Volume 7 Issue 5
Published by Lewis Associates. Dr. Cynthia Lewis, PhD., Editor
with your comments. Enjoy!
Welcome to Success Stories Newsletter!
Current Students' Progress
How to Communicate With Us
Changes in Services
Your journey to a health profession
Are You Ready for the Class of 2009?
Application services opening dates!
ADHD, Bedside Manner, Women in Medicine, UAG Medical Spanish Course,
International Osteopathic medical guidelines, International
Physician Assistant map
Dr. Rafael Allende, MD, Harvard Medical
School entering Class of 1991
Dr. Glenn Valenzuela, MD,
Stanford University Medical School entering Class 1999
Dr. Christie Martinez, DDS, UCSF Dental School entering Class of 1995
Dr. Pamela Pettigrew-Duffield, MD, George Washington University entering
Class of 1999
Story of the Month
Timothy Thomas, entering Class 2008 Texas College of Osteopathic
Medicine - Rural Medicine
of the Month
Criminal Background checks revisited…Be
Aware! And, Come Clean
Welcome to Lewis Associates!
May is when most of the centralized application services open! The
start of another--the Class of 2009--application year!!
Are you ready?
Advisees applying for the entering Class of 2008 are making fantastic
progress. 96% of Lewis Associates 2008 Applicants are accepted
into medical, dental, veterinary pharmacy and naturopathic medical
schools, several into their top choice! Congratulations!
If you are interested in personalized advising from “The
Best in the Business,” (quote by Dr. Patrick Linson,
Harvard Medical School Alum who is the only Native American Radiation
Oncologist on the planet!), call Lewis Associates today to schedule
YOUR personal assessment. Dr. Lewis invests in you, so you may live
up to your potential to be the best applicant you can be!
Dr. Lewis' note: Dr. Linson has just installed the newest, most
advanced Radiation Surgery machine in the world in his Vista, California,
medical office…even a step up from the ones at Stanford and
Harvard! Congratulations to Dr. Linson. Click here to see the news
to Communicate With Us
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Changes in Services
September 1, 2008, Year-Long Packages will be discontinued for new
Advisees. If you are considering long-term advising, this
is the year to lock in your Advising Agreement with us.
- After September 1, 2008, Applicants will still be
able to select from our highly effective Assessment, Essay, Hourly,
and Interview Packages.
- Current Advisees will continue working with Dr. Lewis
Where are you in
your journey to a health profession?
In high school? (yes, we advise high school students,
particularly, those interested in BA-MD programs)
Just starting college? This is a scary time. Everything
is new…how do I meet all those new expectations?
Moving into your difficult upper division sciences as a junior?
Possibly, the "dreaded organic chemistry"…
Re-entering as an "older" non-traditional student?
Re-establishing academic discipline…
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.
you REALLY ready to apply for the Class of 2009?
How do you know?
Use our Personal Assessment--and you will be given
your personal strategy and path to your future!
Many whom we advise may not yet be ready and need to develop some aspect
of their background to become competitive. 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 years prior to application.
Why not set yourself up for success, rather than toy with the proposition
Margaret Jolley, Accepted to UC San Diego School of
Medicine Class of 2008
"I never would’ve made it without my weekly conference
with the calm, experienced Dr. Lewis. She kept me sane. I am so grateful
for her guidance, for her editing help, and for the confidence she instilled
in me. She is a genuinely caring committed Mentor who takes pride in helping
our dreams happen. I have urged every fellow student I know to call her.
Let her help you, too!"
Scholarship Awardee, University of Wisconsin Medical School Class 2004
Dr. Lewis, I would like to thank you for all of your help. I
have decided to attend the University of Wisconsin and have
withdrawn my applications to other schools. I will
be taking anatomy in the summer to lessen my course-load the
first semester. Without
your guidance, I would not have been accepted
into medical school this year. I am extremely happy to have been accepted
to one of the top medical schools in the country, and to have received
of $130,000. For any student who questions the value of your services,
I can say that you have saved me $130,000 in tuition!
John Fiszer, University Of Illinois at Chicago College
of Medicine Class of 2005
Dr. Lewis' note: John was an Assistant State's Prosecuting Attorney in Chicago,
Illinois, when he contacted me in 2004. Now in his 4th year of 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
Thanks from Lily Marouf, Sackler University
Medical school (Tel Aviv) Class of 2007
"Dear Dr. Lewis, Thank you for all of your help the past year. It
was one of the most challenging years of my life, and I could not have been successful
without you. I appreciate all of your support and patience, and look forward
to sharing many memories with you when I come back to the States."
CLASS OF 2007...97% acceptance to medical, dental and MS/MPH programs,
one Class of 2007 applicant accepted into 2008 Class and all applicants
accepted into medical and dental Residency programs of their choice.
CLASS OF 2008...96% acceptance into health professions school and 1
into a pre-matriculation/post-baccalaureate program.
In order to be a competitive Class of 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 Dr. Lewis' advising, 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 and challenges.
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 you and implement strategies to change
Read about Dr. Lewis doing your Personal Assessment on
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
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. Or you may wish to use 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 the last 23
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.
