MCAT Basics (from MedSchoolCoach)

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Walt
 May 19, 2019
Good podcast and review of MCAT info...but the volume is way too low! Really needs to improve audio quality!

Description

Alex Starks details MCAT exam topics. Each podcast covers several MCAT sections with lessons based on review material put out by the AAMC, such as practice tests and question banks. Sam also interviews MCAT tutors and experts who share tips on how premed students can raise their score to get into medical school.

Episode Date
Highlight #17 Experimental Validity, Specificity, & Sensitivity
10:17

This clip is from the Study Types and Research Design podcast. It covers validity, specificity, and sensitivity. Enjoy!

For comments and concerns email me: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com;

alex@medschoolcoach.com

 

Oct 18, 2021
Electron Transport Chain
37:54

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 metabolism is made clear and easy to understand so you can ace any metabolism question on the AAMC MCAT Exam.

  • [03:10] The Purpose of the Electron Transport Chain
  • [07:24] What is NADH Dehydrogenase
  • [11:32] Coenzyme Q in the Electron Transport Chain
  • [18:31] Why Oxygen is Called the Terminal Electron Acceptor
  • [20:33] The Proton Motive Force
  • [27:10] The Effects of Breaking the Electron Transport Chain
  • [30:14] DNP: The "Miracle Weight-Loss Drug"
  • [34:30] Fatty Acid Metabolism
  • [34:58] Quiz and Important Takeaways

Full show notes

Oct 11, 2021
The Krebs Cycle
33:50

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] Aerobic fate of Pyruvate
  • [03:45] Acetyl-coa in the mitochondrial matrix
  • [04:22] Visualizing the molecules and structure
  • [06:10] The Krebs Cycle
  • [23:56] ATP and The Electron Transport Chain
  • [26:07] Quiz and Important Takeaways

Full show notes

Oct 04, 2021
Highlight #16 Muscle Fiber Types
08:32

This clip is from the Muscle System podcast and reviews the different muscle fiber types.

 

Enjoy!

Sep 27, 2021
Highlight #14 Reaction Rate Order
10:14

This MCAT Basics podcast is a short clip from the "Kinetics and Solubility" podcast. Enjoy!

Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com

Aug 23, 2021
Glycolysis
31:35

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] Cellular-level Catalyzation of Glucose
  • [09:57] Glycolysis Explained in 10 Steps
  • [21:50] The Presence and Absence of Oxygen During Respiration
  • [25:35] Quiz and Important Takeaways

Full show notes

Aug 20, 2021
Highlight #13 - The Mitochondria
06:25

This is a short clip from the Cell Organelles podcast.

Enjoy!

 

Aug 09, 2021
Biosignaling
26:24

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-Linked Receptors 
  • [13:30] The G-Protein Pathways 
  • [15:06] The Mechanisms in the G-Protein Pathway
  • [19:01] Quiz Section

Full show notes

Aug 05, 2021
Highlight#12 - Stereoisomers
16:11

This MCAT Basics podcast is a short segment from the "Isomers" podcast.

Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: alex@medschoolcoach.com

 

Thanks for listening!

Jul 26, 2021
Highlight #11 - Periodic Trends
07:09

This MCAT podcast is a short segment from the "Atomic Chemistry" podcast.

Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: alex@medschoolcoach.com

 

Thanks for listening!

Jul 19, 2021
Gas Phase
17:46

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 notes

Jul 13, 2021
Highlight #9 - Transcriptional Control in Eukaryotes
09:15

This MCAT podcast is a short segment from the “Genetics: Gene Expression” podcast.

Please email me if you have any comments or concerns:  alex@medschoolcoach.com 

Thanks for listening!

Jul 09, 2021
Highlight #9 - Transcriptional Control in Eukaryotes
09:15

This MCAT podcast is a short segment from the “Genetics: Gene Expression” podcast.

Please email me if you have any comments or concerns:  alex@medschoolcoach.com 

Thanks for listening!

Jul 05, 2021
Highlight #27 - Spermatogenesis
04:44

This clip is from the upcoming MedSchoolCoach MCAT audio course and covers spermatogenesis.

Enjoy!

Comments, questions, concerns? Email us: alex@medschoolcoach.com 

sam@mcatbasics.com

 

 

Jul 02, 2021
The Lymphatic System
34:39

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:

  1. Returning materials and fluid to the blood
  2. Supporting the immune system
  3. Absorption of fats and fat-soluble nutrients

Lastly, Alex talks about some exciting research that is going on to investigate the connection between the brain and the lymphatic system.

