Why social networking is a career game-changer

Dr. Joseph Kim, physician blogger and founder of NonClinicalJobs.com on how and why clinicians need to finally take the social media plunge

Apr 27, 2016 - Production Blog Author


Editor’s Note: Doximity Medical Advisory Board member, Joseph Kim, MD, MPH is president of Medical Communications Media, Inc., and founder and editor of NonClinicalJobs.com.

Looking ahead to the next several months, I’ve found myself frequently wondering how many physicians will make this their year to take the plunge and join an online social network. There are significant advantages that can be gained for doctors who embrace social media, not the least of which have to do with colleaguing.

Here, five ways you and your practice can benefit hugely from such professional connections.
1. Finding a better job

The business of the health care economy continues to evolve. Physicians in small private practices face the possibility of hire by hospitals or large groups; those in primary care may transition to a concierge practice model; and yet other may change to “shift work” so they can be off-call when they’re at home. Regardless of the job change, if you lack a robust social network of professional colleagues, you may miss a perfect opportunity to transition into a better working environment. You won’t even know about possible opportunities because you won’t be connected.

2. Preparing for retirement

Physicians are incredibly busy and most of our day-to-day interactions are with other healthcare professionals. Therefore, retirement may shrink our social networks more rapidly than it would those in other professions. Don’t let this happen: Peer contacts can be a point-of-entry to other non-clinical projects such as consulting or writing that can, among many things, provide some additional income to supplement your retirement savings.

3. Helping other physicians

In the world of business, executives are constantly referring other colleagues for job openings, consulting jobs and other opportunities. Business executives understand and appreciate the importance of networking; there’s no reason we can’t do the same in our profession. Speaking engagements and expert consulting for startup businesses are just some of the non-traditional opportunities that tend to circulate through trusted friend and colleague networks.

4. Sharing ideas and fostering professional development

Invariably, when you engage with others in a social network, you’re going learn things applicable to your own career. From job negotiating skills or the finer points of practice management to the challenges of balancing clinical duties with administrative responsibilities, you’ll often encounter a wide range of links and talking points. (Just recently, for instance, I’ve noticed many physicians having online discussions related to the “meaningful use” of electronic health records to obtain the financial incentives set aside by the government.)

5. Initiating a complete career transition

Burnout is a reality in today’s round-the-clock workforce, and should you ever find yourself in the market for a complete career transition–say into the non-clinical business world of pharma, finance, managed care, health information technology or consulting–it’s quite likely that your social network can help you with leads as well as support as you prepare for your next phase. Build your contacts and keep an open mind, you never know where it might lead.

Networking in healthcare: How to search like a pro on Doximity

Doximity search results are customized just for you

Apr 15, 2016 - Production Blog Author


By Sarah-Richelle Lemas, Doximity

We’ve talked about the super-powers of super-connected docs, and how physicians are ditching traditional methods of finding other doctors in favor of using their online network. Now we want to share some practical tips on how to search within Doximity like a pro. Whether you need to urgently contact a patient’s PCP while you are on call, locate a referral, or even find your next job, we’ll show you how to search Doximity to get the information you need and connect with the right clinicians STAT.  

Searching for that perfect (referral) fit

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Say you have a patient in San Francisco who needs a referral for a pediatric cardiologist. Type “pediatric cardiologist” into the top search bar on Doximity.com or the mobile app, and you’ll be presented with a list of matches. If you click on the “People” tab, you can further narrow your pediatric cardiologist results by location, specialty, or hospital. All the clinician profiles are reliable since they combine both public and user-entered data. And the search covers all the fields in their profile, so you can get matches based on subspecialty or research interests too. Plus, you can usually find more detailed and up-to-date contact information for those cardiologists than you would on Google, including back office numbers and other direct contact details if you are connected as colleagues.

Pro tip: You can even do a reverse lookup by phone number, if, say, you want to get more details on a physician you don’t know well who left a message on your voicemail.

