Podcasts are a GREAT way to soak up information. Don’t have a chance to speak to specialist colleagues or attend a conference? Then download a podcast and listen to it on the way to work or at the gym.
How to get started? You need a smartphone (iPhone or equivalent) or other device (iPod, iPad, laptop or PC)…then either navigate to the desired site via iTunes or click the ‘podcast’ RSS button on the desired website.
There are many podcasts (and video vodcasts) out there which are useful for rural doctors. Now there really is no excuse not to keep up-to-date. I reckon a good podcast should be 10-15 minutes on average, 20 minutes at the most.
Here are some suggestions:
Harris CPD – excellent prehospital FOAMed
…and of course there is the new series of RDN PODCASTS – quick chats with various rural doctors around Australia.
Want to do this yourself?
I use a MacBook Air for blogging (WordPress.com account)
I use Skype to conduct audio interviews, recorded with Garage Band (part of the ilife suite for Mac) and edited. Better quality can (allegedly) be had with free SOundFlower and LineIn for Mac – but I am struggling so far to achieve the studio-quality multi-track perfection that SHOULD be acheievable…
I use GooglePlus account to create Google HangOuts for videoconferencing – which can then be saved to youtube, then downloaded and edited using iMovie. They are posted back up via Vimeo for embedding in blog posts.
GMEP.org is also a great place to store videos & podcasts etc.