BMJ Audio Pilot

BMJ just launched an audio pilot: "a magazine programme with the latest medical news, opinion, and issues that matter to doctors."

One by one, all journals in the elite club of the "Big Five" are offering a podcast/audio summary of contents.

The list of "Big Five" medical journals consists of NEJM, JAMA, BMJ, Lancet and Annals. Currently, only Annals does not have a podcast.

The editorial teams have a slightly different approach to their audio supplements:

  1. NEJM has a physician (male or female) reviewing the main stories
  2. JAMA features its own Editor-in-Chief, Catherine DeAngelis
  3. Lancet audio is also read by its editor
  4. BMJ chose a GP who also works as a medical correspondent for BBC

Most of the journal audio summaries are also available on iTunes.

If you want to listen to the full articles and have online access, you can use text-to-speech to convert text to mp3 files and transfer them to your mp3 player of choice.

Feel free to expand the list of medical podcasts/videocasts on UBC HealthLib-Wiki.

JAMA Podcast: Audio Commentary by the Editor-in-Chief
The Lancet Features Weekly Audio Summary
The NEJM Audio Summary
Text-to-Speech Programs and Continuous Medical Education
Top 5 Medical Podcasts I Listen To
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