The Top Presentations on Social Media in Healthcare: 2017 Roundup

We are highlighting some of the most interesting conference presentations in 2017 on the use of social media in the medical community.

Dec 01, 2017 - Doximity Blog

Last year, we highlighted the best conference presentations on social media. As social media popularity continues to grow in the medical community, so do the number of conference presentations about the topic. Here's a roundup of the best social media presentations from conferences in 2017:

1. There's an App for That!

Dr. Jessica Peck, Pediatric NP and Associate Professor at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, NAPNAP Member

2. RSNA 2017 LinkedIn and Doximity: What you need to know

Dr. Tirath Patel,
Radiology Resident at University of Toledo Medical Center, RSNA Member

3. Humanising medicine through social media: Practical guidance for using social media in the Oncology practice

Dr. Don S. Dizon, Head of Women's Cancers at Lifespan Cancer Institute; Chair of Social Media Working Group at ASCO

4. Social Media for Personal and Professional Branding

Dr. Deanna Attai, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery, UCLA, ASCO Member

5.Social Media in Medicine: A Podium Without Boundaries

Dr. David Snipelisky, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital, ACC Member

WFH Wednesday: Flexible Productivity

Oct 17, 2017 - Doximity Blog

This article originally appeared in Forbes.

It started with my kids’ preschool schedule.

In March of 2010 this tiny idea we had of building a directory for healthcare was starting to grow some legs. We had a name, our alpha app was built, and we secured our Series A funding. Which meant it was time to find an office. It was all very exciting but, admittedly, I was struggling to reconcile the demands of our start-up with the demands of motherhood.

At the time, I taught at my kids’ preschool one morning a week and being a part of their early education meant the world to me. But it didn’t work well with my work hours or the fact that the new office was over an hour and half from my home. That’s when we decided to have the entire team work from home on Wednesdays.

Decisions made when a company is 5 people strong do not typically scale to 250 people. But working from home one day a week has both helped this mom (and now many moms and dads at our company) strike a better work-life balance and has become integral to Doximity’s success.

At Doximity, Wednesday has become the GSD/GLD Day. On one hand, after two days in the office, often overwhelmed with meetings, the to-do list has likely grown rather than shrunk. Wednesdays are collectively our Get Sh*t Done (GSD) day. It’s the day we tackle tough problems with fewer distractions. For me, that means sitting at my dining room table with printouts of product specs and a red pen. Wednesday also is a Get Life Done (GLD) Day when we schedule teeth cleaning and take the car to the mechanic. For many of us, it’s a day in which we reclaim upwards of three hours of commuting time that can be used way more productively than singing along to the radio in traffic.

Beyond the personal benefits, WFH Wednesday makes the team collectively more productive. There’s a creative energy in face-to-face collaboration that’s difficult to replicate. Some of our best ideas have come from side conversations people jump into walking by another’s desk. After a mid-week break from the commute, people return to the office refreshed an energized. In addition, designating this one day to get life done cuts down on absenteeism on other days, which means we have a full team present all the time.

To make this work, there are two things that are critical. First, the policy has to apply to everyone - the uniformity of WFH Wednesday is an important piece of its success. It helps everyone with their work-life balance, regardless of their family situation.

Second, we are rigorous in measuring productivity and in holding people accountable for it. We group our employees into small teams, and each team is accountable for quarterly goals. These are designed to be hard, and we hit our goals or miss them as a team. This means that it’s nearly impossible to shirk from your responsibilities because the rest of a fairly small team is leaning on you to do your piece.

Flexibility plus accountability is the key to making WFH Wednesday work. While the pros and cons of the policy were not heavily debated in 2010, the decision to keep them has been very purposeful and we have happier, more productive Doxers because of it. Personally, my days of volunteering at my kids’ preschool are well behind me. But once a month I take a break from work on Wednesday and serve hot lunch at my daughter’s middle school. The experience is priceless.

