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Brush up your clinical skills with video podcasts

Posted Oct 07 2008 7:15pm

Podcasts can be a great educational tool. They are a free video or audio series, like a TV or radio show that you download and play, whenever you chose, on your computer, TV, iPod, iPhone or other portable media player. There are numerous podcast directories which can help you find interesting podcasts. One of the most popular and certainly the one which started it all is iTunes Store. Apart from offering music, TV shows, movies and iPhone/iPod applications for sale, it features thousands of different podcasts. Among them many are related to medicine, and some can even help you improve your clinical examination skills. To be able to watch these podcasts, you will need to have iTunes installed on your computer and preferably a broadband Internet connection. Some of the episodes can be quite big and take a long time to download on a slow connection.

Here is my selection of video podcasts from the iTunes store which can help you brush up your clinical skills.

Clinical Examinations
by Professor Karim Mearan
Imperial College London, Faculty of Medicine

Exam
This podcast currently has 5 episodes featuring a physician performing following examination:

  • Cardiology
  • Respiratory
  • Cranial nerves
  • Neurological - lower limbs
  • Neurological - upper limbs

Integrated Clinical Method
by ICM Team
Swansea University Medical School

exam
So far, there are in total 10 episodes with two physician demonstrating different exams:

  • Cardiovascular system
  • Respiratory system
  • Abdominal
  • Lumbar spine
  • Cervical spine
  • Ankle and foot
  • Knee
  • Hip
  • Elbow
  • Shoulder

Uva Clinical Skills Videos
by Office of Medical Education
University of Virginia

exam
In this series you will find clinical examination videos, but also videos depicting medical procedures and tips for taking patient’s history.

Clinical exams

  • Knee
  • Low back
  • Shoulder
  • Upper extremities
  • Lower extremities
  • Skin
  • Vital signs
  • Chest
  • HEENT
  • Cardiac
  • Abdominal
  • Neurologic
  • Ophtalmoscopic

Medical procedures

  • Central line placement
  • Intubation
  • Standard venipuncture
  • Butterfly venipuncture

History taking

  • Sexual history
  • Interview with sexual health issues

Neonatology
by Rijeka University School of Medicine
neonatology exam
While all of the above mentioned podcasts demonstrate clinical examination of adult patients, this one show you how to examine newborn babies. Until today, 11 videos are made available demonstrating clinical examination of primitive reflexes.

  • Introduction: Primitive Reflexes
  • Walking reflex
  • Tonic neck reflex
  • Sucking reflex
  • Rooting reflex
  • Pull to Sit
  • Moro Response
  • Magnet reflex
  • Grasp response
  • Galant’s reflex
  • Crawling reflex

You’re still here? Go on, hurry and download some of these excellent podcasts and become a better clinical examiner.

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