Medical Journal Podcasts as Tools for Continuous Medical Education

1Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
2Private practice, Cleveland, OH
3Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
4Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
5Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Meeting: Hospital Medicine 2008, April 3-5, San Diego, Calif.

Abstract number: 96

Background:

A podcast is an audio or video file that is distributed over the Internet using syndication feeds for playback on demand. Most major medical journals and organizations provide free podcast feeds that can be downloaded to a personal computer or/and an MP3 player. The usefulness of such an approach for continuous medical education may deserve further investigation.

Purpose:

Our aim was to create an easy‐to‐use and portable tool for CME for the busy medical professional.

Description:

We created a Web page with links to podcasts offered by the 5 major general medical journals: New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Annals of Internal Medicine, Lancet, and the British Medical Journal. Links led to the podcast portal iTunes, owned by Apple, Inc. Subscriptions were via iPod/iPhone. We used a Google.com personalized page to create a medical podcast portal that compiled information from 5 sources: the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Lancet, Johns Hopkins Medicine, and the Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education. The audio files were collected on one easy‐to‐scan page that updated itself automatically whenever a new podcast was published. All 28 academic hospitalists at a large tertiary‐care center were granted access to the podcasts and asked to use them. An anonymous survey comprising 9 questions with a 5‐point Likert scale (from 5 = “strongly agree” to 1 = “strongly disagree”) designed to evaluate the perceived usefulness of the podcasts was distributed to its users. Forty‐three percent of the users (12 of 28) completed the questionnaire, of whom 100% rated the podcast portal as useful and easy to use, and 92% thought that they changed the way they learn in a positive way. All users claimed the podcasts were helping them to stay up‐to‐date with the new developments in medicine.

Conclusions:

Downloadable portable audio files (podcasts) may be a convenient way to provide continuous medical education for health professionals.

Author Disclosure:

V. Dimov, none; K. Uzunova‐Dimova, none; A. Kumar, none; A. Rajamanickam, none; S. Noor, none.

To cite this abstract:

Dimov V, Uzunova‐Dimova K, Kumar A, Rajamanickam A, Noor S. Medical Journal Podcasts as Tools for Continuous Medical Education. Abstract published at Hospital Medicine 2008, April 3-5, San Diego, Calif. Abstract 96. Journal of Hospital Medicine. 2008; 3 (suppl 1). https://www.shmabstracts.com/abstract/medical-journal-podcasts-as-tools-for-continuous-medical-education/. Accessed July 17, 2019.

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