Call patients privately, right from your EHR

Sep 20, 2017 - Doximity Blog

Do you use Epic? We are excited to announce that you can now use Doximity Dialer to place calls from Epic’s mobile app, Haiku!

To use Dialer with Haiku, follow these simple steps:

  1. Ensure you have the latest version of Doximity Dialer & Epic Haiku installed
  2. Open a chart in Epic Haiku and tap on the patient’s phone number
  3. A menu will appear at the bottom. Select “Doximity Dialer”
  4. The Doximity Dialer app will open instantly, ready to call

If you change your mind later, you can always select your personal phone instead from the Epic Haiku settings.

If you do not see the pop-up in your Haiku app, or have any questions about Doximity Dialer, please reach out at If you are unsure whether your organization offers the Epic Haiku mobile app, contact your hospital or clinic IT support desk.

Download Doximity Dialer here.

Information Overload: How These Clinicians Keep Up

Sep 15, 2017 - Doximity Blog

It is no question that healthcare professionals are crunched for time. Many clinicians don’t have time to eat between back-to-back patients, let alone stay up-to-date in the latest in clinical research and treatment options. With the explosion of the internet, many clinicians are more overwhelmed with information than ever before. There simply aren’t enough hours in the day! We hear you, and we created Doximity DocNews Digests for this reason.

Each digest is delivered directly to your inbox, and is curated to your specialty -- so you’re only reading what’s most relevant to you. If you’re on the go, you can easily access articles right from your phone. Better yet, certain articles are eligible for Category 1 CME. Talk about saving time!

Here’s what a few Doximity members had to say about how they stay current:

“From my own perspective as a fellow in training, I can say that the Doximity Gastroenterology email digests have provided a helpful and convenient cross-section of current, professionally relevant content that I can use as a stepping-stone for engaging with my clinical work and with senior colleagues in my discipline. Especially during my first year of fellowship, when time is always of the essence, I appreciated the ability to easily review the week’s most significant content, published at a variety of registers.”
-Nitin Ahuja

“In the past I have used Feedly and Google Play Newsstand for my daily digest of news, however this included a large variety of topics and was not specifically filtered to medical content. I have tried to create my own customized list, but have found it difficult to also include recent articles from medical journals of interest. This lead to quite a disconnected and disjointed reading experience, but with Doximity's DocNews I am now able to easily split my World News and Medical News to two simple reading platforms. This is especially helpful as it allows me to spend more time reading rather than searching for important and relevant news.”
-Stefan Mitrasinovic, MD

“What I enjoy most about these curated articles, which deliver healthcare news in a quick and easily digestible format, is that the articles are open for private discussion amongst Doximity users. It is extremely important to hear about the experiences and reactions of other physicians because it allows a broader perspective than what one might have if their opinions and experiences are isolated to their own practice settings and surroundings. Often times, it also gives physicians a sense of solidarity and comfort when they realize that they are not the only ones struggling with a particular issue, even if they themselves are not active and vocal on the discussion boards.“
-Rehan Waheed, MD

It takes less than a year for physicians to buy a home in this county

Sep 11, 2017 - Doximity Blog

As a physician, when it comes to deciding where to live, several factors come into play. But for many doctors, two of the most significant elements may be salary and cost of living. This is especially important for physicians because location can have a great impact on salary. When Doximity released its first compensation report earlier this year, we found that salaries varied widely across the country. For example, an internal medicine physician in San Francisco makes $235,988, while that same physician in Sioux Falls makes $262,248. Combine that with cost of living, and you could potentially have a very different financial quality of life from one state to the next.

