Podcasts are a great way to learn something new. You can listen anywhere: in the car, at the gym, at your desk, while cleaning your house. They come in many different formats: interviews and stories, short and long, daily, weekly, and monthly. And you can find them on any topic you could imagine. We’re most interested in health-related topics, so here’s a list of 9 health-related podcasts worth a listen!
Is any list of top podcasts complete without the inclusion of a TEDTalks series? Probably not! TEDTalks Health is a collection of short (appx. 15 minutes long) presentations on health-related topics. Bonus: these episodes include video. With over 150 episodes covering a wide range of topics, you’ll have no problem finding something new to learn.
Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris
Dan Harris, a journalist at ABC News, has an incredible story. A wartime correspondent, Dan found himself hooked on drugs and struggling after returning stateside, culminating with an on-air panic attack. He found relief through daily meditation. “Ten Percent Happier” began as a book about his experience, since evolving into an app for meditation and this podcast. In the podcast, Dan interviews “smart people” from all walks of life about meditation, including physicians, celebrities, executives, and even the Dalai Lama.
JAMA Clinical Reviews
An interview series from the American Medical Association’s peer-reviewed medical journal. JAMA Clinical Reviews features interviews with authors of the latest clinical reviews. Recent topics include “A New Path for Gun Research Funding,” “Bariatric Surgery and Cardiovascular Outcomes in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes,” and “Responsible Use of Opioids to Treat Cancer Pain.” The interviews are high-quality and accessible, even if you don’t have a clinical background.
Nursing Podcast by NRSNG
If you’re a nursing student, this podcast is for you. The episodes are short (under 30 minutes) and focus on helping nursing students to feel more confident. The host, Jon Haws, RN, uses anecdotes from his own experience in nursing school to relate to the anxieties and struggles of aspiring nurses, providing tips along the way.
Louisville Lectures: Internal Medicine Lecture Series Podcast
This video podcast from the University of Louisville is published approximately once per month. Episodes are recordings of internal medicine lectures from university staff and guest lecturers. Over 200 lectures are available on-demand. Geared toward clinicians.
This unique podcast was created by two survivors: Joe Borges (stroke) and Lauren Manzano (brain injury). Joe and Lauren, self-described nerds, designed The NeuroNerds to “create a community for like-minded nerds and fans of pop culture, who have suffered from brain injuries and are looking for support on their journey to recovery.” Episodes vary – some more “neuro” and some more “nerd” – but the unique and personal approach to this podcast makes learning about and understanding stroke and brain injury very accessible.
A relatively new podcast, The WoMed is hosted by nurses Danielle (D) Maltby and Danielle (Dani) LeVeck. D & Dani focus on “all things Women in Medicine” in an honest and raw way, sharing their experiences and interviewing other women from the world of medicine. There’s a good reason this podcast has shot up the charts just 19 episodes in.
Continuum: A Healthcare Podcast
Focused on educating and inspiring, Continuum is a monthly podcast published by Vibra Healthcare and Ernest Health. Covering a broad range of topics, from heart disease in minority populations, the current state of ventilator weaning, and tips for new amputees, we interview experts from throughout the healthcare world.
Progress Notes: Inspirational Stories of Patient Success
Every day, incredible people conquer serious health issues. Strokes survivors, quadruple amputees, people living with spinal cord injuries – their perseverance, determination, and grit are sure to inspire. In Progress Notes, these moving stories are shared in bite-sized episodes (about 5 minutes long) each week. If you find yourself struggling, be it with a health issue or some other challenge, check out this podcast and draw motivation from these amazing individuals.