Lewis Associates e-Newsletter
Volume 1 Issue 8
Published by Lewis Associates. Dr. Cynthia Lewis, Phd., Editor
with your comments. Enjoy!
=> Important News and Useful Links - KEYS OF MEDICAL
=> Dates and Reminders - Important AMCAS, AACOMAS,
AADSAS and CASPA News for Class of 2003 Applicants
=> Important People, Schools and Programs - SPECIAL
MASTER'S PROGRAM Georgetown University School of Medicine
=> Success Story of the Month - Did Andrea decide
to attend Harvard? Husband and Wife Graduate from Stanford Medical School
=> Question of the Month - How do you advise applicants
to best use the Postsecondary Experience section on the AMCAS application?
=> Focus on a Health Profession - Surgery: Not
=> Our Services
Welcome to Lewis Associates!
Congratulations to the Class of 2001 advised by Dr. Lewis! We had 94%
acceptance for our premedical applicants all over the U.S.! See our
website, http://www.lewisassoc.com/, for the Class of 2002 Progress
June - "Application Season" is underway for the Entering Class
of 2003, this is the most important and exciting year of your life!
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
can implement strategies that will change your life. Read about it in
our newsletter and website, then phone or email us directly to get started!
Developing YOU to your potential is our goal, and people are our "most
important product". Dr. Cynthia Lewis has been advising Pre-health
students with an overall acceptance rate of 85% since 1985.Lewis Associates
was launched in 1998 to provide long term, personalized advising services
to students across North America, specializing in Medicine, Osteopathic
Medicine, Dentistry, Physician Assistant and Veterinary Medicine. Our
success is real. You may be like our 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 received 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.
n e w s a n d l i n k s
N E W S :
Keys to Medical School Success
Results from a recent AAMC interview of 171 faculty members, residents
and students at 21 U.S. medical schools, suggest that there are ten
key categories of behavior most associated with likely successful performance
in medical school and residency. According to the study, "Identifying
Behaviors of Successful Medical School Students and Residents,"
by Pat Etienne, PhD, and Ellen Julian, PhD, these characteristics include:
1. Taking an active role in helping to shape their own learning
and knowledge acquisition.
2. Self-management and coping skills.
3. Effort to foster a team environment.
4. Interpersonal skills and professionalism.
5. Empathetic and listening skills when interacting with patients and
6. Technical knowledge and skill.
7. Extra effort and motivation.
8. Ethical judgment and integrity.
9. Mentoring skills.
10. Demonstrating an ability to maintain calm under pressure.
The researchers conclude from this study that there exists a core group
of behavioral skills, which become important early in medical school
and continue in importance throughout residency.
L I N K S : Useful Link of the Month
Keys to Medical School Success
Information: For a 2-page write-up of the above report, click
d a t e s
Important AMCAS, AACOMAS, AADSAS and CASPA News for
Class of 2003 Applicants
Processing of applications commenced June 1.
The web application went live June 1.
The web application has been live since late April, 2002.
As of 6/5/02, the estimate of a date for applicants to the 2003 entering
class to begin to certify and submit their completed AMCAS web-applications
is "on or about June 12, 2002". AMCAS will collect April 2002
MCAT scores for those who released them, put them into AMCAS beginning
the end of June and foresees submitting AMCAS in paper form to medical
schools around the last week of June. They estimate it will take an
average 4-6 weeks from your certification to medical school receipt
of your AMCAS.
Most secondary (supplemental) applications are now online.
p e o p l e & s c h o o l s
SPECIAL MASTER'S PROGRAM Georgetown University
School of Medicine
The SMP at Georgetown University School of Medicine announced that
it is accepting applications for the 2002-2003 academic year. This one-year
MS program is specifically designed to enhance credentials of students
applying to medical school who have completed all premedical requirements
and taken the MCAT, and to provide a high quality biomedical education
for a one year, non-research MS. It is a rigorous program for students
who clearly have the ability to succeed in medical school but need additional
academic enhancement to be admitted. Historically, 50 to 60% of their
students have gone to medical school immediately following the academic
year; approximately 80 to 85% eventually attend medical school. They
offer a high level of personalized support throughout the medical school
application process, and in subsequent years if necessary. PROGRAM DATES,
2002-2003 Academic Year. Application: through June 15, 2002; Web-based
(www.go.to/physio) Admissions Process: Rolling, with a wait-list. Minimum
Requirements for Application: Standard medical school prerequisites,
and MCAT 26, GPA 3.0 (some leeway for students with very high grades
or strong MCAT scores) Orientation: August 15-16 First/Last Dates of
Program: August 19, 2002 through June 30, 2003; Anticipated Class Size:
Information for applicants: Sarah Olson, 202-687-7979 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
s u c c e s s s t o r i e s
A N D R E A D A L V E - E N D R E S : Did
Andrea decide to go to Harvard?
