Ch 28: Urinary System for the MCAT: Tutoring Solution

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The Urinary System chapter of this MCAT Prep Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about the urinary system. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long, and they teach the information involving the urinary system required for the MCAT exam.

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  • Begin your review or other MCAT preparation work.
  • Identify the urinary system concepts that you're stuck on.
  • Find fun videos on the topics you need to understand.
  • Press play, watch and learn!
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • As needed, submit a question to one of our instructors for personalized support.

Who's it for?

This chapter of our MCAT prep tutoring solution will benefit any student who is trying to review the urinary system and earn acceptable scores. This resource can help students including those who:

  • Struggle with understanding how the kidneys regulate water balance, blood supply of the kidneys or any other urinary system topic
  • Have limited time for studying
  • Want a cost effective way to supplement their MCAT preparation
  • Prefer learning MCAT topics visually
  • Find themselves struggling with the urinary system portion of their review
  • Cope with ADD or ADHD
  • Want to get ahead in their MCAT preparation
  • Don't have access to MCAT review materials

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  • Engaging Tutors: We make reviewing the urinary system simple and fun.
  • Cost Efficient: For less than 20% of the cost of a private tutor, you'll have unlimited access 24/7.
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  • Learn at Your Pace: You can pause and rewatch lessons as often as you'd like, until you master the material.

Learning objectives:

  • Review the gross anatomy of the urinary system.
  • Explore the major divisions and structures of the kidneys.
  • See how blood flows to and from the kidneys.
  • Learn about the structures and functions of the glomerulus.
  • Examine the supportive structures of the nephron
  • Find out what the glomerular filtration rate is.
  • Learn why renal tubules are essential to kidney function.
  • See how the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system helps control blood pressure.
  • Explore how the kidneys regulate water and acid base balance.
  • Find out how kidney and metabolic disease affect kidney function.

11 Lessons in Chapter 28: Urinary System for the MCAT: Tutoring Solution
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Gross Anatomy of the Urinary System

1. Gross Anatomy of the Urinary System

Our body must detoxify and cleanse itself to thrive. That is why we depend so heavily on our liver and urinary system. In this lesson, we'll explore how toxins are filtered by our organs and how urine is formed and expelled with the nephron, bladder, ureters, and urethra.

The Kidney: Major Divisions & Structures

2. The Kidney: Major Divisions & Structures

Learn about the major layers of the kidneys, like the renal cortex and renal medulla. Find out about the inner parts of the kidneys, including the renal papilla, renal pelvis, renal pyramid, and renal hilum.

Blood Supply of the Kidneys

3. Blood Supply of the Kidneys

Follow the blood supply of the kidneys through the aorta and into the renal artery, then delve deeper into the blood supply as we look into the arcuate artery, interlobar artery, and interlobular artery. Finally, we will find out the function of the renal vein.

The Nephron: The Glomerulus's Major Structures and Functions

4. The Nephron: The Glomerulus's Major Structures and Functions

Together, the glomerulus and Bowman's capsule make up the renal corpuscle of the nephron. These parts of the nephron filter blood and are vital to our body's survival. In this lesson, you'll explore the major corpuscular structures and their functions.

Supportive Structures of the Nephron: Functions and Definitions

5. Supportive Structures of the Nephron: Functions and Definitions

In this lesson, you'll learn about the supportive structures of the nephron, including the juxtaglomerular apparatus, juxtaglomerular cells, macula densa, and mesangial cells. You'll also explore enzymes and hormones like renin and erythropoietin and learn why they are so important to the body.

What is the Glomerular Filtration Rate? - Definition, Function & Terms

6. What is the Glomerular Filtration Rate? - Definition, Function & Terms

Forces known as hydrostatic pressure and oncotic pressure help to increase and decrease your glomerular filtration rate. Find out what the GFR is and how these forces influence it.

The Renal Tubule: Definition, Function & Terms

7. The Renal Tubule: Definition, Function & Terms

Renal tubules are essential structures in the kidneys. This lesson explores the function of the renal tubule and its parts, including the proximal and distal convoluted tubules, the loop of Henle, and the collecting duct. Learn how these components work together to absorb materials and form urine.

Renin Angiotensin Aldosterone System (RAAS): Pathway, Functions & Terms

8. Renin Angiotensin Aldosterone System (RAAS): Pathway, Functions & Terms

The renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system is one of the most complex and important systems in controlling the blood pressure in your body. As we go over this system, you'll also learn about the many hormones involved in the control of your body's glomerular filtration rate and blood pressure.

How the Kidneys Regulate Water Balance

9. How the Kidneys Regulate Water Balance

Water balance is essential to our health and survival. This lesson explores how the kidneys regulate water balance with special cells known as osmoreceptors and a process called osmoregulation. You'll also learn how this process relates to a rare form of diabetes known as diabetes insipidus.

How the Kidneys Regulate Acid Base Balance

10. How the Kidneys Regulate Acid Base Balance

Find out how your kidneys keep you alive by excreting acids and bases in conditions like respiratory acidosis, metabolic alkalosis, metabolic acidosis, and respiratory alkalosis.

How Kidney and Metabolic Disease Affect Kidney Function

11. How Kidney and Metabolic Disease Affect Kidney Function

This lesson explores chronic kidney disease and the metabolic disorders that affect kidney function. We'll delve into diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and glomerulonephritis and learn what your urine can tell you about your health.

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