Volume 7 Issue 6
Published by Lewis Associates. Dr. Cynthia Lewis, PhD., Editor
with your comments. Enjoy!
San Diego State University Collegiate Union
for Health Related Education, Classes 2008 and 2009-Celebration!
Some of the Classes of 2008 and 2009 gathered recently at Dr. Lewis'
home for a gala dinner celebration of the 100% success of all
its Class 2008 applicants! We look forward to the same
success for the Class 2009!
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 submission dates!
Critiquing the MCAT
Presidential candidates answer questions on health care reform
Can Walmart Fix Healthcare?
Class 2009 Osteopathic College Information Book
Dr. Adam Carewe
(and wife Beth), graduated from New York Medical College,
Dr. Robert Carpenter, D.O., Class 1996
Olga Rosito, MA Psychology, Pacific College of Psychology, 2004
Janelle Pieros, MSY 2, A. T. Still University, Mesa AZ
Story of the Month
Steven Ritter, D. O., Prison Medicine
of the Month
How do I categorize my engineering
classes on the AACOMAS and the AMCAS…and does it
make a difference?
Welcome to Lewis Associates!
June is when applicants can begin to submit online in most of the
centralized application services! And, off we go, to the start of another
-- the Class of 2009 -- application year!!
Are you ready?
96% of Lewis Associates 2008 Applicants were accepted into medical,
dental, veterinary pharmacy and naturopathic medical schools; several
into their top choices! 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 installed the newest, most advanced
Radiation Surgery machine in the world in his Vista, California, medical
office this year… a step up from the ones at Stanford and Harvard!
Congratulations Dr. Linson. Click
here for news video.
to Communicate With Us
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Changes in Services
- After September 1, 2009, new Year-Long Packages
will be not be available. If you are considering long-term
advising, this is the year to lock in your Advising Agreement with
- After September 1, 2009, 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!
Then, if you use our advising, we actually help you implement your
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. 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.Finishing 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 2008...96% acceptance
CLASS OF 2007...97% acceptance
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 your Personal Assessment on
then phone or email us
to get started! Dr. Lewis spends, 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. Or, you may
wish to use hourly advising to solve one 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.
If you are serious about making your dreams to become a physician,
dentist, physician assistant, veterinarian, optometrist, podiatrist,
naturopathic physician, or pharmacist a reality--Dr.
Lewis can help you. We have made the difference
for almost 800 alumni now practicing in medicine the last
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.
services can submit:
Critiquing the MCAT!
MCAT Test Prep--Exam Krackers
Faith Quenzer, former Director of a local EK office:
"EK has courses all over the country and are
particularly popular on the east coast. EK has an effective approach
in teaching the MCAT, focusing the material to what is most likely to
be covered on the MCAT. The books are not intimidating, and give students
opportunities to practice MCAT questions. There is rigorous teacher training,
and only the "best" teachers are chosen."
Presidential candidates answer questions on health care reform
A key objective of the AMA's "Voice for the Uninsured" campaign
has been to bring national attention to the issue of the uninsured. Each of
the 3 leading 2008 presidential candidates have made health care a top priority
in their respective campaigns.
In response to a set of 10 questions posed to the candidates about their
heath care reform proposals, the AMA received responses from the campaigns
of Sens. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., John McCain, R-Ariz., and Barack Obama,
D-Ill. Review these questions and answers
as they evaluate the proposals and platforms of presidential candidates.
more (PDF, KB) about each candidate's proposal on health care reform.
Teen blood donors have higher risk of donation-related complications
and 17-year olds who donate blood are significantly more likely to
experience donation-related complications such as fainting and bruising
than older blood donors, according to a study in
the May 21 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
Medical Education Online: Resident
physician attitudes about obesity treatment
A recent study (PDF,
668KB) of 101 internal medicine resident physicians at Temple University in
Philadelphia and Montefiore Medical Center in New York found that residents
recognize obesity is a serious medical condition, but they do not feel competent
in treating obesity, and have unrealistic weight-loss goals. Third-year residents
had more negative attitudes about obese patients compared to residents in their
first and second years of training. The study identified areas that could be
addressed in resident education about obesity management. Further study was
suggested to determine what factors contribute to the negative attitudes.
Let Wal-Mart fix US health care
The discount retailer already has made major inroads into accessible, affordable
care through lower drug prices, walk-in clinics and electronic record-keeping.
Why stop there? Read Full Article
Class 2009 Osteopathic College Information Book is
posted to the AACOM www site at
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.
Drs. Adam and Beth Carewe
Drs. Adam and Beth Carewe, graduating
from New York Medical College at Carnegie Hall, Class of
Recent graduation and marriage
Drs. Adam and Beth Carewe, graduating from New York Medical College at Carnegie
Drs. Adam and Beth Carewe wedding reception with Dr. Lewis near
Denver Colorado. What a beautiful wedding and reception
in the mountains near Denver! Dr. Lewis got to meet family and
friends, and had an absolutely wonderful time!
Cycling for AIDS
Dr. Robert Carpenter, D.O.
