Learning through podcasts
- By: Umar Ahmad
Medical teaching has begun to make use of the podcast, audio programmes distributed by use of the internet. Downloading podcasts is easy, and you have the choice of listening to them on your computer or putting them on your MP3 player and listening to them whenever you want—on the train, at the gym, or while sitting in the library.
You can download great podcasts at www.scrubbingup.com. These “scrubcasts” focus on one topic at a time—for example, on Cushing's syndrome—and provide you with basic information about the condition. These podcasts are specifically designed for medical students and the dry humour will hold your attention. New podcasts are not added very often, and there are only a few available.
The website www.revise4finals.co.uk may be more familiar to final year students; it offers a wide variety of materials for revision. The podcasts are well made and offer more detail but are also longer.