Call 805-226-9669 to set up your first appointment.
May 1, 2008
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SOPHAS - April
Early June, 2008
Dr. Lewis attended the Disease Detectives public
health national meeting in April. Here are some important
tips for you (and see this month's links section):
Julie Gerberding MD, MPH, Director of CDC, has taped a Podcast endorsing and
encouraging undergraduate public health education: http://www2a.cdc.gov/podcasts/
The April issue of AAMC's Journal Academic Medicine is devoted to Population
Health including the attached article available free as a featured article
on their web site: entitled Evidence-Based Public Health Education as
Preparation for Medical School.-- http://www.academicmedicine.org/pt/re/acmed/currenttoc.htm
US faces a future public health workforce crisis and the current
workforce is inadequate
The AAPA (American Academy of PA) website has good information on its
international site, with links on the left side. You can also download
a poster which is called The Global Applicability of Physician Assistants.
International Osteopathic Medical practice guidelines
Click for PDF (253 KB)
New VMCAS 2009
The 2009 VMCAS application with a new system will launch early June 2008
for you pre-veterinary applicants. Student hotline: 1-877-862-2740.
New Guidelines Urge Heart Test Before Kids Take ADHD Drugs
At Bedside, Stay Stoic or Display Emotions?
Changing the face of Medicine
UAG - Medical Spanish Courses
This program is for students interested in:
• Learning a Language
•Practicing their Language Skills with Spanish-Speaking Patients
• Enjoying a vibrant new culture
Register Now! Contact 1-800531-5494 or visit http://www.uag.mx/medicine/medical_spanish.htm
The Infinite Variety of Humans
What propels most students into medicine is the desire to relieve human
suffering with knowledge, judgment, and skill. Noble aspirations quickly
sour, however, when insurance companies deny care over the phone or when
faceless bureaucrats penalize doctors' discretionary decisions on what's
best for their patient based on some standardized guidelines. (read
Blacks underrepresented among physicians. Latinos,
African-Americans and some Asian groups are greatly underrepresented
among doctors in the county and statewide, according to a new report
that said physician diversity improves access and quality of health
care for minorities. (read
Find these and other useful links on Lewisassoc.com's
Please note that many of Dr. Lewis' alumni have been tracked down recently
and we mention a few here. Some Harvard graduates will be highlighted
in the next several newsletters.
Dr. Glenn Valenzuela
Dr. Rafael Allende
Harvard Medical School entering Class
Dr. Allende was in Dr. Lewis' pilot Mentoring program as a Mentor
for undergraduates when he was a premedical student. After
Harvard Medical School, Dr. Allende joined the US Army Reserves
and served as one of 2 neurosurgeons in all of Iraq, and as the
only neurosurgeon in Germany for several months. He did
his Neurosurgical Residency at the University of Rochester where
has been an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and trained Residents. He
is moving to Florida this year to be closer to family, and to
practice in a community-based hospital.
Dr. Glenn Valenzuela
Dr. Glenn Valenzuela
Stanford University Medical
School entering Class 1999
(See Success Stories at 1/06, 2/06, 4/06)
Dr. Valenzuela says, " From the academic standpoint,
I finish my residency in 2 months time only to continue with
a pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship that will last 1 year. The
debate remains as to whether I will stay in academics vs. private
practice, and whether I will work purely with children or a
mix of both kids and adults. What we (wife and 2 children)
are certain of is that we're looking to stay in the Bay Area
for a long while, so my job hunt begins in earnest ~October.
I'll be staying here (Lucile Packard Children's Hospital) for
the Fellowship. In the end, the schools around here for the
kids made the biggest difference."
Dr. Christie Martinez
Dr. Christie Martinez, DDS,
UCSF Dental School
entering Class of 1995
(see Success Story December 2005)
3 businesses and 3 babies
Dr. Martinez is the successful dentist and co-owner of 2 dental
practice offices and a doggy day care center in San Diego,
and until recently was Dr. Lewis' personal dentist (before
Dr. Lewis relocated to the central coast of California). Dr.
Martinez' life got just a bit more complex with the birth of
triplets at the beginning of this year. So,
yes, it can be done -- motherhood and successful health professional.
Dr. Pamela Pettigrew-Duffield, MD
George Washington University
entering Class of 1999
Dr. Pettigrew and her husband Todd proudly announce the addition
of baby Emily Diane on April 9th. All are doing well.
Watch for Success Stories coming for some of these alumni!
Timothy Thomas, Class 2008 Texas College of Osteopathic
Becoming a Rural Doctor
I grew up in Bangs, a small rural town in central Texas. Sports
were a huge part of my life. After high school, I majored in
history, and played college football. Upon graduation from college,
I taught junior high and high school science and history at 2 small
rural schools for two years before coming to Brownwood. I joined
their elite sports program as a junior high coach with my eye on a
high school position, working 90-hr weeks. I was later promoted
to freshman head football coach and JV head basketball coach. Here,
I further developed my love for people. I worked with the athletic
trainer and his staff, observing many procedures from simple ankle
wraps to CPR on an unresponsive basketball player, who lived through
the procedure. I
simply assumed that everyone in my community had access to this top
notch medical care.
