Lewis Associates e-Newsletter
Volume 2 Issue 9
Published by Lewis Associates. Dr. Cynthia Lewis, Phd., Editor
with your comments. Enjoy!
=> Welcome to Success Stories Newsletter!
=> Important News: AMCAS update, Baby is bornMom
starts medical school this month!
=> Useful Links: Find an Osteopathic physician
=>Dates and Reminders: Deadlines
=> Success Story of the Month: Surgeon In Training!
=> Question of the Month "How do I
write an essay for my audience?"
=> Our Services
Welcome to Lewis Associates!
Many of you are in the middle of the Class of 2004 application season.
Requests for secondary/supplemental applications are arriving daily
and now we have many requests for interviews from our Class 2004 applicants!
You may be doing research at NIH (two of my Advisees are currently
here) or in other prestigious programs, completing coursework, studying
for the DAT or GRE or traveling or working to earn the funds to pay
for application. If you are serious about making your dreams to become
a physician, dentist, PA, veterinarian, optometrist or pharmacist a
reality --- Lewis Associates can help you. We have made the difference
for hundreds of students over almost19 years. Here is an email quote
from a Class of 2003 Lewis Advisee who was accepted to George Washington
University Medical School and sent me photos of his White Coat ceremony
(many of my Advisees send these to me):
Michael Manzano, "It's really exciting! Thanks for believing in
me! I owe you so much, thank you for everything! Please feel free to
call on me for anything. I would be glad to help if I can. I'll keep
in close contact with you. Be on the lookout for more pics to come!
DC is good so far. I'm still getting settled in my place. This orientation
week has been jam packed with activities that have made the transition
a bit easier. Thanks again."
For entering Class of 2004 students, this is your application year.
I hope you survived the August MCAT. If you have not already done so,
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.
Another long time Advisee sent a thank you card received 8/25/03: "Dear
Dr. Lewis, Thank you for everything for being a great Advisor
and support over the years. I always appreciated your help and am grateful
for your encouragement into finding out how I learn. That was an important
discovery for me! I cant believe I'll be starting at UC Irvine
in less than 2 weeks. I'm very excited and looking forward to new experiences.
I hope to complement my studying with relaxing on the beach too! I cant
thank you enough for all of your help. I hope you're well. Please take
care and visit me when youre in Irvine!"
Congratulations to the entering Class of 2003 advised by Dr. Lewis
100% of all applicants this year are accepted with one
in the University of Hawaii Post-Bac program which is affiliated with
their medical school.
See the Class
of 2002 Final Report and the Class
of 2003 Final Report
A class of 2004 applicant emailed to Dr. Lewis early in August after
receiving an invitation to interview: Thanks Dr. Lewis, for all
of your diligent and faithful support through this process! I appreciate
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.
She 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 us for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
n e w s & l i n k s
N E W S : AMCAS update, Baby is Born
AMCAS releases biographic data to an applicant's designated
medical schools when the application is submitted and before the academic
record is verified. The timing of secondary applications however, is
not an AMCAS decision. Each school determines their own process. More
detailed information can be found at:
Baby is bornMom starts medical school this month!
8/2/03 Hi Dr. Lewis, "I was just reading the success story for
this month...very interesting and inspirational. My orientation at Touro
starts on Wednesday. I'm really excited and a little nervous. I gave
birth to a baby boy on June 14th. I'm including a picture with this
e-mail. Sorry I didn't e-mail earlier. The first month was really tough
since we don't have any family here and had to learn everything on our
own. But I think I have finally recuperated and I'm ready to start school.
I currently live about 75 miles away from Touro and will have to commute
the first week. Afterwards, we will move closer. Congratulations on
the 100% acceptance rate this year! I'm so happy to be part of this
number! THANK YOU--I AM VERY HAPPY ABOUT YOUR SUCCESSES TOO!!!"
L I N K : Find an Osteopathic physician near you
Has great photos and videos of various surgeries! Also includes a discussion
forum, product forum, job links, and calendar of events.
d a t e s & r e m i n d
e r s
If you are a class of 2004 applicant, you MUST submit your primary (AMCAS,
AACOMAS, AADSAS, VMCAS, CASPA, PHARMCAS) application ASAP to be competitive
this year. You will be hitting the dreaded deadlines soon.
Secondaries are due, as a rule of thumb, about 2 weeks after they are
sent to you or you are directed (as most now do) to submit a web-based
application. Get them in ASAP. Secondaries usually include an application
sometimes with difficult and thought-provoking essays to complete, a
fee, and those letters of recommendation that you have diligently collected
over many months or years.
I advise that the word "deadline" is one my advisees should
because they are always "ahead" of the process.
