Lewis Associates e-Newsletter
Volume 4 Issue 4
Published by Lewis Associates. Dr. Cynthia Lewis, Phd., Editor
with your comments. Enjoy!
to Success Stories Newsletter!
News: Medicare monthly premium rising; F.D.A. Report
Criticizes Oversight of Medical Device Makers; NYMC Cannot Be Prosecuted
For Refusing Gay Student Group; and More
Links: AAMC's Call for Increase in Medical School
Enrollment; National Resident Matching Program
and Reminders: Osteopathic Medicine Awareness Conference;
Health Professions Programs in Tanzania, Ghana and Costa Rica
Story of the Month:Alumni Updates
of the Month Should I apply to Osteopathic
or Allopathic Medical Schools?
Welcome to Lewis Associates!
April is when many in the Class of 2006 gear up to take the dreaded
MCAT. Additionally, we have been working very hard to collect all the
appropriate letters of recommendation, working diligently on our application
essays, and developing a draft of post secondary experiences --all this
balanced with working (for pay), doing research, clinical experiences
and perhaps full time class work. Hey--that is a ____ of a lot to do!!
You're right. Having a specific personal strategy makes all the difference
so one does not collapse due to the sheer enormity of it all.
I predict that the Class of 2006 application process will speed up even
more than the Class of 2005 Process. So, Class 2006 applicants beware
- begin your preparation NOW!
Most Class of 2005 applicants have been accepted and are petitioning
at waitlist schools or hearing from some last minute programs. The fun
begins when decisions about which school to select happens by May 15th.
To date, our 30 Class of 2005 applicants are interviewing at 169 schools
(that is more than 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; UCLA, Mayo and Baylor's MSTP programs, Boston University and
Case Western Dental Schools, USC and Penn State/Jefferson BA-MD program,
and this year a Naturopathic applicant was accepted into her first choice
program--National University of Naturapathic Medicine!... and the list
In order to be a competitive applicant, one needs to have submitted
a quality (as evaluated by your experience and 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 are running out of time....a
very precious commodity: Time to plan, to locate and use new opportunities,
time to live up to your potential! Many times, I locate clinical or
service experiences for my Advisees…but they need the time to
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 5 or more letters
of recommendation (remember that the writers may not be at your beck
and call, nor even be in the US when you get around to asking them)
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
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 during the last 20 years.
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), 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.
Dr. Lewis teaches Professionalism, Leadership, and Quality, and sets
high standards for her Advisees.
Lewis Associates will save you money and heartache on your application
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
n e w s & l i n k
N E W S-HOT TOPICS for premedical students:
(Note: Many online publications require subscription)
Schiavo's Case May Reshape American Law (New York Times)
Terri Schiavo's legacy may be that she brought the issue of death and
dyingto the battle over "the culture of life."
Medicare monthly premium rising to $89.20 in 2006
Medicare payments to physicians jumped 15 percent in 2004, an unexpectedly
large increase that prompted Bush administration officials to announce
that monthly premiums for America's seniors will rise to $89.20 in 2006,
$1.50 more than initially projected.
F.D.A. Report Criticizes Oversight of Medical Device Makers
(New York Times)
The Food and Drug Administration released an internal report late Wednesday
that was critical of its oversight of medical device makers.
System tracks patients via wireless device (CNN)
Nordic telecommunications operator TeliaSonera AB said Wednesday it
is launching a new product that lets doctors monitor their patients
through a wireless device.
NY Medical College Cannot Be Prosecuted For Refusing Gay Student
A medical college that is refusing to recognize an LGBT students group
cannot be prosecuted under human rights laws because it is affiliated
with the Catholic Church.
For PrePharmacy Students:
Pharmacists' Rights at Front Of New Debate (Washington
Some pharmacists across the country are refusing to fill prescriptions
for birth control and morning-after pills, saying that dispensing the
medications violates their personal moral or religious beliefs.
Doctors, drugmakers too cozy? New guidelines fuel debate
(Wall Street Journal)
Keeping the interactions between doctors and drugmakers wholesome is
one subject of new ethics guidelines for internists, the doctors most
adults see first for medical care. Yet this noble goal faces constant
Doctors, hospitals end videotaping births (Associated
Many doctors and hospitals around the country are clamping down on
videotaping in the delivery room out of concern those family videos
used in malpractice suits.
L I N K S :
AAMC's Call for Increase in Medical School Enrollment
Read about the AAMC's physician workforce position.
National Resident Matching Program
d a t e s & r e m i n d
e r s
The Ghana Health and Education Initiative has 3 remaining
positions in this summer's volunteer work. The positions are all in
session 1: June 15- June 29
Goal: To create a camp for village teenagers with an emphasis
on health education. Volunteers will design activities around one or
two health topics to teach fifteen village adolescents in their final
year of middle school. These activities will empower village adolescents
with a more comprehensive understanding of broader health issues and
be mixed with a variety of traditional recreational camp activities
as well, as agreed upon by GHEI volunteers. Additional information and
an application can be found at www.ifmsa-usa.org/ghana.
