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



What Xavier students interested in medicine, dentistry, etc.* should do


(updated 12/19/13)

Things you should already have done during your Freshman Year:

  • Completed all of the Freshman Premed Workshops offered in the Fall and Spring.
  • Completed individual meeting scheduled for Freshman Premeds in Spring.
  • Downloaded a copy of the "High School Info Form" from the Premed website, completed the form, submitted it to the Premed Office, and kept a copy so you can print a copy when needed.
  • Downloaded a copy of XU's "Post-Secondary Experiences Form" form, completed it, had it critiqued by personnel in the Premedical Office, and kept a copy so you can update it as you participate in more activities while enrolled at XU. You may download the Sample Post-Secondary Experiences Form to use as a guide (do NOT copy the entries from the sample).
  • Prepared a copy of your "Career Essay" (aka "Personal Statement"), had it critiqued by personnel in the Premed Office, and kept a copy on a disk so you can update it as you go through the University.
  • OPTIONAL, BUT BEST TO DO AT LEAST ONE SUMMER YOU ARE AT XAVIER BEFORE SUBMITTING APPLICATION TO MEDICAL, DENTAL, etc. SCHOOL: Apply to summer programs which provide exposure to medical fields, academic enrichment, or research.

What to do during the summer:

  • Subscribe to Newsweek, Time, or a similar WEEKLY publication and start reading FROM COVER TO COVER EVERY WEEK.
  • Read at least two books. (This, like reading Newsweek or Time will also help with the reading comprehension and critical thinking sections of the Medical College Admissions Test, Dental Admission Test, etc.).
  • Put your critical thinking and verbal reasoning skills to the test by doing as many practice verbal reasoning passages as possible. Two good resources that can be purchased from any major bookstore are 1) 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests (the reading comprehension section offers good practice for the verbal sections of the MCAT, DAT, etc.) AND 2) Examkrackers 101 Passages in MCAT Verbal Reasoning. NOTE: If you will be taking the newly revised MCAT in 2015 or later, please formal utilize study materials that are SPECIFIC to new test.
  • Revise and submit your Personal Statement and Post-Secondary Experiences Form to the Premedical Office at xupremed@yahoo.com for review.
  • Check your e-mail frequently.

Things which you are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to do during the Summer:

  • Attend a summer program which provides either exposure to the health professions or research experience.
  • If NOT attending a summer enrichment or research program, participate in medically-related opportunities (e.g. hospital volunteering, nursing home volunteering, health professional shadowing, etc.) that demonstrate your sincere interest in the field which you are pursuing.
  • If you decide to enroll in summer school, please continue to make your academic performance a PRIORITY! Be reminded that if you do not attend a formal summer program, you should STILL participate in a sustained medical/clinical experience as mentioned above.

*MODVOP = Medicine (M.D.), Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.), Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Optometry, and Podiatry. These are the fields for which Xavier's Premedical Office provides advice and assistance.


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