Comments, questions, concerns? Email me: sam@mcatbasics.com

MCAT Basics was created by Sam Smith

Jun 21, 2021
Highlight # 26 - Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
06:24

This clip is from the upcoming MCAT audio course and covers Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. Enjoy!

Questions, comments, concerns? Email me: sam@mcatbasics.com

 

Jun 18, 2021
Psychological Disorders
52:06

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 disorders
  • Depressive disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Personality disorders

Lastly, I cover the biological basis of several nervous system disorders.

Questions, comments, concerns? Email me: sam@mcatbasics.com

 

Jun 07, 2021
Highlight #25 - Calculating Oxidation State
07:58

This clip comes from the upcoming MCAT Audio Course that will be released in the coming months. It covers calculating oxidation state. Enjoy!

Join me Wednesday May 26th on Twitter Spaces: @medschoolcoach

Comments, questions, concerns? Email me: sam@mcatbasics.com

 

May 21, 2021
The Respiratory System
47:35

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:

  1. Gas exchange (breathing mechanisms here too)
  2. Thermoregulation
  3. Particle filtration
  4. pH control

Lastly I talk about how the respiratory system is controlled.

Full show notes

Comments, questions, concerns? Email me: sam@mcatbasics.com

 

The MCAT podcast survey is now closed

May 10, 2021
BONUS: Thoughts From a Successful Reapplicant (me)
36:15

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 Interviews During COVID-19
  • [32:13] Sam’s Advice for Med School Reapplicants

The MCAT Podcast Survey is now closed

May 03, 2021
Highlight #24 - Radioactive Decay
09:11

This highlight clip comes from my MCAT audio course that will be released (hopefully) soon. Stay on the lookout for it. We are aiming to have it out this summer.

MCAT Podcast Survey is now closed

 

Apr 23, 2021
DNA Mutations and Repair
55:06

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
  • [36:01] DNA Repair Mechanisms

MCAT Podcast Survey is now closed

Full show notes

Apr 12, 2021
Highlight #23 - The 4 Laws of Thermodynamics
10:37

This highlight clip covers the 4 laws of thermodynamics: the zeroth law, the first law, the second law, and the third law. It is from the Thermodynamics podcast. Enjoy!

 

 

Apr 09, 2021
BONUS: Developing an MCAT Study Plan
28:45

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 taking practice exams?
  • [12:00] Practicing for the MCAT CARS portion
  • [16:18] Alex’s recommended materials
  • [18:53] When should you postpone or cancel your MCAT
  • [20:08] Debunking or Confirming Reddit/SDN MCAT advice

 

Have an idea for a future show? Send me an email sam@mcatbasics.com

or

Leave me a message

 

Full show notes

Mar 29, 2021
Highlight #22 - 3 Key Renal Regulatory Hormones
11:57

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

Mar 26, 2021
Social Institutions
45:13

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 & Economy

Enter the giveaway here

Do you have ideas for a podcast topic or interview? Email me: sam@mcatbasics.com

or

Leave us a voice message

Mar 15, 2021
Highlight #21 Wernicke's vs Broca's Area
06:54

This clip is from the Nervous System podcast and covers Wernicke's vs Broca's Area. Enjoy!

 

Questions, comments, concerns? Email me: sam@mcatbasics.com

 

Want to be featured on an upcoming MCAT Basics episode? Send me a voice recording here

Mar 05, 2021
Aromatic Compounds
30:49

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
  • [09:58] Polycyclic and Heterocyclic Aromatic Compounds
  • [12:10] Common Aromatic Compounds
  • [15:02] Properties of Aromatic Compounds
  • [20:23] Aromatic Rings in Biology

Do you have ideas for a podcast topic or interview? Email me: sam@mcatbasics.com

or

Leave us a voice message

 

Feb 24, 2021
Highlight# 20 Stereotype Threat
05:44

This clip is from the social stratification podcast and covers stereotype threat. Enjoy!

