Margaret J Trost,Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Children's Hospital Los Angeles,Los Angeles,California; Kirstin A. Nackers,University of Wisconsin - Madison,,; Parul Bhatia,Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Children's Hospital Los Angeles,,; Juan Espinoza,Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Children's Hospital Los Angeles,,; Robert A. Dudas,Johns Hopkins all Childrens Hospital, St. Petersburg Florida,,; Philip J. Malouf,Kaiser Permanente Roseville Pediatrics,,; Janet I. Meller,Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Amarillo,,; Raghunandana Kasetty,Michigan State University,,; Meghan Treitz,University of Colorado,,


Podcasting allows asynchronous delivery of educational content via an audio file that is easy to create, disseminate, and is increasingly embraced by medical education trainees as a preferred mode of knowledge consumption.   However, many medical educators may be unfamiliar with podcasts, do not know how to create them, or are uncertain how best to integrate them into a curriculum. 

  • Apply adult learning theory to recognize or design a podcast that effectively delivers educational content
  • Integrate existing podcasts into currently established curricula
  • Create your own podcast for local or widespread dissemination

Methods and Content:

This highly interactive workshop will enhance participant knowledge about the world of podcasting, and enable them to find or create podcasts to deliver educational curricula.  Following an interactive large group introduction, workshop facilitators will deliver a summary of existing literature guiding best practices for podcasts: optimal length, style, and content tips.  Next attendees will use this new knowledge to evaluate, compare, and contrast existing and freely-available pediatric podcasts in small groups.  A comprehensive list of existing pediatrics-relevant podcasts will be distributed so that participants can identify potentially useful content.  However, an optimal podcast for each curriculum may not yet exist, and so the next segment will illustrate and demystify the process of creating a podcast from scratch.  Free or low-cost options will be emphasized as workshop facilitators lead a short didactic highlighting the optimal equipment, recording and post-production platforms, and hosting options.  Attendees will then have the opportunity to work in pairs to create a short podcast.  At the close of the session, large group discussion will include the opportunity for networking to create multi-site collaborative opportunities for future podcast creation.


Time Block (minutes)



Interactive introduction

  • Incorportating "Poll Everywhere"


Large group didactic

  • Adult learning theory in relation to podcasting
  • Pearls from the literature, "what makes a podcast good?"


Small group activity

  • Each table listens to short podcast, assesses quality using scoring worksheet


Large group report-out

  • Tables report on strengths/weaknesses of each podcast




Large group demonstration

  • How to create podcasts
    • Equipment 
    • Recording
    • Hosting 


Paired activity

  • Pairs script and record a short podcast, facilitators circulate to troubleshoot


Large group discussion

  • Ideas, feedback, exchange information for post-conference collaboration