To dig into this a bit deeper, we also looked into where it takes the longest and least amount of time to buy a house. Hopefully this data, along with our salary data can help physicians make more more informed decisions when it comes to their career. Here’s a sneak peek of what those housing stats look like for internal medicine physicians:

Where it will take longest amount of time to buy a house:

  1. Nantucket County, MA - 14 years
  2. New York County, NY - 14 years
  3. San Francisco County, CA - 12 years
  4. Marin County, CA - 12 years
  5. San Mateo County, CA - 12 years

Where it will take the least amount of time to buy a house:

  1. Leslie County, KY - less than 1 year
  2. Knox County, TX - less than 1 year
  3. Todd County, SD - less than 1 year
  4. McDowell County, WV - less than half a year
  5. Cochran County, TX - less than half a year

To explore the full compensation map, and search by your specialty and region, visit Doximity Career Navigator.

This app lets clinicians privately reach patients — without *67

Aug 21, 2017 - Doximity Blog

Have you ever needed to call patients when away from the office, only to realize they won't pick up your blocked call? We understand, which is why we created Doximity Dialer. Call patients from your cell phone, display your main office number. Available and free for U.S. physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and physician assistants.

Download Doximity Dialer here

Here's what our users had to say about their experience using Doximity Dialer:

“This app is just plain marvelous! I often make phone calls to patients while doing other things, and before this app I would write numbers on sticky notes and call, but I always used *67 to avoid giving out my cell number via caller ID. The problem is that patients often won’t answer if there is no caller ID listed. This app solves that problem, by now making it look like I’m calling from the main office number. Truly a great tool to make me connect with patients more easily. I love it and I now include this app among my iPhone page of “medical apps.” Thanks for making this excellent product and please continue to support it and keep it going.” -MedicalMoose

“I just started using this today after starting call with a new group where we respond to “mommy pages.” I was tired of dialing *67 then having to leave a message telling parents I would call again and to answer the blocked call. The Dialer is very straightforward to use and the call quality is just like your normal phone. It automatically used my clinic phone number from my Doximity profile but you can also input a different number to display to patients. The patients are answering on the first try now instead of screening the blocked call. I’m sharing it with the residents and others in the group now because it works so smoothly.” -TexasJeremy

“Works like a charm. No more blocked call denials - and my mobile number stays private. Also nice that the patient’s recent call log will show my office number should they need to call back to have me paged/messaged.” -Ruecube

“Love this app! The fact that I can use this app to call patients without *67 makes being on-call so much easier. Patients see the caller ID of the office, a number they recognize and I don’t reveal my personal cell phone number. I no longer risk getting a patient whose phone will not receive a blocked number. This is a must for all physicians who unfortunately have to be on-call.” -Willfromphilly

Download Doximity Dialer here

4 Times the Doximity Fax Made my Life Easier

Aug 17, 2017 - Doximity Blog

As a clinician, you're busy. You don't have time to wait for an incoming fax. We hear you.

This is why we created the Doximity Fax -- fax from anywhere, right from your smartphone. Here are a few ways that Doximity Fax has saved time and made our clinicians' lives easier:

"It was around 2:15 am and the UCSF Emergency room called me and asked me if I could look at at EKG right away. As the overnight on-call cardiology fellow, one of our responsibilities is to determine whether the cardiac catheterization laboratory needs to be activated for a particular type of myocardial infection, called a STEMI, in which "every minute counts." We, as an institution, had recently been chided by the UCSF administration for "texting" each other photos of EKGs from our smartphone due to the potential for error and HIPAA violation with such practices. Because of this, the ED physician asked me how he could get the EKG to me. Since the ED fax machine is notorious for taking over 10 minutes to transmit a fax, we were able to use Doximity (as we were both members) to securely transmit a fax within minutes. No violations, no delay! Indeed, that patient did need to go to the cath lab urgently. And, the next week, I was able to share the EKG with my colleagues as it was saved on my phone in my Doximity app."
-Payal Kohli, Cardiology

"I was called STAT to the ED where a patient chronically followed at another institution was critically ill. ED, ICU and cardiology were all very deeply involved in their care, but there was no clinical history available as they had come in by ambulance and there were no historians present.
We did have a name and where care was usually rendered. I just happened to have this specialist's mobile phone number and called them. I briefed them on the situation and asked for more information. They offered to send me the last clinical encounter documentation and asked me where they could send it. ED fax is often very busy with lab results, expected patient information and other documents. I asked to have the information sent to my Doximity fax number. I received it at the bedside within minutes and this made our clinical choices much more informed and reasoned in the care of this patient. I have been able to directly and securely send x-rays, wound images etc. to my cardiothoracic colleagues so that decisions can be made quickly and easily, avoiding unnecessary delay or travel."

