e-Poster Presentation Clinical Oncology Society of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting 2020

The Oncology Journal Club Podcast ‐ an innovative format delivering oncology education (#317)

Eva Segelov 1 , Hans Prenen 2 , Rachael Babin 3 , Craig Underhill 4
  1. Monash Health and Monash University, Clayton, VIC, Australia
  2. Department of Oncology, University Hospital Antwerp , Edegem, Belgium
  3. Oncology News, Melbourne
  4. Border Medical Oncology, Albury-Wodonga and Department of Oncology, University of NSW Rural Clinical School, Albury-Wodonga, Australia

Aim: To deliver an independent, weekly Journal Club including contemporaneous articles with expert analysis, in an original and engaging format.

Method: The Oncology Journal Club Podcast is recorded weekly covering recent articles with a mix between information and analysis. It is available via Google/ Apple Podcast, Spotify and via the Oncology News Australia website. There are two alternating formats, each featuring a host (ES) and two co‐hosts (CU and HP: representing rural/regional and international oncology). The first consists of several 5‐7 minute ‘in depth’ reviews of a recent publication, followed by a related guest interview (e.g. one of the authors), then “Quick Bites” (1 minute outlines of practice changing publications) and “PBS Update”. The alternate format involves themed episodes, with relevant publications and/or guest interviews, produced without specific funding by an independent oncology news service (RB). Complementary special extended interview podcasts are also available. The podcast is recorded voluntarily by the hosts/co‐hosts, with a unique format and tone based on easy interaction and banter, identifying the key issues of the papers and how they impact practice.

Results: As of 10 August 2020, 11 episodes of the Oncology Journal Club podcast have been produced, covering 123 papers and featuring 10 interviewees. There have been >5000 downloads (from > 400 to > 1000 per episode) from 31 countries. The discussion covers 13 major tumour types, supportive care, technology, COVID‐19, diet, geriatric oncology, equality, immunotherapy and targeted therapies. Feedback from listeners comprises > 50 comments which reflect the accessibility of the format, e.g. “The podcast is brilliant. This is my favourite way to do Journal Club (CEO of an Australian National Cancer Organisation)”.

Conclusions: The Oncology Journal Club Podcast is a novel educational platform that has gained a significant following in Australia, delivering analysis of contemporary cancer literature in a unique format.