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    UMHS biochemistry course

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    I am a Canadian graduate student who will likely be attending UMHS in the near future. I have a quick question about the second semester biochemistry course - how difficult is the biochemistry course for someone who's knowledge of general and organic chemistry is a little rusty? I've been told by friends of mine in medical school that very few general or organic chemistry concepts appear in the medical biochemistry curriculum. In other words, the biochemistry course is essentially a standalone course requiring a great deal of memorization. Is this in fact the case? I just want to ensure that I'm well-prepared for the course...before I get down to the island!

    Thanks so much!

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    Go to a library. Take out Lippincott's Biochemistry (Illustrated Review Series).
    If you can see yourself learning that material, and comprehend it to a sufficient degree, you will be just fine. The course (and all biochemistry courses) reflect that book - it is really all you need to know for Biochemistry for the Step I and shelf exams.
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    Thank you very much for replying. : )

    I've perused the book you mentioned and although the quantity of dense material is somewhat daunting, it would appear that memorization is the key to learning it. I would assume that there's not much in the way of gen chem-style problem solving involved. Is that correct? Friends have told me that the only concepts from gen chem that appear in med school biochemistry are acid-base balance and oxidation-reduction reactions.

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    yeah - basically the first few chapters (and first few lectures) will have a chemistry aspect to them. You will DEFINITELY need to know the Michaelis-Menton equation, and buffering between acids and bases (more so for Pharmacology in the future; as far as ionized state, absorption, etc.)... But in the end, the majority of Biochem in med school comes down to memorizing the pathways (both the breakdown and building) - Glycolysis, Krebs, ETC, gluconeogenesis, glycogenesis, Urea, Cori, ketogenesis, etc. It is all about energy states; the insulin world VS the glucagon world, and how that changes energy management at the molecular level.

    The course moves at a very appropriate rate, and should be just fine for a Canadian student
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