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MCAT Basics with Sam Smith of MedSchoolCoach covers topics on the AAMC MCAT. Each podcast covers up to 3 of the 4 MCAT sections. Lesson topics are based on the practice material put out by the AAMC, such as practice tests, question banks, and more!
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Population Genetics

Population Genetics

2020-09-0746:33

This MCAT podcast covers population genetics. I discuss genotypes and phenotypes, inheritance patterns, and the Hardy-Weinberg equation. In addition, I talk about the four ways that a population’s genetics can change over time i.e. natural selection, mutation, genetic drift and gene flow. [01:09] The Difference Between Population Genetics and Molecular Genetics [01:54] Defining Genotypes and Phenotypes [06:24] The Six Inheritance Patterns [13:27] The Hardy-Weinberg Equation [26:17] Natural Selection [32:22] Mutation [36:47] Genetic Drift [40:04] Gene Flow   For any comments and/or concerns please email me: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com Thanks for listening! http://merch.medschoolcoach.com/ Code: PODCAST5 Facebook live stream: https://go.medschoolcoach.com/podcast
Chase and Sam discuss various study tips, habits, and evidence-based methods to help students succeed on the MCAT and in medical school. [01:03] How To Memorize A Million Things [02:26] The Spacing Effect and Rehearsal Effect [06:02] Overcoming the “Forgetting Curve” [08:03] Elaborative Interrogation [10:06] Anki: Using Pre-Existing Study Materials verses Creating Your Own [13:08] Memory Palace and Visual Mnemonics [18:29] Memorizing Mistakes and Avoiding Passive Memory Techniques [20:30] The effects of sleep, exercise and diet on learning [23:35] Evidence Based Study Techniques in Education Chase DiMarco is an MD-PhD candidate he hosts several podcasts and has written a book called, Read This Before Medical School.  The Medical Mnemonist Podcast The 1-Minute Preceptor Podcast Read This Before Medical School Sign up for a Free Coaching session with Chase DiMarco Join the Med Mnemonist Mastermind FB Group For comments and concerns please email me: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com Thanks for listening!  http://merch.medschoolcoach.com/ Code: PODCAST5
Common Hormone Axes

Common Hormone Axes

2020-08-2437:25

This MCAT Basics podcast covers three common hormone axes. I break down the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis, and the renin angiotensin-aldosterone System (RAAS) axis. I explain the anatomy of the regions, organs, and hormones involved, and detail the physiology within each axis. [01:27] Defining a Hormone Axis [02:18] The HPA Axis [02:33] The Anatomy of the Hypothalamus [03:46] The Anatomy of the Pituitary Gland [05:16] The Anatomy of the Adrenal Glands [06:50] The Physiology of the HPA Axis [16:06] The HPG Axis [16:38] The Anatomy of the Gonads [19:21] The Physiology of the HPG Axis [26:27] The Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com Thanks for listening!
Dr. Shannon Sovndal, an emergency medicine specialist, discusses his medical journey, career experiences and advice for pre-med and medical students. [0:36] Dr. Sovndal’s Background and Accomplishments [01:18] Recurring Patients in an ER [02:25] The Influence of Personality on Choosing Emergency Medicine [04:18] Dr. Sovndal’s Journey into Medicine [11:21] Economics & Emergency Medicine [14:34] Burnout & Work-Life Balance [19:23] A Week in the Life of Dr Sovndal Are you a younger physician, pre-med student or medical student looking for more advice on navigating your career, emotionally, mentally and financially? Do take a look at the resources below: Fragile: Beauty in Chaos, Grace in Tragedy and the Hope That Lives in Between by Dr. Shannon Sovndal Match on a Fire: Medicine and More Podcast with Dr Shannon Sovndal Dr Shannon Sovndal’s Website EMCrit Podcast   Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com   Thanks for listening!
This MCAT Basics podcast is a short segment from the "Isomers" podcast. Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com   Thanks for listening!
The Excretory System

