Frequently asked questions
- ◄What is the format of the podcasts and will they be compatible with my player?
The podcasts are in MP3 format and compatible with all devices. You should be able to download the podcasts directly to your device, provided your device is able to download and extract Zip files. Once downloaded, you can easily import the files into apps such as Spotify.
- ◄What is the duration of the podcasts?
The run time of the podcasts is about 12 minutes on average. However, the longest is 40 minutes in duration and the shortest is 3 minutes.
- ◄How much do the podcasts cost?
Podcast prices vary according to the number of podcasts in each bundle. Bundles that cover the entire syllabus vary between £74.25 (complete MRCP) and £178.20 (complete MRCS bundle). You can also purchase sub-topic bundles - again prices vary depending on the number of podcasts in each sub-bundle but are priced at £1.35 per bundle.
- ◄Are the texts of the podcasts available after purchasing the audio podcast?
The podcasts are in audio format only. There is no associated text version of the podcasts. However, we published the scripts for Primary FRCA and Final FRCA texts in book form, and these can be purchased from Amazon.
- ◄How do I purchase podcasts?
Find the podcast bundle you want to buy and click the 'add to cart’ button. The item will appear in your cart. If you wish to complete your purchase click ‘Checkout’. Check the items you are purchasing and complete your personal details. If you have discount code, please add it now and click ‘apply’.
Click ‘Continue to payment method’. Complete your credit/debit card information and when ready click ‘Complete order’. You will get an immediate confirmation if your transaction was successful or if it failed.
If the payment was successful, you will also receive two emails: confirmation email with a receipt and an email with a download link. Please remember that you can download your podcasts only once and only on a desktop device (computer or a laptop).
- ◄How do I claim the podcasts that my training organisation has made available to me?
Some organisations provide free podcasts as a revision resource for their trainees. Please go to the podcast bundle you are entitled to and follow the checkout process. On the payment page, please add the discount code issued to you by your organisation. This will allow you to download podcasts for free.
- ◄Can I buy a book version of the Primary FRCA or Final FRCA podcasts?
Yes. You can buy the scripts of both our Primary FRCA podcasts in our first book, "Dr Podcast Scripts for the Primary FRCA" and the scripts of our Final FRCA podcasts in our second book, "Dr Podcast Scripts for the Final FRCA". Click on the links above to see the books in the Amazon store (opens in a new window).
- ◄What are our terms and conditions of sale?
Please read our full terms and conditions of sale.
- ◄How do I download podcasts?
Once you’ve completed your purchase you will receive a unique download link via email which will permit you 1 download of your chosen podcast file. The podcasts are zipped Mp3 files - meaning you need to download them onto a device capable of downloading and extracting Zip files. Most smartphones and tablets have this functionality but check your make and model first. If in doubt, download a free Zip file extractor app or download your files onto a laptop/desktop first before transferring over.
Once downloaded onto your device you will need to extract the files and then you’ll have each individual podcast episode ready to play. If you have Spotify, or a similar app, then you can ask your device to add ‘local files’ and it will automatically transfer the downloaded mp3 podcast files, ready for you to listen.
◄Help! I clicked the link and the podcasts did not download.
- This is probably due to your device not being compatible with Zip file downloads. Don’t panic - contact customer support and we will reset your download link. You should then make sure you download the files on a device capable of downloading and extracting Zip files - this could be a laptop or desktop, or you can download a free Zip extractor app in various app stores.
- ◄How much space do the podcasts take up on my device?
For podcast bundles we'll use the example of the Primary FRCA podcasts. The bundle of 90 Primary FRCA podcasts is 550Mb in one large ZIP achieve file. This ZIP file contains the 90 MP3 podcast files and should take about 45 minutes to download on a 2Mb/s broadband internet connection.
- ◄How do I import my podcasts onto my media player/Spotify?
