Lewis Associates e-Newsletter
Volume 11 Issue 8
Published by Lewis Associates. Dr. Cynthia Lewis, PhD., Editor
with your comments. Enjoy!
Lewis Associates is entering a new phase. I started premedical advising in 1985 and moved from the university to national advising in 1997. Now, I am going to focus on writing books about advising and my students, while continuing to do essay, interview and hourly advising. We increased prices for the first time in 3 years, but you still get the best personal pre-health advising in America!
So ... 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 27 years, and "has heard it all". Why don't you let her help you?
This month's question on
Dr. Lewis' Facebook page is: Should I answer this secondary application question: "Please share anything your application does not include, but that you would like to bring to our attention"?
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
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 2014 or 2015?
What Are Your Chances?
• Shift to medical home may not increase patient satisfaction
• Sharp increase expected in number of nurse practitioners
• Support for Obama healthcare law rises after ruling
• Health Law’s Survival Means More Demand for Fewer Doctors
• Need for doctors expected to become more acute in Texas
• Doctors applaud ruling but keep champagne on ice
• Will the Future Need Doctors?
• By 2020, 5.6 million more health care professionals needed
• The doctor’s smartphone will see you now
• Health technology and patient-centered principles shown to improve care
• Shorten medical school to three years, study suggests
• As Obamacare Looms, New Medical Schools Open To Address Doctor Shortage
• Two Medical Students Navigate the Health Care Maze
• 6 Key Issues Facing Healthcare in the Second Half of 2012
• Cultural competence vital for med students
• Is Medical School a Worthwhile Investment for Women?
• Personalized Medicine Will Transform Healthcare
• Pharmacy Professionalism Toolkit for Students and Faculty by the APhA-ASP/AACP Committee on Student Professionalism
• Questions to Ask Before Making a Financial Investment in Your Health Sciences Education
• Cathy, MD, Entering Class of 2008, Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine - Nevada
Success Story of the Month
• Patrick, Entering Class of 2012, Howard University College of Medicine
Question of the Month
• Dr. Lewis' answer to this month's question: Should I answer this secondary application question: "Please share anything your application does not include, but that you would like to bring to our attention"?
See our Facebook page, Advising Tips tab.
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 2012...100% acceptance
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
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
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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 2014 or 2015?
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 2014 or 2015 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
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 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 email@example.com.
Call 805-226-9669 to set up your first appointment.
Shift to medical home may not increase patient satisfaction
Changes aimed at improving care coordination and management of chronic conditions are not linked to improvements in patients’ perception of quality, a new study says.
Sharp increase expected in number of nurse practitioners
The growth in the profession will be especially noticeable in primary care, according to a new report.
Support for Obama healthcare law rises after ruling
Voter support for President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul has increased following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling upholding it, although majorities still oppose it.
Health Law’s Survival Means More Demand for Fewer Doctors
The health-care law’s survival means more than 30 million Americans are set to seek care from a pool of doctors that’s already struggling to meet the demand from a growing, aging population.
Need for doctors expected to become more acute in Texas
The Supreme Court's decision upholding the Affordable Care Act could give millions of uninsured Texans access to healthcare. But that access will mean little if too few people are available to deliver care.
Doctors applaud ruling but keep champagne on ice
For people in the medical and insurance fields, the Supreme Court's health care ruling cleared up a lot of uncertainty. But by no means all of it.
Will the Future Need Doctors?
As I see technology advancing around me, I think about what’s going to become of the physician. Where are we going to fit in? Will we become obsolete? Are we headed for a medical singularity?
By 2020, 5.6 million more health care professionals needed
Health care demand will grow twice as fast as the national economy over the next eight years, creating 5.6 million new jobs.
The doctor’s smartphone will see you now
The doctor’s visit is not what it used to be, thanks to the incorporation of increasingly sophisticated technology. But are these developments a good thing?
Health technology and patient-centered principles shown to improve care
A review of studies suggests the two strategies may be mutually dependent.
Shorten medical school to three years, study suggests
Time spent in medical education could be reduced by 30 percent—such as by shortening medical school training to three years—without compromising competence, researchers say.
As Obamacare Looms, New Medical Schools Open To Address Doctor Shortage
The nation’s universities are opening more medical schools as graduate medical education transforms to address the nation’s physician shortage.
Two Medical Students Navigate the Health Care Maze
For several years now, doctors and patients have been struggling to re-imagine the future of health care.
6 Key Issues Facing Healthcare in the Second Half of 2012
Cultural competence vital for med students
New recommendations from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Association of Schools of Public Health aim to ensure that the nation's medical students and public health students are educated in ways that help them become more culturally competent practitioners.
Is Medical School a Worthwhile Investment for Women?
The average female primary-care physician would have been financially better off becoming a physician assistant.
Personalized Medicine Will Transform Healthcare
As healthcare providers incorporate deep analytics and advanced clinical decision support into everyday practice, they'll turn standardized medicine into personalized medicine.
Pharmacy Professionalism Toolkit for Students and Faculty by the APhA-ASP/AACP Committee on Student Professionalism
Questions to Ask Before Making a Financial Investment in Your Health Sciences Education
Find these and other useful links on Lewisassoc.com's Links Page.
Cathy, MD, Entering Class of 2008, Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine - Nevada
May 5, 2012: "Hi Dr. Lewis, I'll be moving out to Philadelphia for my residency. I matched to an ACGME program in Philadelphia- Albert Einstein Medical Center for Obstetrics and Gynecology. I couldn't have come this far in my career without your support and help throughout the years. I am so thankful. I miss the old CUHRE days and hope we can all get together soon. If you are at any conferences on the East Coast contact me so we can get together. Love, Cathy"
Watch for Success Stories coming for some of these alumni!
Patrick, Entering Class of 2012, Howard University College of Medicine
My journey into medicine was everything but straightforward. I did not really know I wanted a career into medicine until I was well into my third year of college. By that time, I had dug myself into a deep academic hole with below average grades and poor study skills. After I was serious about becoming a physician, a friend advised me to contact Dr. Lewis, and she did not disappoint. She assessed me realistically – almost so realistically that I did not want to believe her. She said I did not have a great chance of getting into Allopathic medical schools because of my below national average grades, and advised me to take postbaccalaureate classes.
At the time, I was about to graduate from UC Berkeley with my bachelor’s degree, and did not want to enroll in postbac classes. She helped me develop a plan to improve my weaker points and emphacize my stronger points, so I knew what to focus on each month, and use my time efficiently and effectively. She guided me in improving my study skills, and I was able to excel in all my postbac work, earning a 4.0 in 23 units. She also recommended I develop more clinical experience working with underserved communities, and I fell in love with this work. Finally, her weekly phone calls and email communication were very helpful. She guided me in finishing everything on time (i.e. starting my personal statement half a year in advance), and prepared me for each next step, i.e. interviews. She was quick and effective at outlining and revising my essays and making them concise. And, she is knowledgeable, always answering my many questions about the application process.
Thankfully, in my first time applying, I was accepted by a few schools and will attend Howard University College of Medicine in a month! For Howard, I interviewed in April and was accepted in May, which is very late! Dr. Lewis advised me on how to constantly improve my applicant status, and kept me calm throughout this process, especially the waiting.
Do not lose hope or give up! Applying to medical school is a marathon, not a sprint! Good luck!
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By Dr. Cynthia Lewis, PhD
Should I answer this secondary application question: "Please share anything your application does not include, but that you would like to bring to our attention"?
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