Lewis Associates e-Newsletter
Volume 6 Issue 5
Published by Lewis Associates. Dr. Cynthia Lewis, Phd., Editor
with your comments. Enjoy!
breaking news - Lewis Associates central coast office
Welcome to Success Stories
News: Lewis Associates office on central California coast;
Go live dates for AMCAS, AACOMAS, AADSAS, VMCAS, PharmCAS, and CASPA
Links: Rosalind Franklin Biomedical Sciences MS Program;
St. Georges University Global Scholars Program; American Pharmacy schools;
Updates, Photos, and More: Gala CUHRE dinner celebration
in San Diego with alumni; The Next Generation: Olga Rosito, MA, Glenn
Valenzuela, MD, and Nick Cahanding, DO
Story of the Month: Stephen Williams, MD, Urology Resident
at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston
of the Month: Professionalism: Accountability
Welcome to Lewis Associates!
We are now settled into our temporary office while our permanent
office is being built on the Central Coast of California.
Beautiful weather and deer visiting our site--we saw tracks this morning-all
this is evidence of a good move. We will keep you posted with monthly
photos of our progress.
NEW contact information
1885 Laguna del Campo, Templeton, CA 93465
805 226-9227 fax
Submit a fun acronym for our new phone number! The winner
gets one an hour of free advising!
Dr. Lewis, Lewis Associates, to absorb Long Distance Charges
All appointments/phone conferences will be made from our office to you.
Lauren, our new Administrative Assistant, will call you at your appointment
time, and transfer you to Dr. Lewis.
Faxing documents to Dr. Lewis, Lewis Associates 805-226-9227
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pricing begins at $14.40. Please remember to give this information to
your Letter Of Recommendation writers!
Where are you in your journey to a health profession?
In high school? (Yes, we advise high school applicants,
particularly, those interested in BA-MD programs.)
Just starting college? This is a scary time.
Moving into your difficult upper division sciences as a junior?
Re-entering as an "older" non-traditional
We help prepare those of you submitting applications for medical
and dental residency programs too! Whatever niche you fit,
we advise students just like you.
Many whom I advise are really not yet ready, and need to develop
some aspect of their background to become competitive. It is best to
apply when you are ready, be competitive, and do it ONLY ONCE!
Let's work together to make that one time application successful…earlier
is better so we can develop your strategy and address all those difficult
problems…months or even years prior to application.
Why not set yourself up for success, rather than toy with the proposition
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 an Ex-Prosecuting Attorney, now medical student
Background: John was an Assistant State’s Attorney
(prosecutor) in Chicago, Illinois, when he contacted me in
2004. Now in medical school, he says: "I am really enjoying med
school, and I am thankful to Dr. Lewis for her help. Her methodical,
disciplined approach to the med school application process, as well
as her insight into the transition to med school were right on target."
John Fiszer, University Of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
The Lewis Associates Office broke ground in mid-April and is making
great progress. As of this morning, rough plumbing is being installed
and foundation forms are being built; the foundation looks like it will
be poured starting next week! The photo to the right was taken the morning
of May 3rd.
FREE teleconferencing and videoconferencing
You need to register for free AOL Instant Messaging, and will get free
audio and/or video contact with us!
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 lookout!!
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 2008, 2009, or
2010 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.
If you use advising with Dr. Lewis, you will find that we begin
preparation early in the year BEFORE submission of your application!
EARLY is always better, removes much pressure, and allows time
to solve unforeseen problems.
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
Read about your Personal Assessment on our website,
then phone or email us to
get started! We spend on average 7 hours developing an effective strategy
of taking you from where you are to where you want to be.
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 one specific
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.
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 almost 800 alumni
now practicing in medicine during the last 22 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 email email@example.com
or call 805-226-9669 and ask to set up your first appointment.
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N E W S
AMCAS 2008 change
A new question on the application is: "Have you taken,
or do you plan to take the MCAT in calendar year 2007 from May to September?"
If the applicant answers "yes" he/she will be brought to the
next screen where they will identify the date in which they plan to
take the test from a pull down menu with the dates pre-populated. It
is very important to note that the applicant can and should change their
answer at ANY time throughout the application year including
applications that have already been processed. Typically, medical
schools will use this information to decipher when they should start
reviewing the application with the MCAT scores. You can also find a
screen shot of the question as used in the AMCAS application in the
AMCAS 2008 PowerPoint Presentation located in the toolbox of the advisors
MSAR now available
The new Medical
School Admission Requirements (MSAR) 2008-2009 is now available.
