Lewis Associates e-Newsletter
Volume 13 Issue 1
Published by Lewis Associates. Dr. Cynthia Lewis, PhD., Editor
with your comments. Enjoy!
January always brings "new beginnings" to a New Year.
What do you want to change, or improve about yourself?
What tasks do you want/need to complete?
What is stopping you from doing them? Lack of motivation? What if you had to be accountable to yourself or another person?
Have you taken our online Self-Assessment to see what your strengths and weaknesses are as a pre-health student? If not, take it today. It's FREE! And, only takes less than 10 minutes!
Then, decide to take action to change, to improve, to build a "better you"!
Have a great "New Year"!
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: "How do I ask someone to write a letter for my medical school application?" Part 2
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?
• Heavily Indebted Med Students Choosing Primary Care Face Greater Financial Challenges
• Doctor shortage could cause health care crash
• Student loan debt: New income-based repayment provides a safety net
• Why you should keep a clean social media presence
• The Future of Obamacare
• Admissions Board Supports New MCAT
• California Faces Shortage of Primary Care Doctors
• MCAT changes ‘add stress’, ‘rewarding’ in long run
• Getting into Medical School and Residency
• "Hidden curriculum" found in residency programs
• Patient satisfaction: When a doctor's judgment risks a poor rating
• Hospital chain’s new physician recruiting tool: adding residents
• Family Medicine Embraces Emergency Care
• Fighting to get out of med school
• How Has the Rise of Physician Employment Changed Hospitals' Recruitment Strategies?
• M.D.-Ph.D. Summer Undergraduate Research Programs
• Veterinary Schools Traffic Rules
• Dental Schools Traffic Rules
• Patrick, Entering Class of 2012, Howard University School of Medicine
• Joseph E. Allen, M.D., Entering Class of 1995, St Georges University; Family Medicine Residency and Fellowship at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, NJ; Sports Medicine Fellowship at UCSD; private practice in Sports and Family Medicine in San Diego
Success Story of the Month
• Samantha, Entering Class of 2012, University of Southern California Medical School
Question of the Month
• Dr. Lewis' answer to this month's question: "How do I ask someone to write a letter for my medical school application?" Part2
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?
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Alum who is the only Native American Radiation Oncologist on the planet!),
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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.
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! 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
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Call 805-226-9669 to set up your first appointment.
Heavily Indebted Med Students Choosing Primary Care Face Greater Financial Challenges
Researchers at Boston University and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) have determined that heavily indebted medical students choosing primary care careers will experience difficulty paying their student debt unless they consider alternative strategies to support repayment.
Doctor shortage could cause health care crash
The United States will require at least 52,000 more family doctors in the year 2025 to keep up with the growing and increasingly older U.S. population, a new study found.
Student loan debt: New income-based repayment provides a safety net
With the fiscal cliff looming, at least one financial compromise has been reached and settled: President Obama's Pay as You Earn plan for federal student loans, proposed in October 2011, was approved on November 1. For people whose loan bills are too high for their income, the new repayment plan could be a lifesaver.
Why you should keep a clean social media presence
Twitter and Facebook users beware: If you're applying for medical school or residency, unprofessional information on your social media profile can compromise your chances of admission, according to a recent study published in the Postgraduate Medical Journal.
The Future of Obamacare
Given the results of the 2012 elections, the threat of repeal that has hung over the Affordable Care Act has faded. So what is the future of Obamacare? What challenges and conflicts lie ahead on the long road of implementation for health care reform?
Admissions Board Supports New MCAT
Nearly nine out of ten medical school admissions officers support the MCAT 2015, the overhauled version of the medical school admissions exam, according to a Nov. 1 survey performed by the Kaplan Test Prep company.
California Faces Shortage of Primary Care Doctors
A study three years ago by the California HealthCare Foundation found that only 16 of California's 58 counties had enough primary care physicians, based on standards by the American Medical Association. Areas like San Bernardino and Riverside counties and the San Joaquin Valley fared the worst.
MCAT changes ‘add stress’, ‘rewarding’ in long run
Updates to the Medical College Admission Test led to varying reactions in students. New concepts, which will appear on the test in 2015, were added to the MCAT earlier this year. Some students are worried about their medical school acceptance because of the alterations, and others understand the reasons for changes.
Getting into Medical School and Residency
Do procedures for admission to medical school and residency training help or hinder the selection of applicants who will make good doctors? Admissions committees routinely look beyond academic qualifications, considering applicants’ demographic information, character, values, and goals in their quest to satisfy society’s need for competent, compassionate physicians.
"Hidden curriculum" found in residency programs
What kind of physician will you be? A new report says that depends on where you complete your residency training.
"Patient satisfaction: When a doctor's judgment risks a poor rating
Patients sometimes demand inappropriate care. Saying no could lead to unhappy patients, bad survey scores and even financial penalties. Some doctors see an ethical conundrum.
Hospital chain’s new physician recruiting tool: adding residents
HCA is betting that training new doctors will be more cost-effective than hiring practicing physicians from elsewhere.
