Lewis Associates e-Newsletter
Volume 4 Issue 2
Published by Lewis Associates. Dr. Cynthia Lewis, Phd., Editor
with your comments. Enjoy!
to Success Stories Newsletter!
Feature: AMCAS 2006 updates,
timelines, and new features
News: Bush Vows to Back Digital Health Records;
Scientists Turn Stem Cells Into Neurons; and More
Links: Dental, Pharmacy, Optometry and More
and Reminders: Post-bac, Pre-PA, Pre-vet and Pre-optometry
programs and opportunities
Story of the Month: Adam
Carewe—Journal of a First-term Medical Student (Part Two)
of the Month I interviewed
but am "on HOLD" at my top choice schools-- WHAT DO I DO NOW?
Welcome to Lewis Associates!
February is on the downhill side for the Class of 2005 application
season. Most applicants have interviewed by now, and of those, almost
all are accepted. Congratulations to Misty Richards
who was accepted in January to Albany Medical School
and John Fiszer, JD who was accepted in February to
the University of Illinois Medical School!!! Two more
I predict that the Class of 2006 application process will speed up even
more than the Class of 2005. So, Class 2006 applicants beware - begin
your preparation NOW!
To date, our 30 Class of 2005 applicants are interviewing at 149 schools
(that is almost 5 interviews per applicant!) including the Texas schools,
Harvard, Vanderbilt, Hawaii, UCLA, UCSF (and MANY more) and have been
accepted at many, including Drexel and George
Washington Medical Schools; Western University
and NOVA Southeastern Osteopathic Medical Schools;
and Boston University and Case Western
Dental Schools...the list goes on! We even have applicants accepted
into highly competitive MSTP programs like UCLA and interviewing for
In order to be a competitive applicant, one needs to have submitted
a quality (your experience plus your GPA/MCAT/DAT/GRE, etc. profile)
application in a timely fashion---this requires a well-thought out strategy
to carry you through the difficult application process. You should have
completed all secondary applications, and submitted your letter packets
to complete your files at all your schools by October/November at the
latest. Your competition did! This is the most intense time you will
experience as a pre-health student. It is a roller coaster ride. Let
us know how we can assist you....sooner is now!
For Class of 2006 applicants, we have TIME....a precious commodity:
Time to plan, to locate and use new opportunities, to gather all your
important letters, time to live up to your potential! I am working
with my Class of 2006 students NOW, drafting application personal statements
and experiences, and collecting letters. Is this what YOU are doing?
For those who choose to wait to begin these tasks in May or June or
even later, you do yourself a big disfavor. Who do YOU know who can
whip out an essay in a week on top of gathering letters of recommendation
and developing your experiences, while deciding if you need to take
the MCAT or DAT in the summer---these tasks hold your future in the
balance! Do NOT wait!
If you are serious about making your dreams to become a physician, dentist,
Physician Assistant, veterinarian, optometrist or pharmacist a reality
--- Lewis Associates can help you. We have made the difference
for over 700 students over almost 20 years.
We need your feedback.
Dr. Lewis is writing a book and wants your input. What do you want to
know about getting into a health professions school? What do you wish
you had known before you applied? Do you have a personal experience
you'd like to share? Send your questions and stories to email@example.com
What are your chances?
If you want to change your career or reach your new 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 with your personal Assessment!
You may be like our 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. 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.
Lewis Associates will save you money and heartache on your application
process. Contact the experts! For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 805-226-9669 and ask Zakiya to set up your first appointment.
Eric T. Lee, one of our Class of 2004 applicants who previously applied
without success wrote to us: "I would just like to send along
my eternal gratitude. The medical school application process is daunting,
as I am sure you know, and I obviously had little success at it until
I began working with you. I received 2 acceptances and several wait-list
options this year, which means my medical school dream has actually
come true. Once again, thank you so very much for your time, patience
Special Feature: AMCAS 2006
Launching the "Brand New AMCAS" for Class of 2006!