Husband and Wife Graduate from Stanford Medical School!!
First, Andrea Dalve-Endres' decision - Harvard, UCSF,
UC Davis (and waitlisted at UC San Diego and U Hawaii). She attended
special weekends at UC Davis and Harvard Medical Schools -- read below:
05.07.02 "No words or gifts can express my thanks for your years
of support and hard work! My dreams have been far surpassed and it is
with your guidance that I find my promising position of actually choosing
from some wonderful options! I truly could not be happier with my position
as I end my schooling at SDSU. It seems like yesterday that I joined
CUHRE and ...the members of CUHRE are my extended family and forever
will be supported by me in any way I possibly can. Of course my life
will get a bit busier as I begin medical school but I will always do
my best to take time out for students who come to visit Boston (okay
I've made my decision - HARVARD NEEDS ME!) and of course, for you Dr.
Lewis when you are in town! Lots of love...I will miss you tremendously!"
Married Couple attends Stanford Medical School
It is possible? Can a husband and wife actually be accepted into medical
school the same year? What about to the same school in the same year?
And, to Stanford? Is that possible? Well, probably not for just ANY
couple - but for Eunice and Joel Mata, the answer is "yes."
Eunice and Joel, my alumni, have been my Advisees since 1992; both
are the first in their Mexican-American families to attend college.
About a month ago, I received an invitation to attend their Stanford
Medical School graduation. So, a bit about Joel and Eunice. I recruited
Joel into our Health Careers Opportunity Program first. He had done
construction, was a school bus driver, actually worked as my Administrative
Assistant one summer and became an electro-diagnostic technician in
several clinics and in a clinical research project at UCSD. He and Eunice
also established a small office cleaning business where they worked
on the weekends to help pay for college.
Joel's mother died of cancer when he was younger and his brother was
diagnosed with diabetes -these events initiated his interest in becoming
a doctor. He was lucky in that his parents sent him to a seminary for
high school boys several hundred miles away from the gang-focused neighborhood
where he lived. He says, "What I enjoyed most about the seminary
was the way we all communicated. Their simple uptopian lifestyle provided
an alternate way of living, one that did not concern itself with popular
culture and the latest trends. It focused on cooperation, altruism and
an appreciation for what we had. They taught me that life can be as
simple as I want it to be and that I was ultimately the greatest barrier
to my own success and happiness."
After high school, Joel attended some college and worked, but he was
not focused on academics until he married and was inspired by his wife
to work toward meaningful goals. Joel was a Mentor, enrichment Instructor,
my Administrative Assistant and sat on our HCOP student Council-a real
leader. He additionally with his wife were the youngest board members
for our local Flying Samaritans group that organized doctors, nurses,
dentists and pre-health students to deliver free medical care to the
poor in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. He says, "My clinical
exposure with indigenous people has given me a firsthand perspective
on the inequities of life and the impact education and basic medical
care can have at an individual level. I have an unparalleled sense of
satisfaction from my ventures into Mexico. These experiences have taught
me that quality of care stretches beyond the examining room." In
1992, Joel and Eunice were married. Eunice has been the creative force
and Joel the anchor in a collaboration that has also produced a beautiful
Eunice's mother a single parent, struggled to make ends meet for the
family including times without electricity and running water at home
and Eunice by age 10 was the family's English spokesperson and paid
the bills and was caregiver to her two younger brothers. She assisted
her mother as a housekeeper during summers and became the first in her
family to graduate from high school. Her first sense of accomplishment
came in a church choir.
Eunice says, "It was my dream to sing with people whom I had admired
for many years. Those years taught me about commitment, responsibility
and being a team player. Interestingly enough, Eunice says, "Joel
helped me acquire enough confidence to enter collegeÖI fell in
love with the idea of learning and with the prospect of getting an education.
