As a doctor, you’re swamped with patients and if you have your own office, running your practice takes lots of time out of your day. You don’t have time for other important things such as keeping up with the ever-changing healthcare industry and even learning how to grow your healthcare practice. Listening to medical podcasts may be the perfect solution to your doctor problem. Podcasts are great because you can listen to them while you’re doing everyday things such as working out, driving, eating, cleaning, etc.
In this post, you’ll get familiar with 10 of the best medical podcasts you can listen to without interrupting your daily grind.
1. The Curbsiders
Doctors Matthew Watto, Stuart Brigham, and Paul Williams add a unique spin on educating current practitioners on key topics by combining new medical knowledge and a healthy dose of humor. This allows you to stay informed without being bored to death.
On the show, the hosts invite experts to talk about various topics in the world of medicine. Podcasts may be dedicated to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), iron deficiency, pulmonary hypertension, sleep apnea, and even suicide and mental health among clinicians.
One episode that may be particularly eye-opening for some doctors is #109: Things We Do For No Reason. The episode takes a look at some widespread practices that have no proven health benefits. For example, some physicians will give multiple blood transfusions to patients with low blood counts (i.e. anemic patients) when it may not be needed. According to the episode, blood transfusions are one of the most overutilized medical procedures and it can come with risks and costs. This is why practitioners should give patients the minimal effective dose.
2. Straight Talk MD
If you’re interested in hot-button issues on healthcare, then Straight Talk MD might be a good medical podcast to try out. The host Dr. Frank Sweeny, with over twenty-five years of experience as a medical doctor, covers controversial topics like plastic surgery, vaccination, and medical marijuana. His dedication to uncovering the truth about the latest and greatest healthcare topics allows him to view things with a skeptical mind. This skepticism and objective viewpoint helps listeners decide for themselves when it comes to dissecting healthcare information.
One of Sweeny’s most popular episodes is Drug Dealer MD: The Opioid Epidemic where he and Dr. Anna Lembke discuss the so-called opioid drug epidemic. In the episode, they explore the reason for the epidemic – physicians overprescribing painkillers to their patients.
3. Healthcare Happy Hour
Every week, the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) releases a new episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour podcast. This podcast is great for doctors who are not only interested in healthcare topics but also want to stay up-to-date with issues on health insurance politics and policy. Not everyone finds these topics interesting. However, staying on top of news about medical insurance and healthcare policy changes is crucial for physicians because it can affect how they get paid. In fact, in 2019, 90% of Americans had health coverage.
Even if you find the subject matter dull, the episodes are relatively short in length, usually 30 minutes or less. This can work out great for physicians who have a short commute or want to finish the entire episode during a break.
4. Second Opinion
Michael Wilkes, Professor of Medicine at the University of California, hosts Second Opinion. The podcast touches on “medical ethics and the practitioners who define them.” As a doctor, you likely face dilemmas on how best to treat your patients and satisfy them at the same time. Many of the podcast’s episodes pose a key question: Should doctors value patient satisfaction over what’s actually best for them?
Dr. Wilkes also doesn’t hesitate to call out the pharmaceutical, health insurance industries and healthcare vendors on medical ethics. For example, in one episode, Dr. Wilkes talks about the fact that some doctors order unnecessary lab tests for their patients, which has significantly raised healthcare costs. Some experts even estimate that at least $200 billion is wasted annually on excessive testing and treatment.
A patient might visit their doctor to get a few tests done, only to find out their physician will be running even more tests. This is often due to clinical laboratories pushing doctors to do tests that some patients don’t even need. These lab tests don’t always improve the length or quality of life, so why are labs recommending them to doctors? These are the types of questions Second Opinion will bring to your attention if you give it a good listen.
5. The White Coat Investor
If you’re looking for information about personal finance and investing information, The White Coat Investor podcast might be for you. Host, Dr. James Dahle, is an emergency physician who uses the White Coat Investor platform to educate physicians, dentists, and other healthcare professionals about personal finance and building wealth. Not everyone has time to read a book or pour over endless blog posts to find financial gems. But if you can listen to this advice while you’re carrying out everyday tasks, you can take in new information and save valuable time.
