There has been a literal explosion of podcasts in emergency medicine and critical care in recent years. I can remember going to iTunes a few years ago and seeing only a few podcasts listed. Now it seems like the number increases daily. A great resource for finding out what podcasts are out there is to go to iTunes and search “emergency medicine” or “critical care.” Or, you can check out the fantastic searchable podcast database on the Life in the Fast Lane blog. Many departments of emergency medicine and critical care have podcasts listed on iTunes, as well as journals, societies, and other personal podcasts. If you don’t see a topic covered, odds are that might be a great podcast to start and get your name out there. It is easy and a lot of fun.
Joe Lex also has a superb website (Free Emergency Medicine Talks) where you listen to/download hundreds of free audio presentations from around the world.
One of my favorite podcasts out there is clearly EMRAP. Mel Herbert has become an expert at this, and I have learned many tricks, pearls, and pitfalls from him along the way. One of the best ways to improve your podcasting skills is to talk to people who have come before you. Almost everything I know about podcasting I learned from Mel! Feel free to contact me if I can help get you started.
What are the benefits of creating and implementing a podcast?
Allows you to develop further expertise in your area of interest
May very well help get you promoted as you become an expert in a certain topic-many institutions look for this
Introduces you to a community of funny, lively, and sometimes odd folks who share the same interest
May lead to speaking invitations and conferences
How to get into podcasting…