As a locum tenens physician, you’re always on the move but must find time to stay abreast of the latest medical research. Thankfully, you don’t have to spend hours hitting the books as you did in med school – there are more fun alternatives. Cue our “Locum Tenens Resource Roundup,” a three-part series revealing the top medical podcasts, YouTube channels, and blogs that keep docs in the know.
Despite the rise of TikTok, YouTube is still the most popular video platform, with more than 2 billion active users (double TikTok’s userbase).
Some of your medical colleagues have chosen to harness that power to explain clinical diagnoses, educate patients, and offer important dialogue for their peers. In a world where misinformation runs rampant, YouTube provides a convenient space to elevate physician voices. Our second Resource Roundup covers 10 different YouTube channels that cover hot-button topics, procedures, and other medical tips for our locum tenens physicians.
Looking for new ways to stay up to date on medical news? Check out one of these YouTube channels and consider subscribing to their new content:
1. Dr. Andrew Wilner, MD
Dr. Wilner’s channel is the only YouTube channel by — and for — locum tenens physicians. He conducts sit-down interviews and does a deep dive into the “locum life,” with topics like locums for millennials and frequently interviews fellow physicians. These pieces offer special vignettes that the practice alternative and answer questions about becoming a successful locums doc. He is also the author of the only locum tenens book, “The Locum Life: A Physician’s Guide to Locum Tenens.”
2. Dr. Mike
Dr. Mikhail “Mike” Varshavski is a board-certified family medicine doc living in NYC. And he remains the most popular medical personality on YouTube (with over 10 million subscribers). Dr. Mike’s unique mix of pop culture, medical stories, and healthcare news weave together an accessible lens for both patients and other physicians to view the complicated world of medicine.
Osmosis, sponsored by Elsevier, is a learning channel that produces general consumer health videos produced specifically to educate the public on medical topics. They also provide in-depth videos for health professionals and students including links to study guides and practice questions/flashcards for collaborative learning.
MedCram touts a mission of more medical clarity in less time. After facing frustration in their own medical education, Dr. Roger Seheult and one of his former PA students founded MedCram in 2012. Since then, they have collaborated to put together engaging tools to review medical topics and cut down on study time to score better on exams. These videos communicate thorough explanations of diseases and disorders as well as diving into public health policy and the occasional interview with leading experts in medicine.
5. Mayo Clinic
The Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research, and education; we’d be remiss if we didn’t include their main channel! Their content covers keynote lectures on a host of important topics, health tips for patients and practicing physicians, and personal stories from healthcare workers and patients.
6. Strong Medicine
Eric Strong, a practicing hospitalist and clinical associate professor of medicine at Stanford University, works hard to provide an open-access resource to medical professionals. Strong Medicine produces educational videos of detailed lectures and general overviews of trending medical topics. He also gives tips and tricks for explaining diagnoses for patients, a helpful way to reframe complex topics in layman’s terms.
7. Medlife Crisis
The play on words continues well past the channel’s title. Dr. Rohin Francis is a consultant cardiologist and university researcher who aims to infuse science and humor in a way that makes medicine accessible to both professionals patients alike. His guiding principle is that science shouldn’t be serious, and he produces his videos with that in mind.
8. Healthcare Triage
On Healthcare Triage, Dr. Aaron Caroll creates videos dedicated to explaining healthcare policy, diving into medical research, and he even answers viewer-submitted questions about the healthcare industry. He strives to create a space where people feel that they can get the answers they need to guide their understanding of health.
9. Harvard Medical School
Looking for the latest medical innovation? Search no further. In addition to frequent updates and news about Harvard Medical School itself, this channel also offers subscribers new scientific discoveries, biomedical research trends, thought leader profiles, and generally thought-provoking conversations regarding health policy.
10. iMedical School
iMedical School provides short, educational videos for medical students and professionals in the field. These videos explain complicated medical topics in a way that supersedes the textbook, and many of them impart practical life advice for overall success post-residency.
That’s it for part two of our three-part physician resource roundup!
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