Lewis Associates e-Newsletter
5 Issue 9
Published by Lewis Associates. Dr. Cynthia Lewis, Phd., Editor
with your comments. Enjoy!
to Success Stories Newsletter!
Americans Look Abroad for Healthcare; Makeshift Medicine; Contemplating
Computer-Based MCAT released exams; Humanities in the curriculum
Another Lewis Alumni faculty on Medical School Staff: Dr. Ronda Henry-Tillman
at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; Dr. Darin Ward, dentist
in Oregon; Dr. Cynthia Delgado, Fellow at UC San Francisco; Dino Guillermo,
Completing degree in Chinese medicine
Lewis Associates Changes Mailing Address;
National Osteopathic Medical Meeting Open to Students
of the Month: Akufo Opoku, Ghanaian immigrant and reapplicant
. . . a Happy Ending
the Month: How can Osteopathic Physicians Practice outside
Welcome to Lewis Associates!
This September, there are already 3 Class of 2007 Advisees interviewing!
Remember when I warned that the application process for allopathic medical
school is accelerating? I proposed this is due to the streamlining of electronic
web-based applications and secondaries. . . no more hard copy of anything
or even waiting for an email in many cases! And, now this goes for Osteopathic
medical and dental schools! In any case, this is a very busy time for all
Thanks from Dr. Adrian Miranda, Class 1994, Faculty at Medical College
I have never really taken the time to express my sincere gratitude for everything
you did for me. I have often mentioned your name during talks and to friends
and family as the person who was the most influential in my path to success.
I can’t tell you how many times my wife has answered that question
right on the "newlywed" board game. Without your guidance and
support I would never have accomplished my goals. I am so glad to hear
you are doing well and I want you to know that I still often think of you
and the years at SDSU. I am now married with two children (Alex 3 and Sofia
2). My wife Heidi is from Madison and much to my dismay, she does not plan
on moving to California any time soon. . . I wish you the best and I hope
that you have a wonderful party surrounded by people who love you and whose
lives you have changed. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you
or your family and please stay in touch.
Your friend and Protégé,
Adrian Miranda, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatalogy and Nutrition
Medical College of Wisconsin
(Editor's note: see next month's success story for more about Dr. Miranda)
Thanks From Andrea Casillas, entering the Michigan State University
ABLE Program in fall 2006
"Dr. Lewis, Thank you so much. I am very grateful to have had you along
my side during this stressful year. I appreciate all your work and patience!
I wish you the very best. May God bless you always. Thank you very, very
Comment from an Alumnus
"Wow! What a website. Are you sure you want to retire? Based
on what I've seen, you have to be the most successful Advisor on the planet!
I owe a great debt of gratitude to your ability to encourage young people
to achieve their goals. If there is anything you ever need, no matter what
time of day, I'll take care of it, just call me. Joe"
Joseph E. Allen, MD, MS, FAAFP, CAQSM
Family Practice and Sports Medicine
(Editor's note: Dr. Allen did a consult on my torn knee meniscus a couple
of weeks ago. . . what a great benefit from having terrific alumni in the
medical profession! Thanks again, Joe!)
Change of Mailing Address
Through the end of 2006, our Lewis Associates mailing address will be our
office address: 2727 Camino del Rio South Suite 156, San Diego, CA 92108
Long term Advising packages back by popular demand! Lewis
Associates will continue long-term advising for the next couple of years
based on overwhelming requests. We are also focusing on Personal Assessments,
essay and interview packages, our new Medical and Dental Residency essay
package, and hourly problem-solving advising.
NEW FREE teleconferencing and videoconferencing. You need
to register for free AOL Instant Messaging, and will get free audio and/or
video contact with us!! Talk with Zakiya to set up your computer for this
We now have e-billing and plan on having more online services.
In a couple of years, some new books and CD's will be out by Dr. Lewis about
preparing for medical and other health professions schools. . . keep on
Harvard Medical School Track Record
We are proud that 2 of our Class of 2006 applicants were interviewed at Harvard
Medical School this year and both are accepted! This brings Dr. Lewis' record
to 29 Advisees accepted to Harvard Medical and Dental Schools in the past
92% of our Class of 2006 applicants were accepted!
. . . and 2 were waitlisted.
100% of our Class of
2005 applicants were accepted!
100% of our Class of 2004 applicants were accepted!
In order to be a competitive Class of 2007, 2008, or 2009 applicant,
you need to submit a quality application as evaluated by your clinical,
service and other experiences and your GPA/MCAT/DAT/GRE, etc. profile--in
a timely fashion. This requires a well thought-out strategy to carry you
through the difficult year-long application process. And, if you get advising
with Dr. Lewis, you will find out that we begin preparation the year before
submission of your application!!
What are your chances?
If you want to change your career or reach your present career goal, but
do not know how to begin, or how to jump over all those hurdles, Lewis Associates
will advise and implement strategies to change your life.
