1. W

    Help with prereqs?

    Would someone help me check my prereqs? Bold, italicized means not yet taken (Quarter System) >100 means upper-division Advanced Biology - BIO 112: Human Physiology - LS 107: Genetics - MIMG 101: Microbiology Biology - Biology 41: Genetics, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology - Biology 42...
  2. S

    Advice on LORs

    Hi everyone! I am applying this cycle and currently working on my secondaries. I am referencing MSAR for my schools and noticed a few things Some specify that they PREFER committee letters, while others say "Accepted" for committee letters, letter packet, etc. I am still waiting on a LOR...
  3. H

    No Biochemistry Offered At My School?

    I go to a community college and there are no other colleges/universities in my area (for at least 90+ miles). My college does not offer biochemistry! I am really frustrated since I know I could take it online at another university, but that doesn't look great for admissions from what I've heard...
  4. Jisu Oh

    Portage Learning General Chemistry I (Chem 103)

    I've started my journey for fulfilling Pharmacy pre-requisites with Portage Learning. I've asked the pharmacy schools that I am interested in attending about portage learning and they accept to credits! So far, portage learning is the most cost effective option I found regarding online...
  5. williamsmateo

    How hard is my semester?

    Hello, I am a pre-dental student. I am entering my 3rd year and I am taking Ochem II, Genetics, and Analytical Chemistry. How hard is my semester going to be, ball park? I passed Ochem I with a C and struggle to understand the material.
  6. Alexd0223

    How to Prepare for Organic Chemistry?

    I am a sophomore chemistry major, and am about to take organic chemistry. I have just recently finished gen chem 1 and 2 in the spring and summer semesters, and earned A's in both. From what I hear, Orgo is a completely different animal. I have just under a month before the class starts, and...
  7. chemdoctor

    Listing Activities on AMCAS?

    Hi everyone. Just curious how to list certain things? I understand we get ten - fifteen slots and three can be most meaningful. Organic research - did it for a bit, had a thesis, defended it and presented at multiple conferences and received several research grants. Should these be listed as...
  8. chemdoctor

    Advice on letters

    Hello everyone, I was wondering how to proceed. I will be taking my MCAT in June, and my school requires a minimum 500 MCAT for a committee letter interview. By taking in June, I will have the score by July, and the GPA requirement is a 3.5. Is it considered late? My plan was to submit...
  9. chemdoctor

    LOR question

    Hello everyone, Basically, I did research with an Orgo professor. However, I did NOT take him for Orgo II. I did an independent study/research credit with him; and received an S (for satisfactory completion). So, I did research w him for a bit, presented my research, and even got a thesis. Is...
  10. chemdoctor

    32 credit hour rule

    Hello. Just curious if there are schools that do this? I saw threads on here but most of them seem to be at least five years old. I was wondering if schools like BU still take your last 32 credit hours? Also, how does this match up to MSAR? MSAR reports GPAs of a lot higher than what I see...
  11. chemdoctor

    Canadian Friendly DO schools?

    Hello all. Wondering how it would be for a Canadian applying to DO/MD schools? Did all my schooling here in the US, have the GC pending (have not received it yet). i know there are some DO schools; and Im looking at applying DO anyway... Stats arent great but wondering which schools I may...
  12. alexl123

    Retaking classes in post-bacc

    I am in post-bacc at CSUEB and I am almost finished but my advisor recommended I take some more chemistry classes before I graduate. She recommended Biochemistry II so I registered but after our first day of class I realized its very similar to a class I took in undergraduate that was on...
  13. A

    4 C's so far in undegrad

    Hello, I am currently a senior in college. My goal is to go to optometry school, but I am worried 4 C's will hold me back. So far I have gotten a C+ in an ecology and evolution class, and C's in ochem 1&2 and in biochem. I took biochem this semester, when everything transitioned to being...
  14. sparklepuff97

    2 Big Questions

    About me: 2020 psychology graduate, starting formal post-bacc in September. My questions: 1) Would you say that reviewing Khan Academy videos would be sufficient "prelearning"/prep for General Chem/Bio for someone who has not studied either subject since high school? (4 years ago) I was...
  15. Novanym

    Pharmacist or Pharmacologist- Higher Study & Career prospects for a Chemist having pharmaceutical experience.

