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J Dermatolog Treat. 2010 Mar;21(2):73-9. doi: 10.1080/09546630902936786.

Podcasting in dermatology education.

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University of California Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, California 956911, USA.



Podcasting is a relatively new technology, which allows users to subscribe to audio/video broadcasts online, download new ones, and transfer to their MP3 devices. Studies in medical and dental schools have demonstrated that podcasting is an effective learning method.


To discuss the history, strengths, and weaknesses of the dermatology-related podcasts available for download.


An iTunes search was performed, and five dermatology-related podcasting subscriptions were accessed; the previous 10 podcasts in each subscription were assessed to compile an overall picture. Authors listened to all podcasts, evaluated them independently, then shared their evaluations to optimally capture details.


Each of the podcasting services had its own strengths and weaknesses. While some were targeted towards practicing physicians, others were targeted to patients and medical students. Furthermore, none of the services updated at a regular, timely interval. Our analysis was limited to podcasts in the English language. We did not assess the accuracy of the content of the podcasts.


Podcasting allows a truly mobile educational resource, one that could benefit dermatologists. Prestigious journals and large institutions should become more involved in developing informative, evidence-based podcasts at regular intervals. Videocasting offers the possibility of viewing procedures. Conferences are also prime ground for podcasts. Improved regulation and increased interest (from large organizations and institutions) will be crucial to the future of podcasting.

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