Lewis Associates e-Newsletter
Volume 14 Issue 7
Published by Lewis Associates. Dr. Cynthia Lewis, PhD., Editor
with your comments. Enjoy!
We are now in the middle of the application season. Depending on who you speak (or listen) to, July can seem early or late. Actually, it is “the end of early and the beginning of mid-application" season. So, just be informed of that….get your application in SOON.
It is best to do an excellent job writing your personal statement and about all your experiences. Over 48,000 students applied for 20,055 positions in American allopathic medical schools in 2013.
Most were “qualified”; only 42% were successful.
What made the difference?
Contact us at email@example.com if you want advising.
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: "What can I do if I am still on a waitlist on July 1st?”
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 2016 or 2017?
What Are Your Chances?
• The Whole World Has a Weight Problem
• Educational Game Helps Doctors Manage High Blood Pressure More Effectively
• A More Diverse Medical Profession Means Better Care for a Diverse America
• Should Medical School Applicants Take the MCAT Now, Before it Changes?
• Weigh Taking the MCAT Ahead of 2015 Changes
• New Programs Aim to Forgive Student Medical Loans
• The Real Problem with Medical Education Isn't the Residency Matching System
• Is There a Financial Planner in the House? At this Medical School, Yes
• Perspective: A Love Letter to Aspiring Medical Students
• Supply Won't Meet Growing Demand for Primary Care
• Drinking Behind 1 in 10 Deaths of Working-Age Adults
• Why Training Adaptive Learners Will Be Essential to Medical Education
• Watching Too Much TV Could Lead to Early Death
• What Is a 21st-Century Doctor? Rethinking the Significance of the Medical Degree
• Making the Case for Interprofessional Education
• 5 Tips to Manage Medical School Loans After Graduation
• Survey of Non-Group Health Insurance Enrollees
• Most with Obamacare Were Previously Uninsured
• Fixing Our Inefficient Health-Care System
• What Would It Cost to ‘Fix’ Obamacare?
• How Changing Medical Education Will Affect GME, CME
• The Intersection of Race, Ethnicity, and Medicine
• U.S. Healthcare Ranks Last Among 11 Developed Nations
• Once Again, U.S. Has Most Expensive, Least Effective Health Care System in Survey
• Q&A: Straight Talk with AOA Leaders About the New Single GME System
• Grads: DOs Tell You a Few Things You Probably Didn’t Learn In Medical School
• What Cantor’s Fall Means for the Big Policy Debates in Washington
• Crack the DAT
• VMCAS 2015 Application Workshop
• Leah, MD, Entering Class of 2010, University of Illinois, Chicago College of Medicine, Medical Pediatrics Residency at Tulane University
• Michael, Entering Class 2012, Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Success Story of the Month
• David, MD, Entering Class of 2001, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Psychiatry Resident, Stanford Hospital
Question of the Month
• Dr. Lewis' answer to this month's question: "What can I do if I am still on a waitlist on July 1st?"
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
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
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
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
information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Whole World Has a Weight Problem
A new study provides the most comprehensive look at global trends in people who are either overweight or obese over recent decades.
Educational Game Helps Doctors Manage High Blood Pressure More Effectively
By answering questions competitively online a few at a time over several months, primary care physicians were able to better control their patients’ hypertension than physicians who had read the information online but not participated in the game.
A More Diverse Medical Profession Means Better Care for a Diverse America
Though there have been some gains in the number of black and Latino physicians, their low representation in leadership positions at medical institutions sends a negative message. For example, in 2011, less than 3 percent of med school faculty members were black.
Should Medical School Applicants Take the MCAT Now, Before it Changes?
The new MCAT, to begin next year, has been in the works for years. Still, some premeds are choosing to rush their test prep and take the current version of the MCAT just before it changes.
Weigh Taking the MCAT Ahead of 2015 Changes
Next January will be your last chance to take the “old” MCAT. If you are on the fence about whether you would be better off taking the current test or the new MCAT 2015, here are some points to consider.
New Programs Aim to Forgive Student Medical Loans
Newer federal financing programs, such as Income-Based Repayment, Pay as You Earn repayment and Public Service Loan Forgiveness, can put a significant dent in medical education loans.
The Real Problem with Medical Education Isn't the Residency Matching System
Recent arguments about the fairness of the matching system are flawed, writes Ryan Cleary, a student at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Instead, medical schools need to work to improve the clinical experience in the third and fourth years so that students can better balance the residency application process with their training.
Is There a Financial Planner in the House? At this Medical School, Yes
Oregon Health & Science University is one of only two medical schools in the country with a full-time financial planner to meet with students and help them with student debt counseling.
Perspective: A Love Letter to Aspiring Medical Students
Is the burden of training getting you down? Here are some words of wisdom from the other side of training.