 

Questions, comments, concerns? Email me: sam@mcatbasics.com

 

Want to be featured on an upcoming MCAT Basics episode? Send me a voice recording here

Feb 19, 2021
Aging
31:13

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
  • [18:03] The Life Course Perspective
  • [24:00] Social Significance of Aging
  • [26:11] Demographic Structure of Society

 

Comments or Concerns? Email me:

MCATPodcast@medschoolcoach.com

 

Want to be featured on an upcoming MCAT Basics episode? Send me a voice recording here

 

Thanks for listening!

Feb 08, 2021
BONUS: Interventional Radiology Virtual Shadowing with Dr. Sahil Mehta
40:21

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 cases and discuss their motivations for pursuing a career in medicine.

 

To receive credit for the virtual shadowing experience and/or watch the videos associated with each podcast visit the Online Virtual Shadowing Platform

 

Virtual Shadowing Podcast

Feb 01, 2021
Highlight #19 SDS Page
09:16

This clip is from the Separation and Purification Techniques podcast. Enjoy!

 

Questions, comments, concerns? Email me: MCATPodcast@medschoolcoach.com

Jan 29, 2021
Personality
31:47

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 disorders

  • [17:14] Odd or Eccentric Personality Disorders (cluster A)
  • [21:55] Dramatic, Emotional, or Erratic Behaviors (cluster B)
  • [23:45] Anxious and Fearful Behavior (cluster C)

 

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Offer Code: MCAT50 for 50% off a month for one year at Medcircle

 

Full show notes

 

For comments and concerns please email me: MCATPodcast@Medschoolcoach.com

Jan 18, 2021
Highlight #18 Sleep Stages
12:37

This clip comes from the Sleep and Circadian Rhythms podcast and covers the sleep stages. Enjoy!

 

Comments, questions, or concerns? Email me: MCATPodcast@medschoolcoach.com

Jan 15, 2021
Molecular Structure and Absorption Spectra
36:35

Episode 55

This MCAT podcast covers molecular structure and absorption spectra. I discuss 4 different analytical techniques:

  1. IR Spectroscopy
  2. UV-Vis Spectroscopy
  3. Mass Spectroscopy
  4. 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

Thanks for listening!

Jan 05, 2021
BONUS: 5 Tips for Clinical Rotations
35:17

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 Proactive (Dr. Ted O'Connell)
  • [18:22] #2. Be Inclusive and Avoid Your Own Bias (Dr. Nicole Washington)
  • [21:37] #3. Be a Team Player (Dr. Andrew Tisser)
  • [24:03] #4. Set Goals and Have a Vision for your Education (Dr. Elsie Koh)
  • [30:47] #5. Focus on the Patient (Dr. Jack Ende)

 

For comments and concerns email me: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com

The 1-Minute Preceptor Podcast

Dec 28, 2020
The Doppler Effect
13:13

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!

Dec 07, 2020
Viruses
45:37

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 Transduction and Transfection
  • [28:17] Virus Classification
  • [33:33] Virus Mutation
  • [41:52] Subviral Particles

For comments and concerns, email me: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com

Thanks for listening!

Nov 23, 2020
BONUS: Transitioning to Med School with Madhavi Murali
33:18

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 Study for Med School
  • [06:51] Step Exam Going Pass/Fail
  • [09:35] Difficult Courses and Study Strategies
  • [11:11] The Transition from Undergrad to Medical School
  • [13:09] Maintaining Hobbies in Medical School
  • [14:58] The Effect of The Pandemic on Med School Students and Clinical Rotations
  • [17:35] Useful Resources for Students
  • [20:09] Advice for Students Applying to Medical School
  • [24:57] Preparing for Step 1
  • [27:33] Recommendations for Struggling Med School Students
  • [28:45] The Focus of a Tutoring Session with Madhavi

 

For comments and concerns please email me: MCATPodcast@medschoolcoach.com

 

Thanks for listening!

Nov 16, 2020
Work and Energy
35:21

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
  • [07:18] Sign Conventions of Work
  • [11:42] Work Kinetic Energy Theorem
  • [15:38] Path Dependent vs Path Independent Work
  • [18:29] Mechanical Advantage
  • [21:08] The Efficiency of a Machine
  • [23:17] Work and Power
  • [24:25] Work and Energy
  • [29:10] Types of Heat Transfer

Detailed show notes

For comments and concerns, please email MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com

 

Thanks for listening!

Nov 02, 2020
BONUS: The Osteopathic Experience with Luke Maxfield, DO
37:31

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 choose a DO program, the implications of the USMLE Step 1 exam going pass/fail, and more!

