Lewis Associates e-Newsletter
5 Issue 11
Published by Lewis Associates. Dr. Cynthia Lewis, Phd., Editor
with your comments. Enjoy!
Welcome to Success Stories Newsletter!
U.S. Medical School Enrollment Continues to Climb; Corruption wastes up to
$12.5B of drug spending a year, health organization says; What pilots can
teach hospitals about patient safety
Eye Q Reading Enhancement Program Links
Dates and Reminders:
Osteopathic Medicine Awareness Conference; January 2007 MCAT; Lewis Associates
of the Month: Paul Szefler. . . entering Class 2007
the Month: What happens to essay plagiarists?
Welcome to Lewis Associates!
This November, we have 6 accepted Class of 2007 Advisees including to Johns
Hopkins, with many more interviewing! . . . things are moving very quickly
this year. I warned last year that the application process for allopathic
and Osteopathic 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! This is a very
busy time for all pre-health students!!
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
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 much."
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!)
Until further notice, our Lewis Associates mailing address will be our office
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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 the
Harvard Medical School Track Record
We are proud that 2 of our Class of 2006 applicants were accepted at Harvard
Medical School! This brings Dr. Lewis' record to 29 Advisees accepted to Harvard
Medical and Dental Schools in the past 21 years!
92% of our Class of 2006 applicants were accepted! . . . and 2 were
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
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Read about your Personal Assessment in our newsletter
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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 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.
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physician, or pharmacist a reality--Lewis Associates can help you.
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during the last 21 years.
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Lewis Associates will save you money and heartache on your preparation
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N E W S
Medical School Enrollment Continues to Climb (AAMC)
Class Sizes Increase in all Regions for Second Straight
wastes up to $12.5B of drug spending a year, health organization says
Up to $12.5 billion of what governments spend on medicines each year is lost
to corruption, the World Health Organization said Tuesday as it launched an
initiative to make sure all the money is used to fight disease.
Action by Medical Boards and Prior Behavior in Medical School
(New England Journal of Medicine, December 22, 2005, page 2673)
Evidence supporting professionalism as a critical measure of competence in
medical education is limited. In this case–control study, we investigated
the association of disciplinary action against practicing physicians with
prior unprofessional behavior in medical school.
pilots can teach hospitals about patient safety (NY Times)
Wearing scrubs and slouching in their chairs, the emergency room staff members,
assembled for a patient-safety seminar, largely ignored the hospital’s
chief executive while she made her opening remarks. They talked on their cellphones
and got up to freshen their coffee or snag another Danish.
How to Read a Face
The emerging field of social neuroscience is based on the idea that human
brains are 'wired to connect.'
worry about kids buzzed on energy drinks (MSNBC)
More than 500 new energy drinks launched worldwide this year, and coffee fans
are probably too old to understand why.
specialists are ready to help -- inpatients, that is (Boston.com)
Hospital patients expecting to get a bedside visit from their primary care
doctor are increasingly likely to get a visit from someone like Dr. Faisal
Hamada , instead.
St. Georges University visit. Medical
School Celebrating 30th Anniversary January 07!
Dr. Lewis visited St. Georges University Medical School at the end of October
and met with 3 of her Alumni who are attending and in their first 2 years.
St. Georges continues developing new programs and facilities, including for
their veterinary medical school.
St. Georges has 4.8 applicants/medical school seat, entering about
350 students/term twice each year. Ave age is 25; 57% male; overall undergraduate
GPA is 3.4 and average MCATs are 24-26 total. Attrition rate is 9-12%. They
have MS and MPH dual programs with the MD and have added a new MBA-MD. The
hybrid curriculum includes lectures, labs, group PBL, and case-based instruction.
They take very seriously personal and academic student support, providing
programs and personal academic student tracking. They even have a popular
elective in complementary and alternative medicine. The goal is to develop
competent, caring physicians. The final Assessment is now a Professional Assessment
of attitudes and behavior based on the new AAMC Professionalism Assessment
Form (see this issue's Question of the Month).
L I N K S :
Eye-Q Reading Enhancement Program
Sound Health CDs: Music for Concentration, Music for Productivity,
Music to Relax, Music for Learning, and More.
"These CDs have been very helpful in helping me to concentrate
while studying and completing written reports." -an Advisee
Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine
Membership list: http://www.imconsortium.org/cahcim/members/home.html
Find this and other useful links on Lewisassoc.com's
d a t e s & r e m i n d e r s
Osteopathic Medicine Awareness Conference
Western University, Saturday, November 18
Download information about the conference and registration by clicking the
Change of Mailing Address
Until further notice, our Lewis Associates mailing address will
be our office address: 2727 Camino del Rio South, Suite 156, San Diego, CA
January 2007 MCAT
The next MCAT will be administered in January 2007, for which registration
begins November 15, 2006.
Beware of lack of seats for 2007 MCAT!
San Diego lists 2 Prometric sites for administering the MCAT. I
visited one yesterday. They have exactly 8. . . yes, that is 8 seats in the
entire site! Even if the second site has 10 or 20 seats, with an estimated
500-800 premedical students applying in our city in any given year, how will
they all take the MCAT?
