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New generation of St. Michael’s physicians launches hospital’s first podcast

Toronto, September 8, 2014

By Bao Xiong

Dr. Amol Verma Skypes with Dr. Fahad Razak
Dr. Amol Verma Skypes with Dr. Fahad Razak in Boston to record a podcast session. (Photo by Yuri Markarov)

Whether it’s anti-influenza medications or obesity rates, Drs. Fahad Razak and Amol Verma have much to say over a spectrum of medical topics. The Rounds Table, a free weekly podcast hosted by Healthy Debate, is their new way of sharing noteworthy research and material in an informal and educational way.

One of a few medical podcasts in Canada, the Rounds Table is also accredited Continuing Medical Education, for which internists can receive 0.5 hours of credit for each podcast they listen to via the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine or the American Medical Association. This may be help doctors who practice in remote areas to stay on top of major new studies.

“The Rounds Table is a project we’ve wanted to start for a year,” said Dr. Verma. “The idea stemmed from our love of podcasts, and it’s been great to receive feedback and to see all the activity it’s generated through social media.”

The 20-minute long podcast is moderated by Dr. Verma and generally consists of one or two other speakers who present their chosen piece of recent medical research. Each person is given five minutes to discuss his or her material with time for the others to weigh in. The podcasts end with a “good stuff” section, in which the hosts offer quick recommendations about interesting topics in medicine.

“Rounds Table = wonderful! You are such a genial, well-spoken and thoughtful bunch. This is great. I love that you guys take the podcast seriously, but don’t take yourselves too seriously in the podcast.”

– Dr. Lauren Lapointe-Shaw, general internist, University Health Network

Dr. Verma, a Rhodes Scholar, is starting a two-year general internal medicine fellowship at St. Michael’s Hospital. Co-host Dr. Razak is a staff internist and research scientist at St. Michael’s, and a David E. Bell fellow at the Harvard Centre for Population and Developmental Studies.

Like the co-hosts, the Rounds Table is conversational, fun, engaging and easy to follow. The internet audio files are categorized by episodes and available through iTunes.

“As physicians, there’s always a certain pressure for us to keep up with the current literature,” said Dr. Razak. “There aren’t very many Canadian medical podcasts, so we thought the Rounds Table could show that listening to clinicians and learning about new things in medicine can be enjoyable.”

To listen to the Rounds Table or to learn more about the hosts, visit

About St. Michael's Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in 27 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael's Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.

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