AMCAS v2.0 online student application offers one-stop shopping for applicants
to AMCAS-participating schools. The 2006 admissions cycle promises to
be exciting. Visit AMCAS.
online. Class 2006 information will be posted in February.
In April, the 2006 "button" will be added to the web with an applicant
checklist, glossary, flow chart to follow where your AMCAS goes, etc.
In early May, applicants can open the AMCAS begin inputting their application
information, and have college transcript received.
In early June, applicants can submit their AMCAS.
It takes 4-6 weeks to process a COMPLETED application.
The biggest AMCAS problems are:
--getting your complete transcripts (from ALL colleges EVER attended
at ANY time in your life) to AMCAS in ADVANCE of submitting your AMCAS
--course work errors (missing classes, wrong course classifications
or grades or academic status)
--verifying you have a computer system and browser that supports AMCAS
--having electronic payment arrangements: NO increase in fees this year!
$150 for the first school and $30 for each additional school
--typographical errors in the essay and experiences sections due to
--lack of notification due to blocked or unavailable email account
New to AMCAS 2006:
--Transcript Request form is EARLY in the AMCAS and you only need to
input minimum information for it to print, and you can also print it
--New section summaries after each section is completed
--New navigational tools
--Easy print option to check data BEFORE submitting; can also print
1 section summary at a time
--Can change your password on the Main Menu
--Easy access to the Main Menu at all times
--Check application status at the Main Menu; new "details" section defines
--Financial Assistance Program gives 11 free medical schools and reduces
the cost of MCAT registration to $85 (from $200); only those with significant
financial disadvantage are eligible
--Status names are more user-friendly: Ready for Review; Under Review,
Returned to Applicant, Processing Complete
--Easy to change coursework entries; faster course entry
--Academic years are inputted (not calendar years, which were confusing)
For MD-PhD applicants:
2 NEW essays:
1. What are your reasons to pursue the combined Md-PhD? 3000 characters
2. Describe your significant research experiences, including your
supervisor's name and affiliation, and the nature of the problem you
studied with your contribution to the project. --10,000 characters
n e w s & l i n k
N E W S-HOT TOPICS for premedical students:
US News and World Report Health Issue
1/31/05 - 2/7/05 Double Issue
Cover Story Special report: Who will take care of you?
Harried by the bureaucracy of medicine, physicians are pulling back
from patient care
Battling physician burnout
The next generation of healers finds compassion can beat back cynicism
Specialists without M.D.'s are pushing for more medical power. Are they
ready--and are you?
The druggist is in
In hamlets and high-tech hospitals, nurses are taking on bigger roles
More nurses needed
Bush Vows to Back Digital Health Records (New York
On his first out-of-town trip since the inauguration, President Bush
visited the Cleveland Clinic on Thursday, joked about doctors' illegible
handwriting and extolled the benefits of electronic health records and
prescriptions, in front of a camera-friendly backdrop that declared,
"Better Healthcare, Better Technology."
U.S. Is Close to Eliminating AIDS in Infants, Officials Say
(New York Times)
Mother-to-child transmission of H.I.V. has dropped so sharply that public
health officials now talk about wiping it out.
AIDS drug production to begin as early as March (CNN)
Production of a generic version of one of the most widely used combination
of AIDS drugs could begin as early as March or April and expand treatment
for patients in 13 African countries, the company said.
Scientists Turn Stem Cells Into Neurons (Associated
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin, Madison reported Sunday
that they've whipped up an exciting - but intricate - new recipe that
could someday treat spinal cord injuries or provide a cure for amyotrophic
lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Fearing Future, China Starts to Give Girls Their Due
(New York Times)
To reverse the birth imbalance between boys and girls, Chinese officials
have declared that selective sex abortions will become a criminal offense.
