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

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

 

Premed

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

SUMMER BETWEEN SOPHOMORE & JUNIOR YEAR

(updated 8/3/13)

 Things you should already have done during the past two years:

  • Completed ALL Freshman and Sophomore Meetings.
  • Completed the One-on-One Sophomore Assessment Meeting in the Spring.
  • Downloaded a copy of XU's Post-Secondary Experiences Form, completed it, had it critiqued by personnel in the Premedical Office, and kept a copy on a disk so you can update it as you go 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 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) Attend a summer program which provides 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 Medical College Admissions Test.)
  • 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.
  • Check your e-mail frequently.
  • Apply to Early Medical Admissions Programs by May 15th per instructions discussed during One-on-One Sophomore Assessment Meeting in the Spring.
  • Attend a summer research or enrichment program.
  • 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.
  • In August, submit your updated Post-Secondary Experiences Form via email to xupremed@yahoo.com, per the email instructions forwarded to rising juniors near the end of the summer. Make sure that...
    • It does NOT include any high school activities and
    • That it DOES include what you did every summer since graduation from high school--i.e. all jobs you have held since high school, summer programs you attended, etc. It is okay to include what you will be doing this summer.
  • In August, submit your updated Personal Statement via email to xupremed@yahoo.com, per the email instructions forwarded to rising juniors near the end of the summer.

Things which you are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED if you have not previously done them:

  • Attend a summer program which provides either exposure to the health professions or research experience.
  • Engage in medical/clinical experience that gives you the opportunity to interact with patients and demonstrates your interest in medicine, dentistry, or other health professional field (e.g. volunteering in a hospital, clinical, nursing home, etc.).

*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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