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 This podcast currently has 5 episodes featuring a physician performing following examination:
Neurological - lower limbs
Neurological - upper limbs
Integrated Clinical Method by ICM Team Swansea University Medical School So far, there are in total 10 episodes with two physician demonstrating different exams:
Ankle and foot
Uva Clinical Skills Videos by Office of Medical Education University of Virginia In this series you will find clinical examination videos, but also videos depicting medical procedures and tips for taking patient’s history.
Central line placement
Interview with sexual health issues
Neonatology by Rijeka University School of Medicine 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
Tonic neck reflex
Pull to Sit
You’re still here? Go on, hurry and download some of these excellent podcasts and become a better clinical examiner.