Sam Smith

Sam completed his Bachelors of Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. Following his graduation, he worked at the National Institutes of Health Vaccine Research Center studying HIV. Meanwhile, with a microphone in his garage, Sam founded the MCAT Basics podcast. The podcast has grown to become the top rated MCAT podcast on iTunes. In addition to podcasting, Sam enjoys the outdoors, sports, and his friends and family.
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    BONUS: Cell Differentiation

    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. To learn more about how MedSchoolCoach can help you…

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    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…

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    The Reproductive System

    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).  To learn more about how MedSchoolCoach can help you along your medical…

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    Atomic Chemistry

    This lecture covers basic quantum theory, quantum numbers, hybridization, types of bonds, and nuclear decay. To learn more about how MedSchoolCoach can help you along your medical school journey, visit us at Prospective Doctor.

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    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…

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    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…

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    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. To learn more about how MedSchoolCoach can help you along…

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    BONUS: HIV Cure?

    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…

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    Study Types and Research Design

    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,…

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    Organic Chemistry Mechanisms to Know

    This 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. To learn more about how MedSchoolCoach can…

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