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UHS-COM biochem requirement?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by mmpp, Sep 19, 2001.

  1. mmpp

    mmpp Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 12, 2001
    Does anyone know if the ADCOM at UHS accepts organic chem 2 for the 3 hours of Biochem prereq? They state that substitutions such as molecular or cell bio may fill this prereq. and that "for Biochemistry, the information should indicate the applicant has studied intermediary metabolism or specifically lipid metabolism." Eventhough we didn't study these topics in detail in Organic, I just thought it was starnge that they have a Biochem prereq. but don't mention anything about Organic prereqs. Any help is appreciated.
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  3. BamaAlum

    BamaAlum 10+ Year Member

    Jun 5, 2001
    I am pretty sure that it is in addition to the Organic requirement. It states that you must have 16 hours of Chemistry and then it states the Biochem. requirement
  4. Atlas

    Atlas Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 27, 2001
    Columbus, OH
    Is it at all possible for you to still take Biochem? The reason being is because UHS doesn't teach Biochem as a part of the medical curriculum. They expect you to come in with Biochem knowledge already. If you still have the opportunity to take it, please do. If you don't get into UHS, you'll have the Biochem knowledge to help you along with digesting medical biochem at another medical school. As far as I know, UHS is pretty strict about taking the Biochem in college. It is possible for them to grant you acceptance without it if the adcoms feel that you've sufficiently mastered the material in your other classes (i.e. Organic). In order to do that, you need to forward:

    1.) a faculty letter detailing course content
    2.) a copy of the course description from the college catalog/course syllabus.

    If I were you, I'd take the Biochem. It's amazing how it ties everything you learned in Organic to biological applications. It clears up alot of the "mysterious" aspects of O-chem while preparing your mind for medical biochem.

    Good luck
  5. Claymore

    Claymore Yankees Suck 10+ Year Member

    Sep 25, 2000
    I was able to forego the biochem requirement by substituting 2 courses in its place: Cell/Molecular Bio and Clinical Nutrition (includes metabolism). I just sent them a copy of ech class description and syllabus. So it is possible, although I don't know about using Organic II as a sub.
  6. electra

    electra SDN Moderator 7+ Year Member

    Apr 20, 2001
    I am a student at UHS-COM, and you will want to have some experience with metabolism, as well as molecular biology techniques such as PCR, DNA hybridization, blotting, etc. We do have some biochem in the curriculum, but it is not a "course" per se..and, frankly, you will want some things to be a little bit of a review for the first section. We are taking our first final this coming friday, the 28th, and we have been given more than 920 pags of notes for lecture in six weeks.
    Check with Teresa Harter in admissions ([email protected],) but I think you will need something in addition to your organic hours.

    feel free to send me a message with ??? on UHS-COM.

    good luck.


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