"This must-have book -- often called the 'bible of medical school
guides' -- is the #1 source for medical school applicants. The 2008-2009
edition features more information than ever before and is designed to
improve functionality and access to the information you need when applying
to medical school." -AAMC
Applicants can start entering data about May 3 and should be about to
submit the 2008 AMCAS around June 5. The 2008 Application information
is now available via aamc.org/amcas.
AMCAS receives both anonymous and named reports of application discrepancies.
For example, they receive anonymous reports from applicants regarding
their peers' applications.
AACOMAS Fee Waiver
AACOMAS plans to go "live" with their new 2008 on-line application
on Monday, June 4, 2007. AACOMAS offers a Fee Waiver program to applicants
which allow you to apply to 3 Osteopathic Medical schools free. There
are a limited number of waivers available each cycle. You need to apply
early and must receive a response from AACOMAS prior to submitting an
In order to apply for waiver:
1) Send a letter to AACOMAS indicating intent to apply for the waiver
and cite specific reasons which support your application
2) Send a copy of your FAFSA for the current school year (signed and
3) If your FAFSA is not available for the current year, you may send
a copy of your most recent tax return (and tax returns of anyone that
can claim you as a dependent) along with a letter of intent to apply
for the Fee Waiver.
March 23rd groundbreaking of Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic
The new COM, located in a Denver suburb, is scheduled to admit its first
class in fall 2008, subject to accreditation approval by the Commission
on Osteopathic College Accreditation. Rocky Vista, Colorado's second
medical school and its first Osteopathic medical college, will help
ease the state's physician shortage, particularly in rural counties.
The college "will focus on educating primary-care providers for
rural, underrepresented, at-risk and underserved populations,"
said Ronnie B. Martin, DO, chief academic officer and dean of the new
2008 UPDATED VMCAS and SCHOOL information is now available at aavmc.org.
* The 2008 Application will launch Tuesday, June 5th.
* The application deadline, this year, is Monday, October 1st, 2007,
at midnight ET
*Admissions information on college prerequisites, college descriptor
pages, and web application tips can be found by navigating through the
Applying to Veterinary School link
College requirements vary among the colleges. VMCAS encourages applicants
to check the school's website for specific admission requirements and
procedures. Applicants should confirm with the college(s) when their
updated information will be available.
NOTE: RECENT TREND is no longer requiring embryology/developmental biology
and adding microbiology for upper division requirements.
Student Hotline availble Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00
PM ET 877-862-2740 firstname.lastname@example.org.
MCAT Verbal Reasoning Prep
Read something from the section of the newspaper or a non-science technical
journal you believe is the most "boring" - as prep for verbal
reasoning - learning to understand what you read when you are reading
something about which you "know nothing".
2007 Match: record number of US seniors apply to
Medical Residency programs
In March, more than 15,000 U.S. medical school seniors participated
in "Match Day" ceremonies nationwide to learn where they will
spend their years of residency training following graduation. The record
number of seniors applying for residencies through the National Resident
Matching Program (NRMP) this year, nearly 200 more than in 2006, reflects
recent increases in medical school enrollment. Results from the 2007
Match also showed a significant increase (9%) in the number of participants
who are graduates of non-US medical schools. This year, 27,944 applicants
vied for one of the 21,845 first-year residency positions available;
15,206 of these applicants were U.S. medical school seniors, 93 percent
of whom matched to a residency program.
Go Live Dates
May 3rd. Earliest date to submit is on or about June 5th • 1-202-828-0950
4th • 1-301-968-4100
May 15th • 1-800-353-2237
VMCAS June 5th •
1st • 1-617-612-2050
16th • 1-617-612-2080
L I N K S :
Rosalind Franklin Biomedical Sciences MS Program
Students learn side-by-side with students in allopathic, podiatric and
other health professions programs.
SGU Global Scholars Program
St. Georges University has a new Global Scholars Program where medical
students spend their first year at Northumbria University in Newcastle,
UK under the direction of SGU course directors, then continue at the
SGU campus in Grenada followed by clinical studies at one of the many
affiliated hospital and clinical centers in the US or the UK, providing
flexibility and breadth of knowledge to be the more experienced, and
most able modern medical practitioner.
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy schools listings
Pharmacy School Admissions
ADEA newsletter with Class 2008 AADSAS newest information!
International Service Learning in Belize
ISL is offering a Public Health Program in Belize June 16-29 and August
11-25--Both programs are 2 weeks - cost is $1585, airfare not included.
financial aid available.
ISL is sending out 70 teams to 8 countries this summer and has openings
for students to participate on only about a dozen that aren't staffed.
