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Lewis Associates e-Newsletter
Volume 10 Issue 12
December 2011

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

December is the time for final exams and holidays - a mix of hard work and commitment to study, followed by fun. If you are a college student, you have been through this cycle every term for years. And, it doesn't stop in medical or in other health professions schools. But, how do you live up to your potential at such times? Studying effectively for final exams, especially if they are cumulative, requires planning for several weeks prior to the exam. "Cramming" is neither learning anything useful nor using your mind productively. It is simply "fighting fires". Planning requires you to be honest with yourself about how much time you "really" spend or need to spend studying organic chemistry or whatever subjects you currently have - including a study group and faculty office visits weekly (not just the day before your final exam), making and using flash cards, doing lots of practice problems, etc. And, how much time are you working, doing research and clinical or other service volunteering, spending with your girl/boyfriend or family, and socializing, watching TV, playing video games?

Be honest and plan accordingly for finals!

Do you really want to be competitive?

1. Plan ... ahead!

2. Address your weaknesses. What are they?

  • Science GPA?
  • Test (MCAT, DAT) scores, or do you need to take the test for the first time?
  • Clinical experiences? How meaningful are they?
  • Service? What did you do to help others?
  • No close relationships with faculty?

And, how long will it take to really improve? One term? 2 years? Be realistic!

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 26 years, and "has heard it all". Why don't you let her help you?


This month's question on Dr. Lewis' Facebook page is: "I am applying this year for the entering Class of 2012 and wonder what medical schools know about my application at other schools?"

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
Your journey to a health profession
Are You Ready for the Class of 2013 or 2014?
Track Record
Be Competitive

What Are Your Chances
Getting Started

• Medical school applications reach new high
• Obama administration to announce effort to expand health-care workforce
• Costs prompting sicker patients to avoid medical care
• Decline in doctor office visits could be permanent
• Health care work force report questions how to plan for future
• Physician texting provides quick communication -- and an easy way to violate HIPAA
• Accreditation Matters: How to Be a Smart Consumer of Academic Programs in Health Care
• Accreditation Matters: Consequences of Attending a Non-Accredited School
• Personal Responsibility: Financing Your Health Sciences Education
• Social media increasingly used to gauge public health
• Federally Qualified Health Centers Poised for Significant Role in Reform
• Medicare 27.4% doctor pay cut set for 2012 unless Congress acts
• How learning to cook is helping doctors give nutritional advice
• Supreme Court to hear challenge to Obama’s health-care overhaul
• Young doctors apt to question use of vaccines
• OSHA rejects petition to regulate resident work hours

Useful Links
• ADHD MD on Facebook - dedicated to providing resources and information for medical students with ADHD.
• ADHD MD - blog - A Distracted Med Student's Guide To Medical School
• LD PhD - blog - A site dedicated to inspiring people with learning disabilities and ADHD to succeed.

Alumni Update
• Cameron, Entering Class of 2011, Rush Medical College
• K. O. MD, Entering Class of 2000, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Psychiatry Residency Tucson, AZ
• Zai, Entering class 2007, Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine

Success Story of the Month
•Ralph, Entering Class of 2012, New York School of Podiatric Medicine

Question of the Month
• Dr. Lewis' answer to this month's question: "I am applying this year for the entering Class of 2012 and wonder what medical schools know about my application at other schools?"

See our Facebook page, Advising Tips tab.

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 2011...100% acceptance
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 Your preparation and application activities. 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

Email: imaclewis@lewisassoc.com

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.

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 2013 or 2014?
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 2013 or 2014 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 26 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 applications reach new high
A shortage of 91,500 physicians by 2020 will be difficult to avoid without expanded funding for residency training.

Obama administration to announce effort to expand health-care workforce
The Obama administration will announce as much as $1 billion in funding to hire, train and deploy health-care workers, part of the White House’s broader “We Can’t Wait” agenda to bolster the economy after President Obama’s jobs bill stalled in Congress.

Costs prompting sicker patients to avoid medical care
Physicians are urged to talk about cost when discussing care options and develop ways to attract patients who should come in but don't.

Decline in doctor office visits could be permanent
Studies suggest that recent declines reflect cost-conscious patients training themselves to avoid making an appointment unless they believe it's absolutely necessary. http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2011/10/31/bil21031.htm

Health care work force report questions how to plan for future
A bipartisan policy center finds that inconsistent data and a lack of forward-thinking pose obstacles to meeting the demand for professionals. http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2011/10/31/gvsb1031.htm

Physician texting provides quick communication -- and an easy way to violate HIPAA
After years of using pagers, and constantly waiting on return calls, physicians now consider texting to be an efficient and fast way to connect with colleagues. http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2011/10/31/bica1031.htm

Accreditation Matters: How to Be a Smart Consumer of Academic Programs in Health Care

Accreditation Matters: Consequences of Attending a Non-Accredited School

Personal Responsibility: Financing Your Health Sciences Education

Social media increasingly used to gauge public health
The real-time data allow for quick dissemination of information to a global audience, health officials say. http://www.elabs10.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=x8pbgr,qs6z,2kdo,8mb7,iioe,d051,er0i

Federally Qualified Health Centers Poised for Significant Role in Reform
Centers Evolve as Key Providers of Efficient, High-Quality Primary Care for Low-Income People

Medicare 27.4% doctor pay cut set for 2012 unless Congress acts
CMS says its hands are tied on the pay formula but agrees to scale back additional pay reductions planned for interpreting imaging scans.

