Every day people watch over a billion hours of video on YouTube. More than 500 hours of content are uploaded to YouTube every minute. Now more than ever, people are seeking reliable health information on the internet. This includes health care providers, who now have a new resource to reference on the world’s largest video sharing platform.
Harvard Medical School, through its Office for External Education, has developed a new Continuing Education channel on YouTube. The goal of the channel is to provide clinicians with critical information, skills training and an effective way to remain updated on best practices in clinical care. The videos are presented by Harvard Medical School faculty and are reviewed regularly to ensure that updates to the medical literature are incorporated.
Videos on the channel discuss topics that are of interest to health care providers across the spectrum of practice on a range of common clinical issues. The first group of videos will focus on key topics in cardiovascular medicine, oncology, ultrasound diagnostics, as well as broader issues in medicine such as health care disparities. The videos provide concise summaries of the topics covered, are grounded in the most current research and include key takeaways and high-yield practice points. By the end of the first year of the project, 100 videos will be published to the channel.
“We’re delighted to work with YouTube to develop this new, advertisement-free resource that helps health care practitioners take better care of their patients,” said Sugantha Sundar, faculty director, Continuing Education and Accreditation at HMS and anesthesiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, an HMS affiliated hospital.
This project evolved out of an initiative that YouTube announced in early 2021, with the creation of a new health partnerships team to address the evolving digital health needs of consumers and continue connecting people with authoritative health information.