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This MCAT Basics Podcast continues its series on metabolism, and in today's episode, Alex Starks talks about the Electron Transport Chain and ATP synthesis. The story continues with a look at how electrons flow through complexes I,II,III, and IV, as well as how it is coupled to the synthesis of ATP. Everything you need to know about this stage of m…
 
The MCAT Basics Podcast continues its series on Metabolism, and in today's episode, Alex Starks talks about the Krebs cycle, also known as the TCA cycle and Citric Acid cycle. This episode examines the chemistry, biochemistry, and biology of pyruvate metabolism and details how this high-yield MCAT topic will be tested on the AAMC MCAT Exam. [01:30]…
 
The MCAT Basics Podcast begins a new series on Metabolism, and in today's episode, Alex Starks talks about Glycolysis. The series covers the chemistry, biochemistry, and biology of glucose metabolism and how this high-yield MCAT topic can be tested on the AAMC MCAT Exam. [00:55] Metabolism for the MCAT [05:20] Insulin-dependent Cells [06:25] Cellul…
 
Alex Starks talks about the different strategies and details on biosignaling tested on the AAMC MCAT exam. He dissects topics such as G Protein Coupled Receptors, Receptor Tyrosine, Kinase, voltage-gated ion channels, and much more! [01:23] What is Biosignaling? [02:23] Voltage-Gated Ion Channels [05:34] Ligand-Gated Ion Channels [08:54] Enzyme-Lin…
 
Alex Starks talks about Gas-Phase Concepts for the MCAT. He dissects the different gas properties, the ideal gas law and expounds on the ABCD laws of gases. [01:03] Physical Properties of Gases [05:28] The Ideal Gas Law [08:26] Conditions that Promote Molecular Collisions in Gases [09:35] The ABCD laws of Gases [16:05] Important Takeaways Full show…
 
Episode 63 This MCAT podcast covers the lymphatic system. Sam and Alex first talk about the anatomy of the lymphatic system and then get into its three main functions: Returning materials and fluid to the blood Supporting the immune system Absorption of fats and fat-soluble nutrients Lastly, Alex talks about some exciting research that is going on …
 
Episode 62 This MCAT podcast covers psychological disorders. First, I talk about what a psychological disorder is and how they are classified. Then, I breakdown several psychological disorders to know: Anxiety disorders Obsessive-compulsive disorder Trauma- and stressor-related disorders Somatic symptom and related disorders Bipolar and related dis…
 
Episode 61 This MCAT podcast covers the respiratory system. First, I cover the anatomy of the respiratory system. Then, I dive into its main functions: Gas exchange (breathing mechanisms here too) Thermoregulation Particle filtration pH control Lastly I talk about how the respiratory system is controlled. Full show notes Comments, questions, concer…
 
Dr. Erkeda DeRouen from the Prospective Doctor Podcast talks to me about being a reapplicant and what I did to improve my application in order to get an acceptance. [00:46] Introduction [02:22] Why Choose Medicine? [06:01] Sam’s First Round of Medical School Applications [14:09] How to Improve Your Med School Applications [26:00] Medical School Int…
 
Episode 60 This MCAT podcast covers DNA mutations and repair. I cover the following topics: [02:10] Definition of DNA Mutation [02:40] Causes of DNA Mutation [12:00] How Mutagens Alter DNA [16:10] Inborn Errors of Metabolism [18:32] Categorizing Mutations [22:03] Where Mutations Occur [30:03] Chromosomal Mutations [32:25] Substitution Mutations [36…
 
Alex Starks joins Sam to talk about preparing for the MCAT. Alex is a very experienced tutor, having helped 400+ students in their test preparation. As a 99-percentile scorer, he shares his study tips and recommended resources for the MCAT. [01:25] Setting an MCAT test date [02:41] Creating an effective study plan [08:52] When should you start taki…
 
This clip is from the Renal System podcast and covers the key renal regulatory hormones: vasopressin, aldosterone, and atrial natriuretic peptide hormone. Enjoy! Enter the giveaway here Questions, comments, concerns? Email me: sam@mcatbasics.com Want to be featured on an upcoming MCAT Basics episode? Send me a voice recording here…
 
Episode 59 This MCAT podcast covers social institutions. I define what a social institution is and then cover the 5 institutions to know: health and medicine, education, family, religion, and government. [01:43] Definition of a social institution [05:14] Health & Medicine [16:19] Education [25:26] Family [30:30] Religion [36:10] Government & Econom…
 
