Lewis Associates e-Newsletter
Volume 2 Issue 3
Published by Lewis Associates. Dr. Cynthia Lewis, Phd., Editor
with your comments. Enjoy!
=> Welcome to Success Stories Newsletter!
=> Important News and Useful Links Public
Health System Reports AAMC Medical School Curriculum Directory
=> Dates and Reminders Summer Programs
=> Important People, Schools and Programs
Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajaras Community Medicine Award*
=> Success Story of the Month Military Medicine
Lieutenant Commander Brad Douglas MD, MPH
=> Question of the Month "What can
go wrong with my application?"
=> Focus on a Health Profession - Medical Student
=> Our Services
Welcome to Lewis Associates!
The "New Year" it is an image that conjures up great hopes
and aspirations. If you are ready to really become serious about making
your dreams to become a health professional a reality Lewis Associates
will help you. We have made the difference for hundreds of students
over 18 years.
This is "your application year" for the Entering Class of
2004. Students who are planning ahead in your last year of preparation
will need to establish a well-thought out strategy to carry you through
the difficult times coming up. Let us know how we can assist you.
Congratulations to the entering Class of 2002 advised by Dr. Lewis
92% acceptance for our pre-health applicants all over the U.S.!
See our Class of 2002 Final Report
including a Canadian acceptance.
What are your chances?
If you want to change your career or reach your career goal, but do
not know how to begin or how to jump over all those hurdles, Lewis Associates
will implement strategies to change your life. Read about it in our
newsletter and website, then phone or email us directly to get started!
You may be like our Lewis Associates Advisees highly motivated
and intelligent, but needing focus, guidance and specific technical
expertise. 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) and received the 1990 NACADA
Outstanding Institutional Advising Program in the U.S. She teaches Professionalism,
Leadership, and Quality, and sets high standards for her Advisees.
Until February 1st 2003, Lewis Associates will not only save you money
and heartache on your application process, but you can also save money
on advising. Contact us for more information email@example.com
n e w s & l i n k s
N E W S : National Academies Release Reports on Public Health
The National Academies recently released two reports on the Status
of the U.S. public health system:
"The future of the Public Health in the 21st Century" reviews
the nation's public health capabilities and presents a comprehensive
framework for how the government public health agencies, working with
partners from the public and private sectors, can better assure the
health of people and communities.
Go to http://www4.nationalacademies.org/news.bsf/isbn/0309086221
"Who will Keep the Public Health? Examines the education of public
health professionals and provides recommendations for strengthening
public health education, research, and practice that can be used by
the institutions and organizations responsible for educating public
health professionals and supporting public health education.
Go to http://www.nap.edu/books/030908542X/html/
L I N K :
AAMC Medical School Curriculum Directory Most schools have now entered
the basic information for the pre- clinical years; however, for a good
example of how richly detailed it can now be (and what we expect the
majority to show eventually), select schools such as Southern Illinois
University or Mayo, which have documented the clerkship years. You can
get a much more complete picture of the curricula.
Go to http://services.aamc.org/currdir/section2/courses.cfm
d a t e s & r e m i n d
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Summer Programs - Apply Now!
This is the season for applying for summer enrichment programs. These
programs can be focused on research, clinical or academic experiences
and may be targeting minority, disadvantaged or mainstream premedical
students. I am currently writing letters of support for several of my
Advisees for these, as I have done for 18 years. I match students to
programs all across the US. Here is an example of one program: University
of Pittsburgh CMU MD/PhD Program's Summer Undergraduate Research Program
for Minority Students: application deadline March 1, 2003.
The Summer Undergraduate Research Program is a 10-week summer research
and enrichment program for underrepresented minority students interested
in careers as physician scientists.
The program is designed for students in their freshman, sophomore or
junior years of college. Students receive intensive research laboratory
experience, abundant mentorship and participate in a variety of career
development programs, scientific seminars, and specific career enhancement
opportunities including preparation for national examinations.
