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Lewis Associates e-Newsletter
Volume 13 Issue 7
July 2013

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

Here we are, smack dab into summer. Whether you are a Class of 2014 applicant, or a Postbaccalaureate, or an undergraduate student, summer will be a busy time.

So, what are your plans?
MCAT or DAT or other test preparation?
Direct patient care or doctor shadowing clinical experience?
Study abroad?
Working to save money?
Taking classes
… maybe more than one of these!

Medical (and other health professions) schools expect serious candidates to be busy and productive. You do NOT need to do 10 activities, but you should do at least one very well and be committed to it. You should be able to discuss what you learned from this activity, whether it is MCAT prep, and you improved a cognitive skill, like “finding the main idea”, or worked as a waitress and learned how to work with “difficult” people! If you cannot find important new skills to learn, then you are not being productive.

Use your summer productively! And, enjoy it!

Watch for new videos to be posted each month on our Facebook page, including helpful hints for the application process.

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: "My Letter writers’ told me they would submit their letters in May. It is now the end of June and none are submitted. What can I do?"

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 2015 or 2016?
Track Record
Be Competitive

What Are Your Chances?
Getting Started

• Implementation of healthcare reform means more job openings for physicians
• Program teaches med students bedside manner
• Are medical students ethically illiterate?
• Interns spend more time with computers than patients
• Serious work put into making primary care fun again
• Medical school enrollment will be up 30%
• School enrollments up; can residency slots keep pace?
• Doctors, patients have yet to fully figure out the Affordable Care Act
• Closing Racial And Ethnic Disparity Gaps: Implications Of The Affordable Care Act
• Med school training key to health reform, panel says
• Innovation is Key to Success in Alleviating U.S. Physician Workforce Shortage
• AMA awards $11 million to transform American medical education
• Genes safe from patents, but industry finds hope in ruling
• Residents Attend Neurosurgery Boot Camp at VCOM
• Medical Residents, Like Doctors, Use Google to Diagnose, Treat and Care for Patients
• 7 Steps to Develop a Patient-Centered Culture
• What's more difficult: Medical school or motherhood?
• Immigration bill addressing physician issues advances in Senate

Useful Links
• Global Health Internship – Health Screening in Rural China
• The National Alliance of Research Associates Programs - Chief Research Associates

Alumni Update
• Darin, DDS, Entering Class of 1994, Baylor University School of Dentistry, Specialization Program in Orthodontics at the University of Colorado, Orthodontics Practice in Canada

Success Story of the Month
• Jonathan, Entering Class of 2013

Question of the Month
• Dr. Lewis' answer to this month's question: "My Letter writers’ told me they would submit their letters in May. It is now the end of June and none are submitted. What can I do?"
See our Facebook page, Notes 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 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 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 2015 or 2016?
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 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 2015 or 2016 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.

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.


Implementation of healthcare reform means more job openings for physicians
The basic principles of economics are creeping into healthcare—supply and demand.

Program teaches med students bedside manner
Good bedside manner can make all the difference when you're sick, but it doesn't come naturally or easily for every doctor.

Are medical students ethically illiterate?
A recent study has indicated that medical students are not retaining the ethical terms taught to them in ethics classes

Interns spend more time with computers than patients
A new study found that the time medical interns spend directly caring for patients is continuing its downward trend, now accounting for just 12 percent of working hours.

Serious work put into making primary care fun again
Innovative clinics say redesigning the flow of care and freeing doctors from administrative hassles may boost physician satisfaction.

Medical school enrollment will be up 30%
It’s an important milestone as impending shortages of medical professionals, especially those that deal with patients at the primary care level, have been well-publicized.

School enrollments up; can residency slots keep pace?
United States medical schools are on track to increase their enrollment 30 percent by 2017, according to new data from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

Doctors, patients have yet to fully figure out the Affordable Care Act
Connected coverage — selected articles on trends, challenges and controversies in the changing world of medicine.

Closing Racial And Ethnic Disparity Gaps: Implications Of The Affordable Care Act

Med school training key to health reform, panel says
Fundamental changes in U.S. medical education are critical for successful health care reform, a panel of health care leaders told physicians at a recent Harvard Medical School alumni event.

Innovation is Key to Success in Alleviating U.S. Physician Workforce Shortage
As Congress debates various approaches to deal with the federal deficit and the fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget, AACOM continues to aggressively advocate for the investment in and preservation of Medicare-funded graduate medical education (GME) as well as support for other critical and innovative GME programs.

