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The Best Medical Podcasts

Osmosis Team
Published on Apr 12, 2022. Updated on Apr 11, 2022.

Medical podcasts provide a cost and time-effective way for physicians and medical students to learn more about the field of medicine. Whether it’s keeping up to date on the latest research or learning how to avoid burnout, the best medical podcasts provide countless learning opportunities that help you become a better physician.

We rounded up some of the best podcasts for medical students and for practicing physicians. With a wide range of topics and episode lengths spanning over 20 podcasts, there’s bound to be a show that meets your interests.

The Best Medical Podcasts for Medical Students

While you’re training to become a doctor, medical podcasts can help you learn about the future of the career, prepare for exams, narrow down your focus, and more. We found some of the best medical podcasts for students, with episode lengths ranging from a few minutes to a few hours.

Docs Outside the Box

Docs Outside the Box features innovative doctors who are doing things you won’t read about in medical textbooks. You’ll learn about how to manage money as a student and a practicing physician as well as “Sh*t I wish I knew in residency.”

Episode length: 30-60 minutes

Average rating on Apple Podcasts: 4.9

EM Basic

Dubbed “Your boot camp guide to emergency medicine,” this podcast was created for med students and emergency medicine interns to learn about common emergency room complaints. From bronchiolitis to treatment of opioid withdrawal, each episode features a different chief complaint.

Episode length: 20-30 minutes

Average rating on Apple Podcasts: 4.8

The Short Coat 

The Short Coat Podcast covers everything they don’t tell you about in medical school but should. Learn about the pros and cons of having babies in medical school or tips and tricks for your first year of medical school.

Episode length: 60 minutes

Average rating on Apple Podcasts: 4.7

Raise the Line

Raise the Line is a podcast designed to help strengthen the healthcare system, and med students can learn a lot from the experts on the show. The podcast discusses topics med students care about like “Can Learning Medicine Actually Be Fun?” and “A Flexible Alternative to Student Loans.”

Episode length: 20-30 minutes

Average rating on Apple Podcasts: 4.8

Everyday Emergency

This podcast is brought to you by Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres), and it recounts stories from the frontline of humanitarian emergencies. Episodes feature topics like “Colombia: Venezuelan Women's Struggle for Healthcare” and “COVID-19: Sexual and reproductive health in the midst of a pandemic.”

Episode length: 20-30 minutes

Average rating on Apple Podcasts: 4.9

The Undifferentiated Medical Student

Although there haven’t been any new episodes since 2019, this is still an excellent podcast that helps med students choose a specialty and plan their careers. Learn about specialties like ophthalmology, sleep medicine, and interventional radiology.

Episode length: 2-4 hours

Average rating on Apple Podcasts: 4.8

Dr. Paddy Barrett Podcast (The Doctor Paradox)

The Dr. Paddy Barrett Podcast can help med students get ahead of burnout by learning about why so many doctors are dissatisfied with their jobs and how to reverse the problem. Episodes include topics such as rehumanizing healthcare and physician burnout.

Episode length: 45 minutes

Average rating on Apple Podcasts: 4.9

Board Rounds

Board Rounds helps med students prepare for the USMLE Step 1 and COMLEX Level 1 exams. Most of the episodes consist of short scenarios and complaints, then the hosts walk through the problem to find the diagnosis.

Episode length: 10 minutes

Average rating on Apple Podcasts: 3.8

Surviving Medicine

Surviving Medicine aims to improve the healthcare community by interviewing game-changers in the field of medicine. Episodes include topics such as “Healing in Medical Education with Dr. Justin Bullock” and “Should doctors be on TikTok?”

Episode length: 60 minutes

Average rating on Apple Podcasts: 4.8

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The Best Medical Podcasts for Medical Professionals

While the end of medical school is a relief, it doesn’t mean you’ll suddenly have time to sit down and review the latest research every morning or solve the problems of the healthcare system overnight. What you can do is listen to some medical podcasts—many of which are very short—to stay up to date on the latest techniques, learn from other physicians, and improve your practice.

2 Docs Talk

2 Docs Talk features two doctors talking about current medical concerns. They use the best available medical evidence to examine the issues in short episodes. Episodes include topics like “The Anti-Vax Movement and the Dunning-Kruger Effect” and “Thoughts on Colon Cancer Screening.”

Episode length: 10-15 minutes

Average rating on Apple Podcasts: 4.4

The Curious Clinicians

This podcast asks and attempts to answer many of the “whys” in medicine. Some questions the podcast has covered include why furosemide can improve dyspnea in acute heart failure and why uremia interferes with platelet function.

Episode length: 20 minutes

Average rating on Apple Podcasts: 4.8

JAMA Clinical Reviews

This podcast explores the latest clinical reviews via author interviews. Recent episodes include “General Health Checks in Adult Primary Care” and “Lower Extremity Peripheral Artery Disease Without Chronic Limb-Threatening Ischemia.”

Episode length: 20-30 minutes

Average rating on Apple Podcasts: 4.6

Pediatrics on Call

Brought to you from the American Academy of Pediatrics, this podcast features new research and hot topics in pediatrics. Learn about topics such as caring for gender-diverse youth and food allergy prevention.

Episode length: 30-40 minutes

Average rating on Apple Podcasts: 4.6

AFP: American Family Physician Podcast

This podcast examines clinical points from issues of American Family Physician (AFP). Some recent clinical reviews they have discussed include topics on screening for carotid artery stenosis, active management of the third stage of labor, and repeat bone mineral density testing.

Episode length: 20-30 minutes

Average rating on Apple Podcasts: 4.8

Raise the Line

Raise the Line explores solutions in healthcare, speaking to top experts about ways to improve the system. Recent topics include the provider-patient relationship in rural health and reinventing healthcare after the pandemic.

Episode length: 20-30 minutes

Average rating on Apple Podcasts: 4.8

NEJM This Week

This podcast summarizes the latest research and reviews from the New England Journal of Medicine, providing a succinct way of staying up to date when you’re short on time. Recent summary topics include wolbachia-infected mosquito deployments for dengue and left atrial appendage occlusion during cardiac surgery.

Episode length: 30 minutes

Average rating on Apple Podcasts: 4.3

TED Talks Science and Medicine

Listen to TED talks from the world’s greatest scientists, doctors, and medical researchers. Daniel Kraft talks about how COVID-19 transformed the future of medicine and Andrew Pelling questions whether we can treat spinal cord injuries with asparagus.

Episode length: 10-20 minutes

Average rating on Apple Podcasts: 4.1

Straight Talk MD

In this podcast, Dr. Frank Sweeney attempts to affect positive change by exploring hot-button issues in science, medicine, and healthcare. Many episodes take a closer look at COVID as well as healthcare in the United States.

Episode length: 20-60 minutes

Average rating on Apple Podcasts: 4.7

Legends of Surgery

If you need a break from current events and new research, this podcast takes you back in time by telling the history of modern surgery. Learn about the history of blood transfusions and the story of the mitral valve.

Episode length: 30-40 minutes

Average rating on Apple Podcasts: 4.7

NAHU Healthcare Happy Hour

Released by the National Association of Health Underwriters, this podcast recaps top issues in healthcare and health insurance politics and policy. Episodes include topics such as “State-Level Activity You Need to Know About” and “IRS Releases ARP COBRA Guidance.”

Episode length: 15-30 minutes

Average rating on Apple Podcasts: 4.8

Out of Patients

This podcast, which is hosted by a 25+ year cancer survivor is designed to help healthcare suck less. Episodes cover a range of topics such as vaccines, cancer, applied psychology, and fertility.

Episode length: 30 minutes

Average rating on Apple Podcasts: 4.9

The Podcast by KevinMD

The Podcast by KevinMD aims to give voices to those who rarely get heard from, all in short episodes. Recent episodes include titles like “Artificial intelligence, COVID-19, and the future of pandemics” and “What I learned from stepping away from medicine for a year.”

Episode length: 20 minutes

Average rating on Apple Podcasts: 4.8

Bedside Rounds

In Bedside Rounds, host Adam Rodman examines medical history and the stories that have made modern medicine what it is today. The podcast examines topics such as past pandemics, mankind’s history with germs, and outdated medical practices.

Episode length: 45 minutes

Average rating on Apple Podcasts: 4.8

Physician’s Guide to Doctoring

This is a practical podcast aimed to help physicians improve their practice, dubbed the podcast that answers the question, “What should we have been learning when we were memorizing the Krebs Cycle?” Episodes include titles such as “Making Magic in Medicine the Disney Way with Jake Poore” and “Use Humble Inquiry, Don’t Make an A$$ out of U and Me with Edgar Schein, PhD, and Peter Schein, MBA.”

Episode length: 40-60 minutes

Average rating on Apple Podcasts: 4.8

The Nocturnists

The Nocturnists is a medical storytelling community, giving healthcare workers a platform to share stories of joy, sorrow, and self-discovery. In addition to general content, the podcast has two diary series: “Stories from a Pandemic” and “Black Voices in Healthcare.”

Episode length: 30-45 minutes

Average rating on Apple Podcasts: 4.9

Talk2MeDoc with Andrew Tisser

This podcast hosted by physician Andrew Tisser interviews guests both inside and outside healthcare. Some podcast topics include the future of telemedicine, medical alert devices, and finances for physicians.

Episode length: 30-45 minutes

Average rating on Apple Podcasts: 5

Which Medical Podcast is Best?

The best medical podcast is one that adds value to your life as a provider or medical student. All of the above podcasts are designed to inform, entertain, and/or better the healthcare field.

In a world where we are always on the go, podcasts provide a time-effective way to consume information while multitasking. Choose a podcast that resonates with you, subscribe to it, and you’ll always know when a new episode is available.

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