Episode 58 This MCAT podcast covers aromatic compounds. I cover the definition of aromatic compounds, how to determine if a compound is aromatic (Huckle's rule), and the properties of aromatic compounds. [02:12] Definition of an Aromatic Compound [04:09] Criteria for Aromaticity [06:06] How to Count Pi Electrons [07:48] Criteria for Antiaromaticity…
 
Episode 57 This MCAT podcast covers aging. I first focus on aging at the cellular level (telomeres and senescence) and then talk about aging and the brain. Then I tackle aging from a sociological perspective. [01:25] Aging at the Cellular Level [05:26] The Hayflick Limit [07:34] Telomere Shortening [09:53] Cell Senescence [11:09] Aging in the Brain…
 
Can't get into a hospital or doctors office to shadow? Want a new podcast to listen to? We have the solution for you: Virtual Physician Shadowing. Virtual Physician Shadowing is a new podcast by MedSchoolCoach that features the audio from the Virtual Shadowing video series. In it, physicians from many different medical specialties present patient c…
 
Episode 56 This MCAT Basics podcast covers two aspects of personality: 1. Personality theories [05:18] Psychoanalytic Theory of Personality [07:50] The Humanistic Theory on Personality [09:37] The Trait Theory [11:30] Social Cognitive Theory [13:37] Biological Perspective of Personality [15:25] The Behaviorist Theory of Personality 2. Personality d…
 
Episode 55 This MCAT podcast covers molecular structure and absorption spectra. I discuss 4 different analytical techniques: IR Spectroscopy UV-Vis Spectroscopy Mass Spectroscopy NMR Spectroscopy For comments and concerns, email me: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com Want to be featured on an upcoming MCAT Basics episode? Send me a voice recording here…
 
In this bonus episode, Chase DiMarco joins to discuss clinical rotations that occur during the 3rd and 4th years of medical school (for most programs). Hear 5 tips for clinical rotations from the experts, audio from Chase's podcast The 1-Minute Preceptor Podcast is tied in throughout the episode. [4:12] What are clinical rotations? [14:02] #1. Be P…
 
Episode 54 This MCAT podcast covers the doppler effect. Sam discusses the the general concept of the doppler effect and the equation that describes it. [00:32] Introduction [01:40] The Doppler Effect Concept [09:05] The Doppler Effect Equation If you have any comments or concerns please email me: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com Thanks for listening!…
 
Episode 53 This MCAT podcast covers viruses. I cover virus structure, viral life cycle, transduction vs transfection, classification, viral mutation, and subviral particles. [01:17] Definition of a Virus [02:14] Virus Structure [11:15] Viral Life Cycle [18:02] Bacteriophage Life Cycles [21:41] Retrovirus Life Cycle [25:36] Difference Between Virus …
 
Madhavi Murali discusses transitioning to medical school, resources for studying, and how students can prepare for medical school and the Step 1 exam. [00:44] Madhavi’s Academic Background and the BA/MD Program [03:41] Things Madhavi Learned When Transitioning from BA to MD [05:12] Resources for Developing Study Strategies [06:09] Using Anki to Stu…
 
Episode 52 This MCAT podcast covers work and energy. I cover the mathematical and conceptual definitions of work, the sign convention of work, mechanical advantage and path dependency. In terms of energy, I discuss the general definition of energy, energy vs. work, the different types of energy, and heat transfer. [01:43] Work [06:28] Units of Work…
 
Dr. Luke Maxfield joins The MCAT Basics Podcast to discuss his experience in Osteopathic medicine. He graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and is currently a dermatology resident. Dr. Maxfield talks about the differences and similarities between an MD (allopathic medicine) and a DO (osteopathic medicine), why someone should choo…
 
Episode 51 This MCAT podcast covers fat and protein metabolism. First, I cover fat metabolism including lipolysis, beta oxidation, and fatty acid synthesis. Then, I discuss protein and amino acid metabolism. [01:32] Fatty Acid Catabolism [08:02] Lipolysis [10:12] Beta Oxidation [21:34] Fatty Acid Synthesis [26:34] Protein Catabolism [32:49] Protein…
 
Episode 50 This MCAT podcast covers social norms and deviance. I discuss the types of formal and informal norms, different theories for why deviance occurs, as well as types of collective deviance. [02:09] Defining Social Norms & Deviance [04:32] Formal Versus Informal Norms [04:49] Informal Norms: Folkways, Mores & Taboos [09:50] How Informal Norm…
 
Episode 49 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 Genetic…
 
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…
 
Episode 48 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. [0…
 
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 …
 
Episode 47 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. …
 
Episode 46 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 effec…
 
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