 

Oct 26, 2020
Fat and Protein Metabolism
38:41

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 Anabolism

Ketogenic and glucogenic amino acid diagram

Please email me if you have comments or concerns:

MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com

 

Enjoy!

Oct 04, 2020
Social Norms & Deviance
33:37

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 Norms Intersect with the Law
  • [12:39] Anomie
  • [14:51] Theories & Perspectives on Deviance
  • [27:24] Collective Behavior & Collective Deviance

 

For any comments and/or concerns please email me: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com

Thanks for listening!

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Sep 21, 2020
Population Genetics
46:33

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 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!

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Sep 07, 2020
BONUS: Evidence Based Study Methods with Chase DiMarco
31:29

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. 

For comments and concerns please email me: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com

Thanks for listening! 

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Aug 31, 2020
Common Hormone Axes
36:51

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.

  • [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!

Aug 24, 2020
BONUS: Dr. Shannon Sovndal Interview
27:09

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:

 

Please email me if you have any comments or concerns:

MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com

 

Thanks for listening!

Aug 10, 2020
The Excretory System
32:05

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.

  • [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!

Jul 27, 2020
Sleep and Circadian Rhythms
44:37

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 effect of drugs on sleep.

Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com

Thanks for listening!

Jul 13, 2020
REPOST: The Endocrine System
41:51

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.

Jul 06, 2020
Highlight #10 - T Cells
09:04

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!

Jun 26, 2020
The Digestive System
49:58

Episode 45

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!

Jun 15, 2020
Electrochemistry
47:49

Episode 44

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!

Jun 01, 2020
Highlight #8 - Erikson’s 8 Stages of Psychosocial Development
10:22

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!

May 29, 2020
Biological Membranes
45:31

Episode 43

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!

May 18, 2020
Highlight #7 - The Three Germ Layers
03:11

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!

May 15, 2020
Highlight #6 - Meiosis
09:06

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!

May 08, 2020
ATP
47:08

Episode 42

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!

May 04, 2020
Highlight #5 - pH Calculations
13:33

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!

May 01, 2020
Bonus Episode: Coronavirus Vaccine Interview
34:33

In this bonus episode I interview Olubukola (Olu) Abiona, a research fellow in the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health. She is a member of the team that produced the first coronavirus vaccine in the US. In addition to the interview, I review some basic coronavirus virology.

Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com

Thanks for listening!

Apr 27, 2020
Highlight #4 - Acid and Base Definitions
09:27

This MCAT podcast is a short segment from the “Acids and Bases” podcast. It covers the various definitions of acids and bases, including strong vs weak acids and bases.
Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com

Thanks for listening!

Apr 24, 2020
Highlight #3 - Enzyme Types
11:46

This MCAT podcast is a short segment from the “Enzyme Kinetics, Inhibition, and Categorization” podcast.

Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com

Thanks for listening!

Apr 17, 2020
Intelligence
34:22

Episode 41

This MCAT podcast covers intelligence. First, I discuss several theories of intelligence including entity vs incremental theory, general intelligence theory, two factor theory, multiple intelligences theory, triarchic theory, CHC theory, and biological theories. Next, I talk about hereditary factors of intelligence (nature vs nurture). Last, I discuss how intelligence is measured.

Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com

Thanks for listening!

Apr 13, 2020
Highlight #2 - Neurological Disorders
12:56

This MCAT podcast is a short segment from the “The Nervous System” podcast.

Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com

Thanks for listening!

Apr 10, 2020
Highlight #1 - Amino Acid Mutations
12:25

This MCAT podcast is a short segment from the “Amino Acids” podcast.

Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com

Thanks for listening!

Apr 03, 2020
Redox
45:54

Episode 40

This MCAT podcast covers Redox. First, I discuss the concept of a redox reaction. I go over oxidizing and reducing agents, what makes a compound a good (or bad) oxidizing agent, oxidation state of molecules/functional groups, common organic chemistry redox reagents, and redox in biology. Then, I discuss numerical (general chemistry) concepts related to redox. This includes determining oxidation number and electrochemical cells.

Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com

Thanks for listening!

Mar 30, 2020
Sound and Hearing
29:27

Episode 39

This MCAT podcast covers sound and hearing physiology. First, I discuss sound-related topics like sound waves, pitch, ultrasound, and the decibel system. Then, I briefly discuss the anatomy and physiology of the ear.

Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com

Thanks for listening!

Mar 16, 2020
Fluids
53:54

Episode 38

This MCAT podcast covers fluid statics (fluids standing still). First, I talk about different fluid properties including surface tension, vapor pressure, adsorption and absorption, adhesion and cohesion, and Henry's law. Second, I discuss a few important fluids statics concepts: static fluid pressure, Pascal's law, gauge pressure vs absolute pressure, osmotic pressure, and buoyancy.

For some fluid dynamics (moving fluids) skip to the 43:00 mark in the cardiovascular system + fluids podcast.

Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com

Thanks for listening!

Mar 02, 2020
Muscular System
35:29

Episode 37

This MCAT podcast covers the muscular system. First, I cover the differences and similarities between the three types of muscle (smooth, cardiac, skeletal). Then, I talk about the basic structure of a skeletal muscle cell and the many organelles that are unique to this cell type including the sarcolemma, sarcoplasm, myofibrils, sarcomeres, and more. Next, I discuss three main differences between type I and type II muscle fibers. Last, I delve into muscle contraction, starting at the neuromuscular junction and ending in the shortening of sarcomeres (the cause of muscle flexion).

Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com

Thanks for listening!

Feb 17, 2020
Social Stratification
40:26

Episode 36

This MCAT podcast covers social stratification. First, I define and give examples of many of the terms you may see regarding social stratification and inequality, including: prejudice, discrimination, stereotype, stereotype threat, status (ascribed vs achieved), power (6 different types to know), social capital (and the other forms of capital), gentrification, and poverty. Then, I talk about social class. Last, I briefly mention the social gradient in healthcare.

Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com

Thanks for listening

Feb 03, 2020
Classic Psychology Experiments
50:22

Episode 35

This podcast covers the classic psychology experiments to know for the MCAT.
I discuss in detail the following experiments:
* Pavlov’s Dog- 2:00
* Harlow Monkey Study- 6:55
* Albert’s Bobo Doll Experiment- 11:15
* Skinner Box Experiment- 14:45
* Asch Conformity (Line) Experiment- 22:30
* Milgram Experiment- 26:30
* Watson’s Little Albert Experiment- 35:05
* Sherif Robbers Cave Study- 38:00
* Seligman Learned Helplessness Dog Study- 42:05
* Rapid Fire Cases (Zimbardo, Kitty Genovese, Phineas Gage )- 45:05

Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com

Thanks for listening!

Jan 20, 2020
The Cell Cycle
33:41

Episode 34

This MCAT podcast covers the cell cycle. First, I cover the different phases of the cell cycle: Interphase (G1, S, G2) and the M phase (mitosis). Then, I talk about how the cell cycle is regulated and the cell cycle checkpoints. Last, I briefly mention how cell cycle dysfunction applies to disease - specifically cancer.

Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com

Thanks for listening!

Jan 06, 2020
Isomers
32:57

Episode 33

This episode reviews three common types of isomers that you are likely to see on the MCAT: 1) structural isomers, 2) geometric isomers, and 3) stereoisomers. I define each type of isomer, give a common example, and discuss applications that you may see.

Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com

Thanks for listening!

Dec 16, 2019
BONUS: The Gut Microbiome
32:37

This bonus episode briefly covers the gut microbiome. I talk about what the gut microbiome is, what it does, and how our understanding of it can be applied to health.

The gut microbiome and TMAO paper: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3086762/

Fiber gap paper: https://www.cell.com/trends/endocrinology-metabolism/fulltext/S1043-27601600035-7


Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com

Thanks for listening!

Dec 02, 2019
Emotion and Motivation
57:54

Episode 32

This podcast covers motivation and emotion. First, I cover motivation, discussing the following topics: intrinsic vs extrinsic motivation, theories of motivation (evolutionary, arousal, drive-reduction, incentive, three needs, and Maslow’s hierarchy) and harmful behaviors (addiction) and motivation. Next, I talk about the following topics within emotion: the 3 components of emotion, emotion and the brain, theories of emotion (evolutionary, James-Lange, Cannon-Bard, Schachter-Singer, Lazarus, and facial feedback), emotion and culture, and emotional disorders.

Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com

Thanks for listening!

