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YouTube for Patient and Professional Education

You want to show a patient a video of an endoscopy in your clinic exam room to help them understand the procedure. A few taps on your YouTube app on your smartphone and a search for “endoscopy “ yield several patient education videos such as Upper Endoscopy by ASGEGIEndoscopy,

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth a million. YouTube has valuable patient and professional medical education gems. Once you have a list of favorite patient education videos, you can share them with your patient. To search for credible medical videos, search for the word “medical”, then on the results page click on the “Search Options” link to filter your results into "Channels". You will see a list of credible providers that have established medical channels. You can subscribe to individual channels for updates on new videos.  Among the hundreds of channels there are excellent video producers like:

  • Nucleus Medical Media
  • British Medical Journal 
  • MUSC Health 
  • Detroit Medical Center 
  • University of Maryland Medical Center
  • Amerra – Advanced Medical Visualization 
  • AMA American Medical Association 
  • Vanderbilt Health News
  • Ohio State Medical Center 
  • University of Chicago Medical Center 
  • Medical Student TV 
  • University of Rochester Medical center
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center 
  • Children's Hospital & Medical Center
  • Rush Medical Center
  • Mayo Clinic Channel
  • Tulane Medical Center
  • St Jude Medical Center 
  • OSF St Joseph Medical Center 
  • New England Journal of Medicine
  • Emory Health Source 
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Cleveland Clinic 
  • NIH Vodcast  
  • Henry Ford Medical Center 

The University of Maryland has an excellent web index for patient education videos:

University of Maryland

Mayo clinic channel at has an extensive library of over 1,000 patient and professional education videos.

Mayo Clinic

Internet streaming video is another great patient and professional education tool that can be as near as your smartphone, laptop or tablet PC.

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