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Ten years of Geeky Medics

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m1218 (Published 11 May 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m1218
  1. Anna Harvey, BMJ editorial scholar
  1. aharvey@bmj.com

Geeky Medics is one of the best known peer teaching resources for healthcare students. Anna Harvey finds out why it is so popular, and how the founder of Geeky Medics has built such a following over the past 10 years

Ten years ago, Lewis Potter, a medical student at the University of Newcastle, bought a video camera and began filming his friends performing clinical examinations. His educational videos, collected together under the name Geeky Medics, have more than 50 million total views on YouTube.1

Loved worldwide

Medical students worldwide recognise the name Geeky Medics, and the distinctive pixelated images that have become a large part of their brand. Data from the Geeky Medics website, which provides written resources on clinical and communication skills alongside the videos, suggest that it is regularly visited by people from more than 150 countries.

The accessibility and quality of the resources are what make them stand out for medical students. Most of the content, including clinical exam videos, is available for free on YouTube. Caoimhe Ní hÉalaithe, a final year medical student at University College Cork, Republic of Ireland, affectionately refers to the platform as “geeky,” and says that during her first two years of medical school the resources were highly recommended by older students. Although she does use some …

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