Early Decision Plan applications are due August 1, 2002.
AMCAS Statistics for Class of 2002 (1/11/02)
Number of Persons initiating applications on-line: 43,234
Number of Applicants submitting completed applications to AMCAS:
Number of applicants for whom application(s) have been verified:
Applicants whose applications have been withdrawn: 103
Applicants whose applications are on hold for missing transcripts:
Applicants whose applications are in process: 76*
*This includes applicants previously missing transcripts whose transcripts
have arrived, as well as people who have recently submitted applications.
Printing of Applications
All regular submitted applications that were accompanied by all
official transcripts were verified and mailed to the schools last
Thursday, January 10th. As noted above, a trickle of applications
continue to come in, and some of the missing transcripts are arriving.
Consequently, processing and verification continues.
The applicant numbers for 2001 recently released by the AAMC represent
the *national* applicant pool (applicants to non-AMCAS schools as
well as AMCAS schools).
Applications submitted to AMCAS (not necessarily completed):
AMCAS 1999 - as of 01-22-99 - 36,907
AMCAS 2000 - as of 01-21-00 - 34,922
AMCAS 2001 - as of 01-19-01 - 32,745
AMCAS 2002 - as of 01-18-02 - 31,550 (-3.6%)
L I N K S :
Bush Creates Bioethics Council
President Bush, by executive order, has created a White House Council
on Bioethics. The 18-member council will advise the President on
bioethical issues emerging from advances in biomedical science and
technology, including advances in cloning technology and stem cell
research. Council members will be drawn from the fields of science
and medicine, law and government, philosophy and theology, and other
areas of the humanities and social sciences.
d a t e s
C O N F E R E N C E S:
(HCOP) CUHRE 12th Annual Alumni Conference: "Communication
February 9th, 2002, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Casa Real, Aztec Center, San Diego State University
Register with Chris Scott, Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cost: $10 non-CUHRE member, lunch included. First 100 students
will be registered.
"Do Doctors Tell Patients the Truth?"
Keynote Speaker Dr. Ted Ganiats is professor and
Vice-Chair of the Department of Family and Preventive medicine at
the UC San Diego School of Medicine and the Executive Director of
the UCSD Health Outcomes Assessment Program. Dr. Ganiats did his
undergraduate work at UC Davis and all of his medical training at
UC San Diego. He has been the Chief of the UCSD Division of Family
Medicine and has chaired the Commission on Clinical Policies and
Research for the American Academy of Family Physicians. He has participated
in over 20 national clinical practice guidelines with over 100 publications.
His main research interests are in quality of life measurement and
Confirmed speakers include:
Theodore Miller, M.D. Associate Dean for Admissions
Affairs, Drew-UC Los Angeles School of Medicine
"Physicians Who Care: Meeting the Health Care Needs of a Diverse
Raymond Hruby, D.O. Chair, Osteopathic Manipulative
Department, Western University of Health Sciences
"Osteopathic Medicine: What You Need to Know"
Charles Lu, (Alumnus) Medical Student Year 4,
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
"A Non-Traditional Premedical Student"
Donna Ni (Alumna) Medical Student Year 2 Western
University College of Osteopathic Medicine
"Osteopathic Medical School 101"
Norma Ramirez (Alumna) Dental Student Year 2 Case
Western University Dental School
"A Career in Dentistry-Doing It the Hard Way"
Karen Babcock Nern, M.D. (Alumna) Dermatology
Resident year 3 at UC Davis
"Balancing a Family and a Medical Career"
Houman Hemmati, Medical Student Year 4 MD-PhD,
UCLA- Cal Tech, Kaplan Representative
"Secrets of Medical School Admissions"
Philip A. Sanderson, M.D. Family Medicine, St.
George's University School of Medicine
"Success After Graduating from a Foreign Medical School"
Monica Gabourel (Alumna) Veterinary Medical Student
Year 3, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
"Inside Veterinary Admissions"
Frank Melgoza (Alumni) Medical Student Year 4,
UC Davis School of Medicine
"From Economics to Obstetrics"
Late and on-site registration is $15
p e o p l e & s c h o o l s
W E S T E R N U N I V E R S I T Y , Pomona,
On January 28 2002, I attended a conference providing
new information about Western University's many health professions
schools. We are interested in their Osteopathic Medicine, Physician
Assistant, and new Veterinary Medical Schools (they have a total
of seven health professions schools).
