Pharmcdc

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Hello all,

To you P1's and above, can you tell me how much undergrad chemistry is needed once accepted. I made A's through gen chem, and B's through Orgo. However I played the grade game. I am quite comfortable with nomenclature I even liked organic (writing rxn's :rolleyes: not as much). I hated gen chem(although I liked the labs) and learned what I needed to know to succeed............. How is med. chem in comparison to undergrad chem?
 

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we tend to focus less on med chem and much more on practical application, for which i am thankful. however, certain things are good to know... like due to a sulfa-moiety on the loop diuretcs, you'd want to use ethacrynic acid instead for patients with a sulfa allergy...
 

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Know your acid/base stuff
 
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yatzek

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im in the middle of dp2- all we did was acid-base stuff- pH/pka, polarity and the very basic concepts of oganic- like whats polar... i was worried cos i am bad at chem but you dont need to know that much, each year the professors try to remind you everything- at least at my school
 

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I agree about acid/base and polarity being important. It's also good to know your functional groups. I think once you get to Med Chem if you have any problems most of this stuff you can just look up either on the internet or in an undergrad book.

I was really intimidated about Chemistry in pharmacy school because it's never been my best subject, but it really isn't that bad. I think the focus is different and it seems more understandable for some reason.
 

Pharmcdc

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Hey,
Thank you all for your responses. :thumbup: You all confirmed what I have been told before. I cant wait to get in. I know it will be challenging, but I think it will be fun as well! Has your experiences been as such?
 

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I am a Med Chemist.
I think you'll like it. I can't wait to take the class myself, although I think they should let me test out. (If I ever get in, that is)
If you hated Gen Chem think about this: I had to review a ton of Gen Chem for the PCAT. That should tell you how they are not very related...
 

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I couldn't agree more with pharmagirl--I definitely second her post.


pharmagirl said:
I agree about acid/base and polarity being important. It's also good to know your functional groups. I think once you get to Med Chem if you have any problems most of this stuff you can just look up either on the internet or in an undergrad book.

I was really intimidated about Chemistry in pharmacy school because it's never been my best subject, but it really isn't that bad. I think the focus is different and it seems more understandable for some reason.
 
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