What you may not know is Doximity search results are customized just for you. Our algorithms prioritize search results based on your location, your specialty, and who your colleagues are, and anticipate what you are most likely searching for, to make your search results as accurate as possible.

Map it!

If you do that same search for a pediatric cardiologist on your mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Android), you’ll also see a map view of your search results, and can easily zoom in to focus on results in a certain geographic area. Plus your search history is synced across devices, so no matter where you log in, Doximity will remember your recent searches.

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Pro tip: You can do “spotlight” search on your iPhone (which searches ALL content on your device, such as apps, music, contacts etc.) for a particular clinician, and it will include contact details from Doximity, if it’s a professional that you’ve colleagued with or searched for on Doximity before.

Land a new job

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If your past job searches involved weeding out vague posts that that mention more about golf and fishing than the actual position itself, you can try out the Doximity Jobs tab, where you can filter your search by what physicians actually care about: specialty, location, and even by part-time/full-time/locum tenens. For example, let’s say you’re a internist looking for a new opportunity. You can type “internist” in the search bar and filter by specialty, county, and state. And if golf is a priority, you can include that in your search terms, too!

The power of search

Doximity offers robust searching capabilities so that no matter what you are looking for -- a referral, reconnecting with an old colleague, a new job opportunity -- we can help you find what you need fast and easily. Our job is to help you connect and communicate with other clinicians -- via powerful searching features -- so that you can focus on your patients.

7 apps every clinician needs

Here are seven apps to help save time and make life easier

Apr 05, 2016 - Ali Bonar


By Ali Bonar, Doximity

Doctors and healthcare professionals are super busy. We know you are trying to juggle a lot of different responsibilities at once, both at work and at home. Here are seven apps to help save time and make life easier, so that you can focus on patient care rather than daily busywork.  

1. Evernote - You can create and save notes wherever you are, via text, photo, attachments, email and more.  For example, jot down notes of discussions with other clinicians, or of a lecture you attended. You can then search for specific words and phrases in all of your notes in seconds, rather than spending hours digging through each of them separately. You can also store website articles and PDFs that you want to read or save for a later date. However, according to their support site, Evernote is not HIPAA-compliant so make sure you do not store patient-identifiable data.

2. Any.do - Keep track of your to-do list to help you be more productive every day.  Any.do is a task-management app that can help you create to-do lists and reminders that sync across devices. And the Any.do Moment helps you to make a habit of reviewing your daily tasks first thing in the morning so you're never caught off guard by surprise tasks later in the day.

3. Amion - Stay on top of your on-call shifts and coordinate coverage with others in your department. Want to switch shifts with a colleague? Send them a HIPAA-secure message in order to easily do so.

4. 1Password - As a medical professional, security is essential. 1Password helps you remember all your passwords and even strengthens weak or duplicate passwords to enhance security.

5. MedCalX - This leading medical calculator allows you to access complicated medical formulas, scales, scores and classifications. With calculators for a broad range of specialties, it makes calculations quick and easy to perform. In addition, users can create a list of patients, and save the calculations performed for those particular patients to their profiles.

6. Box - Store and share files online with Box’s HIPAA-secure service. You can store all your files in the cloud (personal and work!), so that you can access them anytime, from any device. Box recently launched a DICOM viewer service so you can store, view and share DICOM files, like MRI’s and x-rays.

7. Doximity - And yes, we had to mention it. The professional network for physicians and healthcare professionals. The free mobile app features personalized news, a HIPAA-secure digital fax line, an easy way to earn CME credits on-the-go, plus the ability to easily connect with other clinicians.

What apps do you find most helpful as a clinician? Which apps do you use everyday to be most productive? Tweet @doximity with your top picks!

Does your NPI profile reveal more than you want?

The first step is to find out what may be out there

Mar 31, 2016 - Doximity Blog


By Sarah-Richelle Lemas, Doximity

Here’s a scary scenario: imagine picking up your cell phone to find a patient unexpectedly on the other end. Or imagine him or her standing on your front doorstep. While both of these situations may seem like unlikely, your personal information -- including cell phone and home address -- may be publicly available without you even realizing it.