Highlight this month---the new Veterinary School
Dr. Shirley Johnston, DVM and Dean of the new Veterinary School
confirmed that the first class will enter in fall 2003. They will
use VMCAS; Western will have VMCAS access beginning about August
2002. The deadline for VMCAS submission is October 1, 2002. Dr.
Johnston discussed what will make Western unique and what types
of students they seek:
1. Western U is committed to student-centered learning in the first
two years: problem-based and principles of evidence-based learning
in small groups; laptops required.
2. Reverence for life. No killing of animals for the purpose of
education. They will use computer simulations and veterinary practitioner
3. Strategic Alliances with Cal Poly Pomona Animal Sciences Department
(beef, swine, sheep, Arabian horses
), Inland Valley Animal
Shelter (28,000 cases per year) and primary care veterinary mentorships
in 3-4th year clinical rotations. There is no veterinary teaching
hospital. The 4th year is tailored to each student.
4. Practice management classes will be provided in the first two
There will be 77 students in the entering Class of 2003, 85 in
2004 and 100 in 2005. Their students will work well in small groups,
be comfortable teaching their peers, be self-starters, and want
to learn by the problem-based learning paradigm.
s u c c e s s s t o r y
R A J E S H D A F T A R Y - Entering
Dr. Lewis' Note:
Raj's parents immigrated to Chicago from Bombay, India in the 1970's.
His mother completed her medical degree from Nagpur University in
India and did a residency in pediatrics, then specialized in allergy/immunology
in Chicago. His family moved to Waco, Texas, where his mother started
a medical practice that allowed her more time with her family. Raj
was born in Chicago and grew up in Waco with a twin brother. He
learned Gujarti at home, then English in school, and enjoyed playing
sports including basketball, football, and soccer (defensive halfback)
while growing up. He was on the high school varsity tennis, track,
and cross country teams (ran the 800 and 3200 meters). In cross-country,
his team took second place in Texas and in his junior year, he qualified
for the state finals in track. He qualified for state competition
in tennis in his junior and senior years.
Raj attended a Montessori school in kindergarten, began reading
early, and then entered St. Paul's Episcopal Elementary School,
where he enjoyed reading, science projects, and math. He attended
a College Preparatory School which was much more difficult than
St. Paul's, and he had to learn how to study. By 10th grade, Raj
enjoyed the small classes, especially English and earned AP units
in calculus AB and English literature. In high school, Raj worked
for two summers doing clerical work in his mother's medical office;
in 9th grade, he volunteered in a hospital ER. As a high school
junior and senior, Raj and his twin brother participated in the
two week National Youth Leadership Forum in Medicine in San Francisco
for about 600 students from all over the U.S. and toured UCSF School
of Medicine. Raj's SAT scores were very strong, and he graduated
with a 4.31 GPA.
Raj entered Washington University and selected a major in psychology.
He became a leader in fraternity philanthropic activities, organized
events such as soup kitchens and Habitat for Humanity, developed
strong communication skills and was elected fraternity VP. During
one spring break, Raj went on a YMCA trip to the Czech Republic
to work with the Missionaries of Charity and in fall 1999, Raj was
the program leader for a YMCA service trip to Toronto working in
soup kitchens and homeless shelters.
Raj became EMT-certified and became a "First Respondent on
Campus". In fall 1998, he joined the EST- Emergency Support
Team- and, in fall 1999, he became an EST Medic I for 40 hr/week
on call. Last year, Raj was the Field Director of EST and a Resident
Raj was interested in becoming a doctor since he was young; his
mother has been an important role model. He became a strong leader
at Washington University, a very competitive institution, and interacted
with disadvantaged, multicultural populations and ill college students
via his fraternity, EST and YMCA experiences. He is interested in
entering medicine to make a difference. Raj's heavy academic loads
each semester on top of significant non-academic activities indicate
that he takes on difficult challenges.
