Lewis Associates e-Newsletter
Volume 10 Issue 4
Published by Lewis Associates. Dr. Cynthia Lewis, PhD., Editor
with your comments. Enjoy!
Spring Break! What did you accomplish? A fun "time off"? Seeing family and friends? Study for important exams? Write a paper? Meet a new girl? Go to Mazatlan to party? Go to Honduras for a medical mission?
What are your regrets? What feels good that you accomplished? What did you learn about yourself?
These are important reflections if you are going to grow personally. What is your motivation to become a doctor, or dentist, or ...? Could you articulate it on paper or verbally to a stranger (not just, "I want to help people").
What did you learn over Spring break?
What are your weaknesses?
- Science GPA?
- Test (MCAT, DAT) scores (or take the test for the first time)?
- Clinical experience?
- No close relationships with faculty?
And, how long will it take to really improve?
So, whatever quest you have or issue you want to discuss, Dr. Lewis is the best person to use for personal and academic advice. She's been doing it for 25 years, and "has heard it all". Why don't you let her help you?
This month's question on
Dr. Lewis' Facebook page is: "Is there a greater than normal chance that a "new" school could lose accreditation?" and "Will degrees from a new school be well-respected by the medical community, especially when applying for Residency?"
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
to a health profession
Are You Ready for the Class of 2012?
• Applications to Nation's Osteopathic Medical Schools Break Record for Fifth Consecutive Year
• Medical Schools Invest in Primary Care
• Primary Care Physician (PCP) Supply and Health Reform Medicaid Expansions
• Primary care residencies up again on Match Day
• Learning With Emotion: A Powerful and Effective Pedagogical Technique
• The Schwartz Center Rounds: Evaluation of an Interdisciplinary Approach to Enhancing Patient-Centered Communication, Teamwork, and Provider Support
• Reducing Diagnostic Errors: Another Role for Checklists?
• Obama voids Bush conscience rule in favor of decades-old protections
• Surgeon general previews preventive health strategy
• Comedic skills for a serious role: Improv class teaches med students to think on their feet
• Top complaint about patients: failure to follow medical advice
• Patient health sites might be delivering bad medicine
• Fresh from "Jeopardy!" victory, Watson to take on health care
• No easy way to tell which patients may be violent
• Health Care and You: understanding the new 2010 Health Care Law
• Georgetown Summer Medical Institute - medical school courses, seminars and workshops for premedical (rising juniors and seniors), post-bacc, graduate and medical students this summer
• HIPAA Exams - helps prepare to volunteer in clinical settings
• Scott, M.D., Entering Class of 1999 UCSD, Pediatric Residency at Stanford University, Pediatric Cardiology Fellow Columbia University, Practicing at Denver Children's Hospital
• Juan Carlos, MD, Entering Class of 1995, Stanford University School of Medicine, Pediatric Residency at Stanford, Practicing at Kaiser in San Diego
• Adam, MD, Entering Class 2004, New York Medical College, Family Medicine Residency at Exempla St. Joseph Hospital in Denver, CO, Practicing at Kaiser in Denver
• Jacqui, D.O., Entering Class of 1995, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Family Practice Residency at Palmetto General Hospital, Miami, FL, Practicing in Naples, FL
Success Story of the Month
• Samir, Entering Class of 2011, University of Southern California School of Dentistry
Question of the Month
• Dr. Lewis' answer to this month's question: see our Facebook page, Advising Tips tab.
"Is there a greater than normal chance that a "new" school could lose accreditation?" and "Will degrees from a new school be well-respected by the medical community, especially when applying for Residency?"
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?
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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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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
sets high standards for her Advisees.
Lewis Associates will save you money and heartache on your preparation
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Applications to Nation's Osteopathic Medical Schools Break Record for Fifth Consecutive Year
With more than two months remaining in this year’s application cycle, the number of applicants for the 2011 entering class surpassed last year’s cycle-end total.
Medical Schools Invest in Primary Care
Pediatricians and family practitioners, long out of fashion, are now in vogue.
Primary Care Physician (PCP) Supply and Health Reform Medicaid Expansions
Mismatch Between States with Largest Expected Medicaid Enrollment Growth and Supply of PCPs to Treat Medicaid Patients; Temporary Increase in Medicaid Reimbursement Unlikely to Help Much
Primary care residencies up again on Match Day
More seniors entering internships select family or internal medicine for the second consecutive year.
Learning With Emotion: A Powerful and Effective Pedagogical Technique
Eliciting an emotional response from students to illuminate a point is not unprecedented, nor is it without merits.
