At the center of the renal system are the kidneys: kidneys are complex organs to understand, which is why the renal system is challenging for students who haven’t taken physiology yet. The MCAT won’t test the intricate anatomy of kidneys (that’s for med school!), but the test does cover the main functions of the kidney, the basic structure of the nephron, and how the renal system is involved with other body systems. Tune in to learn more about the renal system!
Renal System Part 1
At a glance
Predict blood ion levels and blood pressure changes given different situations with the nephron
Associate nephron structure and functionality with urine concentration and composition
The main functions of the kidney
Basic kidney and nephron anatomy
Hormones that act on the kidney
Bladder anatomy and functionality
On the MCAT
The renal/excretory system includes both the kidneys and the bladder but the kidneys are much more often tested in terms of anatomy and functionality
The renal system has many overlaps with the endocrine and circulatory systems. Know your hormones!
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