    Dear good people, I am writing to ask for assistance in choosing a suitable field for my future career and higher study. I have over 3 years of experience working in an R&D Analytical Department at a pharmaceutical company and I am pretty much familiar with HPLC, GC, Dissolution, Stability...
  16. A

    Withdrawing from the same class again!

    Hi guys! I am currently a freshman on the pre-med track. I took general bio 1 and general chem 1 spring semester. I took the "pass" option instead of keeping my original grade of "C's". I am currently retaking general chemistry 1 again but I am not doing the best. I am considering withdrawing...
  17. M

    Advice for Acing Organic Chemistry

    Hello! I'm a premed student and in Fall 2020 I'll be taking organic chemistry 1. And yes, I know I have some time before the Fall. However, at my university General chem 1 and 2 is combined into 1 course done in one semester, making it more rigorous. I got a C in it, and yes I'm aware I can use...
  18. M

    C in General Chemistry this semester, should I do Credit/No Credit? [MD]

    This semester, I got a C in Chemistry... specifically, I attend the university of Miami, here the chemistry department is different, in which instead of having general chemistry 1 and then general chemistry 2, they have eternal chemistry all in 1 semester. It's really tough, and there's no...
  19. a_zed24

    Beta-lactamase inhibitors

    Hello, there! Sorry if this is not the right place to ask this, but our Prof. was explaining the Beta-lactamase inhibitors and he mentioned the following: -Clavulanic acid -Sulbactam -Tazobactam -Avibactam -Vaboractam -Relebactam And then he said that the last three are structurally different...
  20. predentgurl10

    Failed 2 tests in Physics and Chem out of 4

    I’m in a really tough dilemma right now and need some advice. I’m taking Chemistry 1 and Physics 1 for the first time and had no idea what I was signing up for, excluding the fact that I’ve always had the negative assumption engrained in my mind that I’m horrible at math. I just never really put...
  21. Doctoscope

    Gen Chem II - Easy Prof/"Less" Learning vs. Harder Prof/"More" Learning

    I'm about to sign up for gen chem 2 for life scientists for Winter 2020, and I'm stuck between 2 choices. There's 2 sections, and one of the professors (Prof A) is the one I have Gen Chem I with currently. His exams are easy and straightforward, but he seems to skip over some things that other...
  22. A

    Is Despising General Chemistry A Good Reason To Quit Pre-Med?

    Howdy!! To sum up my situation, I want to briefly mention that for a long time I have had a lot of motivation towards being a doctor and pursuing medical school. During high school, I was a huge math nerd and was never huge into the physical sciences, but for a while since my senior year, I...
  23. jg2021

    need some biochem study tips

    So I am in biochemistry right now and have my first exam in two days. A lot of the material is built off of prior orgo and gen chem knowledge, as this first exam is on amino acids, functional groups, pka curves, and hemoglobin/myoglobin saturation curves, however I just bombed my second quiz on...
  24. G

    Getting through the MCAT with no calculator

    Hey guys so im studying for the MCAT, but I just found out that we can't use a calculator and honestly I'm lost on how im supposed to answer, for example, physics-related questions with no calculator. Does anyone have any tips on how they got around that
  25. chemdoctor


    I will be presenting and am currently in the process of making my poster. I was wondering if there was a specific template to follow? I feel like I've been trying to find one but can't. Really don't want to use my school' template xD Wondering if you guys had a link? Thank you so much!
  26. chemdoctor

    AAMC CARS volume 1?

    Hello, I recently purchased CARS volume 1. I've been doing Princeton Review passages (form the new book). The strategies are meh, but I'm mainly using it for practice. I just purchased CARS volume 1 and am looking to do that. I've been doing well on the Princeton passages (missing at the most 2...
  27. I

    Take Honors Orgo to get in HMS

    My profile: Cornell Engineering (rising junior in Fall 2019) Current GPA: 3.956. sGPA: 3.888. I took the normal Gen CHEM 2080 and was planning to take the normal Orgo I (CHEM 3570) next semester. But now that I have included HMS in my goals, I wonder if I should take the honors Orgo I & II...
  28. chemdoctor

    Snacks while studying?

