Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Updated Medical Podcast List

As it gets closer to MLA when I present my poster Integrating and Promoting Medical Podcasts into the Library Collection I have been trying to keep a more up to date list of the medical podcasts out there. It is my goal to have as up to date a list as possible for when I attend MLA. As I mentioned in my previous post from Feb 7, 2006 there is no good authorative resource listing medical podcasts. You have to do a lot of web searching and a lot of sifting through iTunes, leading me to create a list of medical podcasts.
Here is the new link for the updated list http://www.kraftylibrarian.com/podcasts2.doc

At the list's inception, I originally looked for any biomed science/medical/health podcast. It didn't matter to me whether the target audience was medical science professionals or the general public. What mattered was that I was able to determine who produced/authored the podcast and that entity was somewhat reputable. I tend to err on the conservative side, which means that there were/are probably some good podcasts (intended for professionals or the public) that got left of the list because they were sloppy and did not provide any information, credentials, URLs, etc. that allowed me to determine they weren't snake oil salesmen.

When I first started on this endeavor I found eight podcasts, five months later the list grew to 34 podcasts, seven weeks later I have a list of 52 podcasts. This is growing at rather large rate.

Things I have noticed in a month since the previous update:

  • I am to the point where I need to make a decision and decide whether to focus on podcasts for medical professionals or for general public. The list went from 34 to 52 podcasts in 7 weeks. At this rate I am not sure I will have the time able to look for both types of podcasts.
  • The most recent growth seems to come from medical schools. A lot of programs are podcasting their didatic lectures to residents and fellows and other course lectures. Perhaps this is a result of iTunesU? I don't know.
  • Authority seems to be getting a little better. More places are taking the time to list who is producing or authoring the information or linking to a web site that provides that information. Perhaps people are getting better at listing this information or perhaps I noticed this because there seems to be more academic medical podcasts, and academia always seems to do a pretty good job at listing the authors.
  • Additionally, more people seem to have better web sites with program and content information. NEJM has beefed up their information within iTunes listing the featured articles and interviews. Although it is still miserable to scroll sideways for the complete information. Their web site archive has improved greatly as well, however, it is not easily found off of their main page.
  • More and more sites are offering video podcasts. Still frustrating are the sites (CTisus, ASHP Advantage, etc.) that require you to download images, graphs, charts, etc. to your computer. The whole point of a podcast is that you aren't tied to your computer. Offer video podcasts if you have slides and images!

I hope you enjoy the new list and can use it. For all you have linked to the old list please update it. This is by no means a complete list. If I left a great podcast off this list, let me know about it.


At 1:19 PM, Clinical Cases and Images said...

Thanks for keeping track, I updated the link to your list.

At 9:45 AM, Guus van den Brekel a.k.a. Namro Orman said...

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At 9:55 AM, Guus van den Brekel a.k.a. Namro Orman said...

Sorry about the deleted comment!
I wanted to suggest to add a special podcast list somewhere on the wiki of librarysuccess, but realised that there are only few FROM libraries. Do you know if there is a wiki about "medical education or schools"
The second suggestion was to mark your newly added podcasts as "updated" or "new" to make scanning the list a little easier for "returning visitors".
You're doing a great job and saving us a lot of time -;)

At 10:17 AM, The Krafty Librarian said...

Great ideas. I especially like the idea of marking the new/updated ones. As the list gets bigger this will be more and more helpful.

At 3:10 PM, Ursula said...

Thanks for doing this! It's frustrating to use iTunes to find good medical podcasts - your list is a great help. I would like to suggest a podcast I just found out about on history of medicine: www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/internet/library/historical/lectures.cfm


At 10:55 AM, Anonymous said...

Thanks for the list. I've looked through several "top podcast" list to find decent medical podcast, but alas, nothing of substance.

This list makes finding what I want a lot easier.

At 1:14 PM, Joy Kennedy said...

I didn't see the NIH podcasts on your list. http://www.nih.gov/news/radio/nihpodcast.htm
They can sometimes be fairly interesting and are sent every other Friday.

At 6:30 PM, Rod said...

You can find a list of podcasts on www.merckmedicus.com. There is a new episode every to weeks.

At 12:27 PM, Darren said...

Thank you for compiling a terrific list! We posted it on our library's website: http://www.hsclib.sunysb.edu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=87&Itemid=257



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