-Greg Kurio, Pediatric Cardiology

“Doximity’s HIPAA-secure fax line has been a lifesaver. I was riding a shuttle bus between medical campuses when I was called by a community pediatrician who had an obscure genetic lab test result in his hands and the parents about to leave his office. He was desperate for someone to interpret the results before they walked out the door, and before Doximity, that’s what would have happened. In less than a minute I was looking at the results on my mobile device and empowered him to act on the results in real-time.”
-Bryce Abram Mendelsohn, Pediatrics

"I used the secure HIPAA fax line to receive records from an outside hospital on a patient who was being admitted for a STEMI recently. I needed the records fast and our fax machine in the ER was broken. I knew that the patient had a CABG in the past but did not know his anatomy. Before going to the cath lab we wanted to try to see if we could get his graft anatomy so we did not have to waste time searching for his grafts and we could go immediately to the problem vessel. Within 10 minutes we got the records to my secure inbox and found out that his RCA was 100% occluded chronically and that he had a SVG to the RCA. This shaved 30 minutes off our door to balloon time and helped save more of this patient's myocardium!I absolutely love the secure fax line. This makes my life so much easier."
-Sandeep Krishnan, Cardiology

To get your free fax line, claim your Doximity profile here.

Finding a Fellowship? One Size Does Not Fit All

Picking the best program can be a trial. That’s why the right tools matter.

Jul 27, 2017 - Sameer Avasarala

A professor once told me, “Specialists know more and more about less and less.” The statement didn’t carry much weight when I heard it as a medical student. Specialization was far away, and my main goal was to understand the basics of medicine. Flash-forward to a few years later, residency was reaching its conclusion, and I found myself feeling confident with my medical knowledge; I was ready to expand on it by “knowing more” about my niche. It was time to apply for fellowship.

There was just one problem, though. I’d learned a lot, but when it came to finding a fellowship, I didn’t know quite where to begin. I imagine many others may not either.

In 2017, over 9,000 fellowship positions were offered through the National Residency Matching Program’s Fellowship Match. It’s almost certain that the thousands who applied for these positions didn’t use the same means to decide which program to target. Programs are different; sometimes subtly, sometimes vastly. Like a well-tailored suit, a perfect fit is essential. And to find that fit, you need the right tools.

In making your decision you may consider a tangle of factors, including a program’s clinical training, research training, prestige, location, etcetera. Before you let your mind race, here are two key questions that may help you more-easily navigate the process.

Where do I want to be in ten years?

This is the most important question. If you know you want a career in bench research, finding a program that has a structured research track will suit you best. If you know that you don’t want to spend countless hours in the lab, don’t waste your time in a program that requires you to spend time in a lab. I know this sounds intuitive, but it’s often not emphasized as much as it should be.

If you’re applying for a fellowship, you aren’t likely a teenager or in your early 20s -- you’re an adult who has already figured out what you like and don’t like to do. Don’t let anyone tell you that you have to do a specific type of research. Favor programs that allow you to do the work you enjoy. In the end, all fellowships required some degree scholarly activity. This is your chance to dive in, but dive into a lake that you would like to explore.

What do I want out of my training?

If your goal is private practice, it’s very likely you’ll need to be the Jack of All Trades in your subspecialty. Your future patients will depend on your ability to manage a breadth of diseases under your specialty umbrella.

