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Best Nurse Practitioner (& Physician) Podcasts for Primary Care

Aug 05, 2021

Nurse Practitioner podcasts here for the win!

...and let's not forget about physician podcasts, too (we love our physician colleagues). They're such lifesavers when it comes to staying up-to-date with best-practice in primary care.

Between work and family and friends and life, it’s hard — sometimes straight-up impossible — to find time for that oh-so-important professional development and learning that we want to do to take the best care of our patients.  

And takes time to weed through all of the options out there, so we wanted to round up all our favorite options for both nurse practitioner podcasts and multidisciplinary options in primary care.

I haven't gotten into all the True Crime ones so many of my friends are into yet. It's 1000% normal if that's the only podcast your brain has the capacity for at the end of a busy day, but if you’re down for a little more learning, here are a few healthcare-industry-specific ones that I’ve been listening to.

Nurse Practitioner (& Physician) Podcasts 

American Family Physician Podcast  

This is one of the big go-tos for nurse practitioners, nurses, doctors — anyone who is practicing family medicine.

I’m not going to sugarcoat it — this podcast can be heavy with information. It jumps right into the clinical issues that we face in primary care. But it’s so relevant, engaging, and useful.

Plus, the podcast team there knows how to pack a punch — even with all the information in a given episode, they keep the run time short, usually around 25 minutes or so. 

Primary Care RAP (Paid)

This podcast is one of the top podcasts for primary care professionals. It covers everything from pediatric fevers to medical racism. Each episode is: 

  • Hosted by specialists
  • Provides a list of clinical pearls
  • And lists references 

I love the evidence-based approach, but also the fact that you can get CEs for some of their podcasts — usually the longer ones. 

There are lots of free episodes to choose from. The only downside? To get the full range of podcast episodes — and CEs — you have to subscribe to their platform. 

Public Health on Call

You can’t separate healthcare and medicine from our communities and public health conditions. 

But you’re already trying to keep up with all your nurse practitioner stuff! How are you supposed to untangle the web of socio-economic and political conditions that impact public health while you’re juggling ~everything~ else? 

You don’t have to do it alone. The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health brings real data and expert insight to their short-but-impactful podcast that touches on topics from Covid-19 to gun violence to health equity and more. 

The Curbsiders

Okay, total transparency time. This one is my absolute fave!

The Curbsiders podcast promises clinical pearls and bad puns, and they definitely deliver on those. 

Curbsiders is facilitated by Doctors Matthew Watto, Stuart Brigham, Paul Williams, and a nationwide network of students, residents, and clinician-educators. 

That means it covers a massive — I mean, really, really enormous — range of topics. We're talking Antibiotics 101, sarcoidosis, ADHD, wilderness medicine, vulvovaginitis, acute kidney injury — and that's just the tip of the iceberg.

The Nurse Practitioner Podcast

Looking for content that’s dialed into precisely what nurse practitioners are dealing with? The Nurse Practitioner Podcast is the official podcast of The Nurse Practitioner Journal. With a focus on guiding nurse practitioners through a spectrum of career issues — from certification and transition to practice to clinical topics to industry-wide discussions — this podcast offers solid, evidence-based content every week for NPs at all levels. 

Real World NP Podcast 

This is a nurse practitioner podcast with weekly episodes covering clinical topics, case studies, and role transition challenges for new nurse practitioners in primary care— hosted by yours truly.

(I can't NOT share my own podcast with you— I'm obsessed!)

What started as a YouTube channel, making videos I wish I had as a new grad nurse practitioner, blossomed into a podcast after hundreds of requests to make life easier for new nurse practitioners. 

We make our weekly episodes as relevant and impactful as possible. That way, you can take the information and use it in your practice — right away. 

If you’re a visual person, our episodes are also over on the YouTube channel (especially helpful for the Lab Interpretation Case Studies playlist that shows diagnostic algorithms).

Check out all our episodes over at realworldnp.com/podcast, where you can also sign up to get each episode sent straight to your inbox each week. 

Being able to take our weekly video and make it accessible feels like a huge win! I hope you have a chance to check it out!

Our Favorite Specialty Podcasts

At Your Cervix (OBGYN)

At Your Cervix explores pelvic health like it’s on a mission. Led by Gráinne Donnelly and Emma Brockwell, two pelvic health physiotherapists, the podcast ranges from pregnancy and postpartum concerns to exercise to body images to female health in general. 

AP Cardiology

I always need more cardiology in my life! ❤️

While AP Cardiology is intended for internists looking to up the ante on their cardiology knowledge, anyone who works in primary care can pick up valuable clinical pearls. 

Hosted by Dr. Andrew Perry, AP Cardiology goes beyond covering the basics, studies, and guidelines. He provides valuable context for clinical issues, breaking down the pathophysiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment.  

Peds in a Pod

Peds is a big topic for family nurse practitioners — in fact, pediatrics is one of our most frequently requested topics. (We’re working towards covering more, we promise!)

In the meantime, there are lots of great podcasts to help answer your pediatric questions. And Peds in a Pod is one of them.

Ashley Grigsby, DO, and David Rayburn, MD, are the hosts of Peds in a Pod. They do a deep dive into pediatric board review topics. But you don’t have to be prepping for your boards to benefit from their quarterly podcast — it’s helpful for real-life practice. 

Geripal

If you work in primary care, geriatric and palliative care are ~going~ to be part of your landscape. And because the number of people over age 55 grew by 27% between 2010-2020, maximizing your scope of practice for these specialties is just straight up pragmatic. 

Enter: Geripal. Hosted by Eric Widera, MD, and Alex Smith, MD, this podcast covers everything from the realities of caregiving to the latest in pharmacology for geriatric patients. 

This Podcast Will Kill You

Deadly. Funny. Professionally relevant. 

This Podcast Will Kill You dives into the biology of infectious diseases, from common to rare. The hosts? Two epidemiologists who bypassed academia to join the wild world of podcasting. 

And you know what? I’m so glad they did. The hosts are incredibly skilled at doing something rare in the scientific and healthcare communities: Breaking down complex information in a way that makes you feel like you ACTUALLY understand it.

To be honest, This Podcast Will Kill You isn’t dishing up information that you need every day in the clinic, but it’s fascinating and you never know...you might just spot a zebra thanks to it. 

What’s your favorite nurse practitioner podcast these days? We’d love to hear about it. 

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