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Why should you #trypod as a medical student?

BY: Holly Spellmann

#trypod. It’s not the new planking, rather an initiative started by the elite of podcast hosts to bring new listeners into the fold.

As tempting as it is to listen to that Ed Sheeran song three times in twenty minutes on the radio while driving to class, there are alternatives out there. Podcasts are a great way to squeeze in a laugh or tuck away a nugget of knowledge during moments we might not otherwise get the most of.

Podcasts can help you get through your commute or your time spent doing mundane chores. Even medical students have to do the laundry and dishes- usually when there are none of the above clean or available for use. But when that time does come, here’s how you can #trypod:

  • iPhone users: There is this purple icon tucked away somewhere on your phone- ios9-podcasts-app-tileOpen it. It’s pretty much that easy. (If you don’t see it, it’s just the Podcasts app in the app store)
  • Android users: You have options. These seem nice.

Once you’ve followed these steps, it’s time to find your new favorite podcasts. Here are a few favorites to get you hooked:

An Essential

AMSA Ad Lib is our very own podcast. Ad Lib brings you news and stories thoughtfully curated with interest to your life as a medical student.

Looking for a break?

Stuff You Should Know, along with a suite of podcasts by the How Stuff Works Team, dives deep into topics ranging from Survival Cannibalism to watersheds, soda, Soylent, and Porta-Potties.

What is a break?

Podcasts are also an option for the times when you need to utilize every spare second to work towards your monumental goals. There are podcasts for that too, and some podcasts and podcast apps allow you to listen at 1.5x or 2x speed.

  • The Undifferentiated Med Student
    • Follow one medical student as he interviews a practicing physician from each of the 120+ specializations listed on the AAMC’s Careers in Medicine Website


I hope that you find podcasts as a refuge from listening to radio programs that are 30% commercials, or my personal favorite, an inner monologue of all of your anxieties. It helps to drown those out.

Are you a podcast fan? Leave your recommendations in the comment section.

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