ProspectiveDoctor's MCAT Basics with Sam Smith of MedSchoolCoach covers many topics on the AAMC MCAT. Each podcast is a different topic and may cover up to 3 out of the 4 MCAT sections. The lesson topics are based on the practice material (practice tests, question banks, etc.) put out by the AAMC.
This podcast covers renal physiology. I start with a brief introduction to renal anatomy, then discuss in detail renal physiology. Next, I introduce three hormones (ADH, aldosterone, and ANP) that effect the kidneys and discuss their effects on the nephron. Lastly, I talk about measurements of renal function. Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: email@example.com Thanks for listening!
This podcast covers identity and psychosocial development. First, I will define a few terms you may see on the MCAT regarding identity. Next, I will breakdown the following theories of identity development: Erickson’s psychosocial development theory, Freud’s theory of psychosexual development, Paiget’s development theory, Kohlberg’s moral development theory, George Herbert Mead’s the I and the me, Cooley’s looking glass self, and Vygotsky’s social development theory. Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks for listening!
Functional Groups: Physical and Chemical Properties
This podcast covers the main functional groups you will see on the MCAT. First, I will cover different physical properties (boiling point and solubility) of compounds containing the 8 most common functional groups: alcohols, ethers, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, esters, and amides. I then mention the difference in reactivities of different carboxylic acid derivatives. Last, I’ll introduce a few less common functional groups that you may see on the MCAT. For comments and concerns email: email@example.com Thanks for listening!
This podcast covers topics within electromagnetism. First, I will talk about charge and electric fields. This will include discussions on static charge, the amber effect, and electric potential. Then, I will introduce magnetism. I will discuss the concept of magnetism, force applied by a magnetic field, the right hand rule, and the magnetic characterization of different materials. For comments and concerns email: firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks for listening!
Episode 15: Psychology and Sociology Theories This podcast covers the most important psych/soc theories on the MCAT. First, I will discuss social theories: functionalism, symbolic interactionism, conflict theory, social constructionism. Next, I will talk about theories of emotion: James-Lange, Cannon-Bard, Schachter-Singer, Lazarus. Last, I will discuss a few different theories of motivation including: Drive-Reduction, Incentive, Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, and more.
Episode 14: The Reproductive System and Development This podcast covers a few topics within the reproductive system and development. I will discuss the following topics: spermatogenesis/oogenesis, the menstrual cycle, and development (from fertilization to birth). Good luck to those of you taking the MCAT soon!
Episode 12: Light and Optics This lecture covers light and optics. It is a physics heavy podcast. I talk first about photons. This includes an introduction to the photoelectric effect and the work function. Next, I briefly talk about waves. Last, I discuss some of the physics applications of light: polarization, diffraction/reflection, and lenses.
Episode 11: Learning and Memory This lecture covers learning and memory. I will discuss: the different types of memory (short term, working, and long term), the structures in the brain related to memory, and learning. My discussion on learning will mostly focus on conditioning. I will talk about both operant conditioning and classical conditioning in detail.
Episode 10: The Endocrine System 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 bonus episode covers the recent news regarding the 3rd patient ever cured of HIV - technically considered a sustained remission. I will discuss some background on HIV-1 necessary to understand how the cure works. Then, I will discuss the paper detailing the cure and talk about its implications. CORRECTION: HIV-1 Viruses can be dual tropic. Viruses that are dual tropic can use both coreceptors.
Episode 9: Study Variables and Types This lecture covers study variables and types. I discuss different study variables: independent variable, dependent variable, correlation variable, confounding variable, odds ratio, and more. Next, I talk about different types of studies: experimental, observational, case-control, cross-sectional, cohort, and more. Lastly, I discuss different types of bias that influence the results of an experiment.
This bonus episode briefly covers the highest yield organic chemistry mechanisms and reactions on the MCAT. I will talk about: SN1/SN2, Carbonyl Addition/Substitution, Aldol Condensation, Oxidation/Reduction of Oxygen Containing Species, Fischer Esterification/Saponification, and E1/E2.
Episode 8: Social Groups This lecture covers social groups. I will discuss the different types of social groups, social networks, organizations, interactions within groups, and cultural groups (assimilation, integration, marginalization, and separation).
Episode 7b: Genetics- Gene Expression This podcast is the second in a series of lectures that cover genetics. This podcast is mainly focused on gene expression. I also cover patterns of inheritance and genetics laboratory techniques (PCR, qPCR, Blotting, etc.).
Genetics: Chromosomes, Meiosis and Mitosis, and Inheritance Patterns
Episode 7a: Genetics- Chromosomes, Meiosis and Mitosis, and Inheritance Patterns This podcast is the first in a series of lectures covering genetics. I cover the following topics: brief history of basic genetic principals, evolution, chromosomal theory (including mutations), mitosis and meiosis, and inheritance patterns.
Episode 6: Enzymes This podcast covers enzyme kinetics, inhibition, and categorization. I will cover the different types of enzymes that are likely to show up on the MCAT. This includes a review of international categorization (oxioreductase, hydrolase, lyase, etc.) and biologically categorization (phosphorylase, synthase, synthetase, etc.) of enzymes.
Metabolism: Glycolysis, Krebs Cycle, Electron Transport Chain
Episode 4a: Metabolism- Glycolysis, Krebs Cycle, and the Electron Transport Chain This podcast covers glycolysis, the Krebs cycle, and the electron transport chain. I cover each process in detail and cover what you should memorize. This is a very information dense podcast.
Episode 3: Acids and Bases This episode covers acids and bases. The following topics are covered: definitions, pH calculations, quick logarithm calculations, titrations, buffers, and the blood buffer system. Some of the material is very basic, but it is all important for the MCAT. Correction: A lewis acid is an electrophile - accepts e pair A lewis base is a nucleophile - donates an e pair (Thanks for the correction, David)
Episode 2: The Nervous System This episode covers the Nervous System, a very important topic for the MCAT. The following topics are covered: brain structure, neurotransmitters, imaging techniques, cortex anatomy (with function), language centers, myelin producing cells, and more. Audio Sources: Tactus Therapy- https://tactustherapy.com/what-is-fluent-aphasia-video/ https://tactustherapy.com/brocas-aphasia-nonfluent-video/
Episode 1: Amino Acids In episode 1 I cover the broad topic of amino acids. I cover the following topics within the podcast: charge and net charge, substrate pocket binding, structure, hydrophobic hydrophilic, abbreviations, protein folding and protein stability, mutational notation.