For the first time in my life, I was so excited about school that I
couldn't wait to enroll in more classes the following semester. I couldn't
afford to stop working, so I attended night classes and worked fulltime
during the day for a couple of years. I learned time management and
study skills and gained more confidence.
In 1993, during a trip to Ensenada with the Thousand Smiles group that
performs cleft lip and palate surgeries on children in Mexico, Eunice
says, "Claudia, a beautiful baby girl with a severely-malformed
upper palate, was just coming out of a makeshift surgery room. I, a
Thousand Smile volunteer that weekend, prepared a small area on one
of the large recovery beds for her. She was handed to me wrapped in
several warm blankets exposing only a tuft of her dark black hair around
her small Indian face. Her big ebony eyes were half drawn as I held
her tightly, trying to convey a sense of safety and security. Words
are inadequate to express what I felt at that moment. As tears rolled
down my face, I thanked the Lord for providing the medical staff with
the wisdom needed to make the surgery possible. It was then that I realized
that I too could help change peoples' lives. Even though I had always
felt a strong desire to be a physician, until that moment, I had not
felt I possessed the passion to attain such a lofty goal. Cradling her
small bundled body in my arms erased the years of embedded insecurities
and doubts regarding my future. I decided I would become a physician,
and just as Claudia would have a new life, so would I."
Eunice built more confidence in her abilities during our HCOP summer
program and then became a consummate leader. She has a knack for taking
over difficult tasks, building consensus and speaking out. She became
the first President of CUHRE in 1997 and stood up for the quality and
integrity of that program when under fire. That same year Eunice was
awarded "Quest for the Best", one of only 10 students so honored
out of 30,000 each year at San Diego State University.
Eunice will begin her Family Medicine residency at San Jose Medical
Center, and Joel will start his Anesthesiology residency, at Stanford
University Hospital. Perhaps, you can see why Stanford has enjoyed them
q u e s t i o n o f t h e m o n t h
How do you advise applicants to best use the
Postsecondary Experience section on the AMCAS application?
Before the 2002 AMCAS web-application, there were only about 10 lines
total to input all honors, jobs, clinical, research and community service
experiences--wow, not much! We were using abbreviations and summarizing
like mad. Then, last year (2002) AMCAS went 180 degrees the other way-they
allowed unlimited numbers of experiences, each classified into one of
13 categories, as to honors, paid employment, research, etc. Some of
my Advisees had up to 15 pages just of experiences--especially non-traditional
Guess what the medical schools did?
They did NOT read all the experiences and rebelled - they lobbied AMCAS
to limit the number of experiences this year to 15. That means you must
group and prioritize your experiences accordingly. Also, it means that
after you select your most important activities (2 at most) to discuss
in your personal statement, you should use the Experiences section to
develop all the other important items you wish Admissions Committees
to know about you.
And, originally AMCAS indicated applicants would have 1325 characters
for each experience description. However, when AMCAS went "live",
we found that there are only 510 characters available, which is about
100 words or 7 lines. In other words, use your space wisely--don't waste
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
Surgery: Not Cutting It
Newsweek May 27, 2002
By Mary Carmichael
"If youve seen 'ER', you may remember Romano, the surgeon
stereotype. He's sharp, he's sarcastic, he's got a leggy blonde and
more money than God. Heck, he is God. Everybody wants to be this guy
- just ask him. Actually, nobody does. As 15,800 med-school students
graduate this month, surgery residencies are grappling with rejections
as a fourth of their slots go unfilled. What's driving students away?
The residency workload, which spurred a lawsuit last month, is especially
brutal for surgeons. The operating room is also a bit of an old boys'
club (witness Romano), and many of the women who've flooded med schools
in recent years aren't interested. Add to that the increase in HMOs,
giving residents more paper work and less time with patients, and a
surgeonís salary can seem like little compensation - especially
since it doesn't kick in until seven years after med school. Docs faced
a similar dilemma in 1987 when surgery was flush but so few students
chose internal medicine that the national residency acceptance day was
dubbed 'Black Tuesday.' The prescription: recruit non-workaholics whoíd
prefer medicine over surgery. It worked, perhaps too well. Let's hope
the reverse strategy doesn't give us Black Tuesday, 2017."
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applicants. Often, non-traditional students are older than 21 years
of age, career changers, international applicants or second-round applicants
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