Davenport Campus faculty members Michael VanNatta, D.C., Michael Tunning, D.C., and Thomas Brozovich, D.C., have developed a podcast for their Neuromusculoskeletal (NMS) Diagnosis I course. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at why they decided to start podcasting and how it’s been received so far.
You can listen to the Palmer College of Chiropractic – NMS I Podcasts on iTunes.
What prompted you to consider doing a podcast?
Dr. VanNatta: We were looking for new avenues with technology to reach the students and enhance their learning.
Dr. Brozovich: We realize that the students all learn slightly differently—some visually, some by reading the books and some by listening. We felt that by doing the podcast this would allow them to hear us lecture multiple times over the same subject matter, helping some of the students to listen to it more than just one time in the classroom.
Dr. Tunning: We have been in the process of updating the NMS curriculum to remain consistent with the best evidence available for diagnostic procedures. One way of disseminating this information, besides use in the classroom, is in other media forms. This also makes the information available to students in anatomy classes in the first trimester that would also like to learn function and create connections to future learning.
How have the students responded to it so far?
Dr. Brozovich: The students love it. We've also had multiple alumni call and comment that they really like being able to review some of the subject matter.
Dr. VanNatta: Our initial intent of the podcasts was to supplement our current lectures and lab presentations. Currently anyone interested can go to iTunes, search for "Palmer NMS podcast" and enjoy them. We had a student traveling on a plane that listened to them and gave us positive feedback.
What is involved in creating a podcast?
Dr. Brozovich: We discussed the subject matter as if we were lecturing to a class. We recorded them during the conversations between the multiple doctors.
Dr. VanNatta: We started with an outline from our syllabus to follow the assessment and outcome measures from our class. We began with the cranial nerve exam. The topic of cranial nerves followed our study guide, which is posted on the portal. A flow chart of topics was discussed and laid out ahead of time for a “script" to follow. We also incorporated clinical case "highlight" scenarios from Bloomenfeld Textbook of Neuroanatomy through clinical cases. The initial set up of the script is important for flow and content completion. We used a MacBook Pro and produced the podcasts with software by Garageband. The podcasts can also be produced with the Garageband app for the iPad.
Do you recommend that other faculty members consider doing podcasts?
Dr. Brozovich: I would highly recommend that the other faculty do this for the sake of their students who would benefit from this type of learning. The NMS group plans to do video podcasts, which will include orthopedic tests and incorporate evidence-based information. At this time we have videos of all of our orthopedic tests online for the students, which also have been received very favorably by practicing chiropractors.