The podcast, a type of audio-based recording and broadcast, is not a new form of media. However, there has been a definite spike in popularity in recent times. Making its way into mainstream channels, podcasts are growing steadily in trend and awareness.
According to Oberlo, as of 2020, there are over 850,000 active podcasts still running – and over a whopping 30 million podcast episodes in existence!
Why is this relevant for health professionals, you might ask?
🎧 Podcasts are easy to listen to and learn from! Instead of spending time scrolling through lengths of text, put your headphones in and listen, while multi-tasking.
🎧For health professionals who may be pressed for time – you can tune in on your commute to work, while you’re doing a workout, or when you’ve come home from a long day and want to destress.
Whether you are a professional in the field or not, you are guaranteed to find value in any of these podcasts - so stay tuned!
1 - 2 Docs Talk
2 Docs Talk is hosted by Amy Rogers, MD, and Kendall Britt, MD. This series covers a wide variety of topics in the medical and health realm. The episodes are approximately 15 minutes each, referred to in the podcasts as an “appointment”.
Short but sweet, this would be a great one to pop on while you’re on a walk, or during your lunch break. The series discusses topical healthcare subjects around both healthcare policy and evidence-based medicine such as vaccines, medical marijuana and drug pricing. 💉
With Kendall as a practising hospitalist and Amy as a medical writer, the pair explore these current medical topics with the intention of better-informing others so that they can be more equipped to deal with them if they need to.
Two of their most well-liked episodes are Episode 3: Affordable Care Act and Episode 122: Does everyone get healthcare in the U.S. when they really need it?
2 - Mind Pump: Raw Fitness Truth
Centred around fitness and wellness, this podcast is founded and hosted by four athletes – Sal Di Stefano, Adam Schafer, Justin Andrews, and Doug Egge.
💪🏼 The podcast began after the athletes were tired of the fitness industry’s excessive marketing focus on body insecurities and faux science.
💪🏼 The group have over 40 years of fitness experience combined and are on a mission to educate listeners on the ins and outs of physical fitness.
Mind Pump: Raw Fitness Truth cuts through the clutter and delivers science-backed information, current studies and solutions to improving performance while prioritizing health at the same time.
3 - EMcrit
Examining all things related to critical care and resuscitation, EMcrit was created by Scott D. Weingart, MD and is devoted to Maximally Aggressive Curative Care and Palliative Care.
This bi-weekly series discusses up-to-date evidence-based information taken from a range of fields – and translates this jargon into relevance for areas like Emergency Department (ED) or the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
Each episode is approximately 20 minutes long. The episodes are concise, focused and engaging to listen to. Topics that have previously explored are treating asthma, dealing with cardiogenic shock and attempting midline incisions.
Additionally, there is an EMCrit blog dedicated to notes from each podcast, which you can visit to find out more detailed information from each episode. Talk about going the extra mile! 👏🏼
4 - Everyday Emergency
Everyday Emergency is a podcast run by non-profit organisation Doctors Without Borders, also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). This series brings you right to the frontlines of humanitarian emergencies, where you will hear excerpts from medical experts that work tirelessly across the world, in regions such as Yemen, Greece and Bangladesh.
Bringing to light the enormous challenges that are being faced by many – such as the refugee crisis and doctors working in war-torn countries. You won’t want to miss out on this one, it’s truly an inspiring one.
5 - TEDTalks Health Podcast
Following the TED motto of Ideas Worth Spreading, TEDTalks Health Podcast is a popular series that spotlights well-recognised industry experts who examine ongoing medical advancements, discoveries and re-examines older topics in a new light.
💊 Each episode is more exhilarating than the last, as doctors and researchers deep dive into topics, with episodes including How we’re using dogs to sniff out malaria and What investigating neural pathways can reveal about mental health.
If you enjoyed listening to these TEDtalks podcasts, check out our guide on 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding for inspirational talks on how to improve your brand.
6 - The Doctor's Kitchen
Dr Rupy Aujla, a doctor specialised in General Practice and Emergency Medicine, is passionate about the power of food in helping to prevent and treat illness.
The Doctor's Kitchen is packed with research-based tips for better nutrition and healthy eating habits, as well as lifestyle changes.
Featuring stimulating discussions around the medicinal value that different foods possess, the episodes are sure to teach you a thing or two about how high-quality nutrition can affect your athletic performance, body, mood, and overall well-being.
7 - Docs Outside The Box
Founded and hosted by Dr Nii Darko, Docs Outside The Box boasts a rating of 5/5 on iTunes. The weekly podcast series was created to inspire other doctors and industry professionals to think outside the box and break out of conventional ideas and stereotypes.
👍🏼 Featuring an entire range of stories from professionals who are adding significant value and impact to society in an alternative way, Docs Outside The Box showcases individuals who have chosen not to go down the standard or traditional path. For Dr Nii, this podcast is a personal contribution to doing more.
👍🏼 Exciting, inspiring, and sometimes emotional; you will hear about doctors who are also entrepreneurs, who are authors of books or are prominent figures in Hollywood.
Popular episodes of this series include Episode 1: When the going gets tough…MOVE! And Episode 59: From side gig to full-time hustle.
8 - Ben Coomber Radio
Rated the UK’s #1 health and fitness podcast, highly popular podcast Ben Coomber Radio delves into all topics of nutrition, health, exercise, sports performance and more.
By (you guessed it) coach and nutritionist Ben Coomber, this series comes after Ben transformed his lifestyle after suffering personally with several weight and health issues.
✅ The show regularly features guests in the health and fitness industry, facilitating conversations, examinations and debates around a host of topics as well as Q&A sessions.
✅ Examples of past episode themes are Episode #528, The Future of The Fitness Industry After Covid-19 and Episode #527, Are Shoes Damaging out Feet with Galahad Clark.
🎙️Podcasts are a fantastic way to maximise your efficiency during the day. They are easy to fit into a busy schedule, a way to relieve stress, and method to stay up-to-date with the latest debates and topics! 🎙️
What podcasts are you currently listening to? Drop a comment below to let me know! 😊
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Katie is a Hong Kong-born journalist at High Profile Club. She holds a BA in Liberal Arts at King’s College London, with interests in global media, communications and sustainable development. Having grown up in Hong Kong, Katie speaks 3 languages and is well-attuned to working in an array of cultures and environments.
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