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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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: email@example.com Thanks for listening!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks for listening!
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: email@example.com Instagram: @thepremed Thanks to Kathryn for joining me on the podcast!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks for listening!
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: email@example.com Thanks for listening!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com Thanks for listening!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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.).
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.
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.