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Five podcasts every medical student should listen to

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 23 October 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l5811
  1. Anna-Lucia Koerling, sixth year medical student
  1. University of Cambridge, UK
  1. koerlinga{at}

From case studies to historical tales, Annie Koerling lists her favourite medical podcasts

Podcasts are fast gaining popularity, particularly among young people. There's a dizzying array to choose from—with over 700 000 shows and 29 million episodes available online as of August 2019.1 Not only can you find a podcast on nearly every imaginable topic, but (with a few exceptions) they're free to download.

BMJ Student makes a podcast for medical students and newly qualified doctors, Sharp Scratch (, and there are hundreds of other medical podcasts on Apple podcasts. A lot are very specialised—ideal for consultants and registrars making difficult management decisions, but not always relevant for medical students. To make life easier for you, I sampled about 30 medical podcasts and picked out five great podcasts to make that long commute to placement a bit easier.

This Podcast will Kill You2

  • About: infectious diseases in depth (plus medical cocktail recipes)

  • Aimed at: everyone

  • Episodes: 35, released weekly

  • Typical duration: 1 …

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