The Schwartz Center Rounds: Evaluation of an Interdisciplinary Approach to Enhancing Patient-Centered Communication, Teamwork, and Provider Support
The impact of Schwartz Center Rounds, an interdisciplinary forum where attendees discuss psychosocial and emotional aspects of patient care.
Reducing Diagnostic Errors: Another Role for Checklists?
Diagnostic errors are a widespread problem, although the true magnitude is unknown.
Obama voids Bush conscience rule in favor of decades-old protections
The administration says the rule extended protections too far beyond the scope of abortion services. Meanwhile, House Republicans are pushing several anti-abortion bills.
Surgeon general previews preventive health strategy
The nation's top doctor seeks to shift the focus from sickness to well-being before millions gain coverage.
Comedic skills for a serious role: Improv class teaches med students to think on their feet
A unique four-week improvisation course shows how to listen closely, work in teams -- and be flexible as needed.
Top complaint about patients: failure to follow medical advice
A new Consumer Reports survey finds that lack of respect ranks high among gripes for both physicians and patients.
Patient health sites might be delivering bad medicine
A new study of social networking sites for diabetes patients finds a wide range of accuracy -- and non-identified commercial content -- in online information.
Fresh from "Jeopardy!" victory, Watson to take on health care
Makers of the supercomputer envision it helping doctors diagnose patients, but doubts persist.
No easy way to tell which patients may be violent
Physicians know it's their duty to report patients who threaten to harm others. What, if anything, can they do when they only suspect a patient might harm someone?
Health Care and You: understanding the new 2010 Health Care Law
Georgetown Summer Medical Institute - medical school courses, seminars and workshops for premedical (rising juniors and seniors), post-bacc, graduate and medical students this summer.
HIPAA Exams - helps prepare to volunteer in clinical settings
Find these and other useful links on Lewisassoc.com's Links Page.
Scott, M.D., Entering Class of 1999 UCSD, Pediatric Residency at Stanford University, Pediatric Cardiology Fellow Columbia University, Practicing at Denver Children's Hospital
Feb 11, 2011: "Hi Dr Lewis, I just started my first attending job at Denver Children's hospital as an academic pediatric cardiologist specializing in heart failure and transplantation. I have two sons, 4 and 2 yrs, and have been married to my wife Michelle now for almost 9 years. I really like my job and living in Denver has been great so far."
Juan Carlos, MD, Entering Class of 1995, Stanford University School of Medicine, Pediatric Residency at Stanford, Practicing at Kaiser in San Diego
Feb 28, 2011: "Hi Dr Lewis, I am working at Kaiser in San Diego (pediatrician). I am married with 2 kids. My son, David, is 6 yrs old and my daughter, Lena, is 12. My wife Lisa teaches personal development classes at Southwestern College."
Adam & Beth
Adam, MD, Entering Class 2004, New York Medical College, Family Medicine Residency at Exempla St. Joseph Hospital in Denver, CO, Practicing at Kaiser in Denver
Mar 5, 2011. "Hi Dr Lewis! Life in Denver is great! Minus the torn Achilles tendon I had repaired last week. Other than that things are great. I graduate from FM in June. I'll be working with Kaiser Permanente here in Denver as a 4 day per week outpatient FP, no call, no weekends. Looking forward to the lifestyle for sure...and paying back my NYMC loans :) Beth is doing great too. She has one more year of OB the plans to find work as a general OB/GYN here in CO. We are working on starting a family, to,o so hopefully lots of new adventures in the future. Hope you and your family are doing well in your 'not so new now' location! If you are ever out in Denver, please let me know!"
Jacqui, D.O., Entering Class of 1995, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Family Practice Residency at Palmetto General Hospital, Miami, FL, Practicing in Naples, FL
Excerpt from an article published in DLatinos.tv
"Dr. Jacqueline, Family Doctor.
"You can become what you want, if you know what you need to be happy."
Continuing from March 2011.
In addition, Dr. Romero has found great satisfaction volunteering for the Pace Center. She motivates and inspires young mothers to become future professionals who will contribute to their communities.
Dr. Romero, a Latina of great faith and spiritual strength, mentioned that the miracle of God reaffirms Pace Center's mission of caring for others, and "her cultural understanding", helps her understand many of their patients without having uttered a word.
Focusing on prevention is the first rule of health. This doctor, like many women, is passionate about aesthetics, and offers patients safe treatment for prevention of wrinkles, and keeping the skin young and healthy. "It is important for patients to get involved in their care so that they understand their own health, and can help their doctor do the best for them. The Internet can be a means to get answers, but never decide about your care from what you read. Books say one thing, but the body says another, and to interpret that, we need the help of a caring doctor like Dr. Romero."