The brochure and application are available online at http://www.mdphd.pitt.edu/minority/
The students can go online, call 412-648-2324 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
for an application.
p e o p l e & s c h o o
Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajaras Community Medicine Award*
The Medicine in the Community Program of the Universidad AutOnoma de
Guadalajara School of Medicine recently received a Special National
Award for service in the community. The President of Mexico, Vicente
Fox Quesada and his wife, presented the award at the National Volunteer
Awards 2002 at the official residency of the Mexican President, Los
Pinos. Dr Juan JosÈ J·uregui Lomeli, Director of the program,
received the award representing the UAG School of Medicine.
The Medicine in the Community Program received this award in recognition
of the immense impact that this program provides in medical service
to urban and rural areas in Mexico. President Fox stated that this program
has surpassed the goals of the academic requirements by attracting volunteers
to the clinics and most importantly by providing physicians to the community.
The Medicine in the Community Program was formed in 1973 and is focused
on providing healthcare to communities in urban and rural areas that
do not have access to health services. At the present time there are
17 community clinics that the program serves.
The School of Medicine students rotate through these clinics beginning
in their first semester. It provides excellent opportunities for hands-on
with Spanish-speaking patients. Students attending the Medical Spanish
Course also participate in this program.
* Note that Dr. Lewis has had about 10 Advisees attend the Universidad
Autonoma de Guadalajara; if you wish to communicate with one of these
Alumni, contact Dr. Lewis directly. Dr. Lewis attended her 4th Advisors
Conference at UAG this last October.
s u c c e s s s t o r i e s
Military Medicine - Lieutenant Commander Brad
Douglas MD, MPH
JIn January 2002, a familiar face, Dr. Brad Douglas,
turned up in my office, wearing his dress white Naval uniform and we
had a lovely chat about his career since entering medical school, now
10 years ago! My Advisees take on interesting challenges and many return
to fill me in on their lives - this is perhaps the most fulfilling part
Brad had been a Navy pilot at Miramar Naval Air Station (of Top
Gun movie fame) and I was his premedical Advisor during his Post-Baccalaureate
He was accepted at USUHS (Uniformed Services University of the Health
Sciences), Dartmouth, Einstein, Philadelphia Osteopathic, Kirksville,
and New England Osteopathic medical schools; he attended USUHS. Brads
business card has photos of an aircraft carrier and the planes he flies
and the pilots he "maintains" fly. His current titles include:
"Fighter Wing Senior Medical Officer" and "NAS Oceana
Senior Regional Flight Surgeon". His wife, a lawyer, is currently
a Tax Law Professor at Regent University in Virginia Beach. They now
Have three children, the newest, a boy, born November 6, 2002. Here
is Brads story (the very short version!).
Thank you so much for talking with me last Friday. I had always wanted
to come back to San Diego to thank you in person, because you gave me
the guidance and direction that I needed to pursue my dream. I can't
believe it's been almost 13 years since I started the post-bac program,
and it has only been about 2 years since I have completed my entire
regimen, including the USMLE and my specialty boards in Aerospace Medicine.
By the way, I think I am probably the only former SDSU student with
this specialty. The Aerospace Medicine boards are part of the American
Board of Preventive Medicine that also includes the specialties of Occupational
Medicine and Preventive medicine.
I know we spoke a little about what I did, but I will outline a little
here just in case you want to share with some of your Advisees. I graduated
from USUHS in 1997, then I did my internship at Portsmouth Naval Hospital
in Ob/Gyn. Upon completion of internship, most Navy physicians do a
General Medical Officer tour, a flight surgeon tour, or an Underwater
Medical Officer tour prior to going back and completing a residency
in which you have to compete for a R-2 position. Anyway, I went directly
into my residency of AeroSpace Medicine after my internship. The second
year consisted of the MPH year in which I went to Johns Hopkins School
of Hygiene and Public Health. The 3rd year was based out of Pensacola,
Florida and I Completed rotations at NASA (in Houston), the FAA (medical
grounds in Oklahoma City), and the Naval Post Graduate School (in Monterey,
I completed the residency in June 2000, and I have been the Fighter
Wing Senior Medical Officer and NAS Oceana Senior Regional Flight Surgeon
in Virginia Beach, VA ever since. I literally have a dream job as far
as I am concerned - I get to fly multi-million dollar fighter jets and
also practice medicine. Since I was a pilot prior to medical school
I am back in my realm still flying once or twice a week, but in the
shear safety in the US, currently. I am a primary care physician and
I see patients approximately 50% of my time and I do administrative
duties the other 50% of my time. My admin duties include research and
ensuring that my pilots and maintenance workers remain healthy (hence
the reason why Aerospace medicine is part of the ABPM).
