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Lewis Associates e-Newsletter
Volume 13 Issue 10
October 2013

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

For those applying for the entering class of 2014, this is “Interview Season”. What do you know about how the Affordable Care Act will be implemented THIS month (also known as Obamacare)? Be educated!

Implementing Obamacare
Obamacare, the biggest change in the nation’s health-care system in decades, is upon us.

Health Policy and Reform

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: "If I attend Osteopathic medical school, which residencies am I eligible for?"

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

• Implementing Obamacare: What you need to know about the health-care law
• Canadians don’t understand Ted Cruz’s health-care battle
• Developing A New Breed Of Medical School Faculty To Change The Way We Educate Doctors
• Highlight Compassion in Your Medical School Application
• Once homeless, University of Kentucky medical school student hopes to help those in need
• What Is It Like for a Medical Student to Cut Open a Body the First Time?
• Deaf Student Denied Interpreter by Medical School, Draws Focus of Advocates
• How useful are medical school rankings?
• Study calls into question medical school rankings
• New approaches to medical school interviews
• Incoming med school students to be well-versed in Affordable Care Act
• 3 ways to prepare for the MCAT as a premed student
• Briefing examines ACA's potential impact through lens of race, ethnicity
• Cheating in Medical School, the Unacknowledged Ailment
• Bolster a medical school application with volunteer work
• Teaching empathy in medical school
• More medical school students opting for family medicine careers
• Duke medical students give tips to pre-meds
• “Golden age" of medical education? Challenges, opportunities for academia
• High debt load anticipated by majority of medical students; African-Americans most affected
• Med students should study own DNA
• Choose the right undergraduate major for medical school
• Medical school admissions test undergoes changes
• What to expect in your 1st year of medical school
• States must help improve GME financing

Useful Links
• Explore Health Careers Funding Opportunities
• Career Pathway Evaluation Program for Pharmacy Professionals

Alumni Update
• Kimberly, Entering Class of 2009, Midwestern Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, PGY1 Resident at Bethesda Family Practice, Cincinnati, Ohio

Success Story of the Month
• Ayse, Entering Class of 2013, University of Vermont School of Medicine

Question of the Month
• Dr. Lewis' answer to this month's question: "If I attend Osteopathic medical school, which residencies am I eligible for?"
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 2013...88% acceptance
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

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.


Implementing Obamacare: What you need to know about the health-care law
The latest news about the implementation of the new health-care law at the federal and state levels, as well as the continued political fight in Congress.

Canadians don’t understand Ted Cruz’s health-care battle
When you’re being forced to endure another rabid Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) soliloquy on Obamacare’s threat to human freedom, it’s easy to forget how absurd our health-care debate seems to the rest of the civilized world.

Developing A New Breed Of Medical School Faculty To Change The Way We Educate Doctors
Quinnipiac University enrolled its first class in August, 2013, and is poised to change the way we educate medical students, and how we select faculty.

Highlight Compassion in Your Medical School Application
Top-notch medical school admissions committees look for multi-dimensional people to enroll in their programs.

Once homeless, University of Kentucky medical school student hopes to help those in need
As Kayla Kinker stood onstage and put on her white coat, her induction into the medical profession put Kinker one step closer to her goal of helping people who are struggling. 6 years ago she was living in a homeless shelter.

What Is It Like for a Medical Student to Cut Open a Body the First Time?
My medical school was McGill in Montreal. The anatomy lab was in a dark and ancient Victorian building with tunnels and hidden, unexpected places.

Deaf Student Denied Interpreter by Medical School, Draws Focus of Advocates
Michael Argenyi, 26, is legally deaf. Despite his repeated requests to use an interpreter during clinical training, administrators at the Creighton University School of Medicine refused to allow it.

How useful are medical school rankings?
U.S. News and World Report recently released its medical school rankings, a list that ignites lively debate every year. U.S. News argues that rankings help applicants select optimal learning environments, but educators decry what they feel are marketing, rather than educational, motivations.

Study calls into question medical school rankings
The rankings of U.S. News and World Report's popular annual listing of medical schools may not be as reliable as people have thought.

New approaches to medical school interviews
Medical schools around the country struggle to find the right way to decide who should be the physicians of the future, and who should not. Most have evolved through the years, but what are the right criteria for admission — what makes a good proto-doctor?

Incoming med school students to be well-versed in Affordable Care Act
You could call them the Affordable Care Act class. Incoming medical students at Quinnipiac University's new medical school will graduate when the new law is fully in effect. They are very aware about the changes coming to the nation's health care system.

3 ways to prepare for the MCAT as a premed student
Although the thought of studying for the MCAT may seem like a task for your future self to handle, there are ways to start preparing today to help ease the preparation process later.

Briefing examines ACA's potential impact through lens of race, ethnicity
A new document from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation provides an overview of health coverage by race and ethnicity to provide greater insight into the potential impacts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage.

