2021-2022 Residency Navigator Frequently Asked Questions

Commonly asked questions about Residency Navigator and the surveys that power them

· The Doximity Residency Navigator Team

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General Questions

1) What is Doximity’s Residency Navigator?

Residency Navigator is a comprehensive online directory of 4,000+ residency programs across 28 specialities used by 90% of fourth-year medical students to help discover the right program for their career goals.The tool features 275,000 ratings and handwritten reviews, alumni maps, the Couples Match Tool, specialization analyses, and more.

2) Where can I find Doximity’s Residency Navigator?

You can find Residency Navigator on Doximity’s desktop application and Doximity’s mobile application.

Nomination and Satisfaction Survey Questions

3) There are 2 different types of Residency Navigator surveys. What is the difference between the two types of surveys?

The Satisfaction Survey allows current residents and alumni to provide feedback on several program characteristics and submit an anonymous written review of the residency program where they trained.

The Nomination Survey asks eligible candidates to nominate up to five residency programs that provide the best clinical training in their specialty, which is then weighted to construct an analysis that is nationally representative of the opinions of board-certified U.S. physicians in that specialty.

4) How do the Surveys contribute to the Residency Navigator?

The Satisfaction Survey: The data from these surveys powers the free-text reviews and ratings on culture, work flexibility, etc. on your program’s page, but does not influence the ordering of programs on the site (research, reputation, etc).

The Nomination Survey: When prospective applicants use Residency Navigator, they can sort and filter programs by criteria such as location and training environment, alumni research output and subspecialization rates, program size, and clinical reputation. The reputation component is powered by the Nomination Survey.

5) When did the Nomination and Satisfaction Surveys open?

The Nomination and Satisfaction Surveys opened on April 29th.

6) When do the Nomination and Satisfaction Surveys close?

The Nomination Survey closed on June 4th. Starting this year, in an effort to provide the most up-to-date, relevant program reviews to our users, we will not be closing the Satisfaction Survey. We will continue to publish reviews in a timely manner after the launch date in mid-July. However, for the review to be included on the 2021-2022 Residency Navigator on launch date, the Satisfaction Survey must have been submitted by June 4th.

Participation and Eligibility Questions

7) Who is eligible to participate in the Nomination and Satisfaction Surveys for Residency Navigator?

Satisfaction Survey Eligibility Requirements: A participant must be a Doximity member who is either (1) a current resident who has completed at least 1 year of residency OR (2) an alum who has graduated from his/her program within the last 10 years.

Important Note: If an eligible participant has already completed a Satisfaction Survey before, he or she will be ineligible to participate again.

Nomination Survey Eligibility Requirements: (1) A participant must be a Doximity member AND (2) a U.S. board-certified physician in one of the 28 specialties covered by Residency Navigator AND (3) have comprehensive residency training data on their Doximity profile.

Important Note: Eligible physicians are welcome to participate in the Nomination Survey every year.

8) What do my residents and alumni need to include on their Doximity profiles to ensure they are able to participate?

For the Nomination Survey, your alumni (current residents are not eligible to participate since they are not board certified) MUST include the following on their Doximity profiles: (1) Residency Program with years attended, located in the “Education & Training” section (2) Board Certification, located in the “Certification & Licensure” section with a currently valid certification (if applicable).

Important Note: The participant MUST include their residency program affiliation AND their valid Board Certification on their Doximity profile, otherwise Doximity will be unable to attribute the participant to their respective residency program or identify their board certification.

For the Satisfaction Survey, your residents and alumni must include the following on their Doximity profiles: Residency Program with years attended, located in the “Education & Training” section.

Important Note: The participant MUST include their residency program affiliation on their Doximity profile, otherwise Doximity will not be able to

Program Page Stats Questions

9) Where do you get the [statistic] from?

We gather the following information from the ACGME database:

  • Name of program (we display the program name exactly as it is listed on ACGME)
  • Program phone number
  • Program website URL
  • Program Director and Program Coordinator names and contact information
  • Total Filled Spots
  • Accredited Fellowship Programs
  • Where You’ll Spend Your Time

Important Note: If you would like to update or change any of the information that we derive from the ACGME, please make sure this information is corrected on the ACGME database, and have one of your program administrators submit a screenshot of the change to residency@doximity.com and we will attend to the change as soon as possible.

We derive the following residency program statistics from your population of residents and alumni user profiles on Doximity:

  • Gender Balance
  • Top Feeder Schools
  • Top Alumni Cities
  • Percentage of Alumni Who Subspecialize
  • Alumni Publication Percentile
  • Alumni Clinical Trial Percentile

More Questions?

If you have any other questions not included in the FAQ, please contact residency@doximity.com.

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