    Just curious what all of you eat while studying? Adcoms members are welcome to reply as to what they used to eat? Personally, I go to my local Starbucks but if not, I’ll usually have a cliff bar or some type of protein bar, with water (or soda) and maybe some candy
  29. meowhello

    Is Chemistry and Physics harder than Biology? How can I prepare?

    I completed my Freshman year with all A's in my Biology courses: Intro to Biology, Anatomy & Physiology 1/2 and Microbiology so I'm thinking about skipping the introduction classes to Chem and Physics and jump right in to Gen Chem and Phys 1 Sophomore year (this fall).
  30. chemdoctor

    Best Graduate programs for med school?

    As it says in the title, just wondering which ones y'all would recommend? I graduate in a year with around a 3.5/3.6ish GPA. I have the clinical experience, research, etc. I'm obviously taking a gap year so I'll be applying after I graduate but was wondering what graduate degree y'all would...
  31. chemdoctor

    The med school experience?

    Hey all, I know everyone knows about the college experience. But does that exist in medical school too? I stayed at home for college, haven't really dated much in college (at all actually) and always figured I'd do it once I get into an MD or DO program. I know there is a certain period of...
  32. chemdoctor

    Keep making silly errors on exams!

    Hello everyone. What do you guys do about dumb mistakes on exams? Like I misread or some nonsense. I went over an exam and I literally CHANGED MY ANSWER TO THE WRONG ONE. I don’t know how to STOP this How am I going to do well in med school when I can’t stop making silly errors on exams? How...
  33. chemdoctor

    Is this a downwards trend? Do I need a postbacc?

    Post bacc looks low because the generator assumes your GPA is a 0.0 if you did not pursue a post bacc. I’m still in undergrad. Also, the AO GPA for my senior year is low Bc my senior year will be all science classes. Thanks.
  34. chemdoctor

    Those without text Anxiety...

    Those of you that don’t stress or freak out over grades, when you open up the email and see a less than stellar grade, how do you react?
  35. chemdoctor

    Honest Advice: Should I give up on med school

    So I posted something like this last December and nobody really gave me a clear cut answer. Not sure what to do. cGPA is around a 3.4, same goes for sGPA or maybe a bit lower. Last semester, I got a D in Biochem. Got A's in everything else, this semester, didnt retake Biochem but got A's in...
  36. chemdoctor

    PA vs MD/DO

    So, I know there are threads about this, but I'd like some advice from people around here. I'm not the best standardized test taker. Got an 1800/2400 on the SAT etc. I really want to go into medicine. I enjoy the field, etc. I love science. I just have really bad anxiety. Like, waiting for...
  37. chemdoctor

    Competitive for DO?

    I know the DO averages range with GPA as well as MCAT. How can I ensure I’ll be competitive? I’m trying to find a DO physician to shadow
  38. chemdoctor

    Overcoming setbacks?

    How do y’all overcome setbacks? Two years ago I took Orgo for the first time. In six weeks over the summer. Didn’t do well. Had to withdraw :( retook in the fall for a C. Pulled a C in Orgo II as well. Went through a bad semester. Really disappointed and frustrated with my grades. Really mad...
  39. A

    Grade forgiveness effects?

    Hi I didn't take highschool chem and wound up with a D in Chem 1. I'm doing grade forgiveness, which will save my gpa from being affected. However, Im pretty sure the D will stay on my transcripts. How do vet schools factor this in? Do they calculate what my gpa would be with the D in there?
  40. chemdoctor

    SAT - MCAT?

    Just curious. High MCAT scorers, what were your SAT scores? I got a 1650 and an 1800 out of 2400. So not terrible but not great. Wondering if it’s possible for me to get a good MCAT score? Like I know it’s possible but do I have natural limitations I should be aware of? Please let me know...