Services Provided for Premedical Students at Xavier
Introducing the Premedical Office
The Premedical Office provides support to students interested in obtaining careers in Medicine (M.D.), Osteopathic medicine (D.O), Dentistry, Veterinary medicine, Optometry, and Podiatry (commonly known as MODVOP). Pharmacy support is provided separately by the PrePharmacy Office due to the special role of pharmacy at Xavier (XU has the only College of Pharmacy in the southern portion of Louisiana).
The Premed Office, located in NCF Science Building room 108, is designed to complement the support provided by academic advisors within a student's major department. It is staffed by a combination of XU faculty, staff, and students from the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology. The office is generally open from 9am-5pm during the academic year.
Types of Support Provided by XU's Premedical Office
Due to the large number of students interested in medical, dental, etc. school at Xavier and the complexity of the process of preparing for entry into and applying to such schools, activities sponsored by XU's Premedical Office are generally highly structured, and to the extent possible, conducted in a group format at a specified time (or times). In addition, at almost all such activities, students complete worksheets and/or receive handouts with pertinent information. Copies of the major handouts are also sent to parents to minimize the possibility of miscommunication. The following are some of the types of support currently provided by XU's Premedical Office:
- Information regarding the various health professions in the form of a library of catalogs, brochures, etc. from health profession schools.
- Guidance in choosing a suitable major and/or courses to maximize one's chance of gaining entry into health profession schools and succeeding there.
- Assistance in collecting letters of evaluation to minimize bother to both students and faculty while, at the same time, increasing the probability that all forwarded to the the health profession schools at the time. The procedure and forms used to collect evaluations are available in the Premedical Office.
- Guidance in exploring summer activities which enhance one's probability of gaining acceptance into health profession schools. Details regarding such activities are distributed about the middle of each fall term.
- Guidance in assessing one's progress in fulfilling the requirements for entry into a health profession schools.
- Assistance in preparing for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), the Dental Admissions Test (DAT), etc. Guidance as to how best to study for the exams is provided on a timely basis.
- Step-by-step assistance in completing the application process on a timetable, which maximize chance of acceptance including help in writing the required career essay, completing the application forms, applying for fee waivers, timing the application, etc.
- Guidance in starting the process of applying for financial aid to attend health profession schools.
- Group and individual meetings with Premedical Advisers designed to keep students informed (and on task) with cultivating competitive medical, dental, etc. school applications.
- Arrange recruitment visits to XU by representatives from medical, dental, etc. schools.
- Weekly emails regarding summer programs, volunteer opportunities, recruitment visits, scholarships, etc. sent to students who maintain an updated email address in the PM Office.
- Types of Support NOT provided by XU's Premedical Office
XU's Premedical office does not:
- have scholarship funds. All scholarships for incoming freshmen at XU are handled by Admissions (504-520-7388).
- arrange visits to campus. All campus visits are handled by Admissions.
- determine what courses will be accepted from other colleges. All such decisions are made by Admissions.
- have the ability to get you into medical school. Personnel in the admissions offices of the schools make such decisions.
- register students for classes. This is done by academic advisors within the department in which a student majors (or by the Counseling Center if a student has not chosen a major).
- assign students housing. This is done by Admissions and/or Housing.
- assist premedical students enrolled at other colleges. We do not have the time to do so, and we don't know enough about other colleges to provide accurate advice.
- generally distribute materials developed on campus for XU students (or sent to us for them) to students who are not enrolled at the University.