This Week’s Op-(m)ed Roundup

July 16 - July 20, 2018

Jul 19, 2018 - Doximity Blog


Doximity’s Op-(m)ed features personal, educational, and entertaining medical news content written by Doximity’s very own members. Read compelling articles on a variety of topics, from general career advice to personal narratives about handling workplace situations. Read more popular medical news articles and Op-(m)ed pieces like these when you create your free account with Doximity here. Each Wednesday, we will share a roundup of the most popular Op-(m)ed stories of the week!

Here are some of the most popular Op-(m)ed pieces of this week:

Five-Point Strategy for Salary Negotiation — A Primer for Graduating Trainees

Dr. Joanne Yeh shares some advice for trainees on how to approach salary negotiations when moving into new job positions. These 5 tips can help you stay confident and informed when approaching negotiations…read the full article

Confessions of Dr. Sometimes Lazy

“Here’s the truth. And I speak only for myself, a family doctor, mom, wife, and friend. I, too, struggle with maintaining a healthy lifestyle and finding the time in my day to exercise. I, too, am sometimes just trying to make it hour to hour, day to day, week to week, through soccer carpool, dance practices, nightly dinners, grocery shopping, parent-teacher conferences, and home maintenance…continue reading

What Do You Want To Be Remembered for in Medicine?

“If we can motivate physicians to once again find value in their work, we can help prevent and treat physician burnout.

Every residency and medical school should focus on teaching its students and trainees how to set goals for where they want to be in five years, articulate how they want to contribute to their field of medicine, and set goals for how they want to be remembered by their staff, in their field, and by their patients...continue reading

The Poetry and Chaos of Organ Transplantation

“Four teams of surgeons from three hospitals rapidly descended on the body of a middle-aged man lying face up in an unfamiliar hospital’s tight-fitting operating room. By nightfall, the room was 10 surgeons and six organs emptier and this man had gifted a handful of patients with new beginnings...continue reading

To learn more about Doximity’s Op-(m)ed, visit: (https://www.doximity.com/opmed).

See why these clinicians are skipping the fax machine

Jul 03, 2018 - Doximity Blog


Download the Doximity app for iPhone or Android

We understand that every minute counts. The Doximity app saves you time doing the things you’re already doing everyday, See how other physicians save precious minutes using the free electronic fax line from Doximity:

We live in a mobile world. You can do everything on your phone from checking your email to watching viral videos. Savvy physicians recognize the need to be connected, be in the know and never be caught off guard. Enter the mobile world of physicians by downloading the Doximity app. Read medically relevant articles. Send HIPAA-secure faxes. Call patients without *67.

The Doximity app lets you:

  • Send private, HIPAA-secure messages to other physicians to make a clinical decision, get a second opinion, or refer a patient within minutes.
  • Call patients from your cell phone and choose your office line to appear as the caller ID. Using *67 often results in missed connections.
  • Fax patient health information or scans from your phone when you can’t afford to wait for that clunky hospital fax machine to send time-sensitive documents.
  • Stay up to date with peers that you know or work with. Whether you're attending a conference or speaking at Grand Rounds, Doximity provides an easy way to stay in touch with your cohort.
  • Read curated medical news along with what you read in standard journals. Get updates on new policies and guidelines, the business of medicine and headlines in the news impacting your practice. Plus, earn free CME while you read.

Free up mental space and never type in your password again with the Doximity app for iPhone or Android.

When will your medical license expire?

Check your state's license renewal terms and get free CME on Doximity.

Jun 11, 2018 - Doximity Blog


Doximity offers CME/CEU eligible articles for physicians, NPs, and PAs. Each eligible article is accepted for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

For each certified article, users earn .5 credits, up to 30 credits in a calendar year. Earn your free credits now.

Each state’s license renewal terms are listed below in the table.

