A podcast is a simple yet sophisticated transfer of audio content over the Internet. 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 you do not need a portable digital-media device to listen to podcasts. MP3 files can be played right on your computer. Below are some popular podcasts in the fields of medicine and science. For general information on podcasting click here.


Cochrane Library Podcasts
Audio summaries of selected reviews from The Cochrane Library.

Healthcare 411
This audio program features current news and information from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. AHRQ’s mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. AHRQ is the lead Federal agency in the effort to improve patient safety and reduce medical errors.

POEM of the Week Podcast
Each week Dr. Mark Ebell, POEMs Editor, joins Dr. Michael Wilkes, NPR correspondent and Vice-Dean of the UC-Davis Medical School, for a five minute discussion about an important recent POEM article. The discussion provides additional depth and insight into the issue covered by the POEM synopsis.

JAMA Audio Commentary
Dr. DeAngelis, Editor-in-Chief of JAMA, provides summary and commentary on each week's issue of JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Johns Hopkins Medicine Weekly Health News
This podcast is a lively discussion of the week's medical news and how it may affect you. This five-seven minute free program features Rick Lange, M.D., chief of clinical cardiology, and Elizabeth Tracey, directory of the Hopkins Health NewsFeed, a radio news service program.

McGraw-Hill's AccessMedicine Weekly Podcasts
One podcast a week may include Harrison's Grand Rounds (audio lectures, from world-renowned academic physicians, addressing key medical topics in internal medicine), Harrison's Updates (the latest, most important advances in medicine written by highly regarded academicians in the medical field) or Hurst’s the Heart Updates (examinations and reviews of the most recent cardiology news from medical journals written by distinguished medical physicians).

NEJM Weekly Audio Summary
The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) Weekly Audio Summary Podcast

Regenerative Medicine Today
This podcast explores the scientific and medical discoveries that are emerging from regenerative medicine.

This Week in Cardiology
A weekly show that provides commentary by medical professionals regarding a wide range of cardiology topics. The topics are discussed in-depth and are directed toward physicians and other healthcare professionals.


The Sciences

Nature Podcast
The Nature Podcast is a free weekly audio show highlighting content from each issue and interviews with the scientists creating the data.

Science Update
The weekly Science Update Podcast bundles five of Science Update's award-winning 60-second radio shows together with insightful commentary from one of the producers.


Consumer Health

MedlinePlus: NLM Director's Comments
MedlinePlus presents a weekly update by Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D., Director of the National Library of Medicine, highlighting new materials on MedlinePlus.


General Information on Podcasting

Podcasting - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Podcatchers (used to download podcasts)