Fall 2015  

An Interview with DC&R Podcast Co-Founders Kyle Cologne and Scott Steele

Dr. Scott Steele and Dr. Kyle CologneOne of the Society’s most popular member benefits became a little more accessible in September, when the Diseases of the Colon and Rectum’s (DC&R) first podcast series launched. A new podcast is released each month following the publication of the latest DC&R issue. Co-founders Kyle Cologne, MD, and Scott Steele, MD, took a few minutes to talk about the beginnings for the new DC&R podcast series.

Q: Could you share where the idea for the podcast originated?
Scott Steele (SS): We came up with the idea based on other surgical podcasts (including my own, Behind the Knife) that seemed to be reaching a whole new demographic of surgeons/trainees/members.

Kyle Cologne (KC): Many other journals also do a podcast and we felt the time was right to include one for DC&R and ASCRS as part of our ongoing social media outreach. It is an easy way to get information while on the go. Many of us spend time commuting in the car or traveling by air, and it is a more interactive way to catch up on things.

Q: How are articles selected for the podcast? Most controversial? Most relevant to the CRS field?
SS: The goal was to start out with articles that were interesting, controversial, and/or impactful. For example, for the second podcast we chose Traci Hedrick’s article, “Defining Surgical Site Infection in Colorectal Surgery: An Objective Analysis Using Serial Photographic Documentation,” which won the Best Paper Award at the 2015 ASCRS meeting and was a product of an ASCRS Research Foundation grant.

KC: The editors pick an article that would lend itself to a good discussion and be of interest to the readership and members. All of these mentioned factors play into this consideration.

Q: How much time goes into each podcast?
SS: The podcast itself is a 10-20 minute interview. Kyle does all of the editing, which takes a few hours.

KC: If you listen to many other podcasts, there are a lot of clicks, sounds, deep breaths, pauses, and other things that are part of normal conversation but that may make a podcast difficult to listen to and detract from the experience. We try to maximize the amount of information you get in the shortest amount of time by editing many of these things out and feel that our podcast offers the best quality available. The DC&R office was kind enough to allocate money to purchase the equipment that makes this happen.

Q: What do you see as the greatest benefit(s) of the podcast series?
SS: Audio podcasts are a wonderful on-the-go method of passive learning. You can listen while running, working out, or driving the car and get a behind-the-scenes look at an interesting article. The podcast allows for interaction between the editors/reviewers and authors.

KC: The podcast brings the articles to life and gives you a good sense of what is at the heart of each paper. Dr. Madoff (DC&R editor-in-chief) mentioned in a podcast interview the impact a well written and reviewed paper can have. We try to delve into some of these issues and think it is a great addition beyond the articles themselves. We often use what is in the article as a jumping off point for what the article means in a larger discussion on the topic – and how it can affect individual practicing surgeons.

Q: What is your long-term vision for the podcasts?
SS: Our vision includes increasing our numbers, having debates on the articles, and holding interactive discussions with our listeners by tweeting in or using Facebook to ask the questions or weigh in on the paper.

KC: We are really excited about the next step, which will allow readers to know which article will have a podcast ahead of time. After the newest DC&R issue is epublished, readers can tweet in their own questions using #DCRpodcast or post questions on the DC&R Facebook page. We will address as many of these questions as possible in the recording, and in that way offer more interaction with our readers. This can be an incredibly valuable way to collect feedback on what is important to readers, and that feedback can be used to direct future projects as well.

Congratulations to all involved with the new DC&R podcast series! Access the free podcast series from your phone, tablet, or computer and start catching up on some of the newest articles published in the field.

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