State Renewal Term Expiration Date Credits required
Alaska Every 2 years Date set by department 50
Alabama Every year January 31 25
Arkansas Every year birth month of current year 20
Arizona Every 2 years N/A 40
California Every 2 years Last day of clinician's birth month 50
Colorado 2 years April 30 of odd-numbered year no CME credits required
Connecticut Every 2 years First birth month following issuance 50
District of Columbia Every 2 years Midnight of December 31 each even-numbered year 50
Delaware N/A March 31 of odd-numbered years 40
Florida Every 2 years Current license will expire at midnight EST, January 31 40
Georgia Every 2 years N/A 40
Hawaii Every 2 years MD: January 31 every even numbered year DO: June 30 every even numbered year Varies: 40 credits before 2008, 20 credits between 2008-2009, otherwise 40
Iowa Every 2 years First day of physician birth month in even years 40
Idaho Every 2 years N/A 40
Illinois Every 3 years July 31 150
Indiana Every 2 years October 31 of odd-numbered years None required
Kansas Every 2 years MD: July 31 DO: October 31 50
Kentucky Every 3 years April 1 60
Louisiana Every year Physician's birth date 20
Massachusetts Every 2 years Physician's birth date 100
Maryland Every 2 years N/A 50
Maine Every 2 years Last day of physician birth month at midnight 40
Michigan Every 3 years January 31 150
Minnesota Every 3 years Last day of birth month 75
Missouri Every 2 years December 31 of odd-numbered year 50
Mississippi Every 2 years N/A 50
Montana Every 2 years March 31 None required
North Carolina Every 3 years Every year on physician birthday 60
North Dakota Every 3 years Physician birthday 60
Nebraska Every 2 years October 1 of even-numbered years 50
New Hampshire Every 2 years July 1 100
New Jersey Every 2 years August 31 100
New Mexico Every 3 years June 30 75
Nevada Every 2 years -- 40
New York Every 2 years N/A N/A
Ohio Every 2 years Renewal cycles are based on the first letter of your last name (name at the time of initial licensure). 100
Oklahoma Every 3 years N/A 60
Oregon Every 2 years N/A 30
Pennsylvania Every 2 years December 31 of even-numbered years 100
Rhode Island Every 2 years On or before first day of June of the the even numbered year 40
South Carolina Every 2 years June 30 of odd-numbered years 40
South Dakota Every year March 1 None required
Tennessee Every 2 years N/A 40
Texas Every 2 years N/A 48
Utah Every 2 years January 31 of even-numbered years 40
Virginia Every 2 years N/A 60
Vermont Every 2 years November 30 30
Washington MD: every 4 years DO: every year On or before birthday of expiring year MD: 200 DO: 150
Wisconsin Every year November 1 of every odd-numbered year 30
West Virginia Every 2 years If your last name begins with the letters A through L, and you want to keep your West Virginia license after June 30, 2018, you need to apply for renewal during the 2018 renewal process. 50
Wyoming Every 3 years N/A 60

Frequently Asked Questions | About 2018-2019 Residency Navigator

May 21, 2018 - Doximity Blog


What is Doximity Residency Navigator?
Doximity Residency Navigator is an interactive tool designed to help medical students research and compare residency training programs nationwide based on their unique career interests. The latest version includes over 4,000 residency programs spanning 28 specialties, providing medical students an opportunity to discover and research programs that best fit their goals and career interests.

How to take this year's Residency Navigator Survey

Log into your Doximity profile and, if eligible, you will see a newsfeed card that will take you directly to the survey. Take the survey here.

Here are some frequently asked questions about Residency Navigator:

About this year's Residency Navigator surveys

There are 2 different types of Residency Navigator surveys. What is the difference between the two types of surveys?
The residency satisfaction survey asks current residents and recent alumni about several characteristics regarding their residency program experience. All responses are anonymized.
The residency nomination survey permits up to 5 nominations of programs that provide the best clinical training in their specialty, which is then weighted to construct an analysis that is nationally representative of the opinions of board-certified U.S. physicians in that specialty. View research methodology.

