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I think HIPPO may be for you. They have lectures incorporated into their program. Rosh does have some videos and audio (murmurs, coughs) for questions but not every one. 

Rosh offers a paragraph explanation after each question. It’s nice for me to use during rotations since I just be learned all this in didactic. 

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