Top 5 Podcasts for Pharmacists

NOVEMBER 13, 2018
Lauren Biehle, PharmD, BCPS, and Sommer Zarbock, PharmD
As of fall 2018, there are more than 500,000 podcasts and millions of episodes available to download. 

About 24% of Americans listen to podcasts, and 40% of those are categorized as "educational." Podcasts are a great way for pharmacists to stay up to date on the latest clinical information and get tips for personal and professional development. 

We searched the largest database of podcasts to find the 5 most popular free podcasts in the area of pharmacy. 

They are:

1. The Elective Rotation: A Critical Care Hospital Pharmacy
This podcast is the top-ranked podcast in the area of hospital pharmacy. The episodes, led by host Pharmacy Joe, target critical-care and emergency-medicine pharmacists. Episodes are released twice weekly and are usually less than 10 minutes long, perfect for a quick update Topics include analgesia, sedation, septic shock, and more. 

Cost: Free

Available at: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/elective-rotation-critical-care-hospital-pharmacy-podcast/id1022700383?mt=2

2. HelixTalk-Rosalind Franklin University's College of Pharmacy
This podcast is produced by pharmacy faculty to provide clinical updates and discussions of new guidelines. The episodes are in a discussion format and are applicable to both community and hospital pharmacists. Episodes are released once or twice per month and are about 30 minutes long. Topics include anticoagulation, guideline reviews, immunizations, neurologic conditions, and more.

Cost: Free

Available at: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/helixtalk-rosalind-franklin-universitys-college-pharmacy/id593635076?mt=2

3. CorConsult Rx: Evidence-Based Medicine and Pharmacy
This podcast is produced by 2 pharmacists to provide brief reviews of topics with complex pharmacology and/or pharmacotherapy. The hosts discuss topics applicable to nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physician assistants, physicians, and students. Episodes are released a few times per month and are 30 to 60 minutes long. Topics include dry eye, oral contraceptives, smoking cessation, and more.

Cost: Free

Available at: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/corconsult-rx-evidence-based-medicine-and-pharmacy/id1321782407?mt=2

4. Pharmacy Podcast Network: Inspiring Pharmacy Leadership Interviews
The Pharmacy Podcast Network is the largest network of podcasts in the US Healthcare System that focuses on pharmacy. It is co-hosted by more than 25 pharmacy specialists, comprises 17 different podcast channels, and has a wide variety of topic areas for every pharmacist, including compounding, hospital systems, independent community, long-term care, small-chain pharmacy business, and specialty pharmacy. Episodes are released nearly every day and range from about 20 to 45 minutes. Topics are expansive and include annual conference review, cannabidiol oil, community impact, compounding design, financial success, future pharmacy leaders, geriatric pharmacy, pharmacists as caregivers, and women in pharmacy.

Cost: Free

Available at: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/pharmacy-podcast-network/id309303712?mt=2Pharmacy Leaders Podcast

5. Pharmacy Leaders Podcast
This podcast is part of the Pharmacy Podcast Network and is produced and hosted by Tony Guerr, who conducts interviews and offers advice on building a professional career. The discussions include building a professional brand, how to earn a second income, and how to network. The host also invites guests to discuss pharmacy leadership.  Episodes are released about 1 or 2 times each week and run about 20 to 40 minutes long. Topics include career advice, job interview success, managing student loan debt, making extra money, residency information, and salaries. This is an excellent podcast for pharmacy students, as many episodes discuss pharmacy school-related topics and have pharmacy student guests. 

Cost: Free

Available at: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/pharmacy-leaders-podcast-inspiring-pharmacy-leadership/id1323233500?mt=2
 
Lauren Biehle, PharmD, BCPS, is a clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy in Laramie. 

Sommer Zarbock, PharmD, is a clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy. 
 

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