      Residency Navigator Nomination Survey
      The Nomination Survey is open to U.S. board-certified physicians
      who are verified Doximity members in the covered 28 specialties.
      The survey permits up to 5 nominations of programs that provide
      the best clinical training in their specialty, which is then weighted to
      construct an analysis that is nationally representative of the
      opinions of board-certified U.S. physicians in that specialty. Board-
      certified physicians are welcome to participate in the Nomination
      Survey every year.

      Residency Navigator Satisfaction Survey
      The Satisfaction Survey is open to current residents and recent
      alumni and includes several characteristics regarding a residency
      program experience. All responses are anonymized. Eligible survey
      participants include current residents who have completed at least
      one year of residency and recent alumni within 10 years of
      graduation who are verified Doximity members. Physicians who
      have taken the survey before will not be eligible to take the survey
      again this year.

When are the opening and closing dates for both surveys?
The nomination survey will be open from May 9th to June 10th, 2018. The satisfaction survey will be open from May 9th until Fall 2018.

When will the 2018-2019 Residency Navigator be released?
Doximity’s 2018-2019 Residency Navigator tool is projected to be launched in late June or early July 2018.

How can eligible physicians take the Residency Navigator survey?
Eligible physicians will be emailed a direct link to the survey or can access the survey by logging onto the Doximity website, where the survey link (shown below) will appear on the right hand side of your Doximity homepage.

Please email residency@doximity.com if you are having issues accessing the surveys.

As a program director, how can I make updates to our page?

Many programs have chosen to personalize their page by adding a paragraph that highlights special attributes about their institution. Program administrators are welcome to send a description (150 words or less) to be included on a program page. We also welcome a current resident and alumni list. Please reach out to us at residency@doximity.com for the most recent template.

Most program metrics are refreshed annually in the Summer and are aggregated from current residents and recent alumni affiliated with the residency program on Doximity. To ensure metrics are as inclusive as possible, we encourage residents and recent alumni to update their Doximity profiles to include an affiliation to your residency program.

If any program information is incorrect on Doximity, please contact us at residency@doximity.com.

Contact us
To update your program page with a description, or if you have any other questions, you can reach our Residency Navigator team any time at residency@doximity.com.
For questions about Residency Navigator contact residency@doximity.com and to learn about how hospitals work with Doximity, contact hospitals@doximity.com.

Dialer Is Now Integrated With the Doximity App

Helping Doctors Connect With Patients, Seamlessly

Apr 17, 2018 - Doximity Blog


In order to continue to help make physicians’ lives a little easier, we are announcing the integration of Doximity Dialer as a new feature within the Doximity app.

With this integration, physicians can now log into their Doximity app and tap the new Dialer icon to make direct patient calls, seamlessly. While logged into the Doximity app, physicians can also access their curated news feed, colleague network, HIPAA-secure faxes and, now, call patients– all in one place.

Two years ago, we launched Doximity Dialer to let physicians call their patients from their cell phone, while protecting their private cell phone number. Through the app, clinicians can call patients from their cell, and display the number of their office, hospital, or any other number of their choice in the Caller ID.

Today, Dialer has become a beloved and trusted tool used by physicians across the country to connect with patients. In fact, 5.6 million calls have been made to date using Doximity Dialer, saving doctors on average 20 minutes per day by successfully and safely connecting with patients.

In the past, doctors would call patients using *67 to conceal their phone number, which often would result in missed connections and wasted time. With Dialer, doctors can conveniently make calls on-the-go, while patients are more likely to pick up calls from known numbers, like the hospital’s main line.

In a survey conducted by Doximity to physicians using the Doximity Dialer App, we found that 74% of doctors strongly agreed that successfully reaching a patient by phone leads to better health outcomes.

"Our goal is to connect physicians to make them more productive and successful," said David Chong, product manager, Doximity. “By integrating the two apps into one, we reduce time spent having to navigate through one’s mobile apps, helping clinicians use that time saved to provide better patient care."