Once you’ve downloaded and extracted the MP3 files, your device (laptop/phone/tablet) will likely play them with its default media player for Mp3 files. To sync with Spotify, open the app and check the ‘local files’ box in your settings. This will automatically transfer your downloaded mp3 podcast files, ready for you to listen.
- ◄Are the podcasts compatible with iTunes Match?
No, they are not currently compatible, but they can be made to work with with iTunes Match if you follow the instructions below.
Our podcasts are fully compatible with iTunes when used in the standard way. All the Dr Podcast material will sync correctly to your iPhone or iPad without any problem. However, if you switch iTunes Match to ON then our podcasts will be reported as not eligible for upload.
The iTunes Match service allows you to have all of your music stored in the cloud and be synced automatically to all your devices (ie iPhones and iPads). It does this by looking at your own library and for each piece of music it loads the corresponding piece from the Apple library of music to your own cloud account. For any pieces in your library that are not in the Apple library then your piece will be uploaded to the cloud. However, some file types are considered as not eligible for this. Our podcasts are not eligible as their bit rates are lower than 96kbps. They have been set to 64kbps so as to save space on your device.
The solution to this problem is either to switch iTunes Match to OFF and to not use the cloud sync service, or to convert the Dr Podcast audio material to AAC file format. This can be achieved by following this link. https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3577566 (This opens in a new tab or window). If you follow the instructions in the 4th posting then the podcasts should become compatible with iTunes Match.
Please note that this information is valid as of September 2016. The issue described above may be resolved if Apple update iTunes Match to allow it to operate with audio files such as those of Dr Podcast.
- ◄How will my podcasts appear on my MP3 player?
The podcasts will appear under the 'Artist' label as 'Dr Podcast'. The album name should appear as the podcast category, eg 'Final FRCA'. All individual podcasts will be visible once you open the album.
- ◄I have lost my podcasts due to a computer problem. What can I do?
If you have lost your podcasts through no fault of your own and wish to download them again, please contact us. Give us details of your problem, your email address and your postal address. We will then email you with instructions. We can only re-send download links within 18 months of your original purchase and you'll need to show proof of purchase.
- ◄I can't access my account from the old Dr Podcast website (pre September 2016). What can I do?
All accounts created before September 2016 are inactive. If you order another podcast you'll have the option of creating a brand new account, or completing the purchase as a guest. If you need to access the list of podcasts you purchased in the past or download them again, please contact us with details of your problem, your email address and postal code.
- ◄Do I get a VAT receipt?
Yes. After you have placed an order with Dr Podcast you will receive a confirmation email that serves as your VAT invoice.
- ◄I have lost my login password. What do I do?
If you have lost your login details please go to the login screen, click on the “Forgotten password” link and follow the instructions.
- ◄What Cookies are used on this website?
The Dr Podcast website requires Cookies to be accepted by your browser.
- ◄Can I unsubscribe from the Dr Podcast mailing list?
We only send emails to our customers very occasionally. However, If you wish to unsubscribe from our mail-shots you can click on the unsubscribe link in the email you have received and we will not email you again.
- ◄What do our customers think about the Dr Podcast service?
"The Dr-Podcast revision podcasts are an excellent auditory revision aid that can be used on the train, bus, car or even bike on the way to work. They are useful revision aids after a hard-days work as they can be listened to on the sofa or whilst cooking dinner! The podcasts are well structured giving answers in a format suitable for primary and final FRCA VIVA/SAQs. The narrators are clear, concise and easy to listen to. I will be looking forward to future publications, and even feel they would be useful post final FRCA as a reminder before a teaching session with junior trainees"
"These recordings are fantastic... best thing I've discovered since my hunt for revision material started! Well done... Keep it up!"
"I found the primary podcasts immensely useful, they really did help me pass the primary exam last week. Looking forward to the final podcasts."
- ◄Are there any other resources I can view?
Please follow the links below for related resources:
FRCAQ - online testing site for the Primary FRCA examination
Anaesthesia UK - an educational site for anaesthetic professionals