Here’s what’s happening

Have you ever Googled your name to see what turns up? As a licensed physician, you will likely see websites that use public information from government sources, often the National Provider Index (NPI). The NPI is a unique ten digit number assigned to every health care provider by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). It is the required identifier for Medicare services and other payers, like commercial healthcare insurers. Once assigned, your NPI is permanent and remains with you regardless of job or location changes. Your NPI profile includes your name, office contact information, and specialty.

If your cell phone number or home address are showing up on various online directories and websites, it may be because it was listed as your primary contact information on NPI, instead of your office phone and address. Or perhaps someone else (such as a residency program coordinator) filled out your NPI profile on your behalf, and unintentionally used personal contact details. You may not have even realized that this information would be available publicly when you initially filled out your NPI application.

Many online directories use this public data from the NPI, so you need to be sure that your NPI profile contains the exact information you want patients to see.

So how do I fix this?

Having your personal information publicly available is a scary thought. But the good news is that you can control your online identity. The first step is to find out what may be out there.

1.Choose your contact information wisely. If you are a new resident and haven’t applied for an NPI yet, you may want to think twice before including your personal cell phone number -- because it might put your private information at risk. NPIs are usually distributed to graduating med students, so ask your residency program director about which number and address will make the most sense.

2.Be aware of what info is in your NPI profile. If you already have an NPI, you may not remember exactly what information you included. So visit the NPI registry to check out your profile. If you need to update anything, you can do it on the NPI website by creating an account.

3.Take a look at your Doximity profile. It is easy to update your contact information on your Doximity profile by selecting “edit” once you are logged in to your account. Just click here to log in to your profile. You decide what information is public, and which colleagues can see your private contact information. And if you have additional questions, you can always contact our friendly Support desk.

Protect your privacy

At Doximity, our goal is to make it easy for you to quickly connect with other medical professionals -- and help you take control of what personal information is visible to others. Managing your Doximity and NPI profiles is a good starting point to take charge of your digital footprint and make sure you aren’t unintentionally sharing more than you wanted.

The super-powers of connected docs

From backlines to back channels, here's how physicians are turning to Doximity to unlock critical lines of communication

Mar 24, 2016 - Production Blog Author


By Tim Horvat, Doximity

As a medical professional, you hold patient lives in your hands, which means thinking on your feet and acting fast when patient care demands it. Sometimes you need to tap into networks beyond your department, hospital, or referral community. But your time is valuable, and you don’t want to waste it hunting down the resources you need. To save time, many physicians are turning to Doximity to help unlock the doors: helping doctors find and connect quickly with any other doctor so that they can improve patient care. Here, we’ve compiled a few of the many compelling stories of physicians using Doximity to aid them in providing the best care possible, when it matters most.

Is there a Crohn’s expert in the house?

Try it out yourself by typing “inflammatory bowel disease San Francisco” into the search bar.

For example, Dr. Nikhil Agarwal in San Francisco recalls a patient with Crohn’s Disease who had recently moved from North Carolina to the Bay Area. The patient was experiencing steadily worsening symptoms, but was having trouble finding a new local provider to see him within a reasonable timeframe. The patient’s original gastroenterologist wanted to help -- so he searched Doximity for a Bay Area expert in inflammatory bowel disease, and found Dr. Agarwal.

Once Dr. Agarwal received the private message, he was able to get the patient in to see him within a couple of days. Dr. Agarwal got a summary of the patient from the previous doctor, as well as electronic faxes of relevant past tests and labs. “The patient received expedited care due to [the original doctor’s] diligence,” said Dr. Agarwal, “and was able to be started on the appropriate therapy within days, rather than weeks to months if he went through the conventional channels of health care.”

Working on the weekend

Patients rarely get sick when it’s convenient, but they still need the best care. Dr. Anitha Rao, a Chicago-based Neurologist tells about a weekend when she admitted a patient to the Neuro ICU who had been seizing continuously for an hour.  They urgently needed to contact the patient’s regular physician to get information on prior seizure meds. But, as she says, “we were clueless on how to contact the primary neurologist on a Saturday!” Dr. Rao was able to locate the physician’s backline on Doximity and make a phone call, successfully retrieving the patient’s details when time was running out.

