What 5 clinicians think about the Joint Commission’s new stance on texting

"Finally, physicians can move beyond the pager and start embracing secure technology in communicating orders"

May 10, 2016 - Doximity Blog


As most healthcare providers already know, the Joint Commission just lifted its ban on texting orders (with caveats). Here at Doximity, we’re supportive of this movement in policy especially as it’s aligned with our own mission: to connect all U.S. clinicians to each other in order to enhance communication and improve their daily workflow. We asked five Doximity members what they think about the Joint Commission’s new stance on texting:

"In a time when most physician offices and hospitals have electronic medical records, and almost all physicians communicate with each other and with patients digitally, texting is simply the next logical step in physician-to-physician communication. With measures to ensure secure and confidential information, texting can enhance patient care. It can provide faster answers to patient questions, ensure faster referrals, and offer peer-to-peer advice."

-Kristin Sokol, MD, MS, MPH
Instructor, Department of Allergy and Inflammation
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

"I think texting orders are a great idea because verbal orders can be misunderstood at times and we deal with bad phone connections at times with skipping of parts of the conversation."

-Rodney Samaan, MD
Founder
ProgressiveMD

"Wow! This could really have a positive impact on care. I think of my colleagues on the outpatient team. They field calls and make care adjustments while on the road. The ability to text an order to pharmacy could present a rapid way to impact care. I could envision an NP meeting with family and dictating to text prescription orders and changes as they come up. At the end of the visit, check the text, and the number, send. A realtime way to eliminate the phrase, 'I forgot to order that.'"

-Craig Durie, NP
Family Nurse Practitioner

"Finally, physicians can move beyond the pager and start embracing secure technology in communicating orders. This should go a long way in improving patient care as well as workflow for physicians."

-Armand Krikorian, MD
Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Advocate Christ Medical Center

"I applaud the Joint Commission's new stance to lift the ban on texting orders. This will enable providers to improve care for patients by reducing length of stay‎, without leading to an increase in rates of readmission. This was demonstrated in a recent study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. The University of Pennsylvania study examined over 11,000 patients in two separate hospitals. One hospital adopted secure text messaging, switching from a standard paging system, reducing length of stay (LOS) from / to 5.4 days within a month's time. The other hospital continued to use its standard paging system, and noted no change in length of stay. In making the transition to texting orders as well as other provider-to-staff communication, it's vital that health care systems have policies in place to record and document texts electronically or manually in the electronic health record (EHR). Some EHRs have built-in and secure platforms for texting, which allow integration of the received texts. However, there are still many that don't, making this an important area to place attention when adopting the new policy change to integrate texting for communication."

-Robert Glatter, MD
Attending Physician, Emergency Medicine
Lenox Hill Hospital

How do doctors keep up with the latest literature?

Physicians work hard to stay current on best practices to help optimize patient outcomes

May 05, 2016 - Production Blog Author


by Natasha Singh, Doximity

In the past we have shared information on how physicians read the news and have explored trends in how millennials and older physicians get their news. We developed these insights from data gathered from aggregate user behavior on Doximity as well as a survey of Doximity members. Today, we wanted to continue this series with a few additional insights on how different specialties keep up on their medical reading.

How much does medical literature matter? A lot.

To recap our findings from previous research, our survey found that 75 percent of physicians change their clinical practices quarterly or monthly based on reading medical literature. Perhaps unsurprisingly, 98 percent of physicians reported reading medical literature is important or very important to their practice.

Mobile vs. laptop?

There are a few interesting differences in how various specialties get their news delivered. Overall, more than two-thirds of physicians catch up on medical news on their mobile device vs. their laptop. But specialties such as neurosurgery, cardiology and orthopaedic surgery are among the most likely to access their news from their phone or tablet, while they are on the go. On the other hand, pathologists and immunologists, are 35% more likely than the average specialist to get their news on their computer. We suspect it has something to do with the countless hours spent in the lab.

What are they reading?

The average Doximity user is reading two or three articles every week posted on Doximity, from medical journals as well as other sources. Neonatologists, thoracic surgeons and emergency medicine physicians tend to be the heaviest weekly readers overall. However, radiation oncologists and neurosurgeons read more scientific and medical journal articles versus other medical news, as compared to other specialties. Generalizing, there seems to be a trend toward more highly specialized clinicians reading more scientific and technical articles, while general practitioners are more likely to take interest in healthcare related articles their patients may be reading in the lay press. By staying up-to-date on mainstream topics, general practitioners are better prepared to discuss the health topic du jour when brought up by patients in their office.

All the news that’s fit to print

It is time consuming to keep up with the latest medical advances, but physicians work hard to stay current on best practices to help optimize patient outcomes. Depending on the demands of your specialty and your practice, you probably have developed your own habits on how to stay current on medical literature.

What do you find to be the most effective ways to keep up with medical literature? Tweet @Doximity and let us know!

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.

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