The latest research on rheumatic disease, solutions for addressing practice management issues, legislative policies affecting patient care and ACR initiatives are among the topics that will be discussed on the ACR’s new—and recently launched—rheumatology podcast, says Jonathan S. Hausmann, MD, a pediatric and adult rheumatologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School.
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“The ACR has an obligation to educate the rheumatology community, and this provides an opportunity for people to learn in different ways,” he says. “Some people may like to listen to a podcast on a run or when they are in the car.”
Dr. Hausmann is the host of ACR on Air, the ACR’s official podcast, which debuted Aug. 20. New episodes of the podcast are scheduled to go live the third Tuesday of every month and are available online at www.ACRonAir.org or on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and other major streaming apps.
Podcast episodes are free and open to the public to stream and download.
Although other rheumatology podcasts are available, plenty of room exists for more discussion about new scientific and clinical research.
Podcasts are an increasingly popular, convenient alternative to print or email formats for delivering rheumatology education, as well as legislative, practice management or other updates, says Suleman Bhana, MD, FACR, a rheumatologist in a multispecialty practice in New York state and chair of the ACR Communications and Marketing Committee.
“The ACR launching its own podcast is due to a convergence of lots of current trends in media. If you want to communicate with a medical audience, print may not always be the way to get it done. In our current workforce, there’s a swath of younger rheumatologists. How do you get information to them? They want to consume educational content in a way that is convenient,” says Dr. Bhana. “Also, the barrier of getting a podcast off the ground is much easier now.”
Dr. Bhana speaks from personal experience. He co-hosted The Rheumatology Podcast a few years ago with Paul H. Sufka, MD, a rheumatologist in Saint Paul, Minn. Newer production and streaming technologies give ACR on Air a highly polished sound, which was hard to achieve when he co-hosted his podcast, says Dr. Bhana.