Read about your Personal Assessment in our newsletter
and website, then phone or email
us directly to get started! We spend on average 7 hours working to develop
an effective strategy of taking you from where you are to where you want
You may be like our other 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.
Maybe you wish to use our hourly advising to solve a specific problem.
Dr. Lewis is a trained biologist, having taught and directed her own research
programs for many years at two universities. She earned two postdoctoral
(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.
If you are serious about making your dreams to become a physician,
dentist, physician assistant, veterinarian, optometrist, podiatrist, naturopathic
physician, or pharmacist a reality--Lewis Associates can help you.
We have made the difference for over 700 alumni now practicing in medicine
during the last 21 years.
Dr. Lewis teaches Professionalism, Leadership, and Quality, and sets high
standards for her Advisees.
Lewis Associates will save you money and heartache on your preparation
and application process.
Contact the health career experts! For more information
or call 805-226-9669 and ask to set up your first appointment.
n e w s &
l i n k s
N E W S
Americans Left Uninsured (Chicago Tribune)
The ranks of Americans without medical coverage grew by 1.3 million people
last year, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday.
Long working hours linked to high blood pressure (Scientific
Workers who clocked more than 51 hours at the office each week were 29 percent
more likely to have high blood pressure than those who worked 39 hours or
less, a new study from California has found.
Bright Hope (LA Times)
More than 300 gene therapy trials, including the one for Parkinson's at UC
San Francisco, are underway in the U.S. and abroad.
walk-in clinics help slow rising health costs? (USA Today)
Retail clinics are spreading nationwide as more than a dozen clinic operators
plan to open thousands in stores such as CVS, Wal-Mart, Walgreens and Kerr
A Cut Below: Americans Look Abroad for Health Care (ABC News)
By looking at options outside the American health care system those who lack
adequate insurance can get medical care at significantly lower prices. Often
referred to as medical tourism, seeking medical care outside the United States
is an idea that is taking off at new levels.
Medicine (Boston Globe)
One year after Katrina, ER doctors cobble together care in a former department
store as New Orleans copes with shortages of beds and staff
Plan B (Inside Higher Education)
For college students who wanted another level of protection against getting
pregnant, the Food and Drug Administration’s decision last week to allow
women 18 and older to buy the emergency contraceptive drug Plan B without
a prescription came as welcome news.
L I N K S :
Computer-Based MCAT released exams
AAMC: AAMC has had online practice tests (PTs) available for several years
now, at e-mcat.com. This
is the official MCAT practice test site (despite the .com at the end). One
practice test is free for anyone who registers. At this point, the tests are
still the old length, rather than the new shorter versions. This was necessary
for students practicing for the August exam. They are converting all of the
PTs to the shorter length as quickly as possible. The first shorter versions
will be available in early September, with the others following as they are
readied. The built-in diagnostics and ability to customize tests provide an
advantage over the paper PTs. Please take a look at the free one (e-mcat.com)
to familiarize yourself with the added features of the computerized PTs. The
presentation of the items and user interface are very similar to that of the
live, computerized MCAT.
Find this and other useful links on Lewisassoc.com's
h o s p i t a l c h a r t b
l o o p e r s
We found these and decided to pass them on. . . let us
know if you wish to see more next month.
-The patient refused autopsy.
-The patient has no previous history of suicides.
-Patient has left white blood cells at another hospital.
-She has no rigors or shaking chills, but her husband states she was very
hot in bed last night.
-Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.
-On the second day the knee was better, and on the third day it disappeared.
a l u m n i u p d a t e s
9 Lewis Alumni faculty at US Medical Schools (See July
2006 Alumni Updates for the first 8!)
Dr. Ronda Henry-Tillman,
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Arkansas for
August 11, 2006
After we located Dr. Henry-Tillman, she emailed to Dr. Lewis:
"It's great hearing from you! I have done pretty well since my days in
College. I'm not in San Diego but in Arkansas. I'm currently Associate
Professor of Surgery, and Director of Cancer Control and the Women's Oncology
Clinic here at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. I have
attached my CV so you can see some of my accomplishments since then. You
know it all starts with a strong determination and a good foundation (Thank
you). I spend a lot of time mentoring students and junior faculty here
at UAMS (actually our junior faculty mentoring model was published in
Academic Medicine recently)."
Ronda Henry-Tillman, MD, FACS
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, UAMS COM
Director Cancer Control, Arkansas Cancer Research Center
Dr. Henry-Tillman is pretty modest. She is currently co-Investigator for
7 clinical research studies! And, has 40+ juried scientific publications
under her belt. She has promised a Success Story down the road. . . stay
Dr. Darin Ward,
DDS, practicing in Eugene, Oregon
24, 2006, Dr. Ward wrote to Dr. Lewis:
"I remember the 'trenches' oh too well, and feel like I’m
there myself sometimes. . . it's all relative! Remembering to enjoy
NOW while in the trenches and letting go of the stuff in the trenches
that I have no control over and rejoicing in the small stuff that re-charges
my batteries is what has always kept me going.
