Catch up on “reading” with podcasts from these top medical journals

November 16, 2021 | Author: Royal College Staff

In this article:

  • Nine podcast sources you might want to consider to supplement your journal reading.
  • How to document podcast listening in MAINPORT ePortfolio for MOC credit.

Have you ever considered podcasts as a way to stay informed on medical research?

Not only are medical journals increasingly turning to podcasts to provide audio summaries and related content but podcasts can be used in your MOC. Consider changing up your traditional journal reading and scanning activities with an occasional podcast.

To help you get started, we’ve curated a short list of podcasts from some of the world’s leading medical journals (plus we throw in our very own KeyLIME Podcast — we’ll explain why!)

Which podcasts do you turn to for your ongoing learning? Share in the comments below.

Podcasts by top medical journals (and one honourable mention)

This list is not exhaustive and is focused on multidisciplinary medical journals, as well as podcasts that are regularly updated. Suggestions of other podcasts that readers have found valuable for learning are encouraged (please add in the comments!)

Tip: If you don’t see your favourite journal on our list, search it online and see if they have a podcast or other multimedia supports to enhance your learning.

Annals On Call, Annals Latest Highlights

Annals On Call showcases discussion and debate on clinically influential articles published in Annals of Internal Medicine. Annals Latest Highlights provides an overview of the journal’s latest features.

Frequency: Twice a month

Source: Annals of Internal Medicine

Start listening to these podcasts


CMAJ Podcasts

In their own words, CMAJ Podcasts “include narrative stories by physicians about life as a doctor, interviews with leading experts in medicine, and fascinating discussions about the history of medicine.”

Frequency: Monthly

Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal

Start listening to CMAJ Podcasts


Cold Steel: The CJS Podcast

This podcast highlights top research being done by Canadian surgeons. It also includes discussion of educational topics of interest for surgeons and trainees, and guidance on career development.

Frequency: Weekly

Source: Canadian Journal of Surgery

Start listening to Cold Steel


Key Literature in Medical Education (KeyLIME) Podcast

Produced in-house, this podcast features a panel of hosts who review medical education research articles they deem important, innovative or impactful.

Frequency: Weekly

Source: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Start listening to KeyLIME


Medical Education podcasts

Each episode features an article published in the journal Medical Education, with guided discussion between the host and author(s).

Frequency: Four per month

Source: Medical Education

Start listening to the Medical Education podcasts


NEJM Interviews, NEJM This Week

NEJM Interviews focuses on discussion of current topics in medicine and health care. NEJM This Week is a summary of what’s new in the journal.

Frequency: Weekly

Source: New England Journal of Medicine

Start listening to the NEJM podcasts


Podcasts from the JAMA Network

A collection of over 20 different podcast streams ranging from JAMA Clinical Reviews to a variety of author interview series.

Frequency: Varies

Source: Journal of the American Medical Association

Start listening to the JAMA series of podcasts


Talk medicine from BMJ

Subscribe to a variety of podcasts from The BMJ and specialist journals. Each series aims to provide listeners with timely interviews and debate, guided by opinion leaders in health and medicine.

Frequency: Varies

Source: British Medical Journal

Start listening to Talk medicine from BMJ


The Lancet Voice

In their own words, “Lancet editors and their guests unravel the stories behind the best global health, policy and clinical research of the day―and what it means for people around the world.”

Frequency: Every two weeks

Source: The Lancet family of Journals

Start listening to The Lancet Voice

How to claim credit in MAINPORT ePortfolio for listening to a podcast

  • Claim podcasts as a scanning activity under Section 2 for 0.5 credits per podcast.
  • You can also pursue a personal learning project (PLP) sparked by your podcast learning for two credits per hour.


MOC 101: Personal Learning Projects

MOC 101: Claim credit for reading journals/books


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