L I N K S :
Dentistry portals and Directories linking the global dental resource
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
Resources, Publications, and information for Future Pharmacists
Primary Care Optometry News
Publication focusing on current issues in Optometry
d a t e s & r e m i n d
e r s
The Free Pre-Veterinary Newsletter from Cornell, January 2005
1. Director of Admissions Moving Up the Career Ladder
2. Do Veterinarians Need to Specialize
3. A Topical Index of Articles for Pre-Vets and Advisors
4. All Cornell Admissions Decisions Have Been Made
5. Cornell's DVM Admissions Web Site
ISL is offering opportunities for pre-health students interested
in Optometry this Summer. May 14-27 to Costa Rica/Nicaragua
and Tanzania Aug. 2-26. Dr. Ian Berger of InFocus will be leading the
teams. Financial sponsorship program available to assist students with
funding. We still have openings on our teams that begin departing Feb
26 through March 26 going to Costa Rica/Nicaragua, Costa Rica/Panama,
Guyana/Trinidad, and Mexico. Please see www.ISLonline.org for specific
information to fit your Spring Academic Calendar
Touro University Physician Assistant MSPAS/MPH Program
The program was Approved as a Master of Science Degree in Physician
Assistant Studies/Master in Public Health. One of only a couple of programs
nationally which Combines two Masters Degrees, was recently approved.
While CASPA primary applications to the program have increased this
year, it appears that eligible candidates are taking much longer to
complete the secondary application process than in previous years. The
date for the last interview will be extended to May 11, 2005.
The major deadlines for the MSPAS/MPH program are now:
March 15, 2005-deadline for CASPA primary applications.
April 15, 2005-deadline for completion of the secondary application.
May 11, 2005-final interview date for candidates applying for the August
2005 start. More information at www.tu.edu
and click on "Prospective Students", then on "College of Health Sciences".
Drexel's Postbaccalaureate and Master's degree program
initially began in 1981 with the IMS and has expanded to include the
MSP, MBS, MMS, PMED and DPMS programs. All have successfully helped
students gain entrance into US medical and other health professional
schools. Additional information can be viewed at www.drexel.edu/med/ims
This year Drexel is introducing its Master's of Forensic Science (MFS)
program, which begins in September 2005 and will allow exposure to the
intricacies of problem solving and the real-world application of the
related disciplines within the field of forensic science.
s u c c e s s s t o r i e s
Adam Carewe-Journal of a
First-Term Medical Student
Part Two: The Rest of the Story
Dr. Lewis is on the right, Adam is the tall guy!
From basketball jock to MS in Exercise Physiology to physician!
Adam grew up in the California Bay area. In the autobiography written
from me he says, "About 10 minutes before midnight, Art and Karen are
circling the front parking lot at Marin General Hospital awaiting the
delivery of their second child. You might be wondering why a woman in
labor would be circling the parking lot and not entering to deliver
the eager baby. Well, my parents did not want to enter the hospital
before midnight, because if they did, they would be charged for the
entire day of August the 14th. As midnight came, they parked the car
and walked into the hospital to be checked in. Early in the morning
on August 15th, I was born."
In the house where Adam grew up, his father built a half-size regulation
basketball court. He says, "that green lawn and basketball court served
as my practice grounds as I learned 'the ropes' of how to throw a baseball
and football and how to properly shoot a basketball. I have vivid memories
of following my dad outside to watch him shoot some hoops, from what
it seemed to me a mile from the basket. I was so small I could barely
even get the ball up to the rim shooting underhand. Nevertheless, I
persisted and continued to practice and practice." Adam grew up as the
consummate athlete. He loved soccer, was bored with baseball and gymnastics
and took swimming lessons in the summers.
When Adam was age 8, his parents divorced amicably, and both remarried.
Adam says, "In fifth grade, I finally convinced my mom to let me play
football. I had asked her the previous 2 years, but as she always dissuaded
me by pointing out how much I enjoyed soccer since soccer and football
are played the same season. Finally, in the 5th grade, she let me sign
up. From that point, I played football every year until I graduated
from high school." Adam made the 7th grade basketball team at 5'5" tall.