Supply Won't Meet Growing Demand for Primary Care
Federally funded programs will add at least 2,300 new primary care practitioners by the end of 2015, but the funding for at least one of those programs is set to expire at the same time, contributing to a massive shortage of doctors available to treat patients.
Drinking Behind 1 in 10 Deaths of Working-Age Adults
One in 10 deaths among working-age adults between 2006 and 2010 were attributable to excessive drinking, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.
Why Training Adaptive Learners Will Be Essential to Medical Education
Preparing future physicians for careers in the constantly changing health care system requires more than clinical skills—faculty must help medical students develop skills in adaptive learning, too.
Watching Too Much TV Could Lead to Early Death
Watching television isn't just slowly killing your brain cells, it may be slowly killing you.
What Is a 21st-Century Doctor? Rethinking the Significance of the Medical Degree
The author discusses six questions that should lead us to rethink the current status and significance of the medical degree and, consequently, that of the physician.
Making the Case for Interprofessional Education
The future of care delivery includes physician-led team-based care, so medical educators are working through how to educate tomorrow’s physicians to effectively work with other health care professionals in care teams.
5 Tips to Manage Medical School Loans After Graduation
Survey of Non-Group Health Insurance Enrollees
Most with Obamacare Were Previously Uninsured
About 4.5 million of the 8 million Americans who signed up for health insurance on marketplaces created by the new federal healthcare law did not previously have insurance.
Fixing Our Inefficient Health-Care System
What Would It Cost to ‘Fix’ Obamacare?
How Changing Medical Education Will Affect GME, CME
Innovative changes happening at medical schools across the country will produce future physicians with entirely different needs. As a result, graduate medical education (GME) and continuing medical education (CME) will need to make changes, too.
The Intersection of Race, Ethnicity, and Medicine
A theme issue this month in Virtual Mentor addresses the intersections of race, ethnicity and medicine.
U.S. Healthcare Ranks Last Among 11 Developed Nations
The U.S. health system received low marks in a new report on access and quality of care, despite high per-capita spending.
Once Again, U.S. Has Most Expensive, Least Effective Health Care System in Survey
Q&A: Straight Talk with AOA Leaders About the New Single GME System
Grads: DOs Tell You a Few Things You Probably Didn’t Learn In Medical School
What Cantor’s Fall Means for the Big Policy Debates in Washington
Crack the DAT
VMCAS 2015 Application Workshop
Find these and other useful links on Lewisassoc.com's Links Page.
Leah, MD, Entering Class of 2010, University of Illinois, Chicago College of Medicine, Medical Pediatrics Residency at Tulane University
June 3, 2014: "Hi Dr. Lewis, I just graduated from UIC. I still can't believe I am done with medical school. It was a whirlwind! Medical Pediatrics really seemed to be the perfect fit. It is a combined 4 yr program- 2 years of internal medicine and 2 years of pediatrics. I would take both boards and be double certified in IM and Peds. It is really geared at transitional care of chronic illnesses. I learned that I loved the inpatient side of things and more intense cases. The idea is to have a background in IM so that I can eventually do a fellowship in something like Pediatrics, Hematology Oncology or PICU or even if I was a hospitalist. I felt like treating chronic conditions such as CF with my peds patients would make much more sense if I was able to follow them into adulthood. I really loved the critical care inpatient side of things and wanted to feel confident in treating the chronic illness gap I feel like medicine lacks. I didn't know that when I came in, but with my diabetes background, it all made sense. I also just really loved IM and surgery much more than anticipated and I think this is the best route if I decide to do something more intense or procedural down the road.
Anyway, just trying to figure out how to move to New Orleans now! I've always wanted to work with a low income population and figured may as well take the plunge and start that at Tulane during residency!
I can't believe how long it has been since I found your advising and was so devastated to not get into med school at that time. Feels so recent still! I never would have imagined how beautifully it would all work out down the road. I will always be so thankful for the difference your advising made in my application package and even in how I crafted my residency application. I truly am thankful for all of your help! Leah.”
Michael, Entering Class 2012, Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
June 3, 2014: “Hello Dr. Lewis, time flies, I just celebrated 2 years at Nova. Mike”
David, MD, Entering Class of 2001, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Psychiatry Resident, Stanford Hospital
King of the Wait List , Off the Wait List to the Ivy Leagues (Success Story Published in April 2002):
“Hello there fellow medical school applicants and students. I'm sure that life is a bit crazy for all of you, whether you are waiting to hear from schools or slaving through your anatomy course in first year as I am. If you are the former and are checking your mail boxes more often then you are sitting down for meals, then you are exactly where I was last year: on a string being jerked around by the medical school establishment. I truly feel your pain, because the whole application process is overwhelming and unbelievable. Although the entire experience was strange, there were moments, which bordered on the absurd. Let me preface my story, though, by saying that the whole thing couldn't really have worked out better. But what a journey it was...
