9 Doctor Social Networking Sites Every Physician Should Know About
[Update: This post was updated 12/22/2016 to include DailyRounds and Incision Academy]
You’re probably already on the major social networks Facebook, LinkedIn, maybe even Twitter. But if you’re not on physician-oriented social networking sites, you’re missing out.
Doctor social networking sites offer connection, crowd-sourcing, education, and even some fun.
Here are the 9 (plus a few more) social networking sites you need to be on, in order of importance. Plus I added a few niche sites for fun.
General connection sites
These are the real must-haves. These sites boast an impressive number of physician users, and offer doctors more than enough utility to justify signing up and playing around.
Target demographic: “Verified and credentialized” physicians worldwide, including physicians from the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Italy, Argentina, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, New Zealand, France, Finland, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Peru, and Israel. More countries coming soon.
Sermo is the biggest, most successful social network for doctors. It’s geared toward connecting doctors who don’t know each other so you can collaborate. They call it a “virtual doctors lounge.”
The goal is medical crowd-sourcing, like a Quora for doctors. You can ask real-life medical questions and get real-life answers from hundreds of your peers. One way that Sermo is better than Quora is that it’s physician-only, and you can ask questions anonymously.
Target demographic: U.S. healthcare professionals
Doximity is a newer kid on the block. The website is better designed than Sermo and it’s almost as popular. Functionally, it’s like Facebook and LinkedIn had a baby and it grew up to be a doctor.
Doximity is aimed at connecting you to doctors you already know — colleagues, classmates, and co-residents. The company claims on their website that 60% of U.S. physicians are on Doximity, and quotes Fortune saying they have more member physicians than the American Medical Association. Of course the “Find your profile” call-to-action on the site indicates that some of those physicians have profiles despite not signing up yet.
The LinkedIn functionality comes from data on compensation trends in your specialty and geographic area, a job board, and tools to earn and track your CME credits. It facilitates earning Category 1 credits by reading medical journals, and offers free faxing from your mobile phone.
TechCrunch calls DailyRounds “a service for doctors that combines elements of a social network and a medical journal.” In September venture capital firm Accel handed an undisclosed sum to the service, with help from Beenos, Powerhouse Ventures, and Aksua Holdings.
Two years ago Dr Deepu Sebin was inspired by the way developers used Stack Overflow to teach their peers across different organizations by detailing how they accomplished their goals. Doctors can use DailyRounds to exchange wisdom, upload and view medical case files, and access a drug database. You can also chitchat and network on the desktop or through iOS and Android apps.
Target demographic: US physicians
Less a social network, and more a learning and collaboration platform, QuantiaMD is like a Lynda.com for doctors. It helps physicians stay ahead by interacting with and learning from experts and peers, on computers, tablets and phones.
Specific utility sites
These are the sites you should join if you need the specific utility they offer.
Target demographic: Healthcare professionals and students in more than 100 countries
Need feedback from other doctors on what you’re seeing? With Figure1, you can share images of patient ailments to get other physicians’ opinions, and access others’ images to educate yourself on rare illnesses.
Scrolling through the images can help you recognize rare conditions in your patients. And if you live in an isolated locale, Figure1 can be a great source of connection to other physicians.
Figure1 protects patient privacy by removing identifying information from the images such as faces and tattoos automatically, as well as having humans review every image before it appears on the app.
6. Incision Academy
Incision Academy, as you might have guessed from the name, is much more of a MOOC platform than a social network. It’s like Khan Academy, but for learning how to cut people up (and sew them up) right. The social part of it is that its goal is to help surgeons share their techniques with other surgeons across the world. The promotional video describes Incision Academy as “the next step towards a universal surgical language.” And it’s first, and “core” value is sharing. “Sharing surgical skills will improve the quality of surgical care,” the video explains.
7. Digital Healthcare: Social Media and Online Tools
This Google Plus Community connects healthcare professionals, patients, and other stakeholders.
8. Healthcare Medical Software Information
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