He says, "I liked the competition and enjoyed the camaraderie associated
with interscholastic sports. The road trips were the most fun. I continued
to play basketball in high school but now there was the opportunity
to compete in football as well." Adam indicates that his mother instilled
the work ethic to do homework and study first, sports second. He says,
"By the time I reached high school, it was easy to manage my time even
with the extra hours of athletic practice. Because of this work ethic,
high school was not very difficult. I found that if you simply paid
attention in class and turned in accurate homework assignments, it was
difficult to get less than an 'A' in class. Nevertheless, I always tried
to do my best."
Upon high school graduation, Adam was recruited heavily and he selected
Humboldt State. Adam started in college as a math major with the goal
to teach high school math and coach basketball and football. The Exercise
Science classes interested him so much that he changed his major to
it. Adam says, "I marveled at the idea of being able to get a degree
that would help me to understand the physiological changes I would go
through while training for basketball. I was instantly interested and
excited at the coursework ahead of me. Honestly, up to this point I
had never considered medical careers, but that changed. During my junior
year, I worked in the Human Performance Laboratory where we conducted
exercise stress tests, body composition analysis, pulmonary analysis,
and nutritional evaluations. This was my first 'taste' of clinical experiences
and I was hooked."
Upon college graduation, Adam was accepted into the top rated Exercise
Physiology M.S. program at San Diego State University. He says, "If
it weren't for my graduate coursework, I may have never been so turned
on to medicine. During my second year, I had to complete an internship
in exercise physiology. I wanted to work at Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation
because of my past experience in the HSU Human Performance Lab. This
internship allowed me the clinical work that intrigued me at HSU and
solidified my goal to become a physician. I enjoyed all aspects of my
job: the leadership of directing group exercise sessions, to the individual
attention I could give patients, to the direct bedside education I gave
hospital cardiac in-patients. Following this internship, I began to
seriously prepare for medical school. I knew I needed to take additional
undergraduate courses to fulfill the prerequisites, so the next semester
I began to load up on chemistry, physics, and math, trying to keep up
with my graduate school courses."
Adam exudes a quiet confidence that is probably grounded in his personal
qualities, his intellectual capacity and his experience as an accomplished
intercollegiate athlete, a relatively rare combination in pre-medical
students. While Adam demonstrated a number of leadership skills, his
year as co-President of CUHRE (the pre-health organization that Dr.
Lewis advises at San Diego State University) was a challenging opportunity
to hone these skills to a finer edge. One of his strongest attributes
is his ability to evoke a positive response from those with whom he
works. Adam jumped into CUHRE full force. He took on physics Enrichment
Instruction, newsletter layout and website design. He says, "Back at
HSU, I began to teach myself how to design web-pages. What started as
a hobby in 1996, became my own business, AC Advantage Web Design, in
summer 2001. I still have my business with my busy schedule of school,
work and play, and I still learn new computer graphic effects that will
help my business." Adam completed his M.S. thesis while working 25 hours
a week as a hospital-based Exercise Physiologist and Health and Fitness
Specialist for a large engineering firm, and taught weight lifting at
In summary, Adam is a strong student leader. He decided to become a
physician during his M.S. in Exercise Physiology degree at SDSU. He
earned many student-athlete honors including MVP and team Captain of
his college NCAA basketball team at Humboldt State. As a graduate student,
Adam worked close to or fulltime for 3 years while a fulltime student.
He also ran his own website design company while logging thousands of
hours working with patients in clinic and hospital-based exercise physiology
and medicine. He also Mentored at-risk teens (and their parents) while
he was an undergraduate. Adam sees his strengths to be an effective
team player with a hard work ethic, who uses a synchronized computer-based
system to manage his time. Adam has science acumen, significant clinical
experience that is meaningful and a passion for athletics and leadership.
First term New York Medical College update to Dr. Lewis and
AdamÍs family and friends in his own words:
January 9, 2005
I hope your holiday celebrations went well and Santa brought you everything
you wanted. Mine was sure fun. I flew back to CA (Bay Area) the weekend
before Christmas and visited with all of my family for two whole weeks!
