10 episodes

The Rx Bricks podcast from USMLE-Rx is designed to help you master medical school. Each episode is an audio version of one of our revolutionary Rx Bricks, which are short, high-yield, interactive learning modules. Each week, we present a new audiobrick based on an important basic science topic (e.g., pressure-volume loops) or clinical concept (e.g., ischemic heart disease). Learn more at www.usmle-rx.com

The Rx Bricks Podcast USMLE-Rx

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The Rx Bricks podcast from USMLE-Rx is designed to help you master medical school. Each episode is an audio version of one of our revolutionary Rx Bricks, which are short, high-yield, interactive learning modules. Each week, we present a new audiobrick based on an important basic science topic (e.g., pressure-volume loops) or clinical concept (e.g., ischemic heart disease). Learn more at www.usmle-rx.com

    Infective Endocarditis

    Infective Endocarditis

    In this AudioBrick, we explore one of the valvular heart diseases from the Cardiovascular collection: infective endocarditis.  Infective endocarditis is an infection of the endocardium, or the inner layer of the heart and valves. Infective endocarditis begins with some type of injury to the endocardium, most commonly the valvular surface. Such injuries may stem from turbulent blood flow (ie, from a congenital or acquired valvular defect), a catheter, or injection of foreign bodies in intravenous (IV) drug users. Injury to the endocardium causes fibrin and platelets to form a thrombus at the injury site. Infection occurs when bacteria are introduced into the thrombus through the blood.
    After listening, you should be able to:

    Define infective endocarditis (IE), including acute and subacute forms
    List the most common valves affected in IE and describe the gross appearance of the valvular lesions
    List the typical causal organisms involved in IE in the following risk groups: patients with healthy valves, patients with native but abnormal valves, patients with prosthetic valves, and intravenous drug abusers
    Describe the sources for these organisms (ie, dental procedures)
    Compare and contrast the presenting symptoms and typical clinical course of acute and subacute bacterial endocarditis

    Learn more about Rx Bricks by signing up for a free USMLE-Rx account: www.usmle-rx.com
    You will get 5 days of full access to our Rx360+ program, including nearly 800 Rx Bricks.  After the 5-day period, you will still be able to access over 150 free bricks, including the entire collections for General Microbiology and Cellular and Molecular Biology.
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    • 21 min
    Synaptic Transmission

    Synaptic Transmission

    In this AudioBrick, we are heading into neurology and the special senses by looking at synaptic transmission.  Synaptic transmission is the official term for how neurons communicate with each other across the junction between them, called the synapse. We’re going to break down that process into its components, beginning with the synapse.
    After listening, you should be able to:

    Define synaptic transmission and neurotransmitters.
    Describe how chemical and electrical synaptic transmission differ.
    Describe the process of chemical synaptic transmission.
    Describe the process of electrical synaptic transmission.
    Describe the main synaptic transmitters in terms of their signaling, function, and role in disease.

    You can follow along by viewing the original brick here.  Learn more about Rx Bricks by signing up for a free USMLE-Rx account: www.usmle-rx.com
    You will get 5 days of full access to our Rx360+ program, including nearly 800 Rx Bricks.  After the 5-day period, you will still be able to access over 150 free bricks, including the entire collections for General Microbiology and Cellular and Molecular Biology.
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    If you enjoyed this episode, we’d love for you to leave a review on Apple Podcasts.  It helps with our visibility, and the more med students (or future med students) listen to the podcast, the more we can provide to the future physicians of the world.
    Follow USMLE-Rx at:
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/usmlerx
    Blog: www.firstaidteam.com
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    YouTube: www.youtube.com/USMLERX
     

    • 24 min
    Hormone Classes, Signaling Pathways, and Regulatory Mechanisms

    Hormone Classes, Signaling Pathways, and Regulatory Mechanisms

    In this AudioBrick, we are going to dig into one of the key areas of the endocrine system by learning about hormone classes, signaling pathways, and regulatory mechanisms. We’ll explain how the various classes of hormones are synthesized, how they act, the factors that affect the target cell’s response to hormones, and how the body regulates hormone secretion.
    After listening, you should be able to:

    Describe the major classes of hormones on the basis of chemical structure
    Compare and contrast the pathways involving intracellular and cell membrane hormone receptors
    Compare and contrast the cAMP and IP3 signaling pathways
    Describe the common factors affecting target cell response to hormones
    Discuss the stimulation and regulation of hormone secretion

    Learn more about Rx Bricks by signing up for a free USMLE-Rx account: www.usmle-rx.com
    You will get 5 days of full access to our Rx360+ program, including nearly 800 Rx Bricks.  After the 5-day period, you will still be able to access over 150 free bricks, including the entire collections for General Microbiology and Cellular and Molecular Biology.
    ***
    If you enjoyed this episode, we’d love for you to leave a review on Apple Podcasts.  It helps with our visibility, and the more med students (or future med students) listen to the podcast, the more we can provide to the future physicians of the world.
    Follow USMLE-Rx at:
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/usmlerx
    Blog: www.firstaidteam.com
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/firstaidteam
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/firstaidteam/
    YouTube: www.youtube.com/USMLERX
     