By using Dialer, physicians are able to connect with five more patients on average per week than before using the tool. Doximity Dialer also allows physicians to keep track of who they are calling, and when they called them, through the “Recent Calls” button. With this new integration, physicians can now reach patients faster and more conveniently than ever before.

See what physicians are saying about Doximity Dialer!

Doximity 2018 Physician Compensation Report

65,000 U.S. physicians from over 40 different specialties contributed to this year’s report. Here’s what we found

Mar 27, 2018 - Doximity Blog


Last week we announced our second annual physician compensation report, and the results were eye-opening. We’ve designed this to be one of the most complete views into compensation available, drawing on responses from more than 65,000 licensed U.S. doctors across the country. The study provides an overview into compensation trends, and for the first time, a glimpse into how physician compensation is changing year-over-year. The report details how physician pay compares across metropolitan areas, medical specialties, and gender.

Here is a snapshot and some highlights of this year’s findings. And if you’re a physician interested in a full copy of the report. Just click here to download a copy:

Charlotte Still Reigns, Milwaukee on the Rise

For the second straight year, Charlotte, N.C., was the metro area with the highest average annual compensation for physicians, offering $402,273. These numbers reflect all specialties averaged together.

The top 10 metro areas in which physicians had the highest average annual salary in 2017 are:

  1. Charlotte, N.C. ($402,273)
  2. Milwaukee ($398,431)
  3. Jacksonville, Fla. ($379,820)
  4. Indianapolis ($378,011)
  5. San Jose, Calif. ($376,585)

The 10 metro areas in which physicians had the lowest average annual salary in 2017 are:

  1. Durham, N.C. ($282,035)
  2. Ann Arbor, Mich. ($302,692)
  3. Baltimore ($304,002)
  4. New Haven, Conn. ($308,262)
  5. Rochester, N.Y. ($312,503)

Physician Gender Wage Gap Widens

Unfortunately, we found that the national gender wage gap got slightly larger within the last year. In 2017, female doctors earned 27.7 percent less ($105,000) than their male counterparts, compared to 2016 when female doctors earned or 26.5 percent ($91,284 ) less. There was also no medical specialty found in which female physicians earned more than male physicians.

The five largest gender wage gaps by MSA in 2017 are:

  1. Charleston, S.C. (female physicians earn 37 percent or $134,499 less)
  2. Kansas City, Mo. (32 percent or $131,996 less)
  3. Nashville, Tenn. (32 percent or $118,706 less)
  4. Providence, R.I. (31 percent or $108,796 less)
  5. Riverside, Calif. (31 percent or $115,991 less)

Medical specialties with the largest gender wage gaps in 2017 are:

  1. Hematology (female physicians earn 20 percent or $78,753 less)
  2. Occupational medicine (20 percent or $59,174 less)
  3. Urology (20 percent or $84,799 less)
  4. Orthopedic surgery (19 percent or $101,291 less)
  5. Gastroenterology (19 percent or $86,447 less)

Physician Compensation by Medical Specialty

The top 10 medical specialties with the highest average annual salary in 2017 are:

  1. Neurosurgery ($663K )
  2. Thoracic surgery ($603K)
  3. Orthopedic surgery ($538K)
  4. Vascular surgery ($476K)
  5. Plastic surgery ($473K)
  6. Cardiology ($473K)
  7. Radiation Oncology ($468K)
  8. Gastroenterology ($456K)
  9. Dermatology ($434K)
  10. Radiology ($431K)

On the flip side, physicians working in pediatrics were among the lowest-paid in 2017. In fact, the four medical specialties with the lowest average annual compensation all dealt with pediatrics.