I was able to hang with my brother and his friends from high school,
a few of my friends from high school, family all over the northern CA
area, play in my high school alumni basketball game (we won by one point),
and spend one of the best snow weeks in Tahoe ever. It snowed about
a million inches that week. We had a great time. Got to see Sinbad (comedian
for those not in the know) on New Year's Eve at Caesar's Tahoe and rang
in the New Year with my brother, sister and brother-in-law at the blackjack
table (Mom was babysitting the grandkids for the night).
I flew back to NY on January 2nd and school began again on the 3rd.
So, needless to say, we are right back in the swing of things. It has
finally got cold back here, but by NY standards it really has only been
a mild winter so far. We got about 3-4 inches of snow last week but
temps are still in the 30's.
As for the school stuff, we are in a MUCH BETTER block of courses now.
We are still continuing with biochemistry and physiology but the schedule
is much more forgiving than last one. We are currently going through
the cardiovascular system in physio, my personal favorite. I'm enjoying
learning everything in school but relearning stuff that you really love
is way more fun.
We continue with this block until Spring Break (mid March), and then
have our last block of courses (Behavioral Science and Neuroanatomy)
until mid June. Tentative plans for the summer are to stay in NY and
do a research or clinical fellowship on campus to make a bit of $$$
and get some additional experience. There are tons of projects available
in all the different disciplines of medicine and I'll let you know which
one I choose later (I'm looking into pediatric, cardiology, orthopedic,
or a combination). I also plan on taking a vacation (or two) over the
summer, since this will be the last summer I EVER will get off. My brother
and I are planning to go on another tropical trip, this time to Turks
and Cacaos in the western Caribbean. We plan to meet up with a few friends
we met in Cancun last summer.
And for the sport side of me, NYMC sponsored 12 of us us to participate
in a local men's basketball league. They bought us game jerseys so we
are super official. We play our 2nd game this week. We won by 34 last
week so the league is moving us up a division (Bigger and better competition).
It is nice to have the athletic competition back, plus is gives me yet
another excuse to not study in the evening :)
Well, that's about it for now. I'll update you all when I have something
to update you with. I'd love to here from each of you. I apologize ahead
of time for not replying to all of your emails, but time is a valuable
commodity these days. Talk to you soon! Adam
Email to Dr. Lewis if you wish to communicate about medical schools
or other issues or to contact Adam Carewe: email@example.com
q u e s t i o n o f t h e m o n t h
by Dr. Cynthia Lewis, PhD
I interviewed but am "on HOLD" at my top choice schools--
WHAT DO I DO NOW? Help!
I hear this a lot. First, this is exactly the reason that an applicant
cannot afford to "get senioritis" or "let down" during your application
year. You must attempt to do the best you can in all your academic work,
and continue to achieve in your research, community service and/or clinical
experiences! Why? Because you will have significant updates to provide
with your "GOOD NEWS". If you have NO "GOOD NEWS" to tell, then you
have no leverage.
You petition to receive a secondary or an interview if you have NOT
been invited to these steps. One paragraph of a 2 paragraph single page
letter needs to give your "GOOD NEWS"in a straight forward, cogent manner.
The second paragraph needs to describe in detail exactly why you fit
THEIR program--giving very specific reasons (curricular, programmatic,
faculty, facilities, learning style, support system, etc.). Remember
that you will only be believed if you tie THEIR needs to YOUR track
record of what you have accomplished and how that fits THEIR mission.
One of my Advisees this week told me that she submitted her petition
to interview, but it wasn't filed until the day AFTER the Committee
reviewed her file, thus they did NOT see it. Stay in good contact with
schools to determine when your file will go to Committee for review
and try to provide information in advance. But, there is some "chance/luck"
to this process. It cannot be totally controlled.
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
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
Please feel free to forward this newsletter to any friends, classmates,
or colleagues you feel would find its contents beneficial.