2 new health profession programs for undergrad and professional school
Tanzania - August 2-22 - Med/dent/opt/public
Costa Rica-Nicaragua - July 3-16 - Veterinary and
Both offer supervised, hands-on clinical experience and financial
aid. More info at www.ISLonline.org.
Osteopathic Medicine Awareness Conference at Western University
April 23, August 27, November 12 8:45 AM-3 PM. Pre-registration
is required. http://www.westernu.edu/prospective/upcoming.xml
Reminder 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
Delivered from Distraction by Dr. Edward Hallowell and Dr. John
Ratey and The Gift of ADHD by Lara Honos-Webb advance the controversial
notion that distractibility, poor impulse control and emotional sensitivity
have flip sides that are actually strengths--namely creativity, energy
and intuition. -Newsweek, 3/14/05, Anne Underwood
AADSAS 2006-Enhanced service begins mid-May 2005!
AADSAS is pleased to announce several new enhancements to its application
for the upcoming 2006 cycle. While the content of the 2006 application
remains nearly the same, applicants will notice changes that should make
it easier to apply to dental school. There will be no cost increase for
Among the enhancements for 2006:
• Applicants to dental schools must now apply online. The paper
application has been discontinued.
• AADSAS is implementing transcript verification. Each applicant
must submit all transcripts before application processing can begin. Offering
transcript verification assures that the academic information and computed
GPA’s provided to dental schools are accurate and true.
• An AADSAS ID number will be assigned when the applicant creates
an application. This ID number can be used by health professions advisors
in lieu of the Social Security Number or other personal identifier.
• The application will be easier and more straightforward to complete.
• Applicants can monitor the real-time status of their applications
while they are being processed by AADSAS.
• Extra requests, address changes and academic updates will all
be handled online, which should speed processing time.
• Applicant status information provided from the dental schools
— information that is presently provided through the AADSAS InfoSource®
website — will be made available to applicants through AADSAS website
AADSAS application processing time should be 4-6 weeks. While transcript
verification will require additional time, AADSAS is implementing processing
efficiencies that should permit us to handle applications more rapidly.
The 43rd edition of ADEA’s Official Guide to Dental
Schools will be released at the end of April.
s u c c e s s s t o r i e s
by Dr. Cynthia Lewis
WOW…this has been Alumni month, as I have heard from many of our
Sam, Class of 1996, General Surgery Resident, applicant
for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship (3/05
I attended his wedding this weekend in Portland, Oregon, talked with
his Dad, and met his Mom and new wife. Sam and Kelly (wife) were dancing
at the reception when I left.
Jonathon Bloom, Class of 2001 (Success
"Things worked out great! I got my first choice for both Anesthesiology
(Mass Gen) and Internship (Mercy of Pittsburgh Transitional Year). I'll
be staying here in Pittsburgh until I move out to Boston in 2006. Talk
to you soon!"
Junife Burgillos PA Class of 2002
… I'm happy to tell you that I finished with PA school last year
(July 2004) and got certified already (Oct 2004). I'm working part time
because I'm planning to take a review class for USMLE. Thank you very
much Dr. Lewis for boosting my morale and helped me achieve my goals.
I really appreciate the monthly newsletter that you send, especially
the featured story because it motivates me to study more!…"
Todd Cook, Class of 2003:
"Hello Dr. Lewis,
I know, it's been a long time since we last spoke. Better late than
never right? I hope all is well with you and your family. I am wrapping
up my second year (only four weeks left!) and will sit for the USMLE
step 1 in June. My classes have been going very well and I am in position
to run the table and honor the entire second year! Amazing what you
are capable of if you set your mind to it and have a wonderful wife
to support you. Alexis has been keeping busy with dance classes and
advanced training for our dog. Her family has relocated to Dallas so
Texas has moved to the top of the residency location list. I am stillinterested
in surgery but there are some other fields that may spark my interest.
I often reflect upon the people and events that have helped me get to
this point in my life. I wanted to let you and Alice know that I appreciate
everything you did to help me get into medical school.
TJ Dhillon, MD
"Dear Dr. Lewis,
Thank you so much for finding me with your Christmas letter! I enjoyed
it and am glad to see you and your family are doing well. …I have
been BUSY! I completed my residency this past June and I am now the
owner of my own solo OB/Gyn practice, which I have taken over from a
physician who has just retired. The practice is in Madera, about 15
miles north of Fresno. I am the first female OB/Gyn in this town of
over 50,000 people, and the practice is very busy. An aunt on my Dad's
side is in Family Practice, and she was only the second female physician
in this town, over 20 years ago. It is nice--her office is just down
the street from mine. I could not have asked for a better opportunity,
and was fortunate to find this one. I am so happy in my career and feel
I have really found my place -- where I can make a difference for others.
It is often that I thank my family and remember all that you did to
help me get here.
Best wishes always,
Next month: The rest of TJ's story!
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