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

Full-Time Staff
Ms. Quo Vadis M. Webster, MA, LPC
Director of Premedical Program
(504) - 520-7437



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


Things you should already have done last Fall:

  • Completed ALL meetings held for freshmen in the Fall.
  • 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. NOTE: 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).

What to do during the Spring:

  • 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. Now, consider the analysis of your grades. Are they good enough to get you where you want to go (i.e. in to the school you wish to enter)? If not, think about the changes you can make to improve them.
  • Attend all Freshman Premed Biomedical Honor Corps Meetings and complete the One-on-One Freshman Premed Assessment Meeting when instructed to do so.
  • Keep your grades up.
  • Check your e-mail frequently.
  • Subscribe to Newsweek, Time, or a similar weekly publication and start reading FROM COVER TO COVER EVERY WEEK. This will help you to prepare for medical, dental, etc. school interviews and to develop the critical thinking/verbal reasoning skills needed for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and other entrance exams.

Things which you are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to do during the SPRING TERM:

  • If you do not absolutely have to work to earn money so you can return next year, you should apply to multiple summer programs which will provide either exposure to the health professions or research experience. Information about such programs as well as advice for applicants will be provided at one of the meetings for freshmen during the fall semester and via email throughout the academic year.
  • 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.

*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.



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