Healthcare Podcasts: Have You Been Listening?

Healthcare Podcasts

How Healthcare Podcasts are changing the way we stay informed, from layman to expert

If you don’t know what a Podcast is in 2020, then you probably don’t live in a big city, don’t consume media, and have a narrow bandwidth. Let’s face it, your just not up to speed on the latest media trends hitting the healthcare circuit. Healthcare Podcasts have been booming. Large platforms offer a variety of listeners to tune in and become educated on a variety of healthcare topics. Healthcare podcast genres exist in a broad spectrum from nursing, medicine, general healthcare, healthcare tech, healthcare management, science, and germs. 

So, what is a podcast you ask? Some have described podcasts as being “your favorite digital blog, shows, and topics all mashed into a huge nerve center.” The more formal podcast description is an episodic series of spoken word digital audio files that a user can download to a personal device for easy listening. The novelty of podcasting was birthed in 2000 by 2 software developers, and was once considered an obscure method of disseminating information. 

Currently, there are 850,000 active podcasts and more than 30 million Podcast episodes. These figures have increased rapidly from 2 years ago back in 2018 when Apple at WWDC 2018 reported 550,000 active podcasts and 18.5 million listeners. Podcasts have definitely gained popularity in recent years. They are one of the most convenient forms of media to listen to virtually anywhere in the world.  

Healthcare Podcasts Used As A Teaching Tool

Audio recordings for medical education have been documented to exist as far back as 1968, when they were used for asynchronous learning in histology classwork. Medical students, residents, post-training physicians, and advanced practitioners all utilize podcasts for their own benefit. Studies in medical and dental schools have demonstrated that podcasting is an effective learning method. Podcasting has become an influential modality.

With the COVID-19 pandemic creating an unknown future in face to face classroom instruction, the podcasting platform can be seen as a creative alternative to the classroom setting that offers a mobile resource that can benefit a variety of students entering into the healthcare field. Students reported that podcasts helped them study and improved their grades. Faculty reported increased class absenteeism, although students reported no change in course attendance as a result of the availability of podcasts.

Podcasts offer healthcare educators a great opportunity to create content that is current, educational, and also entertaining. 

Educators teaching in higher education, medical schools, nursing schools, public health, and healthcare technology can integrate podcasts into their curriculum, using classroom time to support students application of content. 

Podcasts are also a great way for healthcare professionals to continue on with their healthcare education. Many podcasts offer CE’s for nurses and CME’s for advanced practice professionals. They are also a great way to learn about various different topics in a variety of new and emerging areas of healthcare like Nursing Innovation, Healthcare Entrepreneurship, and Healthcare Biotech.

COVID 19 Podcast Media Flurry: The Intense World Of Medicine Podcasts

There are hundreds of podcasts to listen to dedicated to medicine. And sometimes the hero’s journey through the medical process can be a rough one. “The Short Coat Podcast,” is a podcast that answers the question, “What’s it like to be in medical school?” It is a weekly podcast hosted by the University Of Iowa’s Carver School Of Medicine, and is co-hosted by medical students. 

Let’s face it, healthcare and medicine have been as confusing lately as a relationship that says “let’s hang out and see what happens.” Straight Talk MD Podcast with Dr. Frank Sweeny explores hot button issues in science, medicine, and healthcare that affect us all. His guests are movers and experts that are really interesting people that will help you find the truth.

We are at our most vulnerable when we go to our doctors. We trust the person at the other end of the scalpel. We trust the hospital. We trust the system. But what happens when a patient experiences complications and the hospital fails to protect them? Dr. Death is a podcast produced by Wondery and hosted by Laura Beil, the podcast explores the many botched cases of neurosurgeon Dr. Christopher Duntsch. Wondery also produced (hosted by Laura Biel) Bad Batch: a six part investigation into stem cells that had patients end up in critical condition. 

Podcasts About Germs, Science And Healthcare Tech

Germs can kill you! And learning about antibiotics and whatever else is related to infectious disease in the world can be incredibly boring. “This Podcast Will Kill You,” is a fun and whimsical way to learn about these bugs and whatever other atrocities are popping up in the world. The hosts, both named ‘Erin,’ have great energy, and yes their laughs are infectious! Though the podcast itself may not actually kill you, it covers so many things that can. Each episode tackles a different disease, from its history to its biology, and finally, how scared you need to be. Ecologists and epidemiologists Erin Welsh and Erin Allmann Updyke make infectious diseases acceptable fodder for dinner party conversation and provide the perfect cocktail recipe to match.

Healthcare Marketing And Entrepreneurship

Helathcare Marketing experts and agency owners Kelley Knott and Justin Knoott host the Patient Convert Podcast, where they talk about healthcare marketing including strategies, tactics, and tips to grow your own healthcare organization and have fun doing it. 

With the increased amount of media and ever consuming distractions, entertainment is key in producing a healthcare podcast.

About The Author

Each year more than 350,000 professionals advance their career with Elite Learning.