47 episodes

MCAT Basics with Sam Smith of MedSchoolCoach covers topics on the AAMC MCAT. Each podcast covers up to 3 of the 4 MCAT sections. Lesson topics are based on the practice material put out by the AAMC, such as practice tests, question banks, and more!

MCAT Basics Sam Smith of MedSchoolCoach

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MCAT Basics with Sam Smith of MedSchoolCoach covers topics on the AAMC MCAT. Each podcast covers up to 3 of the 4 MCAT sections. Lesson topics are based on the practice material put out by the AAMC, such as practice tests, question banks, and more!

    Muscular System

    Muscular System

    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!

    • 35 min
    Social Stratification

    Social Stratification

    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

    • 40 min
    Classic Psychology Experiments

    Classic Psychology Experiments

    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!

    • 50 min
    The Cell Cycle

    The Cell Cycle

    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!

    • 33 min
    Isomers

    Isomers

    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!

    • 32 min
    BONUS: The Gut Microbiome

    BONUS: The Gut Microbiome

    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!

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

Aquellita la bonita ,

CARS episode

I listened to this one today and it really made me realize what I need to do to approach this section. I did a practice passage and got all correct by applying the steps that were talked about in the show. I hope I can start seeing improvement in my cars practice and score.

NewOldPreMed ,

Solid review

I appreciate Sam putting this information in audio and I think he does well explaining topics and transitioning. Someone mentioned it’s similar to review book but that’s what I appreciate, it’s solid review. I’ll recommend it and thanks Sam!

lonoalo11 ,

Awesome

Best mcat podcast by far!!!

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