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INTRODUCING THE NCS PODCAST James E. Siegler, MD and Joshua M. Levine, MD As a healthcare provider, when I am not evaluating patients, I am either writing progress notes, putting time into my research, or trying to build a fund of knowledge required of my medical profession. To accomplish the latter, like many of my colleagues, I am constantly perusing UpToDate or the latest publication from high impact medical journals like Neurology, Continuum, The Lancet Neurology, and Neurocritical Care. It is nearly impossible for most medical professionals to keep up with the evolving and amassing entirety of medical literature, much less these 4 major journals. Even subscribing to a single journal can prove a cumbersome task. So we need to develop an alternative approach to self-directed learning—one perhaps not rooted in our office space, or limited by accessibility to printed manuscripts. We’re all on the move, so we need a medium that moves with us. James E. Siegler, MD Neurocritical Care, the official journal of the Neurocritical Care Society, has published over 1500 peer-reviewed manuscripts in nearly 90 issues since its inception in 2004. Like other related scientific periodicals, its content is available in print and online to subscribers, and each manuscript can be accessed on your mobile device. But that’s not enough. In order to improve its accessibility to subscribers, the Neurocritical Care Society has officially planned the release of an audio podcast to be distributed along with its written content. The NCS Podcast will feature interviews and commentaries by the Editorial Board of Neurocritical Care along with investigators and other authors from around the globe. The abbreviated audio content will take the form of 15-20 minute episodes to be released on a monthly or bimonthly basis. The content will be freely available and accessible on all major podcast platforms (iTunes, TuneIn, Acast, and Stitcher). Podcasting provides several obvious advantages to the written publications of the Neurocritical Care Society, and is ideally suited to supplement this content. The number of podcasts and online blogs which augment the scientific literature has exploded over the last decade, with many successful medical podcasts observing over 100,000 downloads annually. Audio podcasts can provide concise, high-yield clinical information in the form of open discussions with experts in the field, and it can be played at the leisure of the listener during periods where written content may not be as easily accessed. I, for one, am constantly tuned in to a personal collection of audio podcasts while commuting to work, at the gym, in the kitchen, and during periods of travel. But it’s not always easy to find the perfect podcast. In my preliminary search, I’ve found over 50 unique audio podcasts whose aim is to educate neurologists and trainees. Without a doubt, the most reputable podcasts are those affiliated with medical periodicals like The Lancet Neurology and Neurology, whose supplemental audio content has been around for several years now. Many of these journal-affiliated podcasts have the added benefit of providing Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit to faculty listeners, and this no doubt has made a strong impact on the volume of listeners. Other medical podcasts not affiliated with peer-reviewed publications, such as Brain Matters (a neuroscience podcast developed by the University of Texas at Austin) and Brain Science may also provide high-yield clinical content but they require a lot more digging for listeners to find. They also lack much of the peer-review and validation that goes into the production of podcasts affiliated with medical periodicals. For these reasons, the NCS Podcast has been designed around the interests of medical professionals committed to neurocritical care and its related disciplines. The NCS Podcast should gain immediate traction as a highly vetted, peer-reviewed audio program whose aim is to transmit the mission of the Neurocritical Care Society across the airwaves. So stay tuned! DISCLOSURES In addition to serving on the production staff for the NCS podcast, James E. Siegler also produces the BrainWaves audio podcast which provides neurology education to medical trainees. Joshua M. Levine, MD 23


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