Lewis Associates e-Newsletter
Volume 2 Issue 6
Published by Lewis Associates. Dr. Cynthia Lewis, Phd., Editor
with your comments. Enjoy!
=> Welcome to Success Stories Newsletter!
=> Important News: new MCAT prep test bank
=> Useful Links: Post-baccalaureate website
=>Dates and Reminders: From AMCAS today!
=> Success Story of the Month: Todd Cook - Chiropractor
=> Question of the Month "How to prepare
for the MCAT Verbal Reasoning section?"
=> Our Services
Welcome to Lewis Associates!
Many of you are in the middle of an application season or beginning
or midway through a spring term. If you are ready to really become serious
about making your dreams to become a physician, dentist PA, veterinarian,
optometrist a reality --- Lewis Associates can help you. We have made
the difference for hundreds of students over 18 years. In fact here
are email quotes from 2 Class of 2003 Lewis Advisees who were accepted
to first choice schools:
Michelle Voigt, UC Santa Barbara graduate: Hello to you both (meaning
Alice in our office who helps so many students)! Yes, its true...I am
so thrilled! I loved X and I'm still in shock that I'm actually accepted
to their school. Thank you, thank you, thank you both. I know that I
would not have had the same opportunities if I had not worked with Lewis
Pegoh Pajouhi, UC Berkeley graduate: Dear Dr. Lewis, How are you? Yay,
thanks for all you've done and your wonderful support.
For Entering Class of 2004 students, this is your application year.
I hope you survived the April 03 MCAT... if not, you should develop
a very effective strategy to use the August MCAT to your benefit and
get your application submitted soon! You need to establish a well-thought
out strategy to carry you through the difficult times coming up. 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.
Congratulations to the entering Class of 2003 advised by Dr. Lewis
- to date all but 2 applicants are accepted; those two are waitlisted
and one is entering the University of Hawaii Post-bac program which
is affiliated with the medical school.
A class of 2004 applicant emailed to Dr. Lewis after re- establishing
her advising relationship:
As I am getting ready to apply to med school for Fall 2004, you were
on my mind and I wanted to say thank you for all you have done for me
in the past years.
I recently graduated Cum Laude.... yay! After many hours of psychological
testing, Disabled Student Services and a private counselor determined
that, as you had suggested, I have a testing disability and test anxiety,
which kept me from performing to the best of my ability on the MCAT
as well as my academic coursework. Therefore, I was granted time and
a half on ALL my academic exams thanks to DSS and it's amazing how much
a difference it made for me. My grades shot up immediately. I got one
of the highest scores in the class in organic chemistry II once I started
getting time and a half. Because of all this discovery of my testing
disability, I will now be receiving time and half on the MCAT... BIG
As you suggested, I didn't want to take the MCAT again until I figured
out the source of my difficulty. It's amazing, because on the practice
exams, I am now earning 8's instead of 3's. I will be taking the MCAT
in April with time and a half and in a separate room from everyone else
(to alleviate my anxiety). I am focusing on the April MCAT now that
I graduated and am not doing a million things at once. I am excited
to perform really well this time! I want to thank you for all of your
advice. You were 100% correct and I appreciate all of the time you spent
on me. I would NOT be where I am now if it hadn't been for you . I am
10 X the applicant that I was 2 yrs ago and I am so glad I have waited
to apply. I feel VERY ready this time. The MCAT has been a hurdle, but
through it I have learned so much. Thanks for everything you have meant
to my life. I am forever grateful!
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.
Lewis Associates will save you money and heartache on your application
process. Contact us for more information email@example.com
n e w s & l i n k s
N E W S : MCAT prep test bank
The National Academies recently released two reports on the Status
of the U.S. public health system:
Kaplan launched a web-based practice tool for students taking the MCAT.
The MCAT Question Bank or QBank will allow users to customize practice
tests and drills based on their specific needs and performance. Students
can adapt their study in response to the continuously updated on-screen
performance feedback, graphically displayed by subject area and receive
answers and explanations from Kaplan after completing an exam session.
L I N K : Post-baccalaureate Website
Updated and enhanced information about post-baccalaureate premed programs
now available on the Student Hub at: http://services.aamc.org/postbac/
Now searchable by state, with expanded information about programs, searchable
database with enhanced functionality
d a t e s & r e m i n d
e r s
From AMCAS today!
AMCAS will begin accepting applications to the 2004 entering class
on Tuesday, June 3, at 12:00AM ET. We ask that applicants review their
applications thoroughly prior to submission. The majority of information
submitted by applicants is considered final upon submission, and careful
pre-submission review helps to prevent the receipt of incorrect information
by medical schools. The release of verified applications to designated
medical schools is anticipated for early July, and is dependant on the
annual database load of April MCAT scores (scheduled to occur in late
s u c c e s s s t o r i e s
Todd Cook - Chiropractor turned Physician!
