Doximity’s Residency Navigator is a tool built to help medical students make informed residency decisions and to increase transparency in the residency match process.
Residency Navigator is comprised of three major parts - (1) current resident and recent alumni satisfaction data, (2) reputation data, and (3) objective data. Satisfaction data is derived from satisfaction survey responses from each residency’s current residents and recent graduates. As of June 2017, there were over 36,000 unique respondents to the satisfaction survey. Reputation data is derived from nomination survey responses, which is limited to board-certified physicians in that specialty and is alumni-weighted. As of June 2017, there were over 53,000 U.S. board-certified physician respondents to the nomination survey. Objective data is compiled from a variety of public sources as well as our proprietary Doximity database, which covers all U.S. physicians, regardless of that physician’s Doximity membership status.
The Residency Navigator user experience begins with a personalized search. Access to the public is limited in scope, whereas medical student and physician members of Doximity can customize extensive search parameters such as geography, training environment, program size and fellowship/subspecialization rates (for more information, see search page data and program page data below). From the search page, members select search parameters to generate a personalized list of programs that best suit their preferences and career goals, or browse a national map of programs in their specialty of interest. Each searcher can then explore detailed, program-level information by accessing individual residency program pages, including a new “people like you” section that highlights notable alumni such as those who graduated from the searcher’s own medical school and attended that residency program. Medical student users can also bookmark programs to their own favorites list to add private, personalized notes about each program as they go through the application interview process.
The following document provides a detailed overview of the definition, source and data methodology used in the Residency Navigator.
Doximity is the largest online professional network for U.S. physicians. Its comprehensive physician database includes every United States physician as identified by National Provider Identifier (NPI) number. Physician information is compiled from hundreds of sources including the United States Department of Health and Human Services NPI Registry, state medical boards, and specialty boards (e.g., American Board of Medical Specialties, American Board of Surgery). Doximity’s proprietary database is additionally bolstered by more than 600,000 registered and identity-verified physician members who review and update their profiles to provide an additional set of primary data.
All verified physician members who are current residents or recent residency graduates and meet eligibility criteria may review their residency program experience in the Resident Satisfaction Survey from May 15, 2017 until Fall 2017.
Responses to the 2017 satisfaction survey are pooled with those from 2015 and 2016 before being displayed on the program pages. Responses are anonymized before publication. In the event that a physician has submitted more than one satisfaction survey, only the most recent submission is displayed.
A screenshot of the Satisfaction Survey instrument is below:
The 2017 nomination survey for clinical reputation spanned 24 specialties and was conducted from May 15 to June 15, 2017.
Design for the nomination survey was modeled, with permission, on the annual physician survey that is a component of U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals rankings. U.S. News editors also provided informal input into the design of the survey.
Eligible physicians who were Doximity members were prompted to submit nominations when they signed in to the Doximity website or via email. Eligible physicians who were not Doximity members were also able to share their nominations by registering and verifying with Doximity before the end of the survey period.
Eligibility to participate in the survey was determined by a physician’s board certification (see table below):
|Anatomic & Clinical||American Board of Pathology||Anatomic & Clinical Pathology|
|Anesthesiology||American Board of Anesthesiology||Anesthesiology|
|Child Neurology||American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology||Child Neurology|
|Dermatology||American Board of Dermatology||Dermatology|
|Emergency Medicine||American Board of Emergency Medicine||Emergency Medicine|
|Family Medicine||American Board of Family Medicine||Family Medicine|
|Integrated Interventional Radiology||American Board of Radiology||Interventional Radiology|
|Internal Medicine||American Board of Internal Medicine||Internal Medicine|
|Medicine/Pediatrics||American Board of Internal Medicine and American Board of Pediatrics||Medicine/|
|Neurological Surgery||American Board of Neurological Surgery||Neurological Surgery|
|Neurology||American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology||Neurology|
|Nuclear Medicine||American Board of Nuclear Medicine||Nuclear Medicine|
|Obstetrics & Gynecology||American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology||Obstetrics & Gynecology|
|Ophthalmology||American Board of Ophthalmology||Ophthalmology|
|Orthopaedic Surgery||American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery||Orthopaedic Surgery|
|Otolaryngology||American Board of Otolaryngology||Otolaryngology|
|Pediatrics||American Board of Pediatrics||Pediatrics|
|Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation||American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation||Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation|
|Plastic Surgery||American Board of Plastic Surgery||Plastic Surgery|
|Psychiatry||American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology||Psychiatry|
|Radiation Oncology||American Board of Radiology||Radiation Oncology|
|Surgery||American Board of Surgery||Surgery|
|Urology||American Board of Urology||Urology|
Each physician could nominate up to 5 residency programs using a survey instrument similar to the one below:
Over 53,000 verified, board-certified physicians participated in the nomination process. The results of the 2017 nomination survey were pooled with those of the 2015 and 2016 surveys such that only the most recent (2017) responses were counted for physicians that completed the survey more than once.
To account for “self-votes”, raw votes were divided into alumni-votes and non-alumni votes. Alumni votes were weighted according to the percent of the eligible physician population that a particular program accounts for within that specialty (number of alumni divided by total eligible within the specialty).
Profile data of all U.S. physicians, regardless of membership with Doximity, were used to calculate research output score for each residency program’s recent alumni base. This score was calculated from a combination of the collective h-index of publications authored by alumni graduating within the past 15 years, as well as research grants awarded. Each program’s alumni research output was then compared to all other programs within the same specialty to create a percentile score. Research Output may be refreshed periodically to account for new alumni publication and clinical trial data. These updates may affect the Research Output sort order.
An example program page is below. These complete pages are available to signed-in members only.
The following section provides further explanation of the main data listed on the program page not explained on the page itself. Unless otherwise specified, objective data derived from the Doximity database covers all physicians, regardless of Doximity membership status. Program pages may be refreshed throughout the year to account for updated data such as new alumni publications, fellowships, board certifications and practice settings. This may affect the Research Output, Percent Subspecialize and Percent Board Certified rates as well as their respective sort orders.
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Updated June 2017