The Excretory System

2020-07-2732:48

I break down information about the excretory system that will be useful for the MCAT. He first compares the functions of the excretory system versus the digestive and urinary systems. Then, he describes the anatomy of the excretory system. Finally, he details the physiology of the excretory system in terms of its various waste products. [01:14] The Role of the Excretory System [03:32] The Kidney [06:00] The Bladder [07:17] The Liver [10:54] The Skin [12:35] The Lungs [13:38] The Large Intestine [17:21] Excreting Byproducts of Protein & Lipid Breakdown [25:25] Excreting CO2 [26:26] Excreting Electrolytes [29:31] Excreting Toxins in Drugs Here are the episodes on renal physiology and the digestive system for those who want to dive deeper.  Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com Thanks for listening!
This MCAT podcast is a short segment from the "Atomic Chemistry" podcast. Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com   Thanks for listening!
This MCAT podcast covers sleep and circadian rhythms. First, I cover biology and physiology topics regarding sleep and circadian including the parts of the brain involved in sleep, the stages of sleep, and circadian rhythms. Then, I discuss psychology related sleep topics including sleep and dream theories, sleep disorders, and the effect of drugs on sleep. Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com Thanks for listening!
This lecture covers the endocrine system. I go over types of hormones and their function, describe different structures within the endocrine system, and briefly discuss a few endocrine system disorders.
This MCAT podcast is a short segment from the “Immune System - Adaptive” podcast. Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com Thanks for listening!
This MCAT podcast is a short segment from the “Genetics: Gene Expression” podcast. Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com Thanks for listening!
The Digestive System

The Digestive System

2020-06-1549:58

This MCAT podcast covers the digestive system. First, I talk generally about what the digestive system is and does. Then, I break down some digestive system anatomy and physiology (mostly physiology). Last, I briefly mention how digestion is regulated. Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com Thanks for listening!
Electrochemistry

Electrochemistry

2020-06-0147:49

This MCAT podcast covers electrochemistry. First, I give an intro to electrochemical cells where I talk about galvanic vs electrolytic cells, concentration cells, the structure of an electrochemical cell, reduction/oxidation, directionality of electron flow, and a mnemonic I use to keep it all straight. Next, I talk about some thermochemistry regarding electrochemical cells, like Gibbs free energy and the nerds equation (as it applies to a concentration cell). Last, I discuss several applications of electrochemistry including electroplating. Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com Thanks for listening!
This MCAT podcast is a short segment from the “Psychosocial Development and Identity” podcast. Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com Thanks for listening!
Biological Membranes

Biological Membranes

2020-05-1845:31

This MCAT podcast covers membranes. First, I discuss a few introductory topics regarding membranes: what they are, how they are formed, membranes in the cell, and cell to cell junctions. Second, I talk about transport through the membrane, including simple diffusion, active vs passive transport, and transport membrane proteins. Next, I talk about membrane proteins (receptors, transporters, integral vs peripheral vs lipid anchored). Last, I discuss membrane dynamics (endocytosis, transmembrane system) and membrane potential. Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com Thanks for listening!
This MCAT podcast is a short segment from the “The Reproductive System” podcast. Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com Thanks for listening!
Highlight #6 - Meiosis

Highlight #6 - Meiosis

2020-05-0809:06

This MCAT podcast is a short segment from the “Genetics- Chromosomes, Meiosis and Mitosis, and Inheritance Patterns” podcast. Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com Thanks for listening!
ATP

ATP

2020-05-0447:08

This MCAT podcast covers adenosine triphosphate (ATP). I discuss: 1) ATP's structure, 2) its thermodynamics and how it drives other biological reactions, 3) its production and regeneration, and 4) its function (including its role in the Na+/K+ pump, protein phosphorylation, and ATP binding cassette transporters). Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com Thanks for listening!
This MCAT podcast is a short segment from the “Acids and Bases” podcast. Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com Thanks for listening!
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