Educational Video Production: A How-To Guide by: Alex Fiorentino, MD, Maine Track ’17

Learners of many types are increasingly utilizing online educational videos, and medical learning is no exception to this trend.  As an example, the massive open online course platform Khan Academy has generated a video series geared toward helping nursing students prepare for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam.  At the time of this writing, the platform’s overview of nephron function has been viewed more than 1.6 million times1.

Unfortunately, clinician educators wishing to use video as a tool for teaching students, residents, or patients may feel ill equipped for the task.  Hiring a professional video production team is expensive, while producing one’s own videos presents unfamiliar technical challenges.

The video below highlights key steps to planning, filming, and editing your own educational videos.  It emphasizes low-cost solutions and attempts to demonstrate that with a thoughtful approach, any clinical educator can create polished and effective video lessons.

For additional resources and literature on educational video production, please see the attached PDF.


  1. Khan, S. (2010, March 3). The kidney and nephron.  Retrieved from
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