How learning to cook is helping doctors give nutritional advice
Programs in a handful of medical settings are teaching how healthy foods actually can be tasty and how to get patients to change their eating habits.

Supreme Court to hear challenge to Obama’s health-care overhaul
The Supreme Court decided to review President Obama’s 2010 health-care overhaul, promising a high-profile hearing on the question dominating American politics: the constitutional limits of the federal government’s power.

Young doctors apt to question use of vaccines
Recent medical school graduates are less likely to believe that immunizations are safe and effective compared with their older practicing counterparts, a new study shows.

OSHA rejects petition to regulate resident work hours
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has turned down a request from Public Citizen Health Research Group, the American Medical Student Association and the Committee of Intern and Residents to take over regulation of resident work hours.


ADHD MD on Facebook
We are dedicated to providing resources and information for medical students with ADHD.

ADHD MD - blog
A Distracted Med Student's Guide To Medical School

LD PhD - blog
A site dedicated to inspiring people with learning disabilities and ADHD to succeed

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

alumni updates


Cameron, Entering Class of 2011, Rush Medical College

Nov 16, 2011: " Hello Dr. Lewis, I just wanted to send you a quick update on everything. I am loving medical school and Rush. I have really found Rush to be a community and family environment that truly wants us to succeed. While we do have a lot of work and studying, I have been able to have a life as well! We have finished two blocks so far: cell and molecular biology and immunology/hematology. We just started our musculoskeletal block on Monday and began anatomy today! I have settled into Chicago fairly well and starting to get my bearings around the area. Downtown Chicago is really nice and there is so much to do (wish we had more time to explore). We just had our white coat ceremony this past weekend and I wanted to send you a few photos from them. I hope all is well with you and your family. Cameron"


K. O., MD, Entering Class of 2000, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Psychiatry Residency Tucson, AZ

Nov 9, 2011: " Hello Dr. Lewis, long time no hear/see, hope you are well. I am finishing up psychiatry residency in Tucson Arizona. I am now Chief! It's weird being in my last year of school, finally. Life is good in Tucson. No idea what I'll do next, considering Locum Tenens work in Australia. Look forward to hearing from you. Let's keep in touch. Warmly, K. O."


Zai, Entering class 2007, Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine

Nov 2, 2011: " Hi Dr. Lewis, I've been meaning to check in with you for a while.  Finally a nice elective with downtime. I matched at Providence Sacred Heart in Spokane, WA for my transitional intern year, and USC for Radiology. My intern year is wonderful.  It is a mix of hard and easy rotations, with great flexibility. So I get to see a nice variety of patients. And USC will be perfect for both me and Chris, since all of his clients are down in southern California. Zai"

Watch for Success Stories coming for some of these alumni!

success story


Ralph, Entering Class of 2012, New York School of Podiatric Medicine

Like many, I longed to be a medical professional since I was young.  I fantasized that as a doctor I could really help people with medical needs, applying clinical knowledge and experience to perform the diagnosis, and if necessary, challenge my dexterity by performing corrective surgeries using exotic and expensive tools, not to mention the respect I would get from wearing a white coat.
Having a dream is important, however, I did not have the skills or plan to do well academically.  While I graduated from high school over 15 years ago with good grades, I lost focus during my undergraduate years, and my grades suffered.  It was only after I graduated with mediocre grades that I realized it is important to do well academically to prepare for this goal, so I earned my MPH degree and worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 5 years, managing clinical trials.  During this period, I applied for Dental school three times, but with mediocre grades and DAT scores and not-so-outstanding application portfolio, I wasn’t accepted.
Even while working to make a living, questions still remained unanswered:  Do I still want to pursue my goal to become a medical professional?  I went on the web to look for Advisors for those considering a change in career. Googling, I found Dr. Lewis' website. After reading her success stories and learning what Dr. Lewis does, I contacted Dr. Lewis for professional consultation.
Dr. Lewis looked at my complete profile, and suggested that podiatry is a career that I should seriously consider due to my skills and interest in solving mechanical problems, as well as improving my science grades to show I am serious and can handle difficult courses.  After discussing my plans with my family and wife, I returned to college as a Post-baccalaureate student.  Dr. Lewis advised strategies to improve my competitiveness.  I was skeptical at first, but realizing Dr. Lewis is the expert, I followed her instructions and guidance.  After two years of achieving a 3.9 GPA in over 40 semester units of sciences, shadowing two podiatrists, and planning for my application, I applied for my primary school of choice, and I am admitted for the entering Class of 2012.
I thank Dr. Lewis for her insight, guidance, and most importantly, her strategies for applying for podiatry school over the past two years.  Without her help, I would probably have given up my dream of being a medical professional a long time ago.  Being admitted is only the beginning of my journey, but I have prepared myself mentally and with discipline.  
Looking back, I would have bumped into obstacles and wrong paths without Dr. Lewis’ advice, and perhaps I had already given up the hope of being a medical professional, altogether.  It was a long process, and sometimes I felt desperate and frustrated. But, Dr. Lewis gave me solid plans and advice to guide me through this long and difficult process, and I didn't feel alone when problems arose.

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

"I am applying this year for the entering Class of 2012 and wonder what medical schools know about my application at other schools?"

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.comwith 'Newsletter Question' in the subject line.

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"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 26 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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