100th podcast milestone for USF-sponsored IDPodcasts.net

The USF Division of Infectious Disease and International Medicine reached a milestone this month with the posting of its 100th podcast, “MRSA: From Humanosis to Zoonosis.”

The podcast appears on the division-sponsored website www.idpodcasts.net, which contains a series of video lectures presented by the staff, faculty, or affiliated guests of the Division. The site was co-founded by John Sinnott, MD, division director, and webmaster Richard Oehler, MD, associate professor of medicine, in 2007.

The newest podcast features Dr Oehler, who discusses the growing problem of MRSA, staph infections resistant to antibiotics, transmitted from dogs and cats to their owners. The issue received worldwide media attention this summer when it was written about by Dr. Oehler and colleagues in a review article for The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

Other recent topics covered by IDPodcasts.net have included 2009 H1N1 Flu: Seasonal Flu with a Twist, Food Safety in America, and A Global Swarming: Infectious Disease and Climate Change.

Below are some site stats obtained by Dr. Oehler from www.statsrely.com:

• IDPodcasts.net received more than 6,500 hits since August, 2007 (month Division started tracking web hits)

• Among the top 3 more requested infectious diseases podcasts on Itunes, along with the series produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Lancet.

• The top search result on Google for “Infectious Diseases Podcasts” and in the top 2 for “USF Podcast.”

• Commercially-free, university supported, and up-to-date scientific content by more than 20 academic faculty

• Averages 9 to 10 hits per day, about 250 to 260 a month

• This year, averaged approximately 170 new visitors per month and over 2,000 a year

• 86 percent of visitors are from the United States; 13 percent from international locations

• Visitors from 27 countries including India, Singapore, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Peru