Todd is the prototype of a "born-again" student! There
is the "old" Todd and the "new" Todd. Here is part of his story.
Todd started working at age 14 in fast food, then by
age 16, for his stepfather in sheet metal and in his senior year of
high school, he bagged groceries 24 hr/wk. The family moved from Chicago
to Florida to Georgia. Todd really enjoyed math, science and electronics,
made model airplanes and owned chemistry sets as a child. He wanted
to become a doctor since middle school due to the strong role model
of his family medicine doctor. In high school, Todd took all honors
classes and continued to enjoy math and science, and graduated with
strong SAT scores and GPA. .
He entered the University of Georgia, a large institution, and immediately
rushed a fraternity. Unfortunately, he did not attend much class nor
study, and focused instead on social development. In his second year,
he moved into the fraternity house. Todd failed his first general chemistry
exam, withdrew, got mad at himself and that is when he decided to actually
study. He enjoyed calculus, started a peer study group and his grades
improved - that year he moved out of the fraternity house.
Todd felt that his 2 year GPA under 3.0 would keep him from entering
medical school, so he entered Chiropractic School, taking the pre-requisite
courses and left University of Georgia after 2 years. When his mother
attended Chiropractic school, Todd was her mock patient. Todd's mother
had become a Chiropractor, enjoyed her work and he believed that he
could work like a family practice doctor, developing long-term patient
relationships as a Chiropractor.
Todd attended Chiropractic School for 3.5 years, year around, and this
is where his academic life began to "take off". He was on the Dean's
List for 10 quarters, earning a 3.6 overall GPA while taking up to 25
units per quarter for 3.5 years, graduating fall 1999 Magna Cum Laude.
He worked fulltime in his mother's Chiropractic Clinic for 5 months
as an Aide prior to licensure and began fulltime Chiropractic practice
with his mother. They became a strong team and Todd enjoyed educating
his patients and doing adjustments. After 1 year in practice, though,
Todd felt constrained in what he could do for his patients and wanted
to do more.
Because Todd did not complete a bachelor's degree before entering Chiropractic
school, he now needed to do this as preparation to become a premedical
applicant. Todd took a brutal academic schedule for 2 years to fulfill
the premedical and many general education requirements (moving from
the quarter to semester system) and completed a BS degree in biology
with a minor in chemistry. He earned a 4.0 GPA for all of this science
coursework and began observing 2 hospital-based surgeons. He saw that
they also developed personal relationships with their patients. Todd
matured in college and Chiropractic school and developed confidence
in his academic and professional abilities while working with people
in a therapeutic setting. Todd really embraced the academic work ethic,
putting in about 300 hours of preparation for the April 2002 MCAT, using
a study group and an MCAT preparation course.
I met Todd's lovely wife Alexis when I gave a workshop at Georgia State
University this spring; she does marketing, advertising, creates websites
and does graphic design. Everyone needs people to believe in them, and
Todd has had a cheering section of his mother, step-father and wife
(as well as me).
My advice for Todd was to prepare for and apply to an appropriate number
of Allopathic and Osteopathic medical schools to optimize his chances
of acceptance. We worked together closely on a weekly basis for over
a year on Todd's application, on secondaries, on interview preparation,
on decisions about acceptances, withdrawing from schools, everything
that comes with the difficult application process. Todd worked hard
on his application essay...perhaps the most difficult part for him personally.
I often tell students that application to health professions school
is a roller coaster ride.... we need to maintain focus yet be flexible...as
no one knows every event that will happen in the future. Todd listened
carefully and well, and took advising seriously. He was our very first
applicant to medical school for the Class of 2003-submitting AACOMAS
on June 13 and AMCAS on June 21.
Todd was invited to interview at 12 schools, has been accepted to 5
medical schools---and will enter George Washington University in Washington,
D. C. this fall. Todd and Alexis said: "Thank you for everything. We
would not be where we are today without you." Todd: "It feels good to
have my journey referred to as a 'success story'".
If you wish to communicate with Todd Cook, email firstname.lastname@example.org
q u e s t i o n o f t h e m o n t h
"Is the Verbal Reasoning section your most difficult MCAT
testing area? "
For students who do not read much outside of sciences, for English
as a Second Language students, for students who have "never enjoyed
reading", are slow readers, have poor vocabularies or poor reading comprehension,
etc., then you will find the VR section of the MCAT to be downright
It is best if freshmen and sophomores begin Pre-reading comprehension
assignments this summer. Read at least 4 books, one about your intended
health career or the health care system in general, one about a culture
different from your own, one focusing on ethics/values and one a classic.
The books can be fiction or non-fiction. Also begin readying in-depth
non-science analysis e.g. New York Times or Wall Street Journal editorials.
Be accustomed to being able to "pull the main idea" out of an article
or chapter and describe it to someone else easily. And, read in the
areas of political science, history, religion, philosophy, sociology,
We will feature an important question each month. Please
submit one that interests you for Dr. Lewis to answer. Send your questions
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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