Family Medicine Embraces Emergency Care
Family physicians play a major role in delivering emergency-medicine care, especially in rural communities, and family physicians want more people to know that.
Fighting to get out of med school
For some, medical school and hospital residencies offer more than an education in caring for patients. They provide firsthand experience in the legal system.
How Has the Rise of Physician Employment Changed Hospitals' Recruitment Strategies?
The appeal of hospital employment to physicians is no secret. Upon completion of their training, more physicians are looking to work in either larger, independent group or hospital-owned practices, whether for financial reasons, lifestyle preferences or a combination of the two.
M.D.-Ph.D. Summer Undergraduate Research Programs
Listing of summer programs for pre-MD/PhD students.
Veterinary Schools Traffic Rules (pdf)
Dental Schools Traffic Rules (pdf)
Find these and other useful links on Lewisassoc.com's Links Page.
Patrick and Family at his White Coat Ceremony
Patrick, Entering Class of 2012, Howard University School of Medicine
December 25, 2012: "Hi Dr. Lewis, I cannot believe I recently finished my first semester of medical school at Howard University. It was a great semester. I am enjoying the curriculum and the family/loving atmosphere of Howard. I am heading back to DC Thursday, as I start school January 3. With warm regards, Patrick.”
Joseph E. Allen, M.D., Entering Class of 1995, St Georges University; Family Medicine Residency and Fellowship at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, NJ; Sports Medicine Fellowship at UCSD; private practice in Sports and Family Medicine in San Diego
December 4, 2012: " Hi Dr. Lewis, thought you might enjoy this! Traveled to Dubai last weekend, now in Port Elizabeth, South Africa with the USA men's rugby team preparing for this weekends Nelson Mandela Bay Rugby 7's Tournament. We are in group D with Portugal, Canada, and Zimbabwe. All the best squads in the world are here, NZL, AUS, ENG, etc. Anticipate a huge crowd, and will send you an update as the competition progresses.
All the best, Joe"
Watch for Success Stories coming for some of these alumni!
Samantha, Entering Class of 2012, University of Southern California Medical School
As I reflect on my trips to the Philippines to visit my family, I realize how blessed I am that my parents, along with six of their brothers and sisters, settled in the United States. Out of 13 aunts and uncles remaining in the Philippines, only one became successful as a businesswoman, a few survive with small businesses, and the rest, who never attended college, live in poverty. Some of my relatives wear hand-me-down clothing and live in wooden, unsteady homes smaller than studio apartments built on muddy ground. My cousins range from toddlers to 40 year olds, and the majority have no means to improve their living conditions. One of my younger cousins attends nursing school, and since her parents cannot afford it, my aunt in the US and my mom pay her expenses. One of my other cousins has graduated from college in the Philippines after studying computers, but cannot find a job. I therefore value my opportunities.
In fifth grade I decided, “I’ll go to medical school.” My fascination for science, the way the universe works, and the way a human body works, grew. In college, I declared a science major, but switched to business my freshman year while fulfilling the pre-medical requirements. I had no career experience in science, and I was not confident about going into medicine. Indecisive, I wanted to keep my options open in case I did not go into medicine. In 2007, my aunt, who had sacrificed having a family to care for my sick grandparents, her younger siblings, and all her nieces and nephews over 50 years, became severely ill. Her liver cancer showed no mercy, and her body quickly deteriorated. She passed away in September. Her death affected our entire family, and it was at this point that I decided I would become a doctor. I want to devote my interest in science to knowing about disease prevention and treatment, and to alleviate pain as much as possible. Further, my sister had hyperthyroidism, which worsened in 2008. The severity of her situation caused her to be hospitalized, and her entire thyroid was removed in 2 surgeries. Her near-death experience also fueled my desire to become a doctor. My fascination with the human body coupled with my desire to care for patients motivates me.
I contacted Dr. Lewis after she visited SJSU for a workshop. Signing up for regular advising was one of the best decisions I made in college. She helped me juggle two years’ worth of activities – summer research, shadowing, volunteering, working, starting a Team HBV chapter on campus, running a genetics workshop– on top of doing well in my classes and studying for my MCAT. The weekly appointments kept me on track, and sharing my grades and progress with Dr. Lewis held me accountable for my actions. Aside from helping me maintain balance, Dr. Lewis helped me grow in confidence. I was sometimes intimidated and struggled with my personal doubt, thinking, “How can I possibly get into med school when there are so many other amazing candidates?” Dr. Lewis helped me utilize my strengths while focusing on improving my weaknesses. I found the mock interviews exceptionally helpful in my development as an applicant. Her personal attention to her students as individuals who are all fully capable of succeeding in healthcare is so encouraging. I just completed my first semester of medical school at Keck, and I am so grateful to Dr. Lewis for helping me begin my career here.
Email to Dr. Lewis if you wish to communicate about medical schools or other issues or to contact those profiled in Success Stories: firstname.lastname@example.org
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By Dr. Cynthia Lewis, PhD
"How do I ask someone to write a letter for my medical school application?" Part 2
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