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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 JUNIOR & SENIOR YEAR

(updated, 6/23/14)

 *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.

Things you should already have done:

  • Turned in a completed copy of your "High School Info Form". The form can be downloaded from the Premed website.
  • Prepared an Post-Secondary Experiences Form, had it critiqued by the Premedical Office at xupremed@yahoo.com, and revised accordingly by YOU. You may download the Sample Post-Secondary Experiences Form to use as a guide (do NOT copy the entries from the sample).
  • Prepared good Personal Statement/Career Essay and had it critiqued by the Premedical Office at xupremed@yahoo.com, and revised accordingly by YOU.
  • Given faculty members who agreed to write your medical, dental, etc. school evaluations the required items to have letters written AND filed in the Premedical Office.
  • Taken a professional picture that can be used for secondary applications for medical, dental, etc. school and sent one (1) wallet-size picture to the Premedical Office for your file.
  • Taken the MCAT (April-May) and DAT, OAT, etc. (April-June).

 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 OR put in time volunteering in a nursing home, hospital, shadowing a medical professional, etc.

Schedule of what you should do and when you should do it:

MAY-JUNE (Main Focus: Complete AMCAS, AADSAS, AACOMAS, etc.)

  • Check your email DAILY for important application messages from your Premedical Advisers.
  • Take the MCAT for the first (and we hope ONLY time) in MAY; take the DAT, OAT, GRE no later than JUNE.
  • Begin actively working on AMCAS, AADSAS, TMDSAS, AACOMAS, etc. online applications AS SOON AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE ON OR AROUND MAY 1ST!!
  • Submit completed applications to the Premedical Office for review at xupremed@yahoo.com per our detailed email instructions.
  • Submit requests to the Premedical Office at xupremed@yahoo.com to have letters of evaluation transmitted to medical, dental, etc. schools (detailed instructions sent via email).

JULY (Main Focus: Submit AMCAS, AADSAS, AACOMAS, etc.)

  • TO DO NO LATER THAN JULY: Submit your AMCAS, AADSAS, AACOMAS, etc.!!! NOTE: If you delay past this time, there will be a delay in receiving secondaries and having your applications fully reviewed by Admissions Committees for interviews!!!

TO DO FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SUMMER:

  • Study for the MCAT, DAT, etc. if you have to retake it.
  • Engage in summer programs or other activities that show a sincere and demonstrated interest in the filed which you are pursuing.

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! 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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