The Chemistry of Gender and Coming Out in Medical School

“Is it trans or cis?” It’s a question that has tortured many pre-professional students studying organic chemistry for the better part of a century. Effectively learning stereochemistry and its notation really comes down to the permutations of trans, cis, and chiral centers. I think one of my mentors summed it up best when I asked him if he found Organic Chemistry useful in medical school and in his practice as a physician: “Yep, I finally learned how to pronounce all those shampoo ingredients!”

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