Watch for Success Stories coming for some of these alumni!
Samir, Entering Class of 2011, University of Southern California School of Dentistry
Life in Iraq was difficult. During summer breaks, my dad taught me car mechanics at our family auto repair shop, but during school, I was not allowed to play until I finished my homework. I was taught to be responsible. From the moment I enrolled in school at age 6 in Iraq, I realized that without hard work, I could not achieve my goals. Unfortunately, the Iraqi schools emphasize memorizing facts rather than applying them, but learning English was the most difficult part when I entered American high school. I had to catch up with Americans while also understanding how to learn rather than memorize.
My love for science and working with my hands in our auto repair business directed me to dentistry. I developed manual dexterity skills from an early age by learning to change brakes, rebuild engines, and do delicate procedures that required fine hand motor control. At the same time, my parents took me to an orthodontist for braces. At every visit, I had a question. One time, I asked what material she used to connect the brackets on each tooth. She said the bands are elastic that create tension to pull teeth into the desired location. I appreciated dentists even more when I saw the changes from my braces.
When I arrived in the US at 16, I thought American students were spoiled because in Iraq, a student only has one chance to become a dentist, at the end of secondary school, based on their academic average. In the US, I learned “it is never too late” and to take advantage of every opportunity. I attended American high school while working 30 hr/wk, took every science class offered, earned a 3.8 GPA, and finished in 3.5 years. In the grocery store where I worked, the owner trusted me to manage it when he was absent, doing customer service and ordering merchandise. I increased sales, which made my family proud.
My high school counselor advised me to attend a community college since I worked 7 days/week to help my family financially, and could not attend college fulltime and work fulltime, but I applied to San Diego State University and was admitted. I worked less because I received financial aid and joined the pre-dental club to learn what it is like to be a dentist and shadowed dentists. In Dr. Korel’s general dentistry clinic, I learned that nothing is impossible. Our stories are similar: he came to the US at 16, worked during high school, dreamed of attending college, and becoming a dentist. One day, a mother with her 8-year old son whose tooth that needed to be extracted walked in. When the procedure started, the patient was afraid and did not want his tooth extracted. Dr. Korel talked to the mother, and I asked if using laughing gas was possible. He said that was a good idea, but he needed approval from the mother who gave it, the tooth was extracted and the outcome was happy.
I served my San Diego community via dental club trips to convalescent homes and pre-schools to teach dental hygiene to the ill, elderly and to children, which has developed my interpersonal skills with many types of people, and which will benefit my practice. In our preschool trips, I learned to communicate with children. Samantha caught my attention so much that on my second visit, I was supposed to give the oral hygiene presentation to her, but every few sentences she added something about brushing that made perfect sense. I said to myself, "She would make a great dentist!" Samantha’s knowledge about brushing her teeth shows how our simple presentations affect children that young.
Last year, I helped my sister purchase an auto repair shop for my Dad and improve our income. My business experience will benefit me in my own clinic. Currently, our shop has doubled sales compared to the original owner. I continue to help my sister in our Auto Repair business which supports our entire family of 5. I have learned that securing a good lease from the landlord of rental property is important when buying a business. Knowing the twists and turns of escrow companies was no easy task, but with the aid of a lawyer and hours of careful research, I was confident to make sure that my sister’s lease was to her advantage without hidden loopholes. I work with my sister to develop management strategies for our business. My sister and I have the management skills to advertise effectively to let potential clients know about my father’s mechanical expertise, and his quality work for over 40 years. On a Friday evening after closing his auto repair shop in Iraq, my father told me, “In any profession, if you have the experience and knowledge, your business will do better than you think, and people will appreciate you”. I live with this philosophy. I will be a dentist who supports my local community and helps immigrants with their dental needs at low cost.
After applying to dental school the first time, I was not granted any interviews. I had a high GPA, did community service, had dental experience, but my DAT scores were average, and I was not a permanent US Resident. Applying the second time was easier, because I had more experience in the application process, was a Permanent US Resident, and after restudying harder, my new DAT scores were competitive. In my second application, I received 7 interview invitations, and was accepted to 3 schools: Ohio State University, University of Detroit Mercy, and University of Southern California. USC is my first choice because of its Problem Based Learning program, location, and dental labs technology. I am excited to enter a new chapter in my dental career journey. I expect a busy 4 years, but like I always say, nothing I want comes easy. Also, I would like to give credit for my success to Dr. Lewis. She helped me tremendously during our weekly appointments and helped me write my personal statement.
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