The Gist: Podcasts are a way to absorb information in an efficient, pragmatic manner and the Emergency Medicine world does them well. While many medical schools record lectures and place them online, podcasts enable one to listen to lectures that are meaningful and relevant on an individual basis. Choose your own lecturer, style, and classroom for a world-class education. The quality and quantity of podcasts is continously growing, thus this entry will change accordingly (fellow students, share your opinions).
Again, aren't these things nerdy?
- The following features really make them worthwhile: (1) Rewind (30 seconds) - Amazing for those of us with compromised attention spans. (2) The 2x speed option - studying in half the time, leaving time for fun! Know as much as the gunners without acting like one.
- MedEd Beach Body Workout! I started listening to podcasts so I wouldn't feel guilty about carving out so much time from school/studying to enjoy solid daily workouts at the gym. Now, my playlist has lengthened and my body's in better shape...that's literally active learning.
- The world becomes your class room. Feel guilty about going to the beach when everyone else is at the library cramming for the USMLE? Not anymore..these podcasts are actually great prep and they travel well.
- On a more serious note, Life in the Fast Lane (LITFL) gives a great rundown here of the benefits, drawbacks, and utility of podcasts.
- Note: Despite the extent to which I pared down the list, it may seem overwhelming so start with one or two.
What are these "podcasts?"
- LITFL has a comprehensive and searchable database.
- As usual, LITFL is comprehensive. This posting merely exists to demonstrate one student's take on the podcasting world in hopes of making the navigation of this virtual world easier for other students. Within each subcategory below I've listed the podcasts in the relative order in which I recommend them. I was introduced to podcasts via EMCrit and just recently began listening to EM Basic. Logic dictates the reverse...Learn from my mistakes.
- These podcasts will equip you with incredible knowledge and keep you current to provide the optimum patient care. Just know that your knowledge may make you appear ridiculous at times. For example, during my first month of third year clerkships, I spent a weekend exploring life in the ED. While working up patients, I included some things I learned from the EMCrit podcasts: (1) delayed sequence intubation in an agitated and deteriorating COPD patient and (2) the HiNTs battery in working up a posterior stroke. On both occasions I was met with laughter and stares, which is rather embarrassing, regardless of the frequency with which it occurs.
General Medicine for the Early Med School Years: Having trouble understanding the importance of the citric acid cycle or intracellular ion shifts during basic science lectures? Fell asleep during class? Augment this dry knowledge with relevant clinical scenarios and understanding.
- Anatomy for Emergency Medicine delivered succinctly and in sweet dulcet tones courtesy of Dr. Andy Neill. These are superb, brief videos that really emphasize the clinical aspects of anatomy.
- University of Iowa Department of Emergency Medicine - A great archive of lectures covering common ED presentations as well as some procedural videos, which I wouldn't entirely write off. UW EM Educational podcast is similar and also excellent.
- ICU Rounds - Dr. Jeffrey Guy. New episodes are unpredictably published on iTunes but the old episodes are a wealth of information and often very good about reviewing the physiological underpinnings. These are a great clinical supplement to physiology/biochemistry!
- Surgery 101 - This is a regular, ongoing series targeted specifically to medical students on clinical clerkships. It's a great supplement for anatomy and EM, with episodes on trauma, abdominal pain, appendicitis, etc.
- Hospital Medicine with Dr. Gil Porat - great for any student on clinical clerkship, even those unswayed by EM's amazing nature, yet.
The Best of the Emergency-Medicine-Centric Podcasts for Students:
- Want to know the basic approach to common EM scenarios? Check out EMBasic - Dr. Steve Carroll. This is a great podcast to begin with as the podcasts are succinct, clear reviews of major topics in EM twice each month. Recently, Dr. Carroll has added a new component with a Monday morning review of a practice changing piece of literature. This is such a jewel and an incredible primer for all medical students on clinically clerkships.
- ERCAST - Dr. Rob Orman. Each podcast tackles a different topic, often with a guest "expert" in the field. You'll learn a ton of pragmatic information, including ways to reduce shoulders (Cunningham technique) and amazing ways you and your friends can ruin dinner conversation for nearby diners (reference disimpaction episode).
- Duke Emergency Medicine - Here you'll find recordings of a smattering of Duke's EM Residency didactics. The audio quality varies on these but there is a cornucopia of well-delivered knowledge (great talks on radiation, imaging, and toxicology). Additionally, these really emphasize the fundamental scientific foundations - I wish I had these as a second year student.
