Lewis Associates e-Newsletter
Volume 14 Issue 1
Published by Lewis Associates. Dr. Cynthia Lewis, PhD., Editor
with your comments. Enjoy!
January always signals “New Beginnings”. It is a psychological time to “start fresh”. For many, it is a time to lose all the weight gained during the holidays, or set other personal goals (New Year’s Resolutions). It can also be a time to recommit yourself to a disciplined study schedule for difficult classes or for the MCAT/DAT/GRE. Strong grades and test scores only get your foot “in the door”, to be given “consideration”. Only then, will schools read about your clinical experiences, service, leadership, research, hobbies, skills, jobs, adversities overcome, etc.
So, see how committed you really are; become a disciplined student!
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: "How do I prepare to learn more about the Affordable Care Act and how it is changing U.S. medical practice?"
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 2015 or 2016?
What Are Your Chances?
• The December deluge: 1.1 million have enrolled on HealthCare.gov
• Obamacare just might net its 7 million sign-ups
• Obamacare B-Sides: Three programs you haven’t heard of start in 2014
• Don’t Count Out Medical School After One Bad Premed Semester
• Medical School Applicants, Enrollment Reach All-time Highs
• Without sufficient support, community health centers will drop 1 million patients (pdf)
• How Many Doctors Will We Need? A Special Issue on the Physician Workforce
• Selecting Tomorrow’s Physicians: The Key to the Future Health Care Workforce
• The Emerging Primary Care Workforce: Preliminary Observations From the Primary Care Team: Learning From Effective Ambulatory Practices Project
• 2014 Question of the Year
• The five biggest political questions for the next stage of the Obamacare debate
• Family medicine lures with variety, strong relationships, growing influence
• Rural family medicine alive and well at several osteopathic medical schools
• How I survived the first 2 years of medical school
• Teaching wisely: Ensuring tomorrow's doctors give high-value health care
• Changes in medical education will make students integral to health system solutions
• Special JAMA issue examines changing medical education landscape
• Aspiring medical student sentenced to three months in prison in MCAT hacking case
• America’s newly insured laud health-care law
• Personalized education, faculty development gets greater focus
• Top Books for Docs: 2013 Booklist
• Omar, MD, Entering Class of 2007, George Washington School of Medicine, Dermatology Resident at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
• 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
• Jessica Nordlund, PhD, Entering Class of 2006, International Masters Program in Cell and Molecular Biology, PhD program in Molecular Medicine at Uppsala University, Sweden
Question of the Month
• Dr. Lewis' answer to this month's question: "How do I prepare to learn more about the Affordable Care Act and how it is changing U.S. medical practice?"
See our Facebook page, Notes 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
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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.
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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 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
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 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.
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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The December deluge: 1.1 million have enrolled on HealthCare.gov
Enrollment in the federal exchange was about nine times as high in December than all of October and November.
Obamacare just might net its 7 million sign-ups
This past February, well before HealthCare.gov opened for business, the Congressional Budget Office made a prediction. The nonpartisan agency projected that the federal exchange, alongside 14 state run Web sites, would sell 7 million people insurance policies in 2014.
Obamacare B-Sides: Three programs you haven’t heard of start in 2014
There are plenty of other changes to the health-care system sprinkled throughout the Affordable Care Act's many, many pages. Here's a look at some of the less-known health law provisions coming into effect with the start of the new year.
Don’t Count Out Medical School After One Bad Premed Semester
What should you do if you have a bad semester as a premed student? Here's how to evaluate what happened and figure out how to get back on track toward a successful medical school application.
Medical School Applicants, Enrollment Reach All-time Highs
A record number of students applied to and enrolled in the nation’s medical schools in 2013, according to data released by the Association of American Medical Colleges. The total number of applicants to medical school grew by 6.1 percent to 48,014, surpassing the previous record set in 1996 by 1,049.
Without sufficient support, community health centers will drop 1 million patients (pdf)
A new report examining the impact of federal and state policy decisions on community health centers estimates that under a worst-case scenario, the nation's health centers would be forced to contract, leaving an estimated 1 million low-income people without access to health care services by the year 2020.