If you know you’re going to into an academic career, you’ll need to find a program that lets you make a name for yourself in your desired niche. Most academic centers have very specialized clinics for specific disease processes, and you’ll be expected to have a tremendous amount of depth in that disease. Your knowledge base will have to be a mile deep. One thing to keep in mind is to favor programs that already have an established clinic/track for the disease process of your interest. For example, if you want to focus your career on interventional pulmonology, it would not be in your best interest to train at a fellowship that doesn’t do these procedures. You may be surprised, but not all large academic centers provide all the services under the sun.

More to Consider

Don’t let a program’s “prestige” be the driving factor for your selection. Many of the well-regarded fellowships earned their reputations by their excellence in research in addition to the fantastic clinical training that they provide. Just because a program is not sitting on top of a ranking list does not mean they do not provide excellent training.

The above points are subjective measures. For the more objectively-minded, there are several tools that applicants use to narrow down fellowship options. Many people flock to the U.S. News and World Report rankings of hospitals. All of the hospitals that make this list are exceptional at what they do and are great places to train. The ranking methodology is primarily driven by reputation with specialists, patient survival and measures related to quality of care. Certainly, if a hospital did well in all of these, it is very likely they provide great education as well.

Doximity’s Residency Navigator is also a useful tool. Although catered to residency, it takes into account board pass rates and metrics of research for a given program. It may not specifically focus on a particular fellowship, but it gives some insight into graduate medical education as a whole at a particular institution.

These two resources should act as nothing more than guides. The most useful resource that combines the best of subjectivity and objectivity is a trusted mentor or colleague that has done their fellowship in a program you’re interested in. These people are few and far between, so make sure you hear them out if you find one.

Fellowship is potentially the most important stage of our training. Find a program that fits you, do not conform to fit it. Keep clear eyes on the end game, and you will end up at a fantastic fellowship.

Sameer Avasarala is a clinical fellow in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the Respiratory Institute at the Cleveland Clinic and 2017-2018 Doximity Fellow.

Doximity's Workflow Tools

Jul 14, 2017 - Doximity Blog

Why use outdated pagers and fax machines during work? While these are HIPAA compliant platforms, sending/receiving documents can be a pain and hassle. Now with Doximity, MDs, NPs, PAs, and PharmDs have access to 3 powerful workflow tools that will dramatically improve productivity and will help you focus on truly important matters. We offer: Secure Texting, Efax, and Doximity Dialer at no cost.

Secure Texting
It’s as if you are texting but requires no cell phone number on a HIPAA secure messaging platform. Available on the Doximity website or Mobile App, this messaging platform, can help you reconnect with old classmates, refer patients faster, and get medical opinions from specialists anywhere in the country. How is this possible? Our messaging is HIPAA-secure in the following ways:

  • Members must be verified U.S. health care professionals and provide a HIPAA-compliant 8-12 character password
  • Messages are encrypted to military-grade standards and delivered via SSL (secure socket layer) protection
  • Biometric-login aka fingerprints for messages on mobile

Try it out here!

Doximity Dialer
Doximity Dialer is a free mobile application (on iOS and Android) that allows you to call patients using your cell phone. This means that you the healthcare professional can call patients with your personal cell phone, while displaying either your office, hospital, or any other number of your choice on the caller ID. All HIPAA-secure and compliant, with no additional charge!

Download for free in the App Store or Google Play!

Available on the Doximity Mobile App or Website, Efax can be used to send and receive faxes from your phone or computer. Essentially, Doximity gives every user a free, HIPAA-secure efax number which in turn allows you to electronically fax colleagues and sign documents. With the Doximity app you can:

  • Send efaxes for free, for life
  • Attach images and documents for secure delivery
  • Fax to and from your iPhone/Android device or computer
  • Date, sign, and annotate documents on-the-go

Try it out here!