Raj's overall and science GPA reflected his priority to extra-curricular
activities; he earned double-digit MCAT scores. Raj interviewed
at four medical schools by the end of October 2000 and was waitlisted
on two by mid- December. Then, "no acceptances until
the answer at the end)"
January 23, 2002: Raj says, "Hi Dr. Lewis and Mary Lou; I
hope that the New Year is off to a good start for you. Things here
are going well, though it all seems overwhelming sometimes. I have
to say, it's a very different place than where I was a couple months
ago. Spending all that time last summer, banging away at the keyboard
to crank out one more application was draining,[Raj was accepted
into a postbac program and was applying for the Class of 2002 as
a backup] but I suppose it all worked out for the best. All those
months of doubt and frustration vanished when I got that call. It
all seems a little surreal, even now, even when I tell my peers
about how the Dean of Admissions called me five days before orientation,
and how he made all of my dreams and aspirations a reality, and
how I spent that morning jumping on my bed, and how my father drove
home from work to congratulate my when I told him the news. Its
funny, but I think the whole application process was harder on my
parents than it was on me.
Yet here I am, typing this letter the day before another big exam,
on my way to being what I've always wanted to be. Things here are
going well. I am keeping on par with my classmates, though I hope
that my efforts will take me beyond the class average pretty soon.
I guess being on the waitlist for so long motivated me to never
put myself in that position again...we'll see how that goes. In
the meantime, I am keeping pretty busy. I have been elected as the
Class Community Service Chair, and I am helping to organize a couple
of long-term service projects. Additionally, I volunteer at the
local free clinic on most Wednesdays. I love gross anatomy, and
I try to feign an interest in biochemistry and genetics, but lately,
I find myself counting the months until third year. I can't wait
until we do more clinical stuff. But all in all, things are good.
The people here are inspiring and supportive. My classmates are
of all ages, and they've helped make the transition so much easier.
I guess things worked out for the best. I'm happy here, I just miss
the big city. In the past few months, I've visited many of the friends
I left behind in St. Louis, and New York and I finally got closure
on things that I wasn't able to in the five days between being on
the waitlist and beginning medical school. I guess you can say things
are finally coming together
Again, thank you for all of your help. Looking back, I know you
played a pretty big part in my being here right now, so thank you.
If you get any students who are thinking about my medical school,
send them my way. I'd love to show them around. A preceptorship
in California is on the agenda, so we'll see how that works out."
Footnote: Raj was accepted to medical school on July 26, 2001.
q u e s t i o n o f t h e m o n t h
How can I prepare effectively for interviewing?
Well, the best way to prepare is to practice, practice, practice
with a seasoned coach. Dr. Lewis helps students build their self-confidence
and develop a vision of feeling good during the interviewing process.
One of our accepted Class of 2002 students found a book he also
liked: "The Unofficial Guide to Acing the Interview" by
Michelle Tullier, ISBN 0-002-862924-8, MacMillan 1999. He says,
"It's a to the point, no BS guide to killing interviews. Knowledge
of the process and of self is power."
We will feature an important question each month.
Please submit one that interests you for Dr. Lewis to answer. Send
your questions to email@example.com
h e a l t h p r o f e s s i o n
P A I N T E R V I E W I N G :
January 27, 2002, from a pre-physician assistant
Class of 2002 applicant:
"Hi Dr. Lewis! Thank you for the mock interview it really
prepared me for the real one. Last Saturday, I came early to X school.
I really enjoyed it and met a lot of applicants (30 interviewees
including myself).They came all over the states! I was really surprised
the girl that I talked to came all the way from Philadelphia. Thank
God I started with the interview before other activities. It was
not a panel; it was one to one-- my first interviewer was Mr. Y,
a part time faculty. He asked... why do I want to be a PA? I told
him I enjoyed serving and treating patients and I found that this
country needs more PAs in underserved areas. If I'm not accepted
what will I do? I said I will apply again. Then, he asked what do
I do for fun? Then, he asked if I have questions for him. I asked
him about the academic support system of the college and what disciplines
do most graduates enter? He projected the attitude "I'm just
here to interview you" and talked about his experiences as
a teacher. Then the next interviewer was Julie. Her interview was
more substantial. Dr. Lewis, thank you very much for asking me that
"favorite patient" question and making me tell more.....
that's exactly the question this interviewer asked me, so I told
her about my OB GYN patient. Then, she asked me to describe myself.
She asked 'What will I bring to our school?' She told me that they
accepted 6 international medical graduates last year. At the end,
she told me that I have excellent English, I spoke clearly and spontaneously.
Thank you for helping me. It was a wonderful experience. I felt
I was a member of their family."
Next month---How to get clinical experience as a pre-Physician