General Principles of Foundational Sciences

General Principles of Foundational Sciences

by Kevin Ahern, PhD, Georgina Cornwall, PhD, Vincent Racaniello, PhD u.a.

Understand high-yield body concepts and ace your exams!

When you're preparing for Step 1, understanding the organ systems in depth is very important—but you should never ignore general principles of the body and its functions.

This collection introduces you to the high-yield principles of the following subjects:

  • Aging
  • Biochemistry
  • Embryology
  • Immunology
  • Medical Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Nutrition
  • Pathology (General Principles)
  • Pharmacology (General Principles)
  • Physiology (General Principles)

Various tutors, all specialists in their fields, will share mnemonics and clinical pearls to help you to gain a deep understanding of these topics, so you can stop wasting time on memorizing facts.

To guide your study progress we will not only provide you with high-quality video lectures, but also give you topic reviews to refresh your knowledge, and quiz questions to test yourself.

Become a better doctor!

Course Details

  • Videos 727
  • Duration 56:49 h
  • Quiz questions 2174
  • Articles 176


Your Educators of course General Principles of Foundational Sciences

 Kevin Ahern, PhD

Kevin Ahern, PhD

Kevin Ahern received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Oklahoma State University, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Oregon State University. Currently working as professor of biochemistry and biophysics at Oregon State University, he loves to write poetry and song lyrics. His previous works include “A Limerick a Day For a Year” and “Merry Metabolic and Miscellanic Melodies”. He is also a co-author of the popular biochemistry textbooks, “Biochemistry Free and Easy”.
 Georgina Cornwall, PhD

Georgina Cornwall, PhD

Dr. Georgina Cornwall has taught a broad array of Biology courses at different U.S. universities, currently at the Colorado Mountain College in Aspen. Dr. Cornwall is an active promoter of hybrid teaching formats like online and interactive courses. Thus, she uses modern technology to engage her students in the diverse disciplines of biology – from Microbiology to Genetics.
 Vincent Racaniello, PhD

Vincent Racaniello, PhD

Vincent Racaniello is a Higgins Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Columbia University in New York. As an internationally renowned virologist, he has published many influential papers in the field, and co-authored the well-known textbook Principles of Animal Virology. He has received several awards, including the Irma T. Hirschl, Searle Scholars, Eli Lilly, and NIH Merit. Professor Racaniello firmly believes in the power of the internet as a scientific tool, and works on several platforms to share his vast knowledge in virology.
 Thad Wilson, PhD

Thad Wilson, PhD

Thad Wilson is a Professor of Physiology and has been teaching medical students for more than a dozen years at Colleges of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA (Drexel University); Athens, OH (Ohio University), and Indianapolis, IN (Marian University). He has worked extensively developing and improving medical curriculums, as well as serving in leadership roles as a Medical Physiology course director and Organ System team leader. Professor Thad Wilson has been awarded multiple medical school teaching awards and previously was involved in both question writing and question reviewing for national board exams in the health sciences. He currently helps students prepare for medical board exams, in addition to his teaching and scientific pursuits. Professor Thad Wilson has coauthored over 75 peer-reviewed scientific articles as well as a physiology textbook, Lippincott’s Illustrated Reviews: Physiology, which has been translated into four languages and a number of electronic formats.
 Carlo Raj, MD

Carlo Raj, MD

You probably know MD Edward Goljan and his Rapid Review Pathology Series. But do you know the "new" Goljan? His name is Carlo Raj and he is currently following his mentor's footsteps by presenting you pathology as you have never experienced before.

Carlo Raj has earned his MD at the Medical University of the Americas (MUA) and continued his medical career as professor of Pathophysiology at the Becker Professional Education, Chicago, USA, and as an international lecturer and author—both assisting MD Edward Goljan and later on his own. Today he teaches at Becker Professional Education and is also CEO of Indus Intellect, whose goal it is to spread medical knowledge across the globe.

 Pravin Shukle, MD

Pravin Shukle, MD

Dr. Shukle is a board certified specialist in internal medicine. He runs one of the largest specialty practices in Ontario, Canada. His area of interest is the stroke and heart attack reduction in high risk patients.

He owns and runs a full functioning cardiac and diabetes suite that includes diagnostics, diet counseling, exercise counseling, and lifestyle support for patients with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and arrhythmia. He is one of Canada’s most popular speakers. He performs over 150 special lectures across the nation each year with various audiences ranging from the general public, to nurses, to physicians, to medical specialists. His lectures are engaging, funny, and informative. In 2016, Dr. Shukle will be conducting a TED talk on using DNA as a memory storage medium.

 Peter Ward, PhD

Peter Ward, PhD

Peter J. Ward, Ph.D. has been teaching embryology, anatomy, histology, and neuroscience since 2005. He attended Carnegie Mellon University and later earned a Ph.D. in medical anatomy education from Purdue University. Dr. Ward enjoys finding ways to simplify the complex processes involved in human development and highlights the clinically-important aspects of embryology. Throughout these lectures, Dr. Ward shows how embryonic structures morph into the mature organs and other structures of the human body.

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Perfect for better understanding enzymes
By Johannes M. on 14. December 2018 for Enzymes and Enzyme Kinetics

Amazing lectures! Very well explained and effective videos. A perfect way to get a clear view of the subjects, very glad I found this.

A little bit on the light side, but phenomenal source for review, or USMLE dedicated study
By joshua W. on 14. December 2018 for Microbiology

So, during my first two years, I thought this course was a little on the light side, and it feels a bit as if the instructor is more stating facts rather than explaining and linking ideas. I know they tend to keep the videos short, but I think this course could have benefitted from more time, from a learning the material stand point. As a video series for learning, you might be left wanting with just over an hour per subject. As a learning source, 3 out of 5. So, now on to why you should really give this guy a watch. I was looking for a quick microbiology review during my dedicated study. I had watched sketchy, and read the textbooks, but wanted a quick, solid review series to watch during lunch and dinner during my dedicated, something a little bit more to the point than sketchy. This lecture series is the holy grail of high yield review that is exactly what any student looking for a great microbiology source to watch during their dedicated study. It is short, to the point, and highlights what you need to get most of those micro questions right on UWORLD and has the images in the slides that you need to be able to recognize. High yield review source, 5 out of 5. So, overall, I would give this series a 4 out of 5. If your a first or second year, this might not be the best choice for microbiology, however as a high yield review I would rank these microbiology videos second to none.

High yield, key points
By Alejandro Gonzalo V. on 12. December 2018 for Hydrophobic R-groups – Amino Acids

Awesome lecture, awesome proffesor. My teacher spent almost 1 hour explaining that. Thank you Dr. Ahern

Excellent intro
By Victoria W. on 10. December 2018 for DNA Replication

Nice succinct intro with basic overview -- key points are highlighted

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