2017-2018 Residency Navigator: Product Updates and Top 5 Most Asked Questions

Jun 29, 2017 - Doximity Blog

by Shu-Yi Zhou
Product Manager, Residency Navigator

Today, we launched 2017-2018 Residency Navigator. With ERAS open, fourth year medical students are actively researching programs while residency program directors are fielding their eager questions. During this time, we too receive a steady flow of questions and ideas from educators about our residency program research tool, Residency Navigator.

The goal of Doximity Residency Navigator is to assist medical students in the residency exploration process by providing a transparent look at graduate medical programs.

Here are the new product updates:

Program map view

Explore a national map with all programs represented as pins.

Favorites list

Add programs to a favorites list for tracking throughout the application season, and include personalized notes about each program.

People like you

Learn about residents and alumni of a particular residency program who graduated from your medical school, and explore their career paths.

Additional program data

Discover and search over 4,000 programs spanning 28 specialties, now including integrated interventional radiology.

Here are the top 5 questions we are asked about Residency Navigator:

1. What is Residency Navigator?

The Doximity Residency Navigator is an interactive tool designed to help the medical students research and compare residency training programs nationwide based on their unique career interests. We are excited to announce the launch of the 2017-2018 Residency Navigator. Our latest version includes over 4,000 residency programs spanning 28 specialties, providing medical students a more in depth look at the programs in which they’re interested.

2. Where does all the information come from?

Residency Navigator combines objective data with 275,000 nominations, ratings and reviews from over 66,000 U.S. physicians. Objective data is compiled from a variety of public sources as well as our proprietary Doximity database, which covers all U.S. physicians, regardless of membership with Doximity.

Program pages include:

Detailed program statistics

Users can filter programs by alumni subspecialization rates, time spent at affiliated hospitals, gender balance, program size, and more.

Satisfaction reviews

Current residents and recent alumni anonymously rated and reviewed aspects of their experience, like career guidance, schedule flexibility for pregnancy and other life events, program culture and clinical diversity.

Personalized search options

Students can customize their searches based on their personal interests and career goals.
Practice setting: Interactive maps highlight where alumni work, and applicants can find and filter programs by region, urban vs. rural environments, or training at large public hospitals.

Clinical reputation

Peer nominations provide insight into which programs board-certified U.S. physicians hold in the highest regard for quality of clinical training.

Research publications

Doximity's comprehensive database of physician profiles highlights programs whose alumni publish most extensively, bypassing commonly used proxies for quality of research training such as faculty grant funding.

Board pass rates

For specialties such as internal medicine, board pass rates highlight which programs teach to national exam standards. For specialties whose medical boards have yet to release pass rate data, Residency Navigator offers the percentage of board-certified alumni as surrogate.

Program pages may be refreshed throughout the year to account for updated data such as new alumni publications, fellowships, board certifications and practice settings. This may affect the Research Output, Percent Subspecialize and Percent Board Certified rates as well as their respective sort orders. For more information about these data elements please view our research methodology.

3. What do med students and current residents think about it?

"Thanks to information technology through Doximity’s Residency Navigator app for providing us all the relevant information in helping our decision making process. It collects program information for you. It also conducts program surveys through anonymous and independent reporting which eliminates conflict of interest or potential information bias."
-Navigating GME Like a Formula 1 Pro

"Doximity’s Residency Navigator is an exceptional tool that will help you filter through over 4,000 residency programs by specialty, geographic location, characteristics and training environments."
-Five Essential Resources for the Match

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

Review data accuracy: We take the accuracy of Residency Navigator data seriously. If you are a program director or coordinator and notice your program information is incorrect or missing, please let us know.

Encourage resident reviews: Your residents can write a review for your program. Eligible residents and recent alumni can contribute reviews for their residency program until early fall 2017. After logging in, eligible residents and alumni will be prompted to complete the Satisfaction Survey on the Doximity homepage.

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

5. How can programs share their Residency Navigator page?
You can include a badge on your email signature or your website that links directly to your Residency Navigator program page.

To add a button or a badge to your residency program page, please fill out the following form: