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Surviving chemistry important steps toward a health professions career

Surviving Chemistry, Important steps toward a Health Professions Career

General Chemistry ~ HS Chemistry, but more detailed and

more intense

Organic Chemistry ~a new language that will be vital for your career

Biochemistry ~focus on molecules and mechanisms involved in biological functions.

D. Crumrine, Chemistry Dept. 9/3/09


General chemistry

General Chemistry

  • Attend all lectures, discussion sects, & Labs.

  • ‘Skim’ the material before lecture.

  • Discover your learning ‘style’ and work appropriately e.g.

  • Read, in detail and annotate…soon after lecture.

  • Work all the suggested problems wo using the answer key. (Yes, it does take more time…)

  • Ask questions in discussion and with friends.

  • Ask questions of faculty, TAs, tutors etc.

  • BTW, Don’t stay up all night before an exam, etc.

  • REALLY!


Organic chemistry

Organic Chemistry

  • Attend all lectures, discussion sects., & Labs.

  • Review Gen. Chem. material ~first 2 chapters so that you are prepared on the first day of class.

  • ‘Skim’ the material before each lecture.

  • View Organic as a new language and work every day!

  • Depending on your learning style: take notes; make flash cards; annotate book; make graphic organizers; work problems; search the web for material; etc.

  • Get a model kit to help with 3D perceptions and split it.

  • For questions, attend discussion section, develop a study-buddy, see a tutor, talk with professor, etc.


Biochemistry

Biochemistry

  • Biological actions explained through use of molecular structure, enzymes, kinetics, reaction mechanisms, thermodynamics, etc.

  • Cell Biology is a good precursor for the class

  • Lots of information(~1000 page textbook) in a, currently, v large one semester class.

  • Former students say ‘..best approx. to med school class.’

  • Skim, read, work problems, ask questions...


Activation of adriamycin by an 9

If you have studied, organic & biochem, this anticancer drug activation mechanism should be understandable.

Activation of Adriamycin by AN-9

www.latrobe.edu.au/.../lab/phillips/index.htm


Why do this

Why do this?

  • These classes are easier than professional school, so you develop good study habits now (better student)!

  • Your level of understanding will be tested by national admission tests. Study now and save your money (better student and better consumer).

  • Competence in these areas will help you better understand details in biomedical classes as well as worldwide environmental, health, and safety issues (better citizen).

  • Serious study in all three sciences will improve your chance of getting admitted to professional or graduate school.

  • Research will help you decide if you want to be a healthcare professional or a Ph.D. (clinical practice vs research) or something else.


Research opportunities

Research Opportunities

  • Follow your interests to see if you will enjoy research work.

  • At LU start asking and sign up early as the opportunities & scholarships are limited.

  • Check out summer opportunities elsewhere via REU etc. www.netguru.neu.edu

  • Spend at least two semesters to really get into the work and show your dedication.


Resources use them

Resources – Use them!

  • Textbook

  • Study guides

  • Faculty

  • Teaching Assistants

  • Tutors/ Fellow Students

  • Web (maybe more important for you?)

  • Best Wishes for your future success!


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