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Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions starts podcast

May 2, 2019

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is tuning into its faculty’s expertise to create a podcast about topics in health and education.

“We have this phenomenal wealth of knowledge, we can share that in these communicable, bite-size pieces,” said Jessica Egbert, the university’s executive vice president of strategy and engagement.

New episodes of the RMUpload-Advancing Knowledge, Advancing Healthcare podcast will be released every other Thursday. The university will record three podcasts a month, which will include two full-length, 30-minute podcasts and one shortened one.

The podcast is aimed at all members of the community and its creators choose topics they think will be of general interest.

Egbert said the podcast’s creation came about as a way to expand the university’s service offerings and to promote its brand. She said the university will often say “teach me something,” and that the podcast is meant to provide education to the community.

The podcasts are meant to sound like conversations with faculty, not lectures.

“We just want to get them in there and talk about what they’re passionate about, what they’re experts in,” said Tyler Anderson, the director of institutional marketing and communication.

The podcast’s first three episodes tackle emotional intelligence, infant plagiocephaly and teenager concussions and hand rehabilitation.

They put out a call among faculty to find participants. Egbert said there was some initial hesitation because some faculty members didn’t realize the podcasts aren’t alive and would be edited.

“A lot of the faculty hadn’t ever participated in anything like that,” she said.

Once they got in the studio, that worry has turned to enjoyment.

“We are getting some excitement from around campus and around our faculty,” Anderson said.

The team has been gathering ideas through social media about topics for future podcasts.

The podcast, which is produced by Jon Smith, is available on iTunes, Spotify, TuneIn, Stitcher and Google Play.