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16 Useful Medical Podcasts for Doctors and Healthcare Providers

SyberScribe AUTHOR: SyberScribe, March 15th, 2020

Are you a physician or a medical student? Continuing medical education and staying current on the latest advances and news in the medical industry is important. But if you’re too busy to do so, podcasts provide a quick and convenient way for you to absorb new information. What’s more, you can listen to podcasts on your commute, at the gym, or at home.

Here, we’ve compiled a list of the top 16 medical podcasts for healthcare professionals. From tips and advice to general health news and inspiring stories related to medicine, science and helping others, there’s something for everyone.

1. The Short Coat Podcast

By Dave Etler and the Students of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

This podcast is perfect for those who have just started medical school and want to know everything about being a student. Thanks to the medical students at the University of Iowa Medical School and their co-host Dave Etler, you can get a better picture of what really happens at the margins of medicine.

2. The Undifferentiated Medical Student

By Ian Drummond

Ian Drummond, a 4th-year medical student, hosts the Undifferentiated Medical Student. It is about helping medical students to choose a medical specialty and plan a career in medicine. Because the list of career options available to medical students is long but the time to explore them is short, it’s good to have a bit of help when choosing your specialisation.

3. Docs Outside The Box – A Podcast Where Ordinary Doctors Are Doing Extraordinary Things

By Nii Darko

This podcast looks into the minds of cutting-edge and innovative doctors – featuring stories you won’t find in any medical textbook. You’ll listen to live insight from doctors who are doing extraordinary things in medicine, but don’t follow the “traditional route”. For example, there are doctors who do medical humanitarian work, run their own businesses, write books, go on TV shows, or create podcasts just like Dr. Nii Darko.

The podcast was created to inspire other doctors to think outside the box and break free from the exam room. But that’s not all, you’ll also learn about becoming a successful doctor, doing locum work, healthcare in general, and much more.

4. Everyday Emergency

By Doctors Without Borders

The famous non-profit organisation Doctors Without Borders runs the Everyday Emergency podcast, where they speak to medical and logistical experts working in areas around the world where essential medical care is needed the most. This includes places like Syria and Yemen in the Middle East, Bangladesh in South Asia, Colombia in South America, and Greece in Europe.

The podcast tells the stories of women’s struggle for healthcare, refugees fleeing disaster, doctors saving innocent lives amid chaos, and people dealing with a war-torn country and poor health.

5. Bedside Rounds

By Adam Rodman

Hosted by Dr. Adam Rodman, Bedside Rounds podcast tells interesting, insightful and quick segments of narrative information and stories in clinical medicine. Rodman is an academic global health hospitalist, who started this podcast back when he was an Internal Medicine Resident.

6. EMCrit Podcast – Critical Care and Resuscitation

By Scott D. Weingart, MD

This is a very engaging and motivational podcast – focused, clear, and up to date which discusses all things the Emergency Department. It’s devoted to curative care and palliative care with the best evidence-based information from the fields of critical care, resuscitation, and trauma translated for your use in the Emergency Department or the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Topics covered include administering thrombolytics during cardiac arrest, attempting midline incisions, dealing with upper airway obstruction or cardiogenic shock, treating asthma, and saving people’s lives in war-torn countries.

7. Behind The Knife : The Surgery Podcast

By Kevin Kniery, Jason Bingham, John McClellan, Scott Steele

Behind the Knife is aimed for everyone interested in gaining not only an in-depth look at the broad range of surgical topics, but also the “behind the scenes” situations of the interesting, controversial and intrinsically human side of surgery from some of the big names in the field.

8. Legends of Surgery

By Tyler Rouse

Want to know who and how the first cochlear implant was created? Or the history of microsurgery? This podcast takes an entertaining and informative approach to telling the stories of the pioneers and events that shaped the history of modern surgery in short podcasts of around 20 minutes. Perfect for commuting!

9. FOAMcast – Emergency Medicine Core Content

By FOAMcast

This podcast breaks down essential information about critical topics, such as concussion, vaping associated lung injury, psychogenic non-epileptic attacks, sickle cell disease, and administering Vitamin C, thiamine and hydrocortisone in patients with septic shock.

The FOAMcast is about tying cutting-edge Free Open Access Medical education (FOAM) to core content. Clinical trials, literature and policies related to the topics are reviewed, and references are provided for listeners to go read. The podcast is serious yet entertaining and educational at the same time. Perfect for medical students.

10. Radiolab

By WNYC Studios

Radiolab is an investigation told through sounds and stories, and centred around one big idea – where information, science and culture collide. Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, the show is designed for science lovers of all disciplines.

11. The Medical Journal of Australia

By the MJA

Australia’s premier general medical journal podcast features interviews with researchers and other industry members about medical breakthroughs, potential avenues of future research, and issues affecting the industry.

12. Broomedocs Podcast

By Dr Casey Parker

We all know Australia’s territory is huge, but this becomes more evident with Broomedocs podcast – intended to provide educational material for country doctors. It also gives a glimpse of the life of a remote-area doctor, and how they have to deal with whatever comes at the door.

13. Health Report – Full program podcast

By ABC Radio National

The Health Report applies a broad definition of health, discussing it within social, scientific and political contexts. The podcast gives insight into misunderstood illnesses, information on better treatments and current research from industry experts on a variety of health topics. It’s perfect for both specialist and mainstream audiences.

14. This Podcast Will Kill You

By Erin Welsh & Erin Allmann Updyke

No – this podcast won’t actually kill you, but it talks humorously about infectious diseases that could. Each episode covers a different disease from its history and biology to how scared you should be. It’s independently produced and edited by co-hosts Erin Welsh and Erin Allmann Updyke, graduate students in disease ecology.

15. Second Opinion


Hosted by Michael Wilkes, a Professor of Medicine at the University of California, this podcast examines medical ethics and the practitioners who define them. You’ll learn about a company creating an expensive drug that prevents HIV, the impact of bias on health, and more. Also, if you need a second opinion on other health-related issues like whether you should take aspirin or supplements daily or increase your consumption of red meat, this podcast is for you.

16. 2 Docs Talk : Medicine – Health – Healthcare Policy – Evidence Based Medicine

By Kendall Britt, MD and Amy Rogers, MDf

These doctors examine current medical concerns focused on the doctor patient relationship, discussing health care topics they want consumers to be aware of, so patients can be better equipped to partner with their physicians to make health decisions together.

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Medical podcasts are not only entertaining and educational, they can also make you think about the kind of healthcare professional you want to be. You can easily access, download and listen to these podcasts on your phone, iPad or computer and stay up-to-date during a break from your busy schedule. Enjoy!

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