We all need somebody to lean on

Dr. Jennifer Tang, a New Jersey-based Internal Medicine physician, had a beloved 90-something year old patient that she’d been seeing for almost ten years. But over the past couple of years, the patient’s memory had been declining severely, to the point where both the patient’s daughter and Dr. Tang felt it was no longer safe for the elderly patient to live at home alone. However, the patient was extremely independent and strong-willed, so conversations about reducing the 90 year old’s independence were an ongoing struggle.  

Due to the scope of this challenging situation, Dr. Tang knew that additional consultation was required to resolve the issue, and was able to connect with a med school classmate on Doximity who now specializes in geriatric psychiatry. She also talked with a prior residency classmate who is a geriatrician. Both were able to give Dr. Tang helpful tips on how to effectively approach her patient, so that she could better help the woman through this difficult life transition.  

Connecting with old friends in need

Dr. Charles Dunham is a psychiatrist in Winston Salem, North Carolina. He uses Doximity because it has made it easy for him to connect with old colleagues from residency, a valuable network that can often help with easy referrals. Over time, though, it can be hard to stay up to date on each other’s practice locations and contact information. In one instance, a former colleague dialed Dr. Dunham on a private phone number only available to his Doximity connections. The physician explained her brother was experiencing new onset psychosis. Dr. Dunham says, “I was able to walk her through some scenarios and we made an appointment for her family member with a respected psychiatrist. I'm not sure this would have happened without the connectivity of Doximity, especially its back-office phone numbers.”

What about your needs?

You’ve probably experienced this yourself—needing to set up an urgent referral or consult outside of your established network. Can Doximity help you tap into a nationwide network of doctors, to quickly connect with other physicians when you need it most? Doximity’s search feature allows you to find any licensed US physician by name, specialty, geographic location, hospital affiliation, and more. Try it yourself and see who you may know on the super-connected network.

7 things physicians wish they'd done before residency

Congratulations, you matched! Now what? We have your to-do list.

Mar 17, 2016 - Production Blog Author


by Natasha Singh, Doximity

Match Day finally arrived. Congratulations, you matched! Now what are you supposed to do next? We talked with current residents and physicians to find out what they wish they’d done before residency started. Here are some tips we put together on a few items to check off your To-Do list before residency starts this summer.

_Click to Tweet _7 Life Hacks for Medical Students Before Residency Starts via @doximity

1. Connect with your new crew. Now that you know where you will be spending your residency, you probably have a thousand questions running through your head. Where will you live? Where will you find decent coffee in the middle of the night? Do residents ever have time to go for Happy Hour? To get answers, go to the source: current program residents and alums. They were in your shoes, and they probably have tips for navigating your new residency. To connect with your new colleagues, look up your program on Doximity and start scouting the answers to all those burning questions.

2. Goodbye school, hello debt. The average medical school graduate has $176,000 of student debt. Yikes, that’s a lot of dough. And since you are finally saying goodbye to med school, and hello to a real job with a (albeit small) paycheck, now is a good time to look at how you are going to repay your loans. You may have the option of deferring payment on those loans while you’re a resident. Or income-based repayment may make more sense, since you probably expect to earn a higher salary after residency. Take a look at the potential repayment options, and use the AAMC’s medical student loan calculator to figure out the best fit for your situation.

3. Spend wisely, young doctor. Now is a good time to spend your new income wisely. You may have mountains of debt, but extreme penny pinching probably isn’t going to impact that much one way or the other. So spend a little… just don’t go crazy with it. And by the way, this may not be the best time to buy a house. That’s a big debt to take on, plus a house may lock you into a location too soon. Plus, with your on-call hours, you’ll never be able to wait at home for the plumber to show up!**
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**4. Don’t forget those textbooks! **Once you figure out where you are going to live during residency, you will need to get all your stuff from here to there… like all those super-heavy medical textbooks weighing down your bookshelf. One little-known option for moving all of your books is USPS Media Mail, which can help you save a lot on shipping educational materials. For example, those 30lb boxes of books that you need to ship across the country? Instead of spending at least $80 per box, you can use Media Mail to get them to your new home for around $17. 

