immigrated to the United States, so in addition to adjusting to a new language and culture, I was going to school and working almost fulltime.  I knew that I wanted a career in dentistry, and like a very good coach and Advisor, Dr. Lewis helped me achieve my goals.  She provided me with a detailed plan and road map: classes to take, volunteer and extracurricular work to do, and work in a lab doing research, just to name a few.  Along the way, she made sure that I continued to be on the right path, encouraged me, and provided feedback.  She didn’t always say what I wanted to hear, but she did say what I needed to know and hear.

When it was time to apply to dental school, Dr. Lewis’s methodical and systematic approach was very helpful.  In order to have everything completed on time, I needed everything done ahead of time, so she had me start early: taking my DAT, preparing my applications, writing essays, editing my essays, and doing mock interviews.  With Dr. Lewis’s years of experience, I knew I didn’t have to figure out everything on my own.  I felt nervous, but fully prepared by the time of interviews.  I interviewed at Harvard, UCSF, Northwestern, and had interview offers from all the other schools where I had applied.  On December 1st, 1994, I got my acceptances to Harvard, UCSF, UCLA, and Northwestern.  Without the advice and counseling of Dr. Lewis, that would not have been possible.  She takes great pride in her students, and truly wants them to succeed.

I entered Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 1995.  My education at Harvard was challenging and rewarding. For the first two years, the dental students take the same classes and tests as the medical students, and have additional dental classes in the afternoon. My classmates were all great students, and being surrounded by such an amazing group pushed me to work even harder. Dr. Donoff, the Dean at HSDM, says that the reason they encourage research at Harvard is not because they want all the students to be scientists, but because they want the students to be men and women of science. I took advantage of the opportunities available to do research. I worked on a vaccine for dental caries, and had my work published and presented at national and international meetings, and received a number of awards for my research. Since I was interested in going into a specialty, participating in research was definitely an advantage.

By the time I was graduating from dental school, it was amazing how much I had learned and grown both personally and professionally. As with many endeavors in life, one of the main keys to success in dental school is persistence. I tried to take advantage of every opportunity available to me and graduated with Honors, and as Class President in 1999.  I subsequently completed a General Practice Residency at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, and then went on to USC, where I did my specialty training in Endodontics.  I returned to live in San Diego and have been in private practice since 2002.

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 can I become a competitive applicant?"

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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lewis associates advising services

Lewis Associates specializes in personal, effective and professional premedical advising and placement for traditional and non-traditional applicants. Often, non-traditional students are older than 21 years of age, career changers, international applicants or second-round applicants for admission to health professions school.

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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