My realization that this was not true came when my mother was diagnosed
with breast cancer. Our local hospital did not have an oncologist
on staff, so she had to be transported to a larger hospital hundreds
of miles away for chemotherapy, and for her weekly checkups. I have
since encountered many cases of the lack of medical attention in our
rural area. I visit many home-bound and nursing home-bound friends
in my community. There are not enough doctors to handle all of
our elderly patients. Determined to help these elderly patients
receive good medical attention, I volunteer to take them on weekly
trips to larger towns nearby for their monthly check ups.
While shadowing local physicians in small towns, I also saw that there
is a big need for rural family doctors. More doctors are moving
into larger cities to counter the high mal-practice insurance costs,
and lower Medicare payments. Facilities in rural clinics also
lack standard equipment that new medical students are taught to use
like MRI, X-Ray and other machines. When I look back and try to pinpoint
the moment when I started to see things differently, many events come
to mind. I know it did not happen in one day. From the
time I helped tape one of my athletes to a cart (inadvertently!), to
the time I observed a surgeon laparoscopically remove a gallbladder;
I have been continually learning and discovering. Not all the
lessons have been pleasant. Sometimes, while visiting
my mother in the hospital for breast cancer, I realized that I needed
to do more than merely be in the hall when she was throwing up because
of chemotherapy, or to put ice in her dry mouth, and transport her
back and forth to appointments. I needed to do more.
This is where Dr. Lewis came into my life. I knew medical school
was going to be an uphill battle. I had been trained as a coach
to always have a plan, with the best personnel to accomplish the task. Dr.
Lewis came with the highest of recommendations. She let me know
what was needed to accomplish my dream. I took off of work for
two years to take all my pre-med courses. I had to move several
times just to be able to take the courses I needed. All along,
Dr. Lewis was there, encouraging me. I applied and was accepted
to a medical school in California. Dr. Lewis knew that I preferred
to attend school in Texas, so I reapplied for the graduating Class
of 2012. I retook the MCAT and improved, and polished my essays
and interview skills. I was recently accepted into TCOM - University
of North Texas Health Science Center, my first choice school, graduating
Class of 2012.
Email to Dr. Lewis if you wish to
communicate about medical schools or other issues or to contact those
profiled in Success Stories: firstname.lastname@example.org
question of the month
Dr. Cynthia Lewis, PhD
Criminal Background checks revisited…Be Aware! And, Come
In 2007, Criminal Background checks through AMCAS for 2008 applications
was launched. Students indicate whether or not they have any
criminal record at the time they submit the primary application.
This hypothetical case was recently posted on a national forum:
"Miss Susie MD Wannabe (22y/o)had no criminal record at the time her primary
application was submitted, and the criminal background check via AMCAS confirmed
it. Susie completed secondary applications to various schools.
Time elapsed since the primary application has been verified and Susie
has been a model citizen and continues not to have a criminal record.
Susie was invited to interview at many of the schools for which she
completed a secondary and, again, she is the model citizen since she
submitted her applications. Her application profile is competitive
academically, has demonstrated her commitment to service, and is a
well-balanced young woman. She has been accepted to 3 schools
and waitlisted at 4.
Susie is excited, and goes out to celebrate with her friends. After
a few Long Island Ice Teas, Susie is a little more aggressive and definitely
no longer inhibited. Susie gets into a fight at the Karaoke Bar. After
the brawl, 3 people were sent to the hospital, $2000 of damage was
assessed, and she was among several other people charged with aggravated
assault along with other charges (destruction of property, etc.). She
has her day in court, and the matter was settled with criminal misdemeanor,
5 days in jail, 200 hrs of community service.
She NOW has something that will pop up on any future criminal background
Question: Do medical schools request an updated
criminal background check after a student has been accepted/waitlisted?
If so, how does the school address this issue with the student? Will
the offer of acceptance be in jeopardy?
Is the applicant expected to "come clean" whether
the school performs an updated background check or not?
Answer from the AAMC: "While medical schools
processes for background checks vary from institution to institution,
the expectations for such an applicant, and specifically regarding
what would occur in the AAMC-facilitated criminal background check
If the hypothetical applicant has applied to AMCAS, she is required
to notify the schools to which she has applied. AMCAS instructions
'You must inform the Admissions Office of each medical school to which
you apply if you are convicted of, or plead guilty or no contest to,
a Misdemeanor crime after the date of your submission of this application
and prior to your medical school matriculation. Your communication
to each medical school must be in writing, and must occur within ten
(10) business days of the occurrence of the criminal charge or conviction.'
Failure to complete this requirement will prompt an investigation
by the AAMC.
Via the AAMC-facilitated criminal background check system, checks
occur at the point of conditional acceptance, or, for a smaller subset,
at the time the applicant is waitlisted. Medical schools cannot view
these reports until the time of conditional acceptance.
Even if a medical school does not conduct criminal background checks,
it is almost certain that the applicant, if she were to matriculate,
would have at least one check conducted on her while in school."
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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