    • 24 min
    Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System

    Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System

    You probably know that the kidneys play an important role in maintaining blood pressure within the normal range. You might also know that they do this by regulating blood volume and the degree of arterial contraction or dilation (the systemic vascular resistance). But do you know how the kidneys do this? The answer is the kidneys accomplish this primarily through a set of hormones and enzymes known together as the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS). In this AudioBrick, we will discuss the components, functions, and regulation of the RAAS.
    After listening, you should be able to:

    Outline the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system, including sensors, factors that control it, sources of hormone release, and the actions of each hormone
    Describe the mechanisms by which it regulates blood pressure
    Compare and contrast tubuloglomerular feedback with the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system

    Learn more about Rx Bricks by signing up for a free USMLE-Rx account: www.usmle-rx.com
    You will get 5 days of full access to our Rx360+ program, including nearly 800 Rx Bricks.  After the 5-day period, you will still be able to access over 150 free bricks, including the entire collections for General Microbiology and Cellular and Molecular Biology.
    ***
    If you enjoyed this episode, we’d love for you to leave a review on Apple Podcasts.  It helps with our visibility, and the more med students (or future med students) listen to the podcast, the more we can provide to the future physicians of the world.
    Follow USMLE-Rx at:
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/usmlerx
    Blog: www.firstaidteam.com
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/firstaidteam
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/firstaidteam/
    YouTube: www.youtube.com/USMLERX
     

    • 20 min
    Atrial Septal Defect

    Atrial Septal Defect

    In this episode, we head to the Congenital Heart Defects section of the Cardiovascular collection of Rx Bricks to learn about Atrial Septal Defect.
    Learning Objectives

    Define atrial septal defect (ASD).
    List the types of ASD and explain the mechanism underlying each type.
    Describe the clinical presentation and diagnostic test results for an infant with an ASD, the effect of an ASD on the second heart sound, and the source of the murmur associated with an ASD.
    Explain the treatment options for a child with an ASD and the risks and complications associated with an untreated ASD.

    Here is the beginning of the original Case Connection from the brick:

    You just helped in the delivery of KT, a healthy baby girl weighing 7 lb, 3 oz. Her mom, CT, happens to be your neighbor. KT has an Apgar score of 9/9. During the cardiac exam, you hear a normally split S2 sound in inspiration, but you also hear that same S2 spilt in expiration (a fixed split S2). As you are listening to KT’s heart, you think about the physiology behind a fixed split S2 sound and what it means. You know your attending is going to ask you why this occurs when you do your case presentation later that day.
    What information will you give CT about her baby’s exam?

    Learn more about Rx Bricks by signing up for a free USMLE-Rx account: www.usmle-rx.com
    You will get 5 days of full access to our Rx360+ program, including nearly 800 Rx Bricks.  After the 5-day period, you will still be able to access over 150 free bricks, including the entire collections for General Microbiology and Cellular and Molecular Biology.
    ***
    If you enjoyed this episode, we’d love for you to leave a review on Apple Podcasts.  It helps with our visibility, and the more med students (or future med students) listen to the podcast, the more we can provide to the future physicians of the world.
    Follow USMLE-Rx at:
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/usmlerx
    Blog: www.firstaidteam.com
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/firstaidteam
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/firstaidteam/
    YouTube: www.youtube.com/USMLERX

    • 18 min
    Heart Failure

    Heart Failure

    In this episode of the Rx Bricks Podcast, we explore one of the cornerstones of the cardiovascular collection: Heart Failure.
    Here are the learning objectives we’ll be covering:
    1. Define heart failure.
    2. Describe the four functional classes of heart failure.
    3. List and briefly describe the most common diseases causing heart failure, identifying ischemic cardiomyopathy as the most common in the United States.
    4. Describe the four stages of left heart failure using the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association classification.
    5. Describe the clinical presentation of heart failure using the cold/warm and wet/dry paradigm.
    Anyone with a USMLE-Rx account can also access the interactive brick.  If you need an Rx account, it’s easy to sign up for free and get started.
    Learn more about Rx Bricks and check out our 5-day free trial of Rx360+: www.usmle-rx.com
    You’ll get 5 days of full access to our Rx360+ program, including nearly 800 Rx Bricks.  After the 5-day period, you will still be able to access over 150 bricks, including the entire collections for General Microbiology and Cellular and Molecular Biology.
    ***
    If you enjoyed this episode, we’d love for you to leave a review on Apple Podcasts.  It helps with our visibility, which makes it easier for future and current med students around the world to find this invaluable medical education content.
    Follow USMLE-Rx at:
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/usmlerx
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    Twitter: https://twitter.com/firstaidteam
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/firstaidteam/
    YouTube: www.youtube.com/USMLERX

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

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43 Ratings

waynemed96 ,

Audio Gold

Love Arjun! He has such a knack for breaking down complicated topics into palatable and engaging pieces. These are audio gold for med students - can’t wait for more!

jessvw43 ,

Rx products never disappoint...

These are great for those who like to learn by relating high yield topics to clinical correlates, for those who learn by hearing a concept used in a real-life scenario, and entertaining enough to listen to in the car/at the gym/on a run/etc.. Arjun is always enjoyable to listen to, to boot! :)

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Best Med Ed resource out there!

Seriously worth the listen! Arjun is never not funny.

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