Junior doctors undertaking an out-of-programme career break in medical education enhance their subsequent clinical practice skills and opportunities as well as continuing professional development

Claire Stocker, Dan Mcmullan, Kenneth Langlands, Andrew Robert Thompsett, Joanne Harris, Peter Thomas

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BACKGROUND Although podcasts are increasingly being produced for medical education, their use and perceived impact in informal educational settings are understudied. OBJECTIVE This study aimed to explore how and why physicians and medical learners listen to The Rounds Table (TRT), a medical podcast, as well as to determine the podcast’s perceived impact on learning and practice. METHODS Web-based podcast analytics were used to collect TRT usage statistics. A total of 17 medical TRT listeners were then identified and interviewed through purposive and convenience sampling, using a semistructured guide and a thematic analysis, until theoretical sufficiency was achieved. RESULTS The following four themes related to podcast listenership were identified: (1) participants thought that TRT increased efficiency, allowing them to multitask, predominantly using mobile listening platforms; (2) participants listened to the podcast for both education and entertainment, or “edutainment”; (3) participants thought that the podcast helped them keep up to date with medical literature; and (4) participants considered TRT to have an indirect effect on learning and clinical practice by increasing overall knowledge. CONCLUSIONS Our results highlight how a medical podcast, designed for continuing professional development, is often used informally to promote learning. These findings enhance our understanding of how and why listeners engage with a medical podcast, which may be used to inform the development and evaluation of other podcasts.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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