My Journey as a Doximity Intern

by Gita Venkatakrishnan, UC Berkeley, Class of 2019

Feb 05, 2018 - Doximity Blog


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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

5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Doximity App

Jan 05, 2018 - Doximity Blog


Doximity’s mission is to help clinicians save time and be more productive. With the Doximity app you can do just that from wherever you are, on the convenience of your smartphone. Here are 5 features about our app you may have not known about.

1. Fax
While faxing might seem like the most obsolete, mundane task, it’s probably not going anywhere anytime soon. It’s still one of the few forms of ‘modern’ communication that counts as HIPAA Compliant. And since clinicians need to fill out an average of 20,000 forms every year, chances are your hospital fax is pretty busy.

With the Doximity app, you can send and receive faxes from your iPhone or Android. Doximity gives every physician, NP, PA and pharmacist a free, HIPAA-secure efax number. You can electronically fax colleagues and sign documents with just a finger through the app.

2. Newsfeed

The homepage of the Doximity app is the newsfeed, a scrolling collection of articles customized to each Doximity member based upon their speciality, network of colleagues, and clinical interests. Doximity members can engage in discussions on every article, and also earn CME credits from medical articles featured on the newsfeed.

3. Colleaguing

Doximity is the largest social network of healthcare professionals, with over 80% of all US doctors and a growing number of NPs, PAs, and Pharmacists. Many members find and connect with each other on Doximity from their workplace or career contacts. The Doximity app also offers a “People You May Know” feature, which suggests adding colleagues you know from school, residency, and current employment.

4. Alumni Networking

Curious to see where your friends from medical school ended up? There’s a quick and easy way to find out using the Doximity app. Simply click on your profile, scroll down and tap on the medical school you went to. This will direct you to an alumni map that shows other Doximity members across the country with your graduation date. You can filter your search by school, graduation year, and more to find and reconnect with past classmates.

5. Search

Doximity’s search feature can be used in a number of beneficial ways. Using the search bar at the top of the app, you can search for specialists in your area, jobs by location and specialty, referrals that you need in an unfamiliar area, research and news relevant to you, and much more. The search bar is a powerful tool!

To see these features for yourself, download the Doximity App for free.

Our most read stories of 2017: Pharmacist Edition

A roundup of the most-read news stories by pharmacists this year on Doximity

Dec 26, 2017 - Doximity Blog


Circulated to over 60,000 US pharmacists, Doximity's Pharmacy Digest drives and fosters discussion around important news in healthcare from the pharmacist perspective. From salary negotiation strategies to understanding the latest updates in drug development and research, the Doximity Pharmacy Digest aims to improve the financial and clinical know-how of its pharmacist subscribers.

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Editor's Note: Some articles may be opinion pieces and do not necessarily reflect the views/position of Doximity.

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The Best of 2017: Doximity's Medical Business Digest

A roundup of the medical business stories that physicians cared about the most this year

Dec 24, 2017 - Doximity Blog


Circulated to over 70% of US physicians, Doximity's Medical Business Digest discusses all things physicians and money. From increasing your income, to retirement planning and negotiation, the Medical Business Digest aims to improve the financial know-how of its physician subscribers.

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Survive the Holidays with These 3 Doximity Tools

Dec 22, 2017 - Doximity Blog


The holiday season is here! For most people that means heading home early and taking some days off to enjoy holiday vacation. For those in the field of medicine, though, work continues despite the holiday season.

However, with the help of your handy smartphone, it’s easier than ever to manage patient care from home. As a HIPAA-secure medical network, we’re here to help you survive the holidays with 3 useful tools.

1. Doximity Dialer

Make patients calls from the comfort of your home.

Make calls that patients will answer. Call patients from your cellphone using the Doximity Dialer app. Patients see the Caller ID of your office when they receive the call, and your personal number remains private. Take Dr. James Youngston’s word for it, “I love this app. I can call patients from my cell and it shows my office number on caller ID. Patients never get my cell number again!”

Bonus tip: The Dialer app integrates with the Epic Haiku app, so you can make calls right from your EHR. Here’s how to set it up.

2. Doximity Fax

Send and receive faxes without using a fax machine.

Do you ever feel chained to your fax machine? With Doximity Fax, you can send and receive faxes right through your cell phone with the Doximity app. Each Doximity account comes with a free e-fax number for every physician, NP, PA and pharmacist. Send, receive, sign, date, and mark-up faxes to your liking. No need to stay late in the office when you have a pocket fax machine!

3. Career Navigator

Negotiate your salary and keep abreast of new job openings across the country.

New year, new job? Whether you’re job hunting or just keeping your options open, get the most out of your search with Career Navigator. Search for jobs in your specialty and location, and even see compensation trends for your specialty across the country. Take a page from Dr. Athanasios Tsiatis’ playbook: “I needed regional and national salary information to inform stakeholders during salary negotiations, and the data provided on Doximity made the conversation extremely straightforward.”

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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 support@doximity.com. 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.