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Sorry I don't have an MSAR. Is Biochem a requirement for the med schools you applied to?
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It was a requirement for my BS in premed. Most med schools do not require it though. It helps for med biochem but is not a necessity. Check with your advisor from undergrad (if you are still in undergrad) to see if it is required for you to graduate.
fyi - at my interview yesterday, the lady who was discussing the curriculum mentioned that 5 students had failed out the year before...they had done especially poorly in biochemistry...and 4 of those 5 had not taken biochem in college....
(she was trying to emphasize the importance of the basic sciences as the fundamentals to the clinical stuff...)
You don't fail out of med school for doing poorly in one course. You can, however fail a course. This story doesn't ring true. FWIW, of the people I know who struggled with biochem in med school, about half had had it previously.
Um, would Biological Chemistry vs. Biochemistry be reasonable comparison? I'm required to take BiolChem, but Biochem is only for Biochem majors, based on my BINF listings.
*sigh* i am sure they failed other courses as well...the woman just happened to use biochemistry as an example of a course these 5 people failed. but yes, they failed out. and yes, they failed biochem. i don't know details beyond that. in the same breath she said she hoped that we (the applicants) had taken biochem since 4 of those 5 had not taken biochem in college. apparently, there was a correlation in her mind....
i'm not saying if you have had biochem, you will breeze through it in med school. i'm not saying that if you don't take it, you will fail out. i am just repeating what a member of an admissions committee told me yesterday.....
Well, if they failed multiple courses, was the suggestion that these people should have taken all the med school courses before attending med school? I just fail to see the rationality of the correlation this person was suggesting. The only correlation one can derive from such example, is that some people struggling in one course in med school may struggle in multiple courses. A college course in biochem would likely not have made much of a difference in such case, because it would potentially plug just one hole in the sinking ship.
If your schedule permits, I strongly recommend taking biochem before starting med school. Your first year is bad enough without being slammed with biochem. It was definitely the class that separated the men and women from the boys and girls among the MS 1 folks. You'll be very glad you did.
Exactly. All of the med school websites that I have looked at list which classes they require (what type and how many semesters/quarters). It seems that the MSAR would still be helpful, but you can find your answers this way too.There's so few schools that actually need it, you'd be better off going to the websites of the ones you're interested in individually and checking.......