Premedical Office
Xavier University
1 Drexel Drive
Box 120C
New Orleans, LA 70125

Full-Time Staff
Quo Vadis Maria Webster, MA, LPC
Premedical Adviser
(504) - 520-7437
Part-Time Staff
JW Carmichael, Jr.
Director of Premed Program
Professor of Chemistry



For Premedical, Predental, etc. Students Already Enrolled at Xavier (Updated 5/28/14)

Special for New Freshmen (including members of the Biomedical Honor Corps)

An Overview of the Various Health Professions (Info Series)

Collecting/Sending Evaluation (Evaluation Series)

Detailed List of What XU Premed Students Should Do When To Prepare and Apply for Entry into Medical, Dental, etc. School (App Series) and Early Acceptance Program Information

Organizations for Premeds at Xavier

Frequently Downloaded PM Office Documents

Resources for Gaining Experience in the Health Professions
  • Summer Programs: The Premedical Office forwards any information received regarding summer enrichment and research opportunities to students via email; students should also actively seek out information by attending premed meetings, performing internet searches, and meeting with representatives from health professions and graduate schools when they visit Xavier.
  • Shadowing: Shadowing a physician, dentist, or other health professional is a great tool for career exploration. The earlier you can take advantage of shadowing opportunities, the more insight you will have as you move towards the professional school application process. Please review "How Do I...Shadow a Doctor" , a fact sheet made available by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
  • Volunteering: Volunteering in an environment where you serve a patient population can help you to cultivate your commitment to serving others AND demonstrate your interest in becoming a health professional to admissions committees. To learn more about volunteering and the types of experience you should consider gaining, please review "How Do I Find...Health care-related Volunteer Opportunities?", a fact sheet made available by the AAMC.
  • Lab Experience: If you are interested in getting lab experience, you can do so by participating in a summer research program or by securing a position with a faculty member on-campus. Please review "How Do I...Get Lab Experience?", a fact sheet made available by the AAMC.

Health professions admissions committees seek applicants who can not only handle the academic rigors of medical, dental, etc. school (as evidenced by undergraduate academic performance and MCAT, DAT, etc. scores) but who also demonstrate a sincere interest in the "helping" professions by way of their post-secondary extracurricular experiences (i.e. experience gained since graduating from high school). To understand how important these experiences are, one need only look to the Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) source made available by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). For each U.S. and Canadian medical school listed in MSAR, there is a section entitled "Percentage of Accepted Applicants with Relevant Medical, Volunteer, and/or Research Experience." Most medical schools listed in the current publication indicate that 75% or more of ACCEPTED students had engaged in Community Service/Volunteer Work that was medical/clinical.

It is clear that medical, dental, and other health professions schools do NOT underestimate the importance of experiences that demonstrate a sincere interest in the health professions---as a result, neither should YOU!!! Please plan accordingly NOW to engage in relevant experiences well BEFORE submitting your application to health professions schools the summer between junior and senior years. Simply saying that you want to be a doctor, dentist, etc. is not enough; you must convince admissions committees (and yourself) that you are serious about your intended profession by engaging in relevant experiences.

This document made available by the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) provides useful information for securing experience in the health professions. In addition to exploring the variety of enrichment and research opportunities that the PM Office shares via email, we continue to encourage you to actively seek out, for example, volunteer opportunities, at hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, physical rehabilitation facilities, home health care agencies, private practices, etc. Remember, for shadowing/mentorship opportunities, your personal physician, dentist, etc. is always a great starting point! Refer to the "Where to Go for What at XU & Beyond" distrubuted at the Freshman Premed Meeting for a list of local metro New Orleans hospital volunteer websites and the "XU Alumni Working in the Health Professions" list (available in the meeting packet in the PM Office----XU students only). Please be sure to keep a record of ALL post-secondary experiences that you engage in on the Post-Secondary Experiences Form .





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