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Microbe Mail: A microbiology and infectious diseases podcast for clinicians and students

Vindana Chibabhai, Gert J.K. Marais, Vinitha Alex
Southern African Journal of Infectious Diseases | Vol 38, No 1 | a570 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajid.v38i1.570 | © 2023 Vindana Chibabhai, Gert J.K. Marais, Vinitha Alex | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 29 August 2023 | Published: 21 December 2023

About the author(s)

Vindana Chibabhai, Department of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa; and Department of Microbiology Laboratory, Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, National Health Laboratory Service, Johannesburg, South Africa
Gert J.K. Marais, Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa; and Department of Medical Microbiology Laboratory, Groote Schuur Hospital, National Health Laboratory Service, Cape Town, South Africa
Vinitha Alex, Department of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa; and Department of Microbiology, Ekurhuleni Region, National Health Laboratory Service, Johannesburg, South Africa

Abstract

Microbe Mail medical podcast is an audio-only informal educational platform, which addresses widespread topics in medical microbiology and infectious diseases (ID), with a particular focus on low- and middle-income settings. Podcasting has become a common form of informal learning in healthcare education and for continual professional development (CPD).

Contribution: In this article, we discuss the development of the Microbe Mail podcast, its informal microbiology and ID education impact in the 2 years since commencement and future directions to improve uptake in Africa and low- and middle-income countries.


Keywords

medical podcast; medical education; microbiology; infectious diseases; infection prevention; control.

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