Student Testimonials

Many of our alumni who have gone on to top medical schools have appreciated the thoroughness of our program as they felt better prepared than their peers. For example, here is some testimony from Brooklyn Fillinger (B.S., biochemistry '14) about the usefulness of taking our two-semester biochemistry sequence in preparation for medical school:

"I was a biochemistry major at CofC. As such, I was required to take a full year of biochemistry as well as biochemistry lab. I worked hard (aka carried my biochem book everywhere), and did very well. I am now a second year medical student at the University of Michigan Medical School. When I first started school here, I was confident in my biochemistry abilities. Our first sequence of material was mostly biochemistry and cell and molecular biology, and I thought that I would have a lot of free time. I was wrong. We covered an entire semester of biochemistry in less than a week. And then covered the second semester of biochemistry in less than one week as well. It was a whirlwind. Many of my classmates failed that sequence as a result of the speed and lack of conceptual focus of the lectures. I passed the sequence happily, drawing on the rock-solid concepts that were painstakingly explained to me at CofC (thanks again Dr. Fox and Dr. Forconi!)...My reason for telling this story is this: med school moves extremely rapidly! Most of my first year, I felt as though I was treading water trying to keep up. As a result of recognizing how challenging the lectures were, I immediately emailed my old biochem professor and thanked her for all of the time she spent explaining basic concepts to me in office hours. You don’t have time to learn those basics in medical school. You have to simply be as efficient as possible and, sadly, if you miss some details along the way, that’s just the way it has to be. Unfortunately, sometimes missing those details greatly impairs your ability to understand the full story of a disease process, or physiology, or the action of a drug. Don’t be that person who has to learn a whole year of biochemistry in two weeks. Just take it now, with a close-knit group of amazing, caring, crazy-good teachers who care about your success and will take the time to ensure that you reach your full potential. I know that sounds cliché, but I had far fewer headaches during my first year of medical school because I applied myself in undergrad and had people who would explain things to me. Take advantage of those people. They’re incredible, and I owe them more than I will ever be able to put into words."

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