27 August 2014
Construction, mining…and vascular surgery? With medicine becoming increasingly gender balanced, it was a surprise to find that select surgical specialties are among the most male-dominated careers in the US. Female surgeons are still outnumbered more than 9 to 1 in some fields.
When Doximity researchers took a closer look, we found a surprising trend in how these outnumbered female surgeons were using professional social networking compared to their male counterparts. Check it out:
06 August 2012
Editor’s note: Lily Peng, M.D., Ph.D. is a Product Manager at
It hasn’t been a summer of good news for female physicians or egalitarians. A
recent study by Yale economists concluded that on average, “a female
primary-care physician would have been financially better off becoming a
physician assistant.” Last month, physicians from the University of
Michigan-Ann Arbor revealed that female physician researchers earn $13,339
less in salary, on average, than male counterparts doing the same work,
If how much one earns is a proxy for value, then these studies could indicate
that female physicians are less-valued members of the medical community — a
thought even more concerning than the atrocious income gap. Clearly, there is
more to discerning worth in the service field known for its Hippocratic Oath.
Are there proxies beyond payment that can help measure how much professional
influence women hold in the medical community? To shed some light on this
question, we turned to the database powering Doximity’s physician network. We
examined over 1.3 million colleague invitations exchanged over the past 2
years: a physician-to-physician outreach that reflects real-world professional
relationships, respect and trust. To keep the analysis simple, we focused on
the five largest specialties — Family Medicine, Internal Medicine,
Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Surgery.
27 June 2012
Editor’s note: Michael Fertik is the founder and CEO of
Reputation.com, the world’s leading provider on online privacy and
reputation management services. The company recently launched an online
medical review monitoring service. Fertik is a member of the World
Economic Forum Agenda Council on the Future of the Internet and a recipient
of the WEF Technology Pioneer 2011 Award.
Technophile or technophobe, your online presence is becoming increasingly
important. Four out of five Internet users now look online when they need
health care information, and searches for specific providers make up a sizable
portion of their requests, according to recent data from the Pew Research
Center. You’ve likely heard a fair amount about the threats this can pose,
yet what’s important to keep in mind is that it’s also a powerful opportunity.
Below are six key ideas you can use on your own.
Prevention is more effective than treatment: From both a financial and
time-saving perspective, preventive reputation building is much more efficient
than reacting after a problem appears. Doximity’s public profiles can be a
good start–you control what information you share, from practice address to
published works. You can also set up an About.me page or a
www.YourNameMD.com site, listing any professional information you want to
emphasize. In addition, update your practice information on physician review
sites. Search engines prioritize websites that have been up for a long time, so
there’s no time like the present to get started.
Own your presence: If you fail to publish some of your own information, your
online reputation will consist entirely of what other people have written about
you. Patients often search by condition or procedure, so even if you don’t have
any negative reviews, you might, for example, find yourself with a lot of
content that–while positive–doesn’t represent the full scope of your practice
Diversity is your friend: Once you start putting information online, try to hit
as many bases as possible. Search engines penalize duplicate content, and they
give priority to different types of results: websites, blogs, new articles,
journal publications, photos, videos, social media and so on. Make sure you
have a presence on several types of sites.
Rebuttals usually backfire: If someone attacks you online, avoid the temptation
to post a rebuke in the comments. Your feedback tells search engines that this
is an important website that people will want to see–the opposite of the
message you want to send. For this reason, your best approach is almost always
to keep your cool and just move on.
18 June 2012
It’s been just a few months since our one year anniversary, and we can already
say that over 10% of all physicians in the U.S. have registered with
Doximity. Thanks to that, thousands of messages are now being exchanged
daily through the site, and over 10,000 case discussions have been posted in
our forums. All this is making us feel more sure than ever that we’re meeting a
valuable need for physicians.
Recently, Red Herring let us know they think the same thing: We’ve been
selected as one of their 100 Most Innovative Startups for 2012. Past
winners have included Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube, eBay and more. Each
candidate is evaluated on financial performance, technology innovation,
management quality, strategy and market penetration. The resulting data is then
complemented with a review of the company’s track record and standing relative
to its sector peers.
07 June 2012
Almost exactly a month after we launched our Stanford alumni app, we’ve got
a second partnership to announce: a Doximity-powered UCSF app. Like the
Stanford version, we’ve made it available for both iPhone and Android.
We’re very proud to be working with two of the nation’s top five medical
schools on these joint initiatives. In each case, we look forward to connecting
thousands of physicians across dozens of specialties–not to mention multiple
Here’s what our medical director, Alex Blau, MD, had to say about the
projects: “Mobile technology is empowering physicians to work and communicate
more efficiently. With these new apps, Stanford and UCSF place themselves in
the vanguard of medical technology innovators, giving their graduates easy and
unprecedented access to the collective knowledge and expertise of their peers.”