Cheating in Medical School, the Unacknowledged Ailment
The reported prevalence of cheating among US medical students ranges from 0% to 58%.

Bolster a medical school application with volunteer work
Aspiring medical students can do a number of things to be attractive candidates, such as scoring well on the MCAT or taking post-baccalaureate classes to boost a low science GPA. But, sometimes it's work that can't be evaluated by a letter grade or numerical score that makes an applicant stand out. Volunteer work falls in this category.

Teaching empathy in medical school
Nowadays, robots are capable of providing assistance in surgical procedures, they enable doctors to visit patients remotely, and some are even starting to make diagnoses and treatment decisions. Such space age innovations raise the question: are doctors still necessary?

More medical school students opting for family medicine careers
The percentage of medical school graduates choosing family medicine residencies has jumped by nearly 10 percent during the past 5 years, an increase that demonstrates the growing popularity of family medicine as a career choice, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Duke medical students give tips to pre-meds

“Golden age" of medical education? Challenges, opportunities for academia

High debt load anticipated by majority of medical students; African-Americans most affected
The cost of a medical school education in the United States has been on the rise over the past 10 years.

Med students should study own DNA
Studying one's own DNA should be part of medical school, according to one of San Diego's most forward-looking physicians.

Choose the right undergraduate major for medical school
An essential rule of being premed: you do not need to be any particular major to go to medical school.

Medical school admissions test undergoes changes
The American Association of Medical Colleges will introduce changes to the content and format of the MCAT, or the Medical College Admission Test, in the spring of 2015. The new version of the MCAT will involve "more critical thinking instead of memorization".

What to expect in your 1st year of medical school
Yi Lu enters the second year of medical school at the University of California San Francisco and offers perspective on the experience.

States must help improve GME financing
A recent study looked at state governments offering meaningful reform to the GME system.


Explore Health Careers Funding Opportunities
National database of over 300 sources of funding exclusively for health professions students.

Career Pathway Evaluation Program for Pharmacy Professionals

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

alumni updates


Kimberly, Entering Class of 2009, Midwestern Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, PGY1 Resident at Bethesda Family Practice, Cincinnati, Ohio

September 22, 2013: “Hello Dr. Lewis, I'm at the end of my third month (3rd rotation) in Family Medicine Residency and loving it. I am so happy that I made the choice to change careers. The entire journey has been full of ups and downs, but always going in the right direction. I chose Bethesda Family Practice in Cincinnati, Ohio, because the Residents and Attendings are great. It really is true that you end up going where you fit! It's also in an area where I went to high school and college the first time around. I still have family here, and am living in my mother's finished lower level.

I am one of 6 interns, and so far it's been very hectic with learning a new EMR and new hospitals. My first rotation was at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, where I will go again in March. Bethesda North is our main hospital where we do Medicine, OB, ER, Newborn. We have OB Residents helping with all the deliveries, otherwise unopposed. The environment is supportive, and we are now voting on our fall retreat. I am looking forward to that!

I was thinking about you the other day, and am always grateful for all the help and excellent advice you gave me. I certainly could not have done it without your help! All the best to you and your family. Kim”

success story


Ayse, Entering Class of 2013, University of Vermont School of Medicine

I have wanted to be a doctor for as long as I can remember, but having that dream as a child, and making it happen as an adult, were two entirely different things. Complicating this process further, my mom developed Stage III gastric cancer at the end of my first year of college. In the process of taking care of her, my love for medicine became even more concrete as I saw the amazing care her oncologists and medical team gave her, though she ultimately passed away three years later. In addition to being overwhelmed with the process as a pre-med, trying to figure out how to balance taking pre-requisites, studying for the MCAT, and doing clinical and service activities, I now also had to find a way to balance all of that with being supportive and present in my mom’s care. Just as this threatened to overwhelm me in my sophomore year, I met Dr. Lewis at a pre-medical honor society event where she was presenting.

After contacting Dr. Lewis, navigating being pre-med became so much more manageable. In school, Dr. Lewis helped me figure out how to spread my class load over both semesters and summers, so that I could balance completing my requirements with being home every weekend to take care of my mom. She also made helpful suggestions for classes based on which would help me succeed at the MCAT the most. Throughout the MCAT process, she kept me on focus by having regular progress report check-ins to evaluate which areas were weak points and how to improve them. When I decided to take time off between college and applications, she helped me find clinical shadowing opportunities. Even before I started applications, she had me writing and editing paragraphs detailing my clinical and service activities I had participated in since starting college. She was absolutely instrumental in the application process, and I would have been lost without her editing my personal statements, practicing mock interviews, and reminding me to check in with schools I hadn’t heard from in a while. With a combination of support and tough-love, Dr. Lewis helped me so much throughout the very stressful process of getting into medical school. Sometimes it still feels surreal that I am actually in medical school, even though it’s been 1.5 months now, but I know I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Dr. Lewis for getting me here!

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

"If I attend Osteopathic medical school, which residencies am I eligible for?"

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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