ISL will serve approximately 35,000 of the underserved. ISL sends medical/dent/opt/public
health/PT/vet/pharmaceutical teams to Latin America, Central America,
and Africa. Students receive supervised hands-on experience, health-related
seminars, and financial sponsorship. Listings of university, professional,
and student references available upon request. Over a 12 year period,
over 300 teams have provided health care for 15,000 underserved annually.
Osteopathic Medical School Admissions Data
by Tom Levitan, AACOM Vice President for Research & Application
AMCAS 2008 recent PowerPoint presentation
Healthcare issue awareness
1. New York Times Online
Read the sections on Health, Science, Technology and scan business.
2. Hastings Report and the University of Washington School of Medicine's
site on Ethics in Medicine
3. Link to Dr. McGee's Health Politics website
Find these and other useful links on Lewisassoc.com's
a l u m n i u p d a t e s
Dinner Celebration Alumni Speakers: Drs. Patrick Linson, Christie
Martinez and Norma Ramirez, Mr. Dino Guillermo
Photo1, Left to right: Patrick Linson, MD, MPH Radiation
Oncologist trained at Harvard Medical School and first Native
American Radiation Oncologist in the US; Lorena del Valle, Class
07 applicant, Josh Boys Class 07 MSU allopathic, Kevin Hardiman
Class 2007 Kansas City University of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr.
Lewis, Mr. Dino Guillermo, MS Oriental Medicine and Herbalogy,
Christie Martinez, DDS general dentist (Dr. Lewis' dentist!).
Photo 2: Norma Ramirez, DDS general dentist in San Diego.
Rosito, Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology--get the school
"We are all doing well. I am sending you a few pictures
of Sophia; she just turned two and will be starting daycare next
week. I am finishing the spring quarter and will be starting an
internship at the Palo Alto VA Hospice in July. That runs for
a year. I only have a few classes next year (2 or 3) so most of
my classroom training is now over. I've been working at the student
clinic this year, seeing some very interesting cases. I had a
great application process for this internship: I applied to 7
places and interviewed at 6 and got 6 offers! I hope my luck continues
for the post-doc training, which is terribly competitive in this
area. I will also start working in the depression lab at Stanford
in the summer; trying to get a dissertation out of that work."
Cahanding, MSY4, Midwestern University Osteopathic Medical School
"…I just returned to Chicago from my 2-month stay in
California outside of Sacramento. Mariefe, Tavis and Sophia are
doing well. Sophia was born on March 27 in Berkeley. Gotta run."
s u c c e s s
s t o r i e s
by Dr. Cynthia Lewis
Stephen B. Williams, M.D.--A
Dream Come True in Harvard Medical Residency Intern, Department of Surgery,
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston
In 2000, I wrote a supportive letter for Stephen's
application for the SDSU Quest for the Best (excerpts below). He was
not selected, but he should have been….and now we know where his
potential is taking him!
It is the mark of the best students, that they are able to
overcome disadvantages. In Stephen’s case, his parents divorced
when he was very young and he is the youngest of 4 from his father’s
marriage to his mother with 4 more siblings from a previous marriage
of his father. He grew up with his mother; his father is a retired urologist.
He excelled at SDSU, earning very strong grades his last 2.5 years.
Student Service and Activities
Steve had 13 major activities in 7 Student, Departmental and University-based
units, it is clear that he seeks opportunities for service and personal
growth and uses them to the fullest. I am most aware of Stephen’s
impact on CUHRE (student organization Dr. Lewis advised). He joined
a year ago, and in that short time, has become an Enrichment Instructor
for organic chemistry II, one of the most difficult courses premedical
students take. He learned to do this very well, and I selected him to
be the Enrichment Instruction Coordinator Spring, 2000. He was the most
organized Coordinator we have had. His responsibilities included organization
of our training session, the training manuals, communication with every
instructor so that scheduling, attendance, and quality control was addressed
in a timely fashion. For example, some programs begin academic support
in week 5, and never track academic progress until the middle or end
of the semester, when it may be too late to change the outcome of a
grade. Steve was our quality control. He scheduled and ran
our biweekly EI meetings, getting to the heart of any problems and solving
them. Steve took a leadership position wherever he went. He was selected
to be VP of CUHRE.
Steve is drawn to "people-based" community service.
He says, "My experiences with the community extend from feeding
the homeless through St. Vincent de Paul to delivering food to AIDS-infected
people with Mama’s Kitchen. No matter what community activity,
I have found one clear answer and gift, which is looking into someone’s
eyes and heart who is in need without knowing the individual. This establishes
a relationship that one human can have with another--helping and receiving
spiritual satisfaction." Steve’s selected activities put
him in difficult personal situations, which include working in the poorest
areas of Tijuana (Flying Samaritans), with the homeless (St. Vincent
de Paul), and for those afflicted with AIDS.