Hope you are in that group!
s u c c e s s s t o r i e s
Surgeon In Training! Dr. Sam
I had the privilege of advising Sam between 1993 and 1996. Sam came
to me often for guidance and to discuss problems that would arise, including
financial ones as a post-baccalaureate student. Sam is the rare person
who could be successful at pretty much anything they really want to
including doctor, politician, priest, lawyer
it. I am so pleased that Sams medical career is fulfilling the
personal goals he set for himself. I recall sitting at the 1996 Quest
for the Best dinner (only 10 students in a university of 30,000
are selected for this honor) with Sam, listening to him talk about his
future. I was honored that Sam selected me as his most significant faculty
8/18/03 Hi Dr. Lewis: "I considered several careers while in college
ranging from law to the priesthood. After four years, I was still looking
for something that would be challenging and personally satisfying. I
became interested in medicine in my senior year of college. I was intrigued
by the clinical application of science and the service aspect of the
profession. I began looking into the prerequisites and decided it was
best to complete graduation and decide if I wanted to go back to school
to take the prerequisites. I sought advice from several sources including
Dr. Lewis who was, by far, the most helpful. I met with Dr. Lewis for
the first time in Fall 1992 and she provided me with a vast amount of
information of the med school application process. She gave me candid
advice about my chance for success based on my grades and told me what
I would need to do in order to be a competitive. She also advised me
to do some volunteer work to see if it was something I really liked.
I volunteered at the UCSD ER and later in the intensive care unit for
about the next year and a half. I loved it. I found the environment
stimulating, challenging, and exciting. I enjoyed working in a team
environment and interacting with physicians, nurses and other health
care professionals. I decided early in my volunteer experience that
I wanted to become a doctor.
I met with Dr. Lewis again in Spring 1993 and she provided me with a
framework for my pre-med work. I didn't always like her advice - it
usually meant working harder - but I followed it. Per her advice, I
took the pre-requisite classes for medical school and a test prep course.
I continued volunteering and did an externship at Paradise Valley Hospital.
I took 2-3 classes per semester and most had labs. I also worked about
2-3 part-time jobs during my 2 years at SDSU. I made academics my first
priority and never missed a class. Dr. Lewis helped me by giving me
candid advice and creating an organized plan of attack. I remember having
a pre-med calendar that covered 3 years. I had little experience with
that kind of advanced planning at that point in my life and Dr. Lewis
put me on the right track.
When I applied to medical school, Dr. Lewis was a tremendous help. Again,
she helped me put together an organized, strong application. By that
time, however, most of the application wrote itself. I already had several
experiences recommended by Dr. Lewis that helped round out my application.
In addition, I had been working on personal statement for 2 years. Dr.
Lewis also put on mock interviews, which were tremendously helpful.
I felt like a relaxed, polished candidate by the time I hit the interview
trail. I applied to over 30 schools, received interviews at 20, actually
interviewed at 10, was accepted to Georgetown, UCSF, UCSD, Northwestern,
George Washington, and was wait-listed at Harvard, UCLA, and Case Western
Reserve. Dr. Lewis' guidance was invaluable before and during the application
process and I would not have done as well without her.
I chose UCSF because of its reputation and spent four years in San Francisco.
The courses were challenging and the opportunities for extracurricular
experiences plentiful. I spent a summer studying molecular biology and
immunology at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France. I became interested
in surgery my first year and later did several electives including trauma
and liver transplantation. I loved the idea of fixing medical problems
with my hands and a few instruments. While at UCSF, I worked as an anatomy
lab instructor and served as medical school class president for 2 terms.
I earned extra money by acting in local television commercials. (Note
by Dr. Lewis: Sam is a George Clooney look-alike!)
I was interested in several surgical specialties when I graduated from
medical school and chose to enter general surgery because it would give
me the greatest flexibilty to choose a surgical career. I was fortunate
to match at Oregon Health & Science University where I have been
for the past 3 years. I have just started 2 years of research in plastic
surgery and will return for an additional 2 years of general surgery
training after my research concludes. I will then go into 2 years advanced
training in plastic surgery. A long road, yes, but surgery is a challenging
and demanding career that requires extensive training.
In all my years in academics, Dr. Lewis is by far the most effective
and dedicated advisor I have ever had."
If you wish to communicate surgery or other issues, email to Dr. Lewis
to contact Sam: email@example.com
q u e s t i o n o f t h e m o n t h
"How do I write an essay for my audience?"
We will address over this year many problems that can go wrong in application,
but this month I want to address the problem of "How do I write
an essay for my audience?"
This year, one of my advisees applied to a graduate program so that
he would attend graduate school while he is applying to medical school.
The required essay was read by graduate program faculty -- scientists
with doctoral degrees. And, what, generally, is their goal? To generate
more scientists with doctoral degrees!! (I can say this as I did two
postdoctoral research fellowships, including one at NIH and taught as
a biology faculty at two universities over 15 years).
The student in question wrote a strong essay about his current research,
why it was valuable and fulfilling to him and how he wanted to continue
it for his Master's degree at a prestigious university. However, the
last 3 sentences almost cost him entry into this program: "I will
apply to medical school and plan to become a physician specializing
in spinal cord injury. Learning the skills that make an effective scientist
will enhance my ability to care for my patients. I want to practice
medicine and advance medical knowledge."
Why do you think these scientists almost voted no to his entry into
their graduate program? Because he didn't say he was dedicating his
life to research! He indicated he also wanted to become a physician!
So, please be aware
of your audience! Know them
We will feature an important question each month. Please
submit one that interests you for Dr. Lewis to answer. Send your questions
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premedical advising and placement for traditional and non-traditional
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of age, career changers, international applicants or second-round applicants
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