Attending Physician's Attitudes Toward Podcasting as a Source of Medical Education

Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions (Spring 2020) Tarchichi, Tony R.; Szymusiak, John

A recent University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine survey of a convenience sample of listeners to a Pediatric Hospital Medicine podcast was conducted to gain insight on their attitude toward podcasting, in order to help remedy a lack of knowledge about podcasting as a means of continuing medical education (CME) for attending physicians. When the survey was conducted, the 12 podcast episodes had been downloaded 17,288 times with 162 CME credits issued. Most of the respondents — three-quarters of whom were attending physicians — said the podcast was of "high educational value" that was equal or superior to that of medical journals or national conferences. Listeners also appreciated the podcast's convenience, and community-based hospitalists felt the podcast linked them to the wider community. While further study is needed, the researchers concluded that the ability to apply for CME credit was not a significant reason for listening to the podcasts.

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