The 10 medical specialties with the lowest average annual salary in 2017 are:

  1. Pediatric infectious disease ($192K)
  2. Pediatric hematology and oncology ($209K)
  3. Pediatric endocrinology ($215K)
  4. Pediatrics ($222K)
  5. Preventive medicine ($232K)
  6. Medicine/Pediatrics ($232K)
  7. Family Medicine ($241K)
  8. Geriatrics ($245K)
  9. Medical Genetics ($247K)
  10. Pediatric Gastroenterology ($255K)

One last thing. Physicians can access the complete salary map here

5 Unique Ways Doctors are Earning CME

Feb 22, 2018 - Doximity Blog


Doximity DocNews provides physicians custom-curated news and an easy way to earn CME at no cost. Simply read articles right from the app and submit CME-eligible articles for free.

1. At point-of-care
"I was able to research this rare condition right before seeing my patient using CME search, then offer her the best advice based on data. I’ve been using it more and more to find relevant articles in rare topics. It helped me guide her on the options available."
-Jose Taveras, MD

"I love point of care CME through Doximity. I search for new fibromyalgia study results every morning, and use the results to educate myself and my patients, often posting study results on my professional FB page. I change my practice habits depending on study results. Thank you so much for providing this service!"
-Melissa Congdon, MD

2. In between patients
"I have obtained CMEs through Doximity in between cases!"
-Rob Schuster, MD

Doximity is my favorite way to earn CME credits. I have always pulled a few articles each day at the radiology workstation. By doing so through the easy-to-use Doximity article search, I can claim CME credits for the articles I review and use to improve my reports."
-Christopher Reilly, MD

3. Out of the office
"I recently spent 10 days in the Catskills as a camp physician and accessing Doximity CME was very simple."
-Adam Bloomfield, MD

4. Without thinking about it
"I use the Doximity DocNews daily to see any upcoming and cutting edge news. Doximity allows me to connect with other doctors, read articles and collect CME for reading that I do anyways."
-Tina Nguyen, MD

"Doximity's effort to seamlessly integrate CME credits into my own medical news and education reading was a quick way to obtain additional credits. Later, as I was tracking the credits, I realized that not only did Doximity provide an easy and free format for additional CME credits for the reading I was already doing, but it also provides an online tracker of your credits including credits from other sources. I would say the ability to email credits to the CME assistance address and then automatically get them loaded for tracking is a truly excellent feature."
-Daniel Correa, MD

5. Right from their phone
"Having the chance of keeping updated with some interesting studies and receiving CME credits with the simple touch of a button in my smart phone."
-Andre Pinto, MD

Fast Company Names Doximity as One of The Most Innovative Companies in 2018

Feb 15, 2018 - Doximity Blog


Each year, Fast Company’s annual “Most Innovative Companies” issue recognizes the businesses putting an innovative stake in the ground in an effort to advance their respective fields and make a difference in the world.

This year, we are honored to share Doximity was ranked in the top five most innovative companies in the social category, alongside respected and acclaimed platforms working to disrupt their industries: Instagram, Pinterest, Snap, and Reddit.

In its short eight years since launching, the Doximity network has skyrocketed, exceeded the likes of the American Medical Association. Doximity's passion is helping clinicians by listening to their needs and creating simple tools to solve complex problems. [They] are working to create a future where medical communication is effortless and secure.

With the addition of nearly a quarter of a million members in 2017 alone, Doximity has the largest U.S. physician membership of any online network.

Most Innovative Companies is one of Fast Company's most significant and highly anticipated editorial efforts of the year. To produce the 2018 list, more than three dozen Fast Company editors, reporters and contributors identified the most notable innovations of the year from enterprises across the globe, and traced the impact of those initiatives on business, industry, and the larger culture.

Congrats to all the winners and special thanks to the Fast Company team!

Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies issue (March 2018) is now available online at www.fastcompany.com and at newsstands nationwide.

How to Find News on Doximity

Use the search tool to find exactly what you're looking for

Feb 15, 2018 - Doximity Blog


A patient comes into your office with advanced stage diabetes. In order to provide the best possible treatment recommendation, you need the latest research - stat.

Here's where we come in: search by topic or specialty to quickly locate the latest research on a particular illness or disorder. Stay informed and feel confident that you're treating patients with the latest information in your field.