Nov 25, 2019
Cardiovascular System + Fluids
01:02:03

Episode 31

This podcast covers the cardiovascular system and a bit of fluid mechanics. First, I cover cardiovascular anatomy. Then, I talk about the following topics regarding the heart: function, contraction, cell types in the heart, and its role in regulation of blood pressure. Lastly (44:00 min-1hr), I tie in a few fluid mechanics topics that are high yield on the MCAT and apply to the cardiovascular system, including: total peripheral resistance, viscosity, the continuity equation, and the Bernoulli equation.

Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com

Thanks for listening!

Nov 04, 2019
BONUS: CARS Interview
27:59

In this podcast I talk to Katelyn Sawyer, the MCAT Content Manager for Medschoolcoach. We discuss the following topics: 1) what CARS is (and isn’t), 2) how to study for CARS, and 3) the best study resources for CARS.

Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com

Huge thanks to Katelyn for joining the podcast!

Oct 21, 2019
Translational Motion
51:29

Episode 30

This podcast covers translation motion. First, I cover vectors. Then, I talk about position, velocity, and acceleration. The link for the example I work through in this segment is below. Last, I talk about free fall and projectile motion.
 Example Link:https://www.geogebra.org/m/pdNj3DgD

Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com

Thanks for listening!

Oct 14, 2019
Cell Organelles
58:04

Episode 29

This podcast covers the cell organelles. I break these down into five categories, organelles within: 1) all cells, 2) eukaryotic cells, 3) plant and bacterial cells, 4) human and bacterial cells, 5) human cells only, 6) plant cells only. In all, I cover the following organelles: ribosomes, vacuoles, cytoskeleton, plasma membrane, peroxisome proteasome, nucleus, nucleolus, ER (smooth and rough), Golgi apparatus, lysosome, cell wall, flagella, mitochondria, melanosome, flagella, and chloroplasts.


Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com

Thanks for listening!

Sep 30, 2019
BONUS: Polyatomic Ions and Solubility Rules
10:45

This podcast covers the polyatomic ions to know and the solubility rules. Polyatomic ions start at 2:00 and solubility rules start at 6:00.

Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com

Thanks for listening!

Sep 16, 2019
Kinetics and Solubility
51:07

Episode 28

This podcast covers chemical kinetics and solubility. First, I cover topics within kinetics including: general concept, collision theory, rate laws, and the Arrhenius equation. Then, I break down solubility. Topics in this segment include general concept, solubility product (Ksp), the common ion effect, selective precipitation, and Henry’s law.

Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com

Thanks for listening!

Sep 09, 2019
Bonus Episode Interview: Should I Retake the MCAT?
40:32

Ken Tao, MedSchoolCoach’s Director of MCAT Tutoring, and Sahil Mehta, Founder and President of MedSchoolCoach, join the podcast to discuss retaking the MCAT. We discuss how to determine if you should retake the MCAT and ways to improve your score.

AAMC MSAR: https://apps.aamc.org/msar-ui/#/landing

MCAT and GPA Grid for Applicants and Acceptees to U.S. Medical Schools: https://www.aamc.org/download/321508/data/factstablea23.pdf

Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com

Big thanks to Ken and Sahil for joining ProspectiveDoctor’s MCAT Basics!

Sep 02, 2019
The Eye: Physiology and Perception
42:38

Episode 27

This podcast covers the eye. First, I quickly cover the anatomy of the eye. Then, I break down rods, cones, and the phototransduction pathway. Last, I talk about perception. The topics here include: visual field processing, binocular vs monocular cues, and feature detection (including Magno and Parvo pathways).

Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com

Thanks for listening!

Aug 26, 2019
Immune System: Adaptive
42:44

Episode 26

This podcast covers the adaptive immune system. First, I introduce the cells that make up the adaptive immune system. Then, I break down the two branches of the adaptive immune system: 1) humoral immunity, 2) cell-mediated immunity. I end by recapping the whole immune system.

Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com

Thanks for listening!

Aug 19, 2019
Immune System: Innate
47:15

Episode 25

This podcast covers the innate immune system. First, I introduce the cells that make up the innate immune system. Next, I discuss three important aspects of the innate immune system: 1) anatomical barriers, 2) general inflammatory response, 3) the complement system and describe their role within it.

Innate Immune System Paper: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK26846/

Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com

Thanks for listening!