How Many Doctors Will We Need? A Special Issue on the Physician Workforce
Current workforce projections suggest a substantial physician shortage over the next 10 to 15 years. This month’s special workforce issue provides background and analysis of current thinking about how academic health centers (AHCs) and others can best address this shortage.
Selecting Tomorrow’s Physicians: The Key to the Future Health Care Workforce
Recent U.S. health care reform efforts have focused on three main goals: improving health care for individuals, improving population health, and lowering costs. Physicians, who traditionally have practiced with considerable autonomy, will be required to become members of the team-based patient care models necessary to achieve these goals.
The Emerging Primary Care Workforce: Preliminary Observations From the Primary Care Team: Learning From Effective Ambulatory Practices Project
Many primary care practices are changing the roles played by the members of their health care teams. The purpose of this article is to describe some of these new roles, using the authors’ preliminary observations from 25 site visits to high-performing primary care practices across the United States in 2012–2013.
2014 Question of the Year
How can we ensure that our graduate medical education system will prepare trainees for practice in new systems of care delivery?
Rapidly evolving health care systems will require that all caregivers have an expanded set of competencies beyond those fostered by our current educational programs.
The five biggest political questions for the next stage of the Obamacare debate
After weeks of problems that plagued HealthCare.gov, Obama sought to turn attention to people helped by the law and away from talk of big technical glitches.
Family medicine lures with variety, strong relationships, growing influence
Most family physicians treat patients of all ages who have all manner of conditions. "I tell students that in family medicine, you can tailor your practice to whatever you want," says Nancy Bono, DO. "In this profession, you don't get bored because it incorporates so much.”
Rural family medicine alive and well at several osteopathic medical schools
Medical students: Are you wary of practicing in a rural area? Don't be, say educators at rural-focused osteopathic medical schools, who seek to dispel the myths surrounding rural medicine.
How I survived the first 2 years of medical school
Exercise. Shadow physicians. Rest your brain often. These tips for new medical students come from seasoned third-year student Leslie Tamura and her classmates, who reflect on their early years of medical school and the survival tactics they picked up.
Teaching wisely: Ensuring tomorrow's doctors give high-value health care
Teaching students and residents about stewardship of health care resources is a key concern facing academic medicine and health care as a whole.
Changes in medical education will make students integral to health system solutions
As medical schools better align how they teach with how students learn and the nation’s health care needs, students will become vital contributors to improving the U.S. health care system—even while they’re in training.
Special JAMA issue examines changing medical education landscape
As the U.S. health care system continues to evolve, a special theme issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) released this month explores aspects of medical education in light of current clinical environments.
Aspiring medical student sentenced to three months in prison in MCAT hacking case
Unhappy with his middling scores on the standardized test for aspiring medical students, Bosung Shim tried to hack into the Association of American Medical Colleges computer system and change them. When that didn’t work, he hired other hackers to help.
America’s newly insured laud health-care law
Benefit of health law often obscured behind political and legal disputes — and Web site glitches.
Personalized education, faculty development gets greater focus
With the continued rapid expansion of scientific knowledge and the increased complexity in care delivery, the role of the physician has evolved, and medical schools are responding to the need for training a new type of physician.
The latest medical news, clinical trial coverage, drug updates, journal articles, CME activities & more.
Top Books for Docs: 2013 Booklist (Medscape puts together this list every year)
Find these and other useful links on Lewisassoc.com's Links Page.
Omar, MD, Entering Class of 2007, George Washington School of Medicine, Dermatology Resident at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
December 2, 2013: “Hi Dr. Lewis, just wanted to give a quick update. I graduated from college at VCU in 2006, medical school at GW 2011, I did a transitional year in Michigan and now I am a PGY-3 at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Dermatology and I just got engaged. Hope all is well. Always thank you for your help. Without you none of this was possible. Omar”
Darin, DDS, Entering Class of 1994, Baylor University School of Dentistry, Specialization Program in Orthodontics at the University of Colorado, Orthodontics Practice in Canada
December 6, 2013: “Hi Dr. Lewis, I went back country skiing yesterday in Kaninaskis- awesome fresh snow! Mama is due Dec 28th with baby #2, Rogie is 3 and learning independence while simultaneously helping mum and dad develop their patience. Work is going well, and I am developing a 1st ever in N. America "Orthodontic Prevention Program' based on Diet, Nasal Breathing, and rest oral posture.
