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Weekly Editors' Audio Summary for JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association

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Weekly Editors' Audio Summary for JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association

    Interferon β1a for ARDS, Microaxial LVAD vs IABP for Cardiogenic Shock, Abbreviated Breast MRI vs DBT for Breast Cancer Screening, Screening for Cognitive Impairment, and more

    Interferon β1a for ARDS, Microaxial LVAD vs IABP for Cardiogenic Shock, Abbreviated Breast MRI vs DBT for Breast Cancer Screening, Screening for Cognitive Impairment, and more

    Editor's Summary by Howard Bauchner, MD, Editor in Chief of JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, for the February 25, 2020 issue

    • 9 min
    Stress Ulcer Prophylaxis with PPIs vs H2RBs, Polygenic Risk Scores for Predicting CVD, HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibition and Ovarian Cancer, and more

    Stress Ulcer Prophylaxis with PPIs vs H2RBs, Polygenic Risk Scores for Predicting CVD, HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibition and Ovarian Cancer, and more

    Editor's Summary by Howard Bauchner, MD, Editor in Chief of JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, for the February 18, 2020 issue

    • 12 min
    Incisional Negative Pressure Wound Therapy for SSI Prevention, MRSA Bacteremia and Combination Therapy, Review of Parkinson Disease, and more

    Incisional Negative Pressure Wound Therapy for SSI Prevention, MRSA Bacteremia and Combination Therapy, Review of Parkinson Disease, and more

    Editor's Summary by Howard Bauchner, MD, Editor in Chief of JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, for the February 11, 2020 issue

    • 10 min
    Vitamin C and Thiamine for Septic Shock, IV Iron Formulations for Fe-Deficiency Anemia, Home NIV for COPD, and more

    Vitamin C and Thiamine for Septic Shock, IV Iron Formulations for Fe-Deficiency Anemia, Home NIV for COPD, and more

    Editor's Summary by Anne Cappola, MD, Associate Editor for JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, for the February 04, 2020 issue

    • 10 min
    Diastolic Hypertension and CVD, Type 1 Diabetes Screening, Review of Medical Malpractice, and more

    Diastolic Hypertension and CVD, Type 1 Diabetes Screening, Review of Medical Malpractice, and more

    Editor's Summary by Howard Bauchner, MD, Editor in Chief of JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, for the January 28, 2020 issue

    • 11 min
    HES vs Saline for Volume Replacement in High-Risk Surgery, Early Surgery vs Endoscopy for Chronic Pancreatitis, Catheter Ablation with vs without Renal Denervation in Atrial Fibrillation, and more

    HES vs Saline for Volume Replacement in High-Risk Surgery, Early Surgery vs Endoscopy for Chronic Pancreatitis, Catheter Ablation with vs without Renal Denervation in Atrial Fibrillation, and more

    Editor's Summary by Howard Bauchner, MD, Editor in Chief of JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, for the January 21, 2020 issue

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

PathMax ,

Awesome podcast

To all the people that love to criticize, it's easy for you to criticize, but it's much more difficult to contribute...

wmdny ,

I like Dr. Livingston's voice.

The new narrator (who was actually on a prior podcast episode), Dr. Livingston, is nice.

That said, I agree with @flyingpoodle's review, it does make it slightly harder to follow, but if you're multi-tasking it tends to break up the segments a bit so you know. The intro of external guest voices in mid-sentence (... "an article titled...") was a bit jarring, more appropriate for, say, a narrator reading a children's storybook to children when a character's voice suddenly appears in the middle of a sentence. Sometimes news radio lead-ins will hand it off as stating a one-sentence summary or lead, and then introducing the next speaker. From a production value standpoint, with external guests, it's odd that they're recording an inbound phone call as opposed to asking the authors to record a Voice Memo on an iPhone or use any more modern high-quality call platform.

The back stretch of the most recent podcast in the new format is all Dr. Livingston, though, and it's nice.

While I don't dislike Howard Bauchner's voice from prior episodes, I do happen to work in New York -- so not all listeners across the country may be used to his sort of voice. Also, I admit I liked Ed Livingston's voice better, in both intonation and pacing. Like some others, I miss Dr. DeAngelis, but wow, the comments section is all over the place for prior podcast versions featuring her voice!

Most recently, the JAMA podcast did away with the cute, quirky intro theme that sounded like a 2010-era iPhone ringtone. The intro theme is now replaced with stock B-roll audio that sounds like we're about to watch an HR training video. While this sounds more "professional", there are probably newer ways of adding audio bumpers to signal the start, transitions, and end of the podcast, and something that's unique to JAMA as opposed to a generic library of stock audio.

The broader issue is one of the structure of medical scientific content. We are accustomed to a predictable format -- intro, methods, results, discussion -- that reveals the "so what?" at the end, with titles that tease the question but don't reveal the answer. In audio & news-bulletin type summaries, the emphasis may be more on the "so what?", potentially even inverting the format of abstracts.

To each their own, I suppose. Remember how JAMA used to have cover art? Listeners may vary in their appreciation of the artistic & stylistic aspects of the Podcast, versus cold, sterile and relentless "just the facts" formats.

But overall, this is a great and high-impact podcast and regardless of the stylistic elements -- the art here is getting the style elements done in a way that helps readers remember the content better. Comments sections will attract nit-pickers (like me), but most likely the vast majority of listeners to the JAMA Editors' Summary are quietly thankful and satisfied.

flyingpoodle ,

Great summaries, old format better.

I prefer a single voice throughout the podcast, I can understand the appeal to some of having authors speak about their articles, but it makes it harder for me to follow. I like your podcast because of the single voice format, not in spite of it.

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