5. Be the hospital hero with your pocket fax machine. You will have a brand new set of co-workers as a first-year resident, and you want to start off on the right foot, as you’ll probably be together for several years. With just one fax machine per floor that everyone has to share in order to send confidential patient information and orders, be the hospital hero with your HIPAA-secure fax app. Impress your colleagues and set yourself up for success by being ready on day one to exchange messages from your phone or tablet, instead of the shared fax machine.

6. Get your paperwork in order. ** Along with getting a digital fax line, it’s a good time to get the rest of your clerical life under control as well. Do that filing you’ve been putting off. Make copies of key documents, like your diploma. Pro tip: set up auto-forwarding from your medical school email address to your personal email address, so you don’t miss out on any important emails post graduation. Since you won’t be able to use your medical school email address for much longer, make sure you switch your login email addresses for important online accounts to a more permanent email address. Need to update your Doximity account? You can change it in your settings.
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**7. Last call for a break. **Now that you matched, you may be coming down with a case of “senioritis”. This is perfectly normal, and the symptoms should subside by the time your residency starts! This may be the last hurrah for a little while, so take advantage of the next couple of months to just cruise and have a little fun. Travel. Catch up with family & friends. Pick up a hobby. Take care of yourself -- before you start your residency to do the real work of taking care of others.

If all of this is too overwhelming, just take the advice of Dr. Akshay Sanan, third-year resident in the Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He says, “spend time with your family and friends, sleep a ton, and travel somewhere new if you can. Once residency starts, your life will change forever (for the better, I promise). To date, the time between Match Day and the start of residency was some of my best experiences.”

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The Millennials Myth - Young Doctors Are Not the Only Ones Using Technology

It begs the question, exactly how are doctors are using this technology on the job?

Mar 09, 2016 - Production Blog Author


By Sarah-Richelle Lemas, Doximity

One thing we know at Doximity is that digital devices and apps have given doctors a whole new black bag of tools.  Everyone carries a smartphone these days, but we wondered exactly how doctors are using this technology on the job, and whether any generational differences exist.  To shed some light on this topic, we dug into how physicians across the age spectrum use Doximity products and other apps, and discovered some interesting findings.

You Are What You Read

One thing millennial and non-millennial physicians can agree on is that there is a lot of medical research and news to keep up with. That’s why DocNews is one of the top three Doximity features used by physicians over age 35. DocNews lets doctors see what their colleagues are recommending and commenting on and uses machine learning to suggest new articles to read based on the doctor’s own CV and interests. For one doctor out of Buffalo, NY, DocNews saves precious time. “Doximity's DocNews has kept me up to date in both of my specialties… without having to inefficiently skim through multiple journals each month”.

As you may guess, different DocNews articles appeal to different generations. While doctors of all ages are catching up on the latest clinical research, here are some of the more mainstream headlines that engaged different age groups in the last year:

Popular with Doctors Under 40

  • For the Young Doctor About to Burn Out
  • "Zombie Apocalypse" Drug Reaches US
  • Are Surgeons More Aggressive than Internal Medicine Physicians?
  • Study of Highly-Motivated GenX Physicians Shows Disparity Between Men and Women in Parenting
  • What Hospitals Could Learn from Starbucks

Popular with Doctors Over 55

  • How Many Die From Medical Mistakes in U.S. Hospitals?
  • Blood Pressure Ruckus Reveals Big Secret In Medicine
  • Biceps Curls And Down Dogs May Help Lower Diabetes Risk
  • Cardiologists Chronically Fail to Recognize One Problem in Older Heart Patients
  • Screening for Alzheimer’s Gene Tests the Desire to Know

And not surprisingly, doctors tend to grab a few moments to read the news at different times of day. While the most common time to read DocNews is early in the morning, the millennials own the midnight to 4AM graveyard shift. By contrast, many of the over-35s prefer to read their news in the more sane evening timeslots -- 8PM to midnight -- before hitting the hay.

