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The Top 10 Podcasts for Healthcare Updates

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Even when you’re not on the clock, every minute counts in the healthcare industry. Healthcare constantly changes, so it’s important to keep a mindset of continual learning – even after all those years you spent in school! Staying relevant and educated in our industry is imperative. To make the most of your commute, lunch break or evening downtime throughout your permanent placement, consider listening to podcasts. Widely available through iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and more, these knowledge-filled soundbites will keep you up to date with healthcare news and innovations within the industry, as well as offer up insightful discussions and quick laughs. All you have to do is press play.

1) TedTalks Health  | 100+ Episodes 
Ted_Talks_HealthBy now you’re likely familiar with TedTalks and their tagline, “Ideas worth spreading.” TedTalks Health brings forth new ideas circling the healthcare industry as well as poignant interviews with a  diverse group of speakers. With a strong foundation in storytelling, TedTalks Health is always exciting, thorough, and thought-provoking.

Episodes include:

  • How an Obese Town Lost a Million Pounds
  • The Harm Reduction Model of Drug Addiction Treatment
  • What Do We Do When Antibiotics Don't Work Anymore?

2) 2 Docs Talk | 50+ Episodes 

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Highly regarded as one of the top healthcare podcasts by several independent polls, 2 Docs Talk with co-hosts Kendall Britt, MD, and Amy Rogers, MD is a must listen. With their 15-minute weekly updates, the hosts utilize their backgrounds in hospital medicine, health care policy and medical evidence to bring real-world issues to the forefront. If you’re in a permanent RN job, these quick episodes will keep you focused in the midst of long shifts.

Episodes include:

  • Episode 43: The Flu, the Shot, the Future
  • Episode 4: Is Screening Mammography All That?
  • Episode 28: Telemedicine and Its Role as We Know It

3) Bedside Rounds | 30+ Episodes 

Bedside RoundsAs iTunes describes, “Host Adam Rodman, MD, MPH, FACP seeks to tell a few of these weird, wonderful, and intensely human stories that have made modern medicine.” From the history of the New England Journal of Medicine to physicians’ obsession with Sherlock Holmes, this quirky podcast is a wonderful step away from the average healthcare-focused series.

Episodes include:

  • Episode 17 - The Iceman
  • Episode 30 - The Orphan Vaccine
  • Episode 19 - Of Madness and Moons

4) Health Report - Full Program Podcast | 50+ Episodes 

Health_ReportThe Health Report presented by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation touches upon a wide range of health texts from a variety of viewpoints in each episode. Hosted by Norman Swan, this podcast offers information on current research, social health issues, the effects of contemporary politics within the healthcare environment, and more, all while remaining accessible to both those in a medical profession and the average intrigued listener.

Episodes include:

  • Do Not Resuscitate tattoos, the end of over-the-counter codeine, and psychosocial disability and the NDIS
  • Facial yoga, hormone therapy and chronic disease, tamper-resistant opioids, and no link between baby formula and diabetes
  • Phantom odour perception: smelling things that aren't there

5) Brain Matters | 50+ Episodes 

Brain_MattersBrain Matters breaks down captivating discoveries in the world of neuroscience. If you want to learn everything there is to know about the brain and its incredible functions, then this is the podcast for you. From memory to addiction, this podcast breaks down all the brain’s mysteries for easy listening.

Episodes include:

  • Pain and Placebo Effect with Dr. Tor Wager
  • Enhancing Cognition with Video Games with Dr. Adam Gazzaley
  • Snapshot of a Memory with Dr. Bruce Hope 

6) Ologies | 50+ Episodes

OlogiesThis self-proclaimed “comedic science podcast” is hosted by Daytime Emmy Award winner Alie Ward. While not exclusively healthcare related, the science correspondent for CBS’s "The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation with Mo Rocca” presents some fascinating “ologies” like Functional Morphology (anatomy) and Egyptology (ancient Egypt) in light-hearted, humorous episodes. 

Episodes include:

  • Melittology (BEES) with Amanda Shaw
  • Hematology (BLOOD) with Brian Durie
  • Trichology (HAIR) with Valerie Horsley

7) This Won’t Hurt a Bit | 20+ Episodes 

This_Wont_hurtFrom the obscure, even taboo depths of history, science, and medicine, Dr. Mel Herbert and Dr. Jess Mason entertain and inform on the macabre with humor throughout This Won’t Hurt a Bit. Take a moment on your next permanent placement to listen to these two doctors discuss movie medicine and extreme medical scenarios with a laugh. 

Episodes include:

  • 9 - BOTULISM
  • 10 - EXTREME RUNNING
  • 3 - VOICES AND WONDERLANDS

8) The Curbsiders Internal Medicine Podcast |100+ Episodes 

The_Curb_SidersSo many episodes, so little time! Board certified Internists, Dr. Matthew Watto, Dr. Stuart Brigham, and Dr. Paul Williams offer listeners useful content in an enormous range of specialties from family medicine to hospital and internal medicine and deliver it to listeners in motivational and humorous episodes.

Episodes include:

  • #80: Pulmonary hypertension, freeways, and cows in heart failure
  • #31: Diuretics, leg cramps, and resistant hypertension with The Salt Whisperer
  • #116 Geriatric Psychiatry: Sleep, Dementia, and Behavioral Disturbances

9) JAMA Clinical Reviews | 50+ Episodes 

JamaThe Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA Network) offers up listeners an array of research studies in brief, easily digestible reviews with their ongoing podcast. Whether it be clinical practices or new, groundbreaking ideas, JAMA has it covered with informative interviews, treatment methodology, and patient feedback.

Episodes include:

  • Fluid Resuscitation for Patients in Septic Shock
  • Using Likelihood Ratios to Understand How Chest Pain Predicts Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Genomic Sequencing for the Healthy Individual?: Think Smaller

10) What the Health? | 50+ Episodes 

JWhat_The_Healthulie Rovner, Chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News, makes sense of the latest healthcare policy changes in Washington. With a team of visiting reporters from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Politico, Washington Post, and others, Rovner provides insight into health legislation to those asking, “what the health is going on?”

Episodes include:

  • Episode 64: Health On The Hill
  • Episode 55: Drug Prices And Unicorns
  • Episode 60: Opioids, EpiPens And Health Funding

We have to admit: we love podcasts. There’s no easier way to learn than by listening while simultaneously being able to make your daily commute, do work around the house, or walk the dog with earbuds in. If you’re in a transitional time in your work life, consider speaking with a permanent healthcare job placement agency and take advantage of all the resources available. We love to help just as much as we love to learn something new every day! 


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