In the past few months I have been deciding on what to do with my current
career and the Ob/Gyn department at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center
"selected" me to return and complete the Ob/Gyn residence
just yesterday (December 18th, 2002). I was "pencilled" in
for the Senior Medical Officer (SMO) job aboard the aircraft carrier
USS George Washington; however, after the recent birth of my 3rd child
I decided I needed to fulfill my dream of becoming an Ob/Gyn. So starting
July 1, 2003, I will be a R-2 resident, again, but this time as an Ob/Gyn
resident. What a wonderful turn of events for my family and me! I will
not be giving up my current career as an Aerospace Medicine specialist
because after I complete the OB/Gyn residency I will be able to practice
and participate in BOTH specialties!
Anyway, I wanted to say Thank YOU for the personal attention that you
gave me. I had an uphill battle and I knew it. But you gave me hope,
inspiration, and the will to pursue what I am currently doing.
Way to go, Brad!!
If you wish to communicate with Shanon, email email@example.com
q u e s t i o n o f t h e m o n t h
"What can go wrong with my application?"
This is most easily answered by saying that application to medical
and other health professions schools is a lengthy, cumbersome and difficult
process, taking a year and a half for those who plan ahead. AND, anything
and everything CAN go wrong.
I will highlight two issues that have happened to current Advisees
in the Class of 2003 application cycle.
1. No matter how many times I try to persuade my Advisees to be inclusive
in medical school application of both Allopathic and Osteopathic programs,
I always have some who do not take this advice and, then sometime during
the application year, change their minds. Of course, planning and timing
are crucial in the application process and without either, you are swimming
upstream with limited paddling ability so-to-speak. If you have unlimited
time and money and a very thick skin for rejection, going through multiple
years of application may not a problem for you, but for most mortals,
this is not the case. So, I help my Advisees plan wisely and judiciously
with applications to both programs. My goal for my applicants is to
apply once and be accepted into programs that interest you-and even
2. Timing... as alluded to above, is almost everything! Most health
professions schools have what is called a "rolling admissions process",
where it is first-come, first-served with your primary, then secondary
applications, then interview... then decision! The late-comers get the
"leftovers". Some programs save seats for strong late applicants,
but most do not. What can happen "late"? Well, I have had
Advisees wait until November or December to submit AMCAS or AACOMAS
applications, wait months to submit secondary applications, and go all
the way to December or January to receive letters of recommendation
during the year of application. These behaviors set one up for not being
successful. Sometimes we can pull it off, but not always and not usually...and
WHY would anyone who has worked hard for 4, 5, 6 or more years to get
to the point of applying, hurt their own chances by dragging their feet?
We will feature an important question each month. Please
submit one that interests you for Dr. Lewis to answer. Send your questions
h e a l t h p r o f e s s i o n
Medical student debt increases 5% over last year
The AAMC has released its latest educational debt figures, based on
data from the 2002 AAMC Medical School Graduation Questionnaire. In
2002, the average educational debt of indebted graduates (including
pre-med borrowing) was $103,855 - up 5 percent from last year. Almost
54 percent of 2002 graduates are carrying a debt of $100,000 or higher;
21 percent of graduates owe $150,000 or more. The latest debt figures,
and other information collected from the Medical School Graduation
Information: Raj Sabharwal, AAMC Division of Medical Education, 202.828.0960
Alternatives: Educational partnerships such as in West Virginia, with
free college and health professions tuition. They are also not enslaved
by a commitment to serve, but I think the program is on target that
these students will show their appreciation in ways far beyond returning
to their under-served areas of origin. http://www.wvrhep.org/
go to "scholarships."
There are many sources of scholarships for students in health professions
school, including the military. More in a future newsletter.
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
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