Are you talking to me?

We also took a look at how our half a million physicians are using Doximity to interact with one another. More seasoned physicians are really loving the ability to connect with colleagues and classmates on Doximity. “One fun way Doximity made my life easier was when my classmates and I gathered for our 30 year reunion in Shreveport, Louisiana,” said Dr. Lori Barr, Partner at Austin Radiological Association. “It was the fastest way to get in touch with each other and make plans to get together.”

The younger set is taking advantage of digital fax and messaging at a faster pace than their more senior peers. According to Dr. Amit Ayer, a Neurosurgery Resident in Chicago, “The personal fax is a junior resident's best friend.”

Loving the fruit (or not?)

When we analyze what mobile devices physicians are using, we see that 90% of Doximity mobile users are on Apple products. Interestingly, doctors under age 40 are actually substantially more likely to use Android devices than their older counterparts. And while our data shows millennials use mobile devices more than 35-45 year olds and the 55+ cohort, the 45-55 age group was actually the most likely to use Doximity’s mobile features vs. the desktop version.

An App(le) a Day Keeps the Doc in Play

You almost never see a millennial without their phone in hand. Not surprisingly, nearly all younger physicians are using their smartphones on the job as well. According to the Sources & Interactions Study by Kantar Media, 92% of physicians under 35 use at least one app for professional purposes. In this group, 88% use a smartphone app for diagnostic tools/clinical reference and 76% use apps for drug and coding references. Their older colleagues are also adopting these devices, although somewhat less. For physicians ages 45-59, 55% use the first and 46% use the latter.

Ready or not

No matter how you are using smartphones and tablets on the job, technology has changed how the medical world works. Different age groups emphasize various platforms to varying degrees. But no matter what, technology that can help physicians be better at their jobs will continue to have a position in the workplace. See how Doximity can help you work more efficiently and download the app (Apple and Android).

Doctors’ Headshots: 5 Striking Lessons From 500,000 Physician Profiles

Why you're one professional headshot away from growing your referral base

Mar 01, 2016 - Production Blog Author


By Natasha Singh, Doximity

After digging through more than half a million profiles on Doximity, you learn a thing or two about how to represent yourself online. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and this turns out to be true, even for physicians. We analyzed 500,000 physician profiles to reveal five key lessons on why professional headshots are critical for today’s physicians. Whether it’s a prospective employer looking you up online, or a fellow physician reaching out for a referral, your profile photo helps build your practice, your reputation, and ultimately your digital brand.  **
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1. You’re one professional headshot away from growing your referral base (seriously)

We found that doctors with profile photos are viewed TWICE as often as doctors without photos. So, why does this matter? Well, physicians with profile pictures get preferential search ranking. By not having a profile photo, you may miss out on opportunities to expand your network among local physicians or position yourself for your next career move. We even discovered a correlation between doctors with and without photos and the salaries they earn: doctors with profile photos earn, on average, 8% more than their camera-shy counterparts.

2. Looking for the right job match? Don’t treat it like a blind date

For young residents beginning their careers, the lack of a profile photo is actually hurting their chances of landing their dream job. In fact, our data reveals that employers are 21% more likely to view candidates with profile photos than those without. In fact, Dr. Armand Krikorian from Advocate Christ Medical Center encourages all of his residents to take professional headshots before they graduate. “As a Program Director, one of my responsibilities is to help our graduating residents find jobs. Paper CVs have been effective, but I encourage them to create online profiles. I even tell them to add photos to help bring their CVs to life.”

3. The one photo med students shouldn’t hide in residency application season

It’s a well known fact that medical students go to great lengths to hide or disable their social media profiles when they’re applying for residency. For some program directors, examining applicants’ social media profiles is the norm when screening residency candidates. American Medical Association reports, “A survey of surgical program directors in the Journal of Emergency Medicine found that 17 percent screened applicants by using social media networking sites, and 33 percent of that group gave lower rankings to applicants based on the online content they found.”

