Bedside Rounds is a medical podcast by myself (Adam Rodman, @AdamRodmanMD) about fascinating stories in clinical medicine. I started this podcast in the summer of 2014 when I was a second-year resident in internal medicine at Oregon Health and Science University. I originally started it after I wasn’t able to find a great narrative-based medical podcast like Radiolab or 99% Invisible, and in a delusion of grandeur, decided to make my own. And if you listen to my early episodes (which I’ve left up, for posterity), that is what you’ll hear — my attempts in what counted for free time in residency to craft an interesting story that I might tell at a cocktail party.
But over time, Bedside Rounds has morphed into something more. From an introspective position, the evolution of my podcast has really paralleled my evolution as a physician. Now I tell narrative stories, yes, and they’re often historical in nature. But they delve deep into our human connection with the past, and trace the intellectual, social, and cultural currents that have shaped modern medicine. At its core, Bedside Rounds is the story of how modern medicine — whatever that means — came to be. And it’s no longer my hobby. Now I’m no longer a resident; I’m a medical educator, and I view this podcast as an extension of the teaching that I do on the wards, in the simulation lab, and in the classroom. That’s why I’ve partnered with the American College of Physicians to continue bringing my listeners great content (and CME and MOC points if you’re an ACP member!). I encourage you to listen to Episode 0 above for a manifesto of the reasons I think this stuff is important.
I also want to be very transparent about funding. I don’t currently run advertisements, and I will never run any ads that have a conflict of interest with my mission. And if I do run advertisements in the future (an unclear proposition given my mission), I will always be explicit about what content is sponsored.
And finally, like I say at the end of my podcasts, while I am a real doctor and I don’t just play one on the internet, Bedside Rounds is meant to be purely entertainment and education, and should not be construed as medical advice. If you have any health concerns, please contact your primary care provider.