An international survey of medical podcast use by emergency clinicians

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This month CanadiEM is featuring one of our own studies that was recently published in the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine (CJEM). In this paper, we surveyed the podcast listening habits of an international cohort of emergency medicine and critical care clinicians1. This was done to determine their reasons for using medical podcasts and whether they used any active learning techniques such as note taking and spaced repetition.

The results are highlighted in our visual abstract. The most cited reasons for listening to medical podcasts were to review the literature (75.8%), learn core material (75.1%) and refresh their memory (71.8%)1. Most participants performed other tasks while listening, with driving (72.8%), exercise (39.7%) and chores (39.2%) being the most frequent. With regards to active learning techniques, few participants took notes while listening (30.5%) or paused the podcast to process (45.3%) or memorize information (16.0%).

Overall, these results suggest that while most emergency clinicians use medical podcasts to learn and review content, their listening habits may be suboptimal for this purpose. The use of active learning strategies (e.g. note taking, pausing and rewinding podcasts) could help improve retention of information. Future studies exploring the effectiveness of these techniques would be beneficial.

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  1. Thoma B, Goerzen S, Horeczko T, Roland D, Tagg A, Chan TM, Bruijns S, Riddell J. An international, interprofessional investigation of the self-reported podcast listening habits of emergency clinicians: A METRIQ study. CJEM. January 2020
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Simon Huang

Simon Huang

Simon Huang is a PGY1 FRCP-EM resident at Dalhousie University. He is the Associate Social Media Editor for CJEM and is involved with infographic creation for the CanadiEM website.
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