While it’s smart to hide the photos that might potentially hurt your application (no program director needs to see what a champ you were on Thirsty Thursdays), we found there is one photo that 4th year medical students absolutely DO want people to see: their professional headshot. Our data reveals that graduating medical students are 57% more likely to have a professional headshots on their CVs than 3rd year medical students. And it makes sense. They know that their profile pictures are a key part of building their professional reputation.

4. Older physicians are putting their best face forward

Now that we’ve established how a profile picture can help you build connections online, let’s look at who else has one. In our analysis, we found that some age groups are showing better photo-awareness than others. Surprisingly, our younger doctors (in their 20s, 30s and 40s) were lagging a bit behind their older counterparts (ages 50+). Out of the headshots we analyzed, a little over half 53% of them belong to doctors over 50

5. Follow the lead of the more photo-savvy specialists

We also discovered certain specialities are more likely to have profile photos than others.  Surgeons and highly specialized doctors lead the way in profile photo saturation, perhaps due to a greater need to market themselves and their skills to their peers. For example, nearly 2 in 3 plastic surgeons, colorectal surgeons and pediatric cardiologists have photos to supplement their online CVs, while more emergency medicine and internal medicine doctors tend to be camera-shy.

Ready for your closeup? Get a free professional headshot.
We’re on a mission to help every Doximity member put their best face forward by taking free professional headshots at a variety of medical conferences all year long. Check the list, and reserve your appointment today: doximity.com/conferences

Already have a great headshot?
You’re ahead of the curve! Make sure you added your photo to your Doximity profile. Visit your profile on Doximity and easily add or edit your profile photo.

*Have a headshot but need some feedback on it? *
Our professional photo experts can give you feedback and tips on your photo -- send your photo to: headshots@doximity.com.

More ROI on your medical degree

Now more than ever, doctors than ever are tapping into their entrepreneurial spirit

Feb 26, 2016 - Production Blog Author


Physicians are increasingly seeking ways to cash in their hard-earned medical expertise outside of their daily clinics. At a time when the practice of medicine is fraught with administrative, financial, and regulatory challenges, supplemental sources of income have become more attractive. More doctors than ever are tapping into their entrepreneurial spirit and looking to make additional income through telemedicine and locums tenens. For those interested in getting a greater return on their investment in medicine, we put together the following starter guide.

Believe The Telemedicine Hype

The telemedicine boom is upon us. While often cited as a tech-y buzzword, telemedicine is having a tangible effect on the healthcare landscape, and its impact is only expected to grow. According to a recent industry article, the telemedicine market is projected to reach $13 billion in size by 2021 (source: Pharmion 2016) . As U.S. legislation continues to encourage efficiency and cost-cutting in medicine, telemedicine is primed to take a front row seat.

*28 states and the District of Columbia have enacted parity laws requiring insurers to cover telehealth services. *

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(Source: American Telemedicine Association 2016)

The incentives also exist for medical providers. Telemedicine takes many forms and gives physicians the flexibility to choose a telehealth service that works best for them. For example, one of the largest national providers of telemedicine, American Well, allows physicians to see patients on their platform based on their schedules and preferences. Physicians wishing to build out their practice can also follow up with patients in person. The relative ease of on-boarding makes the technology an excellent choice for doctors who want to supplement their practices while deciding when and how they want to see patients.

Is Locum Tenens for You?

Similar to opportunities in telemedicine, physicians can earn extra income and enjoy diverse employment experiences practicing locum tenens. While historically locums tenens may have catered to a niche market of healthcare providers, today, physicians from a variety of backgrounds are choosing to work locums. A recent study based on Doximity data found that interest in locums tenens remains high among both young and middle-aged physicians.