A.T. Still University at Kirksville,
MO, Class of 1996
To Dr. Lewis: "I am still working at the Naval Hospital. Just
started my infectious diseases fellowship. Hours have been demanding...anywhere
from 8-17 hours in the hospital. The AIDS Lifecycle is an annual event that is
held to raise money for people living with HIV/AIDS. Money raised goes
to the LA Gay & Lesbian Center and The San Francisco Center and is distributed
through their programs that directly benefit people living with
is the 7th annual event, and last year they raised over $11
rider is required to raise at least $2500 before he/she can
ride. It is
a 545 mile route from San Francisco to Los Angeles over 7 days...so
we ride about 80 miles per day. Each
night, we set-up camp in 2 man tents. The
ride organizers have arranged for hot dinners and hot showers
in large tractor-trailer shower units. Each day, there
is also a rest stop approx every 25 miles along the route where
they will have snacks, drinks, medical support, mechanical
support. There will be 2500 riders and 500-600 "roadies" -
the folks who make it all happen (rest stops, campsites, ensure
the route is safe, etc). I am doing the ride as someone
living with HIV to battle the stigma of HIV, showing that even
545 miles on a bicycle is not too much for someone living with
HIV to do! Also, I'm doing it to raise money and awareness
for the disease. There will be just over 200 people living
with HIV participating in the event this year."
In a general email: "Thank you to all
of those who have sponsored me! Your
donation will go to a wonderful cause! For those who have not
yet pledged, PLEASE consider sponsorship;
any amount is needed and appreciated! You can sponsor here:
Dr. Olga Rosito
Olga Rosito, MA
Pacific College of Psychology, Class 2006
Clinical Psychology at the VA
"I am just finishing my 3rd clinical year and guess where I will be next
year (another clinical year before internship) - spinal cord injury unit at PAVA!! I
can't tell you how meaningful it is for me to end up there just as I am finishing
my preprof training. I started there in the first year as an undergrad,
and now I will be back there, this time doing actual clinical work through the
outpatient clinic. Most of the same folks are still there, so I am truly
looking forward to this opportunity. I start on Aug 1.
Schoolwork is now complete; next year I will be working on
my dissertation and another research project in addition to
clinical practicum. Local internships are extremely
competitive (usually around 300 applications for 1 or 2 slots). Michael and I are keeping very busy. Sophia
just turned 3, she is talking, and is a very sweet and kind
girl. She is attending a Russian daycare so her Russian
is quite good, but she knows to speak to me in Russian and
then translate for her father in English.
Take care, Olga Rosito
MSY 2, A. T. Still
University, Mesa AZ (see Success
Malawi Mission Trip
May 11, 2008
"I love talking about my African experience, so if you have questions
or want more information on the organizations we partnered with in Malawi
such as Somebody Cares, Likuni Hospital, or Ministry of Hope's Crisis Nursery
don't hesitate to call or email. Thanks again for all who supported my trip. " Janelle
Watch for Success Stories coming for some of these alumni!
Steve Ritter, D. O. Western University
Class of 1994.
Southern Region Medical Director, California
Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) -- Prison
I completed my medical training at Western University of Health
Sciences, then Family Residency program at Downey Regional Medical
Center, in Downey, CA. I then took a position working for a physician
who was interested in expanding his business into Northern County,
Diego. I started working there, and quickly realized that we
different ideas about patients. He was concerned about the business,
me, the patient.
While in Residency, one of my patients happened to be a nurse working
at the California Institute for Men, in Chino. She suggested
that I apply
to the Department of Corrections for a P&S position. I did,
intent of working there.
As soon as I put in my notice (per contract, I needed to give a 3
notice), I received a letter to interview at RJ Donovan, a prison,
Diego. So I interviewed, was offered the position, and thought
would allow me some time to find a "real"job.
Six years later, and now the Southern Region Medical Director, I am
assisting with the revamping and development of a new heath care
delivery system for the California Department of Corrections and
Rehabilitation (CDCR). About 8 years ago, there was a class action
lawsuit filed against the State of California; the plaintiffs were
inmates. They argued and won that they were being denied access
The State was given 8 years to correct the problems, and they failed. So,
a Receiver was established, and health care was removed from the CDCR.
Since then, we have been developing and implementing a new health
delivery system, and using the basic concepts derived from the Institute
of Medicine (IOM).
In addition to this job, I have entered a Master's program: Leadership
in Healthcare Organizations, at UCSD.
If you would have asked me 6 years ago where would I be today, it
most certainly would not be what I am doing now.
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
How do I categorize my
engineering or classes that may have science content
on the AACOMAS and the AMCAS…and does
it make a difference?
From Dr. Lewis:
All medical schools look at applicants by separating GPA into many categories. The
most important are undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate science GPAs. To
determine whether or not a particular class is categorized as "science",
then, IS important.
First, math is NOT, I repeat, NOT, calculated into the science GPA.
Next, "other science" IS calculated into the science GPA. So,
any course that is primarily biology, chemistry, physics material AND
engineering will be included in the science GPA. If an engineering
class is ONLY math, it can be categorized as math
On the AACOMAS instructions, these courses are listed to be included
as "Other Science":
- Agricultural Science
- Medical Technology
- Physical Anthropology
- Physical Geography
- Physical Science
- Physician Assistant
All courses that have more than half (arbitrary measure) of the
curriculum in biology, chemistry, math or physics are used in
calculating the science GPA. YOU decide!
We will feature an important question
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