See how other physicians use Doximity search in their day-to-day practice:

"The latest development in hepatitis C treatment hold tremendous promise for cure but comes with an enormous price tag. I wanted to get a sense of what gastroenterologists and non-GI physicians thought about this issue. The first place I searched was DocNews on Doximity.com, where I found a rich spectrum of opinions on this matter from every sub-specialty of medicine. It was wonderful and exactly what I needed."

"Doximity helped me one day to pick a new article about epilepsy surgery in the Neurosurgery Journal by quickly searching DocNews, all without the need to go through the complicated process of the advanced searching tools of Google Scholars or PubMed."

"My patient had medullary thyroid carcinoma, so i initiated an article search on Docnews, and found several informative articles with salient data that I told her about. I directed her to further reading. Doximity made this an easy process."

Simply open up your Doximity app, search for a condition or topic in the search bar, and voila! Cutting-edge research, right at point-of-care.

My Journey as a Doximity Intern

by Gita Venkatakrishnan, UC Berkeley, Class of 2019

Feb 05, 2018 - Doximity Blog


We're hiring! To discover other open internship positions, head over to our open positions.

How I got here:
Amidst the sea of big name internships such as Google, Facebook, and several other big tech companies that mark the Silicon Valley, I started the summer after my sophomore year at a startup named Doximity. As I began moving away from my childhood dreams of becoming a physician and reflected on how to build my new career path into the so called “real world”, I realized that I still wanted to preserve my initial desire to make a human impact. Finding a company that could effectively leverage the power of data to make strides in healthcare seemed like the perfect place to start.

The Startup Vibe:
When I entered through the top floor of the high rise building in the SOMA district of San Francisco, the entire floor radiated the “startup vibe”. The atmosphere is filled with colorful booths, an open workspace, and noticeably excited employees who truly emit the mentality of the Dox motto GSD, or “Get sh*t done”. Not only is every member intellectually talented and carries a distinguished background but also very passionate about the company, the product, and most importantly for me, the mission. As a startup, the people here are ready to roll up their sleeves and take on any task, large or small, in order to make things happen and reach higher goals.

A growth mindset:
Yet, with any task, you can’t do it alone, and Doximity really set the tone for the camaraderie and closeness from my first day. As an intern, you enter a team as fresh meat and in order to reach your full potential, you need a manager to push you, mentor you, and act as your own personal cheerleader --and that’s exactly what I got. My manager was so invested in my growth not only by helping me develop the skills that I wanted to gain but also also pushing me to become an independent yet effective contributor to the team. For example, after I expressed interest in learning data-centric skills, she began holding SQL workshops, and I was able to lead a data analysis project, which was presented to the entire development team during the company offsite.

Intern Perks & Fun:
Of course, no internship is complete without the perks of being an intern. Even though I was only here for 11 weeks, I got to experience the most fun quarter of the entire year. These are just a few of the several events that the entire intern class got to experience.

Intern Competitions:
The intern class is divided into two teams and asked to organize a party filled with themed decorations, drinks, and food at Doximity’s own rooftop bar. The second team usually holds their party in conjunction with the infamous Shuffleboard Tournament Finals which is such a big deal that it gets telecasted live to Doximity employees all over the country. The intern team with the winning party gets to choose the costume for the losing team to “Peacock” or dress in outrageous costumes during the Intern Send-Off Party -- clearly Doximity knows how to have a good time.

Shack Lunches:
Every other Friday, you get assigned with a randomized group of Doximity employees to enjoy a free lunch at a fancy SOMA restaurant to get to know people from other teams and enjoy the summer SF weather.

Closing thoughts:
As I finish my last few days and reflect on my experience at Doximity, I come out with three main takeaways:
The people you work around and company culture really affect your happiness in the workplace
Contributing on a product that you believe in largely influences your motivation to work hard
Surrounding yourself around passionate people can inspire you to do things you didn’t think were possible