Leadership Qualities and Development
Steve's leadership development began early. He says, "Throughout
my life I have been actively involved in sports. However, football was
the predominant sport in my life. In high school, I played varsity and
in my senior year, I started at linebacker and defensive end. Football
contributed to my leadership skills and working as a team member."
I saw Steve’s leadership emerge in "making things happen"
in CUHRE. Although Steve was not the Class of 2001 Liaison, he took
on responsibility to schedule faculty evaluations for these students--a
crucial part of the process of Medical School application. And, he had
a vision for CUHRE; all strong leaders have vision. The best student
leaders I have worked with (and I now have had 30 accepted to Harvard
Medical and Dental Schools), have seen needs, stepped up, and met those
needs in an organization. Steve brought the additional dimension of
having a great sense of humor.
Most Outstanding Characteristics
Steve's honesty and integrity stand out. Instead of doing a
specific activity or working with an individual because it is the "Politically
Correct" choice, and may more easily lead to his personal success,
Steve realized that quality is valuable and one's integrity can be measured
by the difficult choices one makes. Steve made choices that reflect
integrity. As a doctor, I expect Steve to continue to make decisions--now
affecting the life and death of his patients--exactly the same way,
using his internal compass.
What makes the applicant most eligible for this award?
"Quest for the Best" was established to set apart
a select few students at SDSU who make a difference for their peers.
Steve is such an individual. He overcame a difficult time in his personal
life, rose to the occasion, and saw a vision for the future. He does
not believe in political expediency--and follows higher values. These
are the marks of a winner.
My personal advising time with Steve was always uplifting and
positive. He thought about others and how to improve a system. He has
a positive, cheerful attitude. He managed a heavy workload, including
up to 17 units, was in organizational leadership, did research, and
made a difference. What more can you ask?
March 28, 2007
"I'm finishing my internship at the Brigham and getting
married in September, 2007. I am also writing a book about surgical
internship, so you may find it at a bookstore in the upcoming years.
Take care. Steve"
From Dr. Williams today
"I did not know if I would be competitive enough to pursue medicine,
but with the help, mentorship, and guidance of my peers in CUHRE, I
learned that I was not alone. Most importantly, there was a support
system to fall back on. As a CUHRE enrichment instructor, and vice-president,
I built on my teaching skills and gained confidence, which are invaluable
in medicine and surgery."
Stephen attended George Washington University Medical School, in a great
city (Washington, DC), with a supportive learning environment and excellent
clinical research opportunities. "I am currently at the Harvard
Program in Urology at Brigham and Women's Hospital--a dream
Email to Dr. Lewis if you wish to
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q u e s t i o n o f
t h e m o n t h
by Dr. Cynthia Lewis, PhD
We are back to our series on "Focus on Professionalism" from
the Association of American Medical Colleges. 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.
This month we focus on:
is defined as "avoids responsibility and work, assume too much
responsibility, displays inability or unwillingness to delegate."
• Appropriate is defined as "assumes responsibility
and asks for help when necessary."
If we take the application process as an example, how could one be "accountable"?
There are many occasions to become accountable during the application
year…or not. Let's just use gathering letters of recommendation/evaluation
Let's say you have 2 science faculty, 1 non-science faculty, a clinical
preceptor, a job supervisor, and someone from a service commitment whom
you need to request letters from. Human nature usually drives applicants
to tackle the "easy" people first--those we feel most comfortable
with. If one of the science faculty and your boss at work are the people
you feel least comfortable asking for letters, it is likely you will
procrastinate with this task. In fact, you will make up all kinds of
great excuses why you can't get those letters even though these people
have responded to your first question: "Would you feel comfortable
writing a strong letter of support for my application to medical school?"
with a resounding "Yes".
You will see that time drags on…and some of your letters are coming
into Dr. Lewis' office to put into your confidential letter file. If
Dr. Lewis did not continually remind you of these letters…would
you have tried to forget about them? Maybe…or maybe, you would
be scrambling to get them in August, September, October, November or
even later! Then, it may be too late for use in your secondaries…or
won't make the same impact of having a cohesive and complete letter
file that reflects all of what you have accomplished over many years
in preparation for application.
Wow…could getting help from a Mentor/coach like Dr. Lewis improve
your accountability? YES! It is a skill to be accountable; usually lack
of it is due to fear or lack of organizational skills.
We will feature an important question
each month. Please submit one that interests you for Dr. Lewis to answer.
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with Newsletter Question in the subject line.
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