1 Drexel Drive
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
FALL SEMESTER SOPHOMORE YEAR
Things you should already have done during your Freshman Year:
- Completed ALL Freshman Premed Workshops. NOTE: If you need to make-up any meetings from Freshman year, feel free to attend the scheduled meetings for current freshman premeds OR stop by the PM Office to pick-up workshop materials.
- Downloaded a copy of the "High School Information Form" from the Premed website, completed the form, submitted it to the Premed Office, and kept a copy for your files so you can use it later if necessary.
- 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 on your computer so you can update it as you progress through the University. 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 your computer so you can update it as you progress through the University. NOTE: Complete Questions to Answer Before You Write Your Personal Statement/Career Essay to help generate ideas and foster reflective thinking as you prepare to write your Personal Statement/Career Essay (no need to submit your responses to the PM Office for review).
- OPTIONAL, BUT BEST DO DO AT LEAST ONE SUMMER YOU ARE AT XAVIER: Attend a summer program which provides exposure to medical fields, academic enrichment, or research.
What to do in the fall:
- During the first week of the semester, print off your Bannerweb transcript and use it to complete the GPA Worksheet. Be sure to refer to the Assessment Overview before completing your GPA Worksheet. See SAMPLE GPA Worksheet A and SAMPLE GPA Worksheet B for reference. The "Assessing Chances" document is available only in the Premed Office and provides some guidance in determining your progress.
- Subscribe to Newsweek, Time,or a similar WEEKLY publication and start reading FROM COVER TO COVER EVERY WEEK to cultivate your critical analysis and reasoning skills for entrance exams such as the MCAT, DAT, etc. and to prepare you for professional school interviews.
- Attend all meetings for Sophomore Premeds
- Attend the Sophomore Overview/Assessment Meeting (Print/Complete items below to make-up missed meeting)
- Attend the Summer Program Meeting
w/ Freshman Premeds
- If you missed the meeting, complete the Summer Program Experience Worksheet by searching the internet or PM Office summer program emails for information on AT LEAST THREE summer research or enrichment programs. Put you completed worksheet in the "IN" basket in the PM Office.
- If interested, review the following information for the Xavier/Tulane, Xavier/U Rochester, Xavier/St. Louis U, and Xavier/Geisel Medical School at Dartmouth Early Medical Admissions Programs...
*Special note about early acceptance programs: The five (5) early medical schools listed above have partnered with Xavier University of Louisiana to consider students for early acceptance. There may be additional early acceptance opportunities at other medical, dental, etc. schools, so take the time NOW to explore programs at schools of interest. For example, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (New York, NY) offers the FlexMed early assurance program to which eligible undergraduate students may apply in the fall of sophomore year.
- Check your e-mail frequently.
- Keep your grades up.
- Think about attending a summer program which provides exposure to the health professions or research experience. Info regarding summer programs may be found by: Checking the summer program list/info sent via email periodically from the PM Office; visiting www.aamc.org and www.smdep.org; contacting schools directly for info; and performing internet searches for summer enrichment or research opportunities.
- 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.
- By October 1st you should:
- Prepare a good Personal Statement/Career Essay
and submit to the Premed Office as MS WORD email attachment (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be checked.
- What should be in the Personal Statement/Career Essay needed to obtain letters of evaluation and to apply to summer programs:
- Prepare an Post-Secondary Experiences Form and submit to the Premed Office as MS WORD email attachment (email@example.com) to be checked. You may download the Sample Post-Secondary Experiences Form to use as a guide (do NOT copy the entries from the sample).
- By October 15th you should:
- Explore summer programs by carefully reviewing summer program emails sent to you by the Premedical Office in the Fall and early Spring.
- Perform an internet search for summer enrichment and research programs for pre-health students. Although the Premedical Office will send you summer program information as it is received on our end, you should definitely take the time to explore programs on your own. There are definitely summer programs being conducted that the Premedical Office has not received information about. If there are programs that you know about and would like to share with other premeds at XU, please let us know!!
- Visit the Summer Enrichment and Pipeline Programs database for undergraduates who are interested in medicine at at www.aamc.org; also visit www.smdep.org.
- Meet with recruiters from health professions schools who visit Xavier and contact medical, dental, etc. schools that you might be interested in attending to inquire about any summer programs that might be available.
- Inquire about enrichment and research opportunities by visiting Xavier's Center for Undergraduate Research (located in St. Joseph Academic and Health Resource Center) and speaking with individual faculty members at Xavier.
- By November 15th you should:
- Ask three faculty (2 science, 1 non-science) members at XU who've taught you (AND whose classes you made no less than a B) if they would be willing to write summer program recs on your behalf. Additional detail provided at "Directions for Collecting/Sending Evaluations."
- Begin completing and submitting summer program applications.
*MODVOP = Medicine (M.D.), Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.), Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Optometry, and Podiatry. These are the main fields for which Xavier's Premedical Office provides advice and assistance. If you are interested in another type of health profession, please be sure to review the requirements and to discuss your progress toward satisfying those requirements with the Premedical Office throughout enrollment.