- Ultrasound Podcast - These are excellent video podcasts (vodcasts) that represent the pinnacle of medical education - funny, concise, informative, and engaging. These guys, Dr. Mike Mallin and Dr. Matt Dawson, can make anyone passionate about this imaging modality. They also have an incredible iPhone/Droid app "1 Minute Ultrasound."
- Free Emergency Medicine Talks - These are great talks also available on iTunes and cover important EM topics such as the utility of positive pressure ventilation, rapid sequence intubation in head injury, and the use of standard labs for undifferentiated abdominal pain. Talks downloaded from the site (ex: from major EM conferences) can be converted into podcasts for quicker listening. Right click on the selection, choose 'get info,' then 'options.' Then change media type from 'music' to 'podcast.'
- The EM Res Podcast - Dr. Bob Stuntz's podcast is new to the scene but has thus far proved to be an excellent addition with reviews of basic topics in EM. I have a feeling there's much more goodness to come!
- Emergency Medicine Cases - These episodes delve more deeply into the workup and treatment of various common ED ailments.
- EMPEM - great pediatric supplement address common pediatric complaints with literature and evidence reviews. Great episodes on bronchiolitis and the like but nothing out in quite some time!
- PEMED - newer podcast related to all things pediatric. This is a necessary supplement so one doesn't end up treating children as merely small adults, including procedural tips for LPs, airways, and IVC imaging.
- Practical Evidence - Dr. Scott Weingart's podcast succinctly summarizing one ACEP clinical policy (ex: penetrating neck trauma) each episode.
- Feeling rugged? Even if the answer is no, check out Dr. Minh Le Cong's podcast Prehospital & Retrieval Medicine (PHARM). The PHARM provides excellent conversations on basics of EM, retrieval medicine, and debates on current controversies within EM. There are excellent episodes that aid in understanding the airway and other crucial components of EM in better detail and with finer finesse. This is a new podcast but truly a gem and accompanied by a great blog, as well.
- ToxTalk from the University of Massachusetts. This podcast is somewhat sporadically put out but is packed with toxicology gems.
Want to look (and be) well read?
- Annals of Emergency Medicine - Monthly highlights from the journal with discussion of important and controversial articles.
- Persiflager's Infectious Disease Puscast - Yes, this revoltingly named podcast is actually a gem. The Puscast is a twice monthly summary of the latest infectious disease literature, hosted by the humorous Dr. Mark Crislip.
- Keeping Up! from Vanderbilt has some great old episodes that review various papers in the EM literature and distill the papers into basic points. Delve into the old episodes for some great information. Newer episodes are short snippets reviewing current articles in EM literature, distilling each piece into the good, bad, and take-home points. A mobile app is on the horizon from this group!
- EMCrit - Dr. Scott Weingart. Cutting edge topics in EM and critical care. These podcasts are amazing and innovative but are oftentimes at the forefront of critical care and EM and may occasionally be beyond the medical student scope. There are plenty of practical jewels for medical students though, including airway pearls, understanding ETCO2, lactate, and great discussions with Dr. Rivers on the "Surviving Sepsis" campaign, etc.
- SMARTEM - Dr. David Newman and Dr. Ashley Shreves dive extremely deep into the evidence on various topics that will wreck your understanding of common topics such as treatment of acute pharyngitis, chest pain risk, CT scanning, and stress testing. These are dense; however, there are excellent supplements from the blog Sinai EM Media Site.
Miscellaneous goodness if you have the time:
- A Gobbet o' Pus - Sounds nasty but these short 5 minute cases by Mark Crislip are ID pearls and are generally entertaining, interesting, and quick.
- EM: RSI - There are only five episodes on this "Residency Survival Information" but they are excellent.
- There are a good number of "Grand Rounds" podcasts from Boston University, UW EM, Sarasota Memorial, etc. Explore these as these podcasts are excellent and generally address a single topic in depth by an expert in that field.
- Learning Radiology - it's crucial to be able to interpret your own films and images, this is a great Q&A style video cast
- I should probably listen to these but haven't yet. It's EMRACast and they're podcasts on preparing for the residency/match trail. Also ACOEP has some new student podcasts on their site but they're not in iTunes thus far.
- EMRAP has some free podcasts and some interesting ones on medical education
- A shout out to the pre-doctoral fellows at my medical school for their DidacticsOnline podcast.
But I'm a visual learner and I still haven't had enough!
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