Online Medical Streaming Videos (Some Are Freely Available)
Medical videos are challenging to locate, even for medical librarians.
Did you know that there are citations to medical videos in PubMed? It was news to me and several other librarians today. I was at the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) Library Advisory Board today discussing many things, among them the difficulty of finding good medical videos. That is when one of the people with NEJM mention that their Videos in Clinical Medicine, were indexed and in PubMed. Almost all of us were stunned, we said, “No they’re not, we’ve never seen them.” So we grabbed a laptop found the title of one of the videos from the NEJM website and searched for it in PubMed. Low and behold it was in there.
It turns out that videos are being added to PubMed and they are indexed under the Publication Type: Interactive Tutorial which was added to the database in 2008. So why didn’t we librarians in the room know about this? Well if you search for any PubMed citation where the Publication Type is an Interactive Tutorial you will notice that there are only 758 citations. In a database of over 20 million citation, 759 is less than a drop in a bucket. It is more like a drop in the ocean, no wonder we didn’t know the videos were there.
A few sources for medical videosRemember, no one Web site or search engine is comprehensive or will fit your needs
Use the Limits to search by Interactive Tutorial (under Type of Article). Also consider using their Medical Search Headings (MeSH) for more focused results. See Tutorials for help. (Some videos may require a subscription. Contact a librarian at an academic or medical institution for possible viewing options)
**OrLive Free live surgery broadcasts and videos
**Videos and Audios from Access Medicine (subscription required, may be available to the public at academic/medical libraries) Items are from online medical textbooks
**Science Multimedia Center Images, videos, slideshows and more from the journal Science. Most are freely available
**Nature.com streaming video Most videos are freely available
**Learner’s TVIncludes Medical, Nursing, Psychology and Dentistry video lectures
**Common Currency Videos(Dalhouse University) A small list of gross anatomy and procedural skills
**MedlinePlus Videos and Cool ToolsAnatomy and surgery videos
**BlipTV Creative Commons Video A variety of subjects, including some medical and nursing videos
**Academic Earth – Medicine & HealthcareA small collection of 9 videos at present
**youtubeSpecific searches work the best, as using the phrase (with quotes) “respiratory tract infections”, “respiratory tract infections”, a search phrase as “emergency preparedness” AND home
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