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I have searched time and again but I cannot get a clear answer: I am signed up for molecular bio. Is this necessary for med school and is it advantageous to take it now for help with med school/boards? Thanks
 

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it isnt necessary and it may or may not help you. if you want to take it, do. it definitely isn't going to hurt you.
 
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So, there is no molecular bio in med school?
 

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I have searched time and again but I cannot get a clear answer: I am signed up for molecular bio. Is this necessary for med school and is it advantageous to take it now for help with med school/boards? Thanks
There'll be as much mol bio as biochem. It'll come in handy for med school, mcat prep, and to a smaller fraction boards. Go for it.
 
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There'll be as much mol bio as biochem. It'll come in handy for med school, mcat prep, and to a smaller fraction boards. Go for it.
Thanks. I already took the mcat and don't need to retake. As long as there is something good that will help for med school I'll take it.
 

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Thanks. I already took the mcat and don't need to retake. As long as there is something good that will help for med school I'll take it.
At my med school, molecular bio is included under biochem (as is genetics). If you are choosing between mol bio and biochem.. go biochem (I was a mol bio major). Mol bio will help a little anyway.
 

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So, there is no molecular bio in med school?
There's some. You'll probably have one med school test with a decent amount molecular biology, but not much. There will be a few questions on boards about it, but few. You probably won't every use it in medical practice unless you doing something like path, rad/onc, or oncology. Even then, it's not like you need to know that much molecular biology. All you need to know is if you have a patient with adenocarcinoma of the lung, for example, is that you need to order a molecular test for ALK, egfr, and kras.
 
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Thanks a lot people. I would totally take biochem or immunology, but it is not being taught this qtr. I was very bummed because I felt like immunology was imperative to take. Oh well.
 

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I'm biased because I was a molecular biology major and did years of molec bio research, but it's great for learning some methodology if you're interested in any basic science research down the road. It won't help like biochem, immuno, physio, or genetics would, but it's a very interesting and will reinforce and expand on a lot of biochem and genetics concepts.