My experience really began during my undergrad years, where I sold my soul to the pre-medical gods in return for good grades. After I did decently on the MCATS, I felt I was in a good position to get into some of the medical schools I really wanted to go to. To make absolutely certain that I had the best chance possible of getting into a good medical school, I enlisted the advice and services of Dr. Lewis. So, with Dr. Lewis' help, off my application went to 16 different schools, which was far below the 37 that one guy I met on interviews applied to, but probably still average. I returned secondaries to 13 schools and was granted interviews at 12 of these schools. Of course, the one that didn't grant me an interview was one of my state schools, but we won't get into that. Let's just say that their basketball team doesn't get my fan support anymore. So, after getting excellent advice on how to approach the interview process, and then successfully interviewing at these 12 schools, I was on top of the world. Although I considered two or three "safety schools" (if there is such a thing in medical school), fully 9 of them would have been absolutely incredible to attend. So, the first school I heard from was one of the safety schools, and they essentially accepted me two weeks after I interviewed (about mid December). Although I should have been happier, I was only slightly overjoyed because, hey, I still had 9 other great schools to hear from, and they all couldn't reject me, could they?
I finally heard from one of the big nine, and they said that I had been waitlisted. "No biggy", I figured. I really didn't want to attend that school anyway. I still had the other big eight left. And there was really one that I really wanted to attend, the Medical School of America (of course that's not it's real name, but I've changed the name to protect the guilty. We all know which one thinks of themselves as the only medical school in America). So, about mid February, I got the letter from my top choice telling me I had been flat out rejected. And that letter, started a downward spiral of two other rejections and SIX other waitlists in the next two months. To me, it seemed that the unthinkable had happened: all nine of the schools had rejected or waitlisted me. I was devastated. I remember when the last school told me I was in the hopeless limbo of the lower waitlist, I called my mother and cried for the first time in ten years (but that's just between you, the thousands of other readers of this newsletter, and me). I'd say these dark times were also one of Dr. Lewis' shining moments for me. She was always there to explain the ridiculousness of the medical admissions process, to assure me that she would talk to her connections at the various schools, and to simply listen to me bitch and moan. As rough as things were for me then, they would have been far rougher without Dr. Lewis' constant support.
Well, after spending the summer doing exactly what one does on the waitlist (write letters discussing how you are still interested in the school, what new things you have accomplished and, ...well, ...waiting), I was invited back to two schools. One school in the Ivy Leagues seemed very ready to accept me, and I was overjoyed. I was in to one of my top choice schools! Of course, their enthusiasm for me also had something to do with Dr. Lewis. I believe that the biggest role her connections played in the whole process was getting me toward the top of the waitlist there. I don't know if I would have been accepted anyway, but Dr. Lewis' help all but assured that I would get in there. The whole deal of where I would be next year still wasn't under wraps yet, however. The Medical School of New York (name again changed to protect the guilty), also invited me back for a second interview, and told me that, in about a month, they would be making a decision about my application. "NEW YORK!" I was thinking. That's where I want to be. So, I sat for another month waiting to hear from them. But the call never came, and when I called New York, they told me that they were as shocked as I was, but that they had no place for me. So, my decision was made, and I was attending one of my top choice Ivy League schools.
The epilogue is that the Ivy League school where I now attend is an amazing school with the entire undergraduate and medical school campuses located in one area, so there's a lot going on. It's also a great curriculum with a lot of exciting opportunities. In other words, I'm very happy here. So the moral of the story is to remember a) not to get too cocky, b) that medical schools love to waitlist, so don't get too discouraged, and most importantly c) medical school admissions is like the opposite sex (whichever one that is for you: you want their attention very badly, and no matter how hard you try, their actions will never make any sense. So good luck to all of you out there, and remember it only gets better!"
Email to Dr. Lewis if you wish to communicate about medical schools or other issues or to contact those profiled in Success Stories: email@example.com
question of the month... see Facebook, Notes tab
By Dr. Cynthia Lewis, PhD
"What can I do if I am still on a waitlist on July 1st?"
We will feature an important question each month. Please submit one that interests you for Dr. Lewis to answer. Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Newsletter Question' in the subject line.
lewis associates advising
Lewis Associates specializes in personal, effective and professional
premedical advising and placement for traditional and non-traditional
applicants. Often, non-traditional students are older than 21 years
of age, career changers, international applicants or second-round applicants
for admission to health professions school.
Lewis Associates' services meet the needs of all types of students from
pre-applicants to applicants, including hourly advising support for
specific needs. Click
"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 29 years of a successful
Call or email today to set your first appointment!
Copyright 2014, Lewis Associates. All rights reserved.
Please do not repost on any website without direct permission from Lewis
Please feel free to forward this newsletter to any friends, classmates,
or colleagues you feel would find its contents beneficial.