I advise registering very early (midnight of the opening registration date)
and having a couple of backup plans for dates and places.
Beginning with the 2007 administrations, scores will be released on or about
30 days after each test date. Download the 2007 exam schedule: http://www.aamc.org/students/mcat/mcatdates.pdf
Medical School Policies Regarding January 2007 MCAT Scores
We have now posted to our AMCAS site a list of those Medical Schools that
have indicated their current position in regards to consideration of January
2007 MCAT scores for the 2007 entering class. While this list is not comprehensive,
it may be helpful to applicants interested in whether or not January 2007
MCAT scores will be considered by medical schools for the 2007 entering class.
This list appears at http://www.aamc.org/students/amcas/january2007mcat.htm
and includes the following data columns:
***State Code: two-letter state abbreviations
***Medical School Code: code assigned by AAMC to each medical school
***School Name: an abbreviated version of medical school names
***Jan 2007 MCAT Consideration: This column indicates whether or not each
listed school will consider January 2007 MCAT scores for applications to the
2007 entering class; options include Yes, No, Conditional, and Currently Undecided.
***Comments: Medical school comments designed to clarify the response in the
column labeled "Jan 2007 MCAT Consideration"
Although it is unofficial, a student surveyed the Osteopathic medical schools
and found that the following schools would consider January 2007 scores (caution:
it is risky to take the MCAT this late due to rolling admissions):
--Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
--Touro University of Osteopathic Medicine (both campuses)
--Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
--Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
--Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center
--Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
--Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
--University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic
--Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
(Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine indicated that January 2007
scores would be too late for them.)
AAMC recently re-released MCAT Practice Tests 8 & 9, which are shortened
and adjusted the timing and scoring to reflect the new test format. Practice
Test 10 is now available at e-mcat.com.
AAMC reduced the price of practice tests from $40 to $35.
Michelle Sparacino, Director of Test Administration & Operations
Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), Association of American Medical Colleges
According to an AAMC survey (Download
PDF), 97 schools offer at least a course in alternative/complementary
s u c c e s s s t o r i e s
by Dr. Cynthia Lewis
Paul Szefler . . . kinesthetic
From Dr. Lewis:
Paul Szefler was the President last year of the Collegiate Union of Health
Related Education (CUHRE) student leadership development organization that
I advise. He was a superb leader, which by my definition is someone who inspires
others to set and meet goals collaboratively. In CUHRE, Paul also "stepped
in" when other members didn't do their tasks, and he initiated new activities
like supporting a cancer rehab program. In addition, Paul was Coordinator
for Fundraising and Recruitment, a Mentor, and a Peer Advisor, not to mention
webmaster, interim Treasurer and editor of the newsletter. Truly, a "one
Paul leaves out that he was selected for the national Olympic Development
Soccer Team pool and played in Mexico and at regional competitions. He captained
both his high school varsity and club teams. Paul was offered soccer scholarships
at Boston University, Clemson, Loyola, Creighton, University of Colorado and
San Diego State University, where his brother attended. He liked SDSU's team
and knew the club soccer team also, so selected SDSU. Paul started on the
varsity team for his first 2 years of college, devoting 40 hr/wk to this activity.
His club team went to regional finals that summer. In his second year of college,
he dislocated his shoulder, had PT rehab, and stopped playing soccer.
He had 3 research experiences in the last 2 years as an undergraduate: organic
chemistry where he learned lab skills, fetal alcohol syndrome studies in the
psychology department where he saw science applied to a clinical goal, and
he received a paid fellowship a year ago to work in phospho-lipid metabolism
biochemistry. This year, he works fulltime with patients and clinicians in
pediatric asthma clinical trials research, supporting CT scan analysis for
asthma symptom diagnosis, shadowing physicians, and interacting with lots
Here are Paul's words:
"I grew up in Denver Colorado and enjoyed playing soccer, spending time
with friends and following my big brother everywhere he went. I was very athletic
and playing soccer came easily for me. I started school a year earlier than
most of my classmates. I struggled in those early years and my parents thought
they may have made a mistake allowing me to start school early.
The struggles I encountered early in school made me develop new skills, and
today, I look at that period as defining who I am. I learned that if I wanted
to keep pace with my peers, I would have to work much harder. I spent countless
hours after school working with teachers and tutors to keep up in elementary
school. At night and on the weekends, my mother took me to the public library
to read and practice my math problems. Within a couple of years, I began to
excel in the classroom, and by high school I was at the top of my class. Many
friends tell me that something must have just clicked, and learning must be
easy for me now--not the case. Still today, I spend hours studying in the
library and reading beyond what I see my peers doing. To give you some perspective,
while taking my upper division biology courses I spent one week before each
exam preparing. On weeks that I didn’t have exams I would spend close
to 30 hr/wk reviewing material and seeking help when needed. If I didn’t
understand the material, I was the first person to be waiting at the professor’s
door for office hours and usually the last to leave.