Topics Dr. Dahle and his guests cover on the White Coat Investor include effective ways to pay off student loans, real estate investing, how to save money, planning for retirement, creating your own personal financial plan and more.
6. The 10 Minute Healthcare Marketing Podcast
As a healthcare practitioner with your own medical office, your aim is to not only keep your current patients, but it’s also to gain new ones. In today’s digital and tech-savvy world, you can’t just rely on word-of-mouth referrals and walk-ins anymore. That’s why The 10 Minute Healthcare Marketing Podcast can be a valuable resource to doctors looking to build a presence online and attract new patients.
Digital marketing is a great way to expand your practice and grow your online presence. This is so important because 80% of internet users (about 93 million Americans) have searched for a health-related topic online. 63% are looking up information about a specific disease or medical problem and 47% searching for a particular medical treatment or procedure.
By providing practical tips about key marketing topics like search engine optimization (SEO), web design, social media and traffic generation, the 10 Minute Healthcare Marketing Podcast can help you build a strong website and lead new patients right to you, straight from the search engines. As a bonus, each episode is only 10 minutes, giving you the ability to take in knowledge about various marketing topics in a short period of time.
7. Healthcare Triage Podcast
If you’re looking for a bit of variety in medical podcasts, then check out Healthcare Triage. The host, Dr. Aaron Carroll, offers a thought-provoking combination of medicine, healthcare policy, and medical research. To get a feel for the specific types of content Dr. Carroll presents in Healthcare Triage, let’s look at an example. AIDS Research and Cool Jobs in the Midwest/East Africa is one of the podcast’s most popular episodes.
It features Dr. Rachel Vreeman who researches AIDs in Africa and works for the AMPATH Research Network in Kenya. They provide comprehensive HIV treatment for over 150,000 patients in Kenya. Other episodes of the podcast feature experts in different areas of medicine as well, which gives its listeners lots of insight into several medical specialties.
8. The Doctor Paradox
Are you experiencing some dissatisfaction as a physician? Are you experiencing burnout? The Doctor Paradox seeks to figure out why doctors are increasingly unhappy in their work, despite having a meaningful job and a good salary.
The podcast explores:
- The factors that contribute to dissatisfaction with the world of healthcare;
- Physicians who rediscovered their passion and paved new paths, both inside and outside of traditional healthcare;
- Experts who offer insight into the challenges doctors face (i.e. lack of sleep, burnout) and how to address them.
While it’s true The Doctor Paradox hasn’t released an episode since September 2016, the 50+ episodes that are already available can give you invaluable insight into how best to add meaning to your patients’ lives and yours as well.
9. PodMD Podcast
Staying clinically updated and informed can be a bit of a challenge for physicians given their busy lives. Sure, attending conferences and reading medical journals can be useful, but they can be time-consuming and even expensive.
PodMD, a quick ten to fifteen minute listen can be the perfect solution. It won’t put a dent in your day and you can listen to it on your lunch break or while you take your daily walk. Dr. Sean Mackay and Caroline Chaplin invite medical specialists to talk about various medical conditions, treatments, and procedures. They talk about colorectal cancer, knee replacement, and genetic carrier screening just to name three.
10. Bedside Rounds
Bedside Rounds offers listeners fascinating stories in clinical medicine, bringing a narrative-based focus to the medical podcasts world. Host Dr. Adam Rodman, an academic global health hospitalist, aims to take his listeners back to the ancient world of medicine when things were somewhat different. While medicine in past eras was sometimes contradicting to what we now know as modern medicine, different factors of the past (i.e. social, intellectual, cultural) have shaped today’s medical world.
If you like a podcast that educates, but can entertain at the same time, Bedside Rounds is worth a listen.
Staying informed doesn’t have to be difficult. Adding the right medical podcasts to your playlist can make life that much easier.
Written by Andrew Epprecht
As the Founder and CEO of Phase 5 Analytics, Andrew leads a team of healthcare marketers and consultants. He's been featured in publications like Forbes and Search Engine Watch. An entrepreneur at heart, Andrew started his first business in high school. While attending Duke University, he further developed his knowledge of online marketing and advertising. Today, Andrew uses these skills to help forward-thinking healthcare organizations attract new patients online.