You have to know Darin to appreciate his sense of humor. His email signature
includes a photo of his trusty dog with "Obey the Corgi. . . "
and. . .
Wellness Centered Dentistry PC
Darin J. Ward DDS FAGD FDAG (Frequently Drinking A Guinness)
"The Mouth Bone Is Connected to the Body Bone"
Another Success Story to be told. . . down the road!
| Dr. Cynthia Delgado,
MD starting Clinical Nephrology Academic Fellowship at University of California,
San Francisco July 2007 (#1 program in the US)
recently had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Delgado, graduate from
New Jersey Medical College when she was in San Diego visiting home.
She is completing her Internal Medicine Residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital
in New York and plans to also earn an MPH during her Fellowship, possibly
staying to continue doing clinical research and teaching upon completion.
Dino Guillermo, BS, currently attending the
Pacific College of Chinese Medicine in San Diego
Dino will complete an MS in Acupuncture and Herbalogy in spring 2007.
He came to my rescue after I fell down walking to my car in front of
my office last week. He offered some great treatment for my poor knees!
White Coat Ceremony Photos
Entering Class of 2006
Ashley Pistorio, Pennsylvania
How have you been? Life has been hectic for us, to say the least.
:o) Our first block of exams is next week. :-O My, how time has
flown since I first contacted Dr. Lewis to see if I had even a
slight chance at getting into med school.
Nat Kittisarapong, Nova Southeastern
Chelsea Crist, Drexel University
Hey doc, hey z, I had the white coat 2 Fridays ago, just got the
pics. Things are going very well in all aspects. Hope all is well
in SD! Catch me up when you can.
I'm in the PBL (PIL as we call it here) program, and it's great
-- a lot of discovery and round table discussion/teaching. Definitely
not for slackers! I am having a good time. . . first take home
"practice" exam is tomorrow, we'll see how it's going so far!
d a t e s & r e m i n d e r s
Change of Mailing Address
Through the end of 2006, our Lewis Associates mailing address will
be our office address: 2727 Camino del Rio South, Suite 156, San Diego, CA
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s u c c e s s s t o r i e s
by Dr. Cynthia Lewis
The "rest of Akufo Opoku's
story"--Class of 2006!
See 8/06 newsletter
for part one.
Akufo applied to 19 allopathic schools, submitting her AMCAS a bit late.
She started interviewing in February. . . also a bit late. She got 6 interviews
and started to be put on wait lists. . . 6 in all! Then came preparing updates
for waitlisted schools and Letters of Intent to Matriculate with "good
news" of her accomplishments that
Then, on June 8th, 2005 Akufo got the wonderful email accepting her to the
Medical University of Ohio. . . now called the University of Toledo. We continued
to communicate with the other schools. . . and she was also accepted to Southern
Email to Dr. Lewis if you wish to communicate
about medical schools or other issues or to contact those profiled in Success
q u e s t i o n o f t h
e m o n t h
by Dr. Cynthia Lewis, PhD
From an Advisor: I have a student who I think would be
an excellent candidate for Osteopathic Medical School. However she wants to
practice outside of the U.S. (Doctors without Borders or third world). I heard
this year that the situation was improving whereby D.O.'s are being allowed
to practice overseas.
Answer by: Tom Levitan, VP for Research and Application Services, American
Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
It might be best to consider two examples in response to the question about
DO applicants who want options for practicing medicine outside of the United
The first example is folks who after medical school will want to participate
in overseas relief programs or missions and practice occasionally or on an
annual basis outside of the U.S. From what we know, the DO degree is not a
barrier to such practice. The organization through which the individual works
will verify that the doctor is licensed and communicate that to the foreign
Several of the osteopathic colleges include overseas medical experience either
third and fourth year rotations or supplemental experiences in their undergraduate
programs. (Editor's Note: Our own Dr. Jacqui Romero practiced in the Caribbean
with Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine and Nicolas Cahanding
did a medical mission trip to Tibet with Midwestern at Chicago College of
The second example is students who, after completing medical school and licensure
in the U.S., want to move overseas, be licensed, and practice medicine as
residents of foreign countries. The response here is different and varies
from country to country. Many countries distinguish between Osteopathic medicine
which is very much like Osteopathic medicine as it is recognized in the U.S.
and includes full medical education and practice, and Osteopathy, the practice
of manipulative treatments ONLY, but not the full practice of medicine. The
Osteopathic International Alliance maintains a www site that provides more
detailed and country specific information:
In many countries, the situation for U.S. licensed physicians who want to
emigrate and practice is similar to the situation for foreign licensed physicians
who want to move to the U.S. to practice.
We will feature an important question each month.
Please submit one that interests you for Dr. Lewis to answer. Send your questions
with Newsletter Question in the subject line.
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