Medical podcasts & videocasts
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A podcast is a simple yet sophisticated transfer of audio content over the Internet. It allows audio files to be shared among people around the world with a minimum of manual work. Podcasts are usually MP3 audio files that are available for downloading onto your computer and transferred to an iPod or any portable digital-media device that can play MP3 files. Note that MP3 files can also be played right on your Windows, Linux, or Macintosh computer. MP3 is rapidly becoming the de facto standard for audio content.
Podcasting is a contraction of "broadcasting" and "iPod". Synonyms for podcasting are audiocasting and audioblogging; vodcasting - a portmanteau of video and broadcasting - is also a term used due to mobile devices such as the iPhone and video-sharing sites such as Google Video and, of course, YouTube.com. An iPhone or iPod is not required to listen to podcasts as they can be played on most players, portable devices, desktop computers or laptops. Some health librarians find that podcasting is useful in promoting library services: 1) for outreach, training and marketing 2) direct personal and professional development and 3) current awareness and learning opportunities for users. The rise of audiovisuals is growing as society uses social media and mobile devices more. In health care, as physicians aim to stay current in evidence-based health care, these programs are also valuable. Some futurists believe we are entering a post-textual era and demand for video will only increase. Other are not so sure that we are leaving text behind at all especially with the rise of eBooks and eReaders.
Typically, health librarians can search for podcasts in medicine and medical education through academic, publisher, continuing medical education and patient education websites. (See PubMed search for podcast*). Other examples are iTunes Preview, university websites, the New England Journal of Medicine for publisher podcasts, Audio-Digest Foundation for continuing medical education podcasts, and the American Heart Association for patient education podcasts. Personal experience has shown that searching for podcasts can be difficult, even when using publisher websites or iTunes. Health librarians say that the lack of metadata standards and subjective topic lists make finding podcasts complicated and time consuming.
Video - free medical vids
A to Z medical podcasts
Critical Care Medicine
see also Urology 2.0
There is a wide range and variety of open source software on the Web to enable you to record your own podcasts, such as:
Directories, search tools and other lists
There is a wide range and variety of health podcasts and videocasts, which can be located by browsing directories and specific search tools:
General consumer health and medical
Though medical journal websites may offer direct downloading or streaming of content, a podcast is distinguished from other digital audio and video formats by its ability to be downloaded automatically using software capable of reading feed formats such as Atom, RSS or XML.
General science journal podcasts