Although my father is a physician, and has been my greatest role model, applying
to medical school was a daunting goal for me. Because my hard work ethic and
perseverance had paid off with earning good grades in college, I knew it was
possible. During my tenure at San Diego State University I earned mostly A’s,
not because the subject matter was easy, but because I studied until I felt
comfortable with it. I spent about 5 months preparing for my MCAT and probably
spent close to 800 hours studying. Some people called me crazy, but I knew
that if I wanted to reach my goal I would have to put in that much time due
to my personal learning style, which is kinesthetic. I learn by observing
and interacting with others. Because of this active learning style, I had
to adjust for the way in which I prepared for this exam. I used a lot of online
material and interactive 3-D models to understand important scientific and
I am happy to say that I survived and am accepted to my first choice medical
school, The University of Colorado! I will be attending as part of the entering
class of 2007, where I hope to develop a strong understanding of clinical
medicine and prepare to practice 21st century pediatrics, sub-specializing
in pulmonology. I have learned through experiences that no setback should
be looked at as a roadblock, but as a challenge that can be overcome with
hard work and perseverance.
Applying to medical school is a long difficult process, and I could have never
done it without the support of Dr. Lewis and CUHRE. She was always there for
me and made herself available to answer all my questions and offer guidance
when needed. I was lucky to be involved in such a great organization while
having the opportunity to take advantage of Dr. Lewis’ advising and
experience. I would encourage others who are interested in medicine or other
health professions to become leaders in organizations like CUHRE and seek
advice from qualified individuals such as Dr. Lewis."
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
FOCUS ON PROFESSIONALISM
The new AAMC Professionalism Assessment
Form has Deans of Medical Schools evaluating the following:
Truthfulness, adherence to ethical principles, punctuality, compliance, accountability,
feedback, appearance, interactions, teamwork, concern for others, compassion,
goal-setting, motivation, relationship, confidentiality.
My application essay was plagiarized. What do I do?
This question was posted on an Advisor
"A student who submitted her AMCAS application months ago discovered
that her roommate, who submitted hers last week, cut and pasted the last paragraph
of this student's personal statement and claimed it as her own. Although the
roommate changed a few words, it was obvious that the paragraph has been filched.
When the student confronted her roommate, she confessed. Now, the innocent
student is conflicted about what is the right course.
Should she notify AMCAS? Should she take the student to the university Honor
Court? Should she insist that her roommate retract her application? And if
she does the latter, which would solve the immediate problem, should she do
either of the others? What is the most ethical path for her? If the student
is taken to Honor Court, the conviction will be in her record for 10 years,
so she could probably not apply to medical school for 10 years. Is that sufficient?"
Here are answers by several Advisors:
1." Plagiarism is plagiarism is plagiarism. What would you do if you
found that the results of your research had been "filched" by one
of your colleagues and published in a professional journal as the original
work of your colleague? I don't see why there is even a question of taking
this to the Honor Court and if found guilty, of notifying AMCAS and/or the
schools to which the student applied. Of course, your school's legal counsel
would have to be consulted on the latter action."
2. "Having just participated on a panel on professionalism at the AAMC,
I know this is precisely the sort of behavior medical schools do NOT want
to see because they know from research it leads to further and continued similar
behavior. The offender should be brought to Honor Court. Adults with whom
the accusing student is close should provide lots of support and encouragement
for taking this action and helping her with the consequences (possible alienation
from peers who see her as a snitch or, worse, as ruining someone's chance
of being a doctor.)"
3. Endowed Chair in Ethics: "If there is
an Honor Court, then there is an honor code and I assume that the student
is honor bound to report the plagiarism to the Honor Court. If so, she should
do that. The Honor Court could require the offender to withdraw the application.
In addition, the student should report the offender to AMCAS, if for no other
reason so that AMCAS doesn't think she is at fault. More to an ethical point,
however, she is aware of cheating and should report the cheating to the relevant
'authorities,' which in this case includes AMCAS. If the student wants to
uphold the integrity of the application process, then she should report breaches
of that integrity. If the offender withdraws the application, however, there
is no need to report the offense to AMCAS because the withdrawal of the application
will preserve the integrity of the process. That the offender may suffer severe
consequences should not be part of the decision process; leave it to 'the
system' to ensure adequate consequences. Unless we assume that the system
(Honor Court, AMCAS) is 'broken,' the student should not let the potential
consequences keep her from properly reporting and/or preserving the integrity
of the system."
4. From AMCAS: "The AAMC has established policies regarding irregularities
that occur within the admissions process, and we believe that medical schools
can only benefit from an AAMC Investigations process that collects information,
ensures due process for the applicant who has potentially violated admissions
processes, and (if a case is confirmed) provides a report to the applicant's
designated medical schools. Note that with the issuance of a report, the AAMC
makes no judgment as to the culpability of any person with respect to matters
reported and does not assess the suitability of an individual to study or
practice medicine. Rather, the AAMC strives to communicate complete and accurate
information to legitimately interested parties. Evaluation of this information
is the responsibility of the recipient of the report. Either applicant or
advisor could report this irregularity to the AAMC."
We will feature an important question each
month. Please submit one that interests you for Dr. Lewis to answer. Send
your questions to email@example.com
with Newsletter Question in the subject line.
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