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Anyone Else Retaking Prereqs?

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    Ok ... I'm deciding on what I should take for pre-reqs which will determine what school I go to (because of scheduling reasons).
    Did anyone retake prereqs they took in undergrad?

    I was a chem major for the first 2 years. I took gen chem, quant chem, and ochem. I AM NOT retaking quant chem (which was a D - don't ask most of us got D's or F's) and I got like a B- in chem. Ochem I'm going to repeat regardless.

    Also, I took Calc II in college which I did bad in C-.

    Anyone else in my boat? At first I was going to just take Bio/Physics/Ochem/Upper level bio, but now I'm contemplating since DO schools replace grades maybe that might help me a little bit. Any suggestions?

    Thanks!

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      mshheaddoc said:
      Ok ... I'm deciding on what I should take for pre-reqs which will determine what school I go to (because of scheduling reasons).
      Did anyone retake prereqs they took in undergrad?

      I was a chem major for the first 2 years. I took gen chem, quant chem, and ochem. I AM NOT retaking quant chem (which was a D - don't ask most of us got D's or F's) and I got like a B- in chem. Ochem I'm going to repeat regardless.

      Also, I took Calc II in college which I did bad in C-.

      Anyone else in my boat? At first I was going to just take Bio/Physics/Ochem/Upper level bio, but now I'm contemplating since DO schools replace grades maybe that might help me a little bit. Any suggestions?

      Thanks!

      ~M
      I retook just about everything -- I'd been out of school for 12 years, so part of it was that I just didn't remember anything, but part of it was that I wanted to replace some grades. ;) I didn't retake Chem I, but that was about it.
       

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        Hey, mushy, I will be retaking Physics, but that's because I last took the first semester of it back in 2000! I used the "Open a Book and See if I Remember It" test. Since nothing could be remembered from the prereqs I did take, all of them have been or will be retaken.

        If I were going DO, I would retake most anything I got a C+ or lower in, especially classes you know would be easy now, but for whatever reason you screwed up the first time around (like me being a psych major, yet getting a C in intro to psych). I'd also search and post this question seperately in the pre-osteo forum, since I'm no expert.
         
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          I really think you ought to decide which route you want to pursue (DO or MD) before starting on post-bacc. If you're thinking MD, it might not make much of a difference and since you were a chem major, retaking Gen Chem probably wont teach you a whole hell of a lot and will be a lot of busy work. I would retake Orgo and maybe take both Biochem I and II (assuming you havent already taken it), just to prove you can handle upper level Chem. Also, adcoms love Biochem and many schools require at least 4 credits. So I would think that would be a very beneficial class. Although Orgo is a pre-req, you may be able to take it simultaneously since you already, technically, have credit for it. And I didnt really think Orgo was neccessary for Biochem anyway. As long as you know the basic functional groups, you'll be fine.

          I wouldnt retake Calc. Thats in your previous academic career. You're starting a new one and dont need it, unless you decide to take Physics w/ Calc, which you should not. I took calc based physics as an undergrad because it was required for my major and did not understand the concepts well. I took algebra based calc in post-bacc and did very well. Its just easier to grasp the concepts when you dont have to worry about calculus.
           

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            I just retook orgo 1 and aced it. It had been 12 years since I took it last. I also took other bio and chem undergrad courses (some repeats and many not) and raised my gpa considerably. Last year I got waitlisted and lots of rejections. With these changes I've been told by various DO adcoms that I am now VERY competitive, and that my gpa improvement makes the difference (4.0 in last 30 units of sci- all undergrad). So go for it! And of course do well on the MCAT. Good luck.
             

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              My Bio I & II are 6 years old and from a community college but I think it'd be a total waste of time and money retaking those classes. Wouldn't it be better to review and take an upper level class? Biochem?
               

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                MedSchoolHopefu said:
                I am a senior this year and freshman year I got a D+/C in bio for 1st and 2nd semester, Are there any post-bacc programs that will let me retake bio? Thanks

                In your case any formal post-bacc program would probably make you retake bio. You should retake it at your school before you graduate - make your post-bacc life a little easier and shorter.
                 

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                  Roman said:
                  In your case any formal post-bacc program would probably make you retake bio. You should retake it at your school before you graduate - make your post-bacc life a little easier and shorter.

                  I'm graduating this semester, so I cannot take a course here. I thought post bacc programs will only let you retake a class if it's been 5 years since you first took the class.
                   

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                    MedSchoolHopefu said:
                    I'm graduating this semester, so I cannot take a course here. I thought post bacc programs will only let you retake a class if it's been 5 years since you first took the class.

                    I don't think there's any "cooling off" period for retaking classes.
                     
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