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Biochem in med school

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by realruby2000, Apr 23, 2002.

  1. realruby2000

    realruby2000 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 25, 2001
    Hey guys,

    Im in undergrad right now... and takin a biochem class and i wanted to kknoow how it compares to the first semester of biochem in medschool...

    we covered glycolosis, krebs cycle, ETC, gluconeogenisis, PPP, Glycogen Degradation, lipid catabolism, amino acid catabolism, urea cycle, and stuff on DNA replication/transcription/translation..... and mabey some other stuff i cant really remember

    some one told me all this will get me through the first this true?
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  3. ckent

    ckent Banned Banned

    Jul 31, 2000
    Yup. You have to know all that and more for med school biochem. Seems kind of silly to have to memorize the Kreb cycle, but that's the way it goes.
  4. realruby2000

    realruby2000 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 25, 2001
    what other stuff is there to it a whole lot more?
  5. dingiswayo

    dingiswayo Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Nov 5, 2001
    you'll also cover heme synthesis, bile acid synthesis, clotting, a lot of molecular endocrinology(thyroid, pituitary, sex hormones, etc), extracellular matrix, and probably some other stuff i'm forgetting... also, i don't know what the emphasis of your course was, but medical biochem emphasizes regulatory steps, enzyme- and vitamin-deficiencies, other abnormal states (eg. alcoholic, diabetic, PKU, etc).
  6. Kazu

    Kazu Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 28, 2002
    Buy or look at Lippincott's biochemistry review book. The author is harvey. We covered everything in there.
  7. Zeffer

    Zeffer "My dog ate em. I swear thats the truth!" Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Mar 27, 2002
    I was very glad to have a tough Bio Chem class prior to Med School. In Med School we didn't focus so much on the structures BUT it really helped to know them. My undergrad class helped me a great deal because some of the topics were review for me so I could focus on the new stuff and other classes.
    Lippencott Bio Chem review is the Gold Standard for what you will cover. I also found it helpful to keep my undergrad Bio Chem book to use as a reference (Voet, Voet, Pratt).
  8. double elle

    double elle Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 11, 2000
    Missouri, USA
    I didn't have biochem prior to entering medical school. I was scared to death! However, I found it to be my favorite class, as it really was interesting.

    As far as your question goes, the biochem majors in the class said we exhausted their entire major in about 6 weeks...and we had TWO quarters of it!
  9. Sugar72

    Sugar72 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 22, 2001
    Thank you Double Elle for your post. I had an intro biochem class in the fall of 1997 and have basically forgotten the majority of it. I have been thinking about it lately and was worried. Your post made me feel so much better. I think you are the first person on the last year to post anything on biochem that didn't stress me out!
  10. Green912

    Green912 10+ Year Member

    Jun 11, 2001
    It's funny that I came across this topic now. I'm finishing up for my Biochem test this afternoon. The worst thing I'm reading here is that my "Voet" book is just a warm up for the Lippencott book (which I've never seen). <img border="0" alt="[Wowie]" title="" src="graemlins/wowie.gif" />
  11. Zeffer

    Zeffer "My dog ate em. I swear thats the truth!" Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Mar 27, 2002
    Don't worry too much about bicohem. You will be able to do it. The Voet book is much more detail than Lippentcott. I used it only for reference and clarification. Most likely your school will have a set of notes that will be complete enough for you to study from, with the occasional need to get clarification.

    Green912 Good luck on your bio chem test.

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