It will have realtime meetings and a website for engagement, and will target everyone from pregnant moms (focusing on diet and breast feeding)...all the way to the elderly (the importance of improving ones respiratory physiology with nasal breathing - that has tons of +++ health benefits).....and The model is to apply 1/2 of anything people put towards their wellness in this program to their orthodontic treatment if they end up needing it. Its going to be BIG, and is way overdue, as "Prevention" is NOT taught in any way shape of form in Ortho school (I'm not referring to oral hygiene). This is my mission and why I ended up pursuing dentistry and later orthodontics......and I will persist until it is actualized!
I would have never thought pursuing a career in dentistry would have me enrolling in a masters program in breathing sciences and devoting this much time and energy towards proper breathing and rest oral posture! The inter-connectedness of our human existence becomes clearer the longer I practice dentistry. We are not compartmentalized as our educational institutions would have us to believe, and fixing things after they are broken takes far more resources than preparing for wellness. When I learned about the Bohr effect when it comes to Oxygen transfer and utilization in the human body in Physiology class at SDSU, I would have never guessed it would be so clinically relevant to my practice of orthodontics (heck, I wasn't even flossing at that time in my life!)
See the monster you created back in 1992 when you helped me get that internship at NW dental school! I am still grateful for that.
Attached is a pic for you. I moonlight as the tooth fairy if ya didn't know! Omar."
Jessica Nordlund, PhD
Jessica Nordlund, PhD, Entering Class of 2006, International Masters Program in Cell and Molecular Biology, PhD Program in Molecular Medicine at Uppsala University, Sweden
I met Dr. Lewis through the Collegiate Union for Health Related Education (CUHRE) my first year at San Diego State University. Coming from a small, rural high school in Northern California, I found myself completely and utterly overwhelmed by the fast pace and the pre-med curriculum. The most important aspect of having Dr. Lewis as my Advisor was her honest feedback. She kept me on track and made sure I kept my grades up. One of my fondest memories was when I finally got one of Dr. Lewis’ famous “high fives” for reporting good grades after finals.
During my junior year at SDSU, I decided to study abroad in Sweden. I chose Sweden first because of my Swedish heritage (paternal grandparents), and second because many courses at Swedish Universities are taught in English. I was very nervous, but Dr. Lewis was supportive of my decision. Needless to say, my semester in Sweden changed my life. I took the semester off from my biology major to study Swedish language. I met hundreds of other international students from around the world, and truly had one of the best experiences of my life.
Upon returning to my last year at SDSU, I became more passionate about genetics and molecular biology than medicine. I also found myself longing to go abroad again. Coincidently, a former Swedish classmate contacted me about a new International Masters program in Cell and Molecular Biology opening at Uppsala University, one of the oldest universities in Sweden. Without much hesitation, I applied and was accepted for fall 2006.
I earned my MS in 2007, and was subsequently accepted into Uppsala’s PhD program in Molecular Medicine in 2008. At the time, several new technologies for sequencing whole genomes became available, making it possible to analyze clinical samples genome-wide. The huge amount of data generated by the sequencers required new types of large-scale data analysis and bioinformatics skills, skills I didn’t have. Learning my first programming language was one of the most difficult obstacles I’ve overcome; it was much more difficult than learning Swedish! Today, I can happily say that I am fluent in both Swedish and several programming languages.
I defended my thesis in 2012, and am currently working as a scientist at Uppsala University Hospital. Today, I work with a diverse group of pediatric oncologists, clinical geneticists, and computational biologists to investigate the etiology of acute pediatric leukemias. Specifically, I am investigating the genetic and epigenetic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epigenetics) changes that occur in leukemic cells using genome-wide approaches. My research has been incredibly rewarding http://www.molmed.medsci.uu.se/, http://genomebiology.com/2013/14/9/r105 and I have maintained the close connection with medicine that drew me into the biological sciences in the first place.
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By Dr. Cynthia Lewis, PhD
"How do I prepare to learn more about the Affordable Care Act and how it is changing U.S. medical practice?"
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