Physicians + iPhones: A Data Love Story

16 September 2014

Physicians love iPhones

With the announcement of the iPhone 6 last week, our researchers took a close look at how physicians are using smartphones. We used anonymous login data for the nearly 50% of US physicians active on Doximity to get the most accurate look at device trends in medicine.

Apple or Android? Doctors are overwhelmingly Apple fans. Over 85% of physicians are using an iPhone device. Compare that to the mere 32.5% of the general population that chooses Apple over Android. The 80/20 split has been consistent in our data over the last year and a half.

How quickly did physicians upgrade to the iPhone 5? Fast. The graph above shows that the iPhone 5 was already the most popular phone in use on Doximity only six weeks after it was announced on September 10, 2013. That’s about 4x faster than the general population upgraded to the new phone.

What about the iPhone 5c and 5s? Neither of these iPhone versions received the same pick-up as the original iPhone 5. The iPhone 5s was adopted fairly quickly by physicians, but wasn’t quite able to nab top market share from the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5c barely registered.

Will doctors love the iPhone 6? Trends from our data suggest it’s going to be a hit. Our prediction: the iPhone 6 will be in use by 35% of Doximity physicians before Thanksgiving. A larger screen for viewing digital scans and promises of an upgraded battery that can keep up with a physician’s long workday should be a nice fit for the medical sector.

So, will this love last? Physicians have been leaders in adapting hand-held devices to the medical workflow ever since the early Palm Pilot days. Small enough to fit in a white coat pocket and packed with volumes of quickly accessed clinical information, the smartphone—or external brain, as they’re often called on the wards—is an ideal physician tool. Through Doximity’s mobile app physicians send HIPAA-secure messages to colleagues, stay current on the latest news in their specialty, get second opinions from specialists and send patient referrals every day. iPhone 6 might just be love at first sight for medicine.

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2014 Residency Program Rankings for Medical Students

09 September 2014

Get ready for residency rankings

15,000 medical students are waiting anxiously for residency applications to open on Monday, September 15. With a few clicks and a quite a bit of stress, they’ll make their program choices and hold their breath for six months, before ripping open an envelope that reveals their professional future. It’s a dramatic, reality TV-style ritual in medicine that has unsurprisingly spawned thousands of teary-eyed Match Day videos online.

Fourth-year medical students have been given a powerful new tool today designed to help with these gut-wrenching residency choices. With Doximity’s Residency Navigator, future physicians can find programs that are the best match for their interests based on specialty, intended fellowship, region, clinical interests and alumni connections for the first-time.

The best of the best residency programs

Doximity, in collaboration with U.S. News & World Report, has also published national Top 10 rankings across 20 medical specialties as part of its residency research. These rankings were calculated using over 50,000 peer nominations from board-certified physicians collected between January and August 2014 (see methodology.

Two medical education programs emerged as clear national leaders: University of California, San Francisco with placement in the Top 10 across 16 specialties and three No. 1 awards; and Johns Hopkins University with placement in the Top 10 across 14 specialties and four No. 1 awards.

Looking at results at the city-level, Boston holds firm as the hub of medical education with 23 national Top 10 ranked residency programs. At the state-level, California takes the lead with 35 top programs and Pennsylvania joins the list with 22. The relative quality of programs is certainly significant for the public health in these regions, since many physicians establish their practice where they complete their residency.

We invite you to take a look at the new residency data for youself. Top 10 national rankings by specialty are available to the public through Residency Navigator. Complete program lists and individual program details are free for any U.S. physician or medical student to access through Doximity.

Why conduct this medical education research?

We were frustrated that more qualitative data wasn’t available for the core professional training of our nation’s physicians — a frustration shared with medical students, medical education faculty, the Association of Health Care Journalists and the Institute of Medicine. While Doximity’s research includes several never-before-seen data points on medical residency training, it is disappointing that there still isn’t public access to board pass rates for most specialties.

Our launch of this research isn’t perfect — we already have a growing list of new features and data we want to add — but it is an important first step. We hope that Residency Navigator will help future physicians choose residency programs that are their own perfect match, training programs that help them become the type of physician who will love their work and will find joy in the profession of medicine for decades to come.

Questions about Residency Navigator? Email

Countdown: Residency Rankings Launch Next Week

04 September 2014

Get ready for residency rankings First-ever national study of medical and surgical residencies coming next week

On Wednesday, Doximity and our partner US News & World Report will launch never-before-seen data on residency programs across the US. The report will detail the top 10 residency programs in the country across 20 different medical specialties based on over 50,000 peer nominations from board-certified physicians.

This will be the first time that fourth year medical students can access detailed program information along with a free interactive search tool, called Residency Navigator, designed to help them find the right program for their interests. The national Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) will begin accepting medical student applications on September 15, 2014.

Both the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) have recently made public requests for increased transparency into residency training.

Media and program administrators can request a preview of the residency data by emailing Rankings will be published Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 8:00 am EST.

Women Surgeons Use Social Networking to Gain an Edge

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:

Women Physicians Using Social Media to Gain Edge

The XX Factor: Gender and Influence in Medicine

06 August 2012

Editor’s note: Lily Peng, M.D., Ph.D. is a Product Manager at Doximity.

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, after adjustments.

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.