Audio-Digest audio lectures

Audio-Digest audio lectures are free to registrants through the College website at the library’s Apps and Audiovisual page. Audio-Digest is a venerable player in the continuing professional development field. Originally an “experiment” of the California Medical Association in 19531, the audio recordings are from recent US medical conferences.

The College library has offered free access to this service from the beginning as reel-to-reel tapes, and transitioned over time from tape cassettes to CDs, and to the current formats of streaming online audio, downloadable MP3 files, and a dedicated app. Note: the recent purchase of Audio-Digest by the Wolters Kluwer publishing company indicates that future licensing costs may be prohibitive so registrants are encouraged to make the best use of this resource while it is still part of the library collection.

Registrants have free access to more than 1000 lectures in the following specialties:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Practice
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pediatrics

Lectures range from 10 to 60 minutes and each one includes a written summary with a suggested reading list. Financial conflicts of interest are disclosed. Continuing professional development credits may be claimed from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada MOC Program related to podcasts, audiotapes and videotapes and as part of the College of Family Physicians of Canada MAINPRO program.

The Audio-Digest app for iOS and Android is available, although the library has not actively promoted it due to the app’s software problems. Recently, Audio-Digest appears to have resolved the problems and the app is worth a try. Download instructions are available from the Audio-Digest Mobile App page. Log in with the username and password provided by the College library for accessing Audio-Digest Clinical Lectures.

For any app-related technical questions, contact the Audio-Digest Foundation directly.

For more College library services and resources, contact the library at 604-733-6671 or visit

1 C.M.A.'s Audio-Digest-A Decade of Progress. Calif Med. 1964 Jan;100(1):50-2. Available from: