How do you stay up to date with the latest medical literature and recommendations? Do you sit in front of the fire each night reading the latest publication from the New England Journal? Do you attend a conference every month in Michigan or another state and hear presentations on the latest medical breakthrough? …Or are you like most residents who are trying to find time to pay your bills and clean your white coat between long shifts?
While print publications and conferences that are very useful in keeping you on the cutting edge of medicine, they may not be practical on a day-to-day basis. Thankfully we live in an era of digital media which is ever-expanding to allow new delivery systems of information. Podcasts, in particular, offer residents an opportunity to listen to the latest articles and medical opinions. These can be downloaded to a cellphone and played during daily commutes to and from the hospital, or even while relaxing on the couch after a long day. Below is a list of medical podcasts that are easily accessible online:
- NEJM This Week – weekly summary of the publication approximately 20 minutes each
- Annals of Internal Medicine – includes discussions with study authors
- Johns Hopkins Medicine – Weekly summary of medical headlines
- JAMA Audio Commentary – Editors summary of the weekly publication
- MKSAP 16 Audio Companion – mostlya narration of theMKSAP books with some interspersed commentary and some questions.
- Website: http://www.mksapaudio.com/MKSAPaudiocom/MKSAPAudio.aspx
- Or speak with the program coordinator
- The Lancet – Weekly discussions on IM topics – also hassubspecialty audio
- Website: http://www.thelancet.com/audio
- The list goes on and on… fortunately these are very easy to find online.
- One relatively comprehensive catalog can be found here: http://internetmedicine.com/internal-medicine-podcasts/
Podcast subscriptions can be handled in many ways. With an iPhone or iPad, these can be accessed and subscribed to via the “Podcast” app already installed on your device. Additionally, they can be discovered through Apple iTunes. For Android devices, the apps PodBean and BeyondPod are both very capable for managing your subscriptions.