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Consider the story of Dr. Bassam Rimawi, a young physician in fellowship training trying to earn extra wages in addition to his meager academic stipend. “Doing locum tenens work at the same time helps to get that extra paycheck under your belt. One paycheck of locum work is more than I made in three months of fellowship!” (source: Physician’s Weekly 2015) Locums tenens gives physicians the opportunity to work a few more shifts, on their terms, while earning substantial compensation.

Interested in telemedicine or locum positions?

If you find yourself interested in telemedicine and locum tenens roles, there a few ways to stand out.

  1. Update your “Clinical Interests” (including telemedicine) on your Doximity profile as this will ensure you are only contacted about relevant opportunities.

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This is now the most popular last name in medicine.

What does the future hold for the state of the nation, or shall we say, state of the names?

Feb 19, 2016 - Doximity Blog


By Sarah-Richelle Lemas, Doximity

If a healthy dose of Valentine’s Day amore has you dreaming of your future offspring, prep your tiny tikes for a future career in medicine by choosing their name wisely. While there’s no way of knowing who the future doctors of America will be, we’ve seen commonalities in our care teams over the past few decades. Just for fun we analyzed the names of all U.S. physicians by first name, last name and the state in which they practice.

Minority Report: Popular last names point to the increase in diversity in medicine over time

Physicians born anytime in the 1930s - 1950s are more likely to have the surname Smith, but starting in the 1960s the U.S. saw an uptick in diversity, and in both the 1970s and 1980s, Patel topped this list as the most common last name among all physicians. Patel is now officially the last name most frequently preceded by “Dr.”

Rank1930‑391940‑491950‑591960‑691970‑791980‑89
1SmithSmithSmithLeePatelPatel
2LeeLeeJohnsonSmithLeeShah
3MillerMillerMillerJohnsonKimLee
4JohnsonJohnsonBrownPatelSmithSmith
5KimPatelWillamsKimNguyenNguyen

This trend is likely to continue. Since the 1980s, the number of Asian American med school graduates has increased from almost none to making up approximately a fifth of all graduates (source: AAMC Data Warehouse). According to the 2014 census, foreign born doctors now make up approximately 25 percent of all physicians practicing in the U.S.

Most popular first names, nationwide (doctors born in 1930s-1990s):

RankMenWomen
1JohnJennifer
2MichaelElizabeth
3DavidMary
4RobertSusan
5JamesSarah
6WilliamLisa
7RichardLaura
8ThomasKaren
9MarkAmy
10JosephMaria

Dr. John will see you in the south

The leading male physician name over the past 60 years has been John, topping the list in 25 states, including most southeastern states. John was consistently in the first three slots until the 1980s, when it dropped to seventh place. David was the overall runner up, reigning in 11 states. David’s popularity peaked in the 1950s and 1960s with the number one spot, and was later dethroned by Michael and Matthew in the 70s and 80s.

Map of Female Physicians Name

Paging Dr. Jenny from all the blocks

When it comes to female physician names, Jennifer was far and above the most popular - the moniker won out in 36 states. This could correlate to the name’s overall surge in popularity in the 70s and 80s, when it was also the most popular U.S. baby name. Around this time the nation also saw an increase in female physicians joining the field, with their numbers increasing from 25,000 in 1970 to more than 235,000 in 2004 (source: Federation of State Medical Boards 2015).

Map of Female Physicians Name

What’s in a name?

What does the future hold for the state of the nation, or shall we say, state of the names? While a zany alias like Blue Ivy or Apple may garner press for today’s stars and their babies, a more common name may be the safer pick for the next generation of doctors in your family. If the past is any indication, the most common doctor names have traditionally been aligned with the census - take a look at our the comparison below.

1930‑391940‑491950‑59
PhysiciansCensusPhysiciansCensusPhysiciansCensus
MaryMaryMaryMarySusanMary
RobertRobertJohnJamesDavidJames

1960‑691970‑791980‑89
PhysiciansCensusPhysiciansCensusPhysiciansCensus
LisaLisaJenniferJenniferJenniferJennifer
DavidMichaelMichaelMichaelMichaelMichael

Either way, here’s to the future physicians of America, and to those who raise them! Is your Doximity profile up-to-date?

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