Emergency medicine (EM) educational podcasts have become increasingly popular. Residents spend a greater percentage of their time listening to podcasts than they do using other educational materials. Despite this popularity, research into podcasting in the EM context is sparse. We aimed to determine EM residents' consumption habits, optimal podcast preferences, and motivation for listening EM podcasts.
The authors created a survey and emailed it to EM residents at all levels of training at twelve residencies across the United States from September 2015 to June of 2016. In addition to demographics, the twenty-question voluntary survey asked questions exploring three domains: habits, attention, and motivation. The authors used descriptive statistics to analyze results.
Of the 605 residents invited to participate, 356 (n= 60.3%) completed the survey. The vast majority listen to podcasts at least once a month (88.8%). Two podcasts were the most popular by a wide margin, with 77.8% and 62.1% regularly listening to Emergency Medicine: Reviews and Perspectives (EM:RAP) and the EMCrit Podcast, respectively. 84.6% reported the ideal length of a podcast was less than 30 minutes. Residents reported their motivation to listen to EM podcasts was to “Keep up with current literature” (88.5%) and “Learn EM core content” (70.2%). 72.2% of residents said podcasts change their clinical practice either “somewhat” or “very much”.
The results of this survey study suggest most residents listen podcasts at least once a month, prefer podcasts less than 30 minutes in length, have several motivations for choosing podcasts, and report that podcasts change their clinical practice.