AMA awards $11 million to transform American medical education
Nearly a dozen medical schools named Friday by the AMA will receive funding to implement bold innovations in medical education over the next five years.

Genes safe from patents, but industry finds hope in ruling
The U.S. Supreme Court rejects patents on naturally occurring genes but preserves market protections for certain synthetic sequences or applications of genetic material.

Residents Attend Neurosurgery Boot Camp at VCOM
Osteopathic neurosurgery residents attended Osteopathic Neurosurgery Residents Boot Camp, a 2013 DePuy Synthes Spine Future Leaders Workshop which was held at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) – Virginia Campus.

Medical Residents, Like Doctors, Use Google to Diagnose, Treat and Care for Patients
A new survey published in Academic Medicine shows that 68 percent of residents use Google for locating Web sites and general information about diseases and Google Scholar to help treat and manage decisions or locating a journal article

7 Steps to Develop a Patient-Centered Culture
Patient experience is about more than customer service and a hotel-like atmosphere — it's about addressing all factors of patient suffering, including the physical, psychological and social challenges patients face.

What's more difficult: Medical school or motherhood?

Immigration bill addressing physician issues advances in Senate
A bipartisan immigration bill that takes up several physician-related issues is under consideration by the full U.S. Senate, following its advancement from the Senate Judiciary Committee at the end of May.


Global Health Internship – Health Screening in Rural China

The National Alliance of Research Associates Programs - Chief Research Associates

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

alumni updates


Darin, DDS, Entering Class of 1994, Baylor University School of Dentistry, Specialization Program in Orthodontics at the University of Colorado, Orthodontics Practice in Canada


Watch for Success Stories coming for some of these alumni!

success story


Jonathan, Entering Class of 2013,

When I began college, I studied business, and really enjoyed the communication, analysis and teamwork aspects, which were the hallmark of a business education. However, after a course on ethics, I quickly switched my major to philosophy, and made the decision to become a physician and a bioethicist. Alongside my philosophy education, I began studying for a degree in biology, as well. I was fascinated with the fundamentals of both disciplines, and employed my creative side to work out problems at the intersection of philosophy and medicine.

During my undergraduate years, I sought resources at other universities to begin my training in bioethics. I traveled to Costa Rica to take a course on bioethics through Case Western Reserve University. While there, I learned about the health care system of a country that had decided to provide universal access to all its citizens. After Costa Rica, my passion for bioethics took me to Yale University to study bioethics at their Bioethics Center. I was exposed to an interdisciplinary approach to bioethics, which sought the academic work of several disciplines in order to approach problems in bioethics through a legal, medical and social lens. During college, I was also fortunate enough to travel to Taiwan to learn about Buddhism, and lived at a monastery for over a month.

After graduating from college, my desire to become a doctor was met with a number of challenges that, with the help of Dr. Lewis, I met, in order to realize my dream of becoming a doctor so I can provide patient care. Dr. Lewis was invaluable, and her insight was instrumental throughout, not only the application cycle, but also the pre-planning and follow-up phases. Her worksheets and timelines allowed me to focus on studying and preparing for interviews, instead of all of the logistics that went into the application process. Dr. Lewis was an amazing resource for me, since I had graduated from college and moved across the country, where I did not have access to a college advisor’s office or its resources. After struggling with the MCAT, Dr. Lewis advised me to retake it and worked with me to tease out some of my problem areas with the test. We worked through the problems by speaking to each other once a week and focusing attention on test-taking strategy and time management. While working through the problems identified in my application, I began graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania and completed my graduate degree in the department of medical ethics and health policy. Dr. Lewis worked with me weekly to improve my application and meticulously edited each of my essays in order to help my candidacy.

When I think of an ideal hybrid model between a coach, adviser, consultant and strategist...I think of Dr. Lewis. My pursuit of becoming a doctor was a series of twists and turns as I navigated the medical school admissions process through college, graduate school and a short-lived professional career in research. Nevertheless, Dr. Lewis' years of experience and insight helped me achieve my dream. I am very grateful to have had at my disposal a professional like Dr. Lewis, whose processes for every aspect of application planning were invaluable. Thank you to Dr. Lewis and her wonderful team!!!

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, Notes tab
By Dr. Cynthia Lewis, PhD

"My Letter writers’ told me they would submit their letters in May. It is now the end of June and none are submitted. What can I do?"

We will feature an important question each month. Please submit one that interests you for Dr. Lewis to answer. Send your questions to imaclewis@lewisassoc.com with 'Newsletter Question' in the subject line.

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"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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