Aug 12, 2019
Separation & Purification Techniques
01:03:19

Episode 24

This podcast covers several common separation and purification laboratory techniques that you may see on the MCAT. I have broken this subject down into three different categories: small molecules, proteins, and cells. Within the small molecule category, I cover: extraction, crystallization and recrystallization, and chromatography (TLC and HPLC). In the protein category, I cover: SDS-page, precipitation, isoelectric focusing, and chromatography (size-exclusion, affinity, and ion-exchange). Last, in the cell category, I briefly cover: centrifugation, flow cytometry, and microfluidics.

Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: MCATpodcast@medschoolcoach.com

Thanks for listening!

Aug 05, 2019
Circuits
48:06

Episode 23

This podcast covers circuits in detail. First, I breakdown what I consider to be the most important circuit variables: voltage, current, resistance, and power. Then, I discuss circuit components, including resistors, batteries, capacitors, and switches. Last, I tell you what you need to know about Ohm’s Law and Kirchhoff’s Law.

Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: sasm6771@colorado.edu

Thanks for listening!

Jul 08, 2019
DNA Replication and Central Dogma
50:46

Episode 22

This podcast covers DNA replication and central dogma. First, I breakdown DNA replication, discussing: conservative, semi-conservative, and dispersive replication, and the DNA replication mechanism. Then, I discuss transcription and translation, including: differences between prokaryotes and eukaryotes, mechanisms, and cellular location.

Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: sasm6771@colorado.edu

Thanks for listening!

Jul 01, 2019
Bonus Episode Interview: Kathryn Henshaw
54:10

I interview Kathryn, an MCAT tutor for Medschoolcoach. She runs the @thepremed Instagram page and was a top scorer on the MCAT. We talk about designing a study schedule, study habits, CARS, taking a gap year(s), and answer Q/A’s from Kathryn’s Instagram.

Kathryn

For IG/Student Inquiries: premedadvicebykathryn@gmail.com Instagram: @thepremed

Thanks to Kathryn for joining me on the podcast!

Jun 24, 2019
Thermodynamics
41:21

Episode 21

This podcast covers thermodynamics. First, I discuss the four laws of thermodynamics, as well as their application on the MCAT. Then, I break down enthalpy, Gibbs free energy, and entropy (briefly). Lastly, I cover the three types of heat transfer: conduction, convection, and radiation.

Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: sasm6771@colorado.edu

Thanks for listening!

Jun 17, 2019
Cell and Tissue Types
50:49

Episode 20

This podcast covers cell and tissue types. First, I discuss the difference between eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells. I further break down these categories and talk about the differences between animal, plant, fungi, protozoa, archaea, and bacterial cells. Next, I talk about each of the four main tissue types: epithelial, muscle, connective, and nervous. The bulk of this section covers epithelial tissue.

Please email me if you have any comments or concerns: sasm6771@colorado.edu

Thanks for listening!

Jun 10, 2019
Renal Physiology
53:57

Episode 19

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: sasm6771@colorado.edu

Thanks for listening!

Jun 03, 2019
Psychosocial Development and Identity
42:55

Episode 18

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: sasm6771@colorado.edu

Thanks for listening!

May 27, 2019
Functional Groups: Physical and Chemical Properties
47:20

Episode 17

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: sasm6771@colorado.edu

Thanks for listening!

May 20, 2019
Electromagnetism
51:09

Episode 16

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.

*Corrections*:

  1. Electrostatic force is INVERSELY proportional to the distance between charges squared
  2. Amperes = Coulombs/Second
  3. I say that magnetic field lines travel in the same direction that Santa goes when he is done delivering presents. This assumes he lives on the South Pole. (i.e. he goes north to south when he is done delivering presents)

 

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Thanks for listening!

May 13, 2019
BONUS: Cell Differentiation
17:51

This bonus episode briefly covers cell differentiation. What are the mechanisms of cell differentiation? How does a stem cell know what type of cell to differentiate into? Listen to find out.

Apr 25, 2019
Psychology and Sociology Theories
55:17

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.

Apr 23, 2019
The Reproductive System
42:00

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!

 

Apr 16, 2019
Atomic Chemistry
49:21

Episode 13: Atomic Chemistry

This lecture covers basic quantum theory, quantum numbers, hybridization, types of bonds, and nuclear decay.  

Apr 08, 2019
Light and Optics
48:50

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.

Apr 01, 2019
Learning and Memory
37:54

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.

Mar 26, 2019