Do you miss the days when you had time to go to the doctor’s lounge? As technology has progressed, so has socializing. Doctors now have a new form of socializing: apps. The most popular social networking apps for doctors are SERMO and Doximity. Though both apps are good, and many doctors use both, they offer different user experiences. SERMO focuses almost exclusively on physicians and has applicants go through a three-step verification process. Doximity is more open to other health professionals as well as doctors, namely nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and pharmacists. To help you choose which app to use, we have laid out the similarities and differences of SERMO vs. Doximity.
How to Apply: SERMO vs. Doximity
To apply to SERMO, you must verify that you are in the health field. The app claims that members must go through a three-stage credential check. The check only takes about one minute and is “highly secure and accurate,” according to their website. Once members register, they can choose whether or not they would like to be anonymous on the app. Almost 90% of physicians who use SERMO choose to be anonymous.
Getting verified on Doximity is a little different. Instead of filling out a form, per se, you will email Doximity from your medical email address and upload and fax a photo of your medical license or ID. Once you submit your information, your status will be updated within a few days. Though general health professionals are encouraged to apply, administrators and IT professionals cannot be verified. Unlike on SERMO, you cannot choose to be anonymous on Doximity. Doximity also suggests that users refrain from providing personal phone numbers or addresses. Non-members do have the ability to view your profile, but there are still filters to monitor those who have access to it.
Using SERMO vs. Using Doximity
Because SERMO is anonymous, doctors mainly use the app for advice and answers. Users post challenging patient cases and other medical questions. This feature is called “medical crowdsourcing.” It is also available to users in other countries, so you can seek medical advice from physicians around the world. You can also create polls to get advice about what route you should take, or connect and message users from around the world. Users value the anonymity of the app because it allows them to speak honestly about their experiences. SERMO boasts a sense of camaraderie and support.
Doximity is committed to helping users with administrative tasks. Users receive an efax number in which they can fax colleagues electronically through the app or website. Doximity also allows users to call patients through the app using their cell phones. However, you get to choose what phone number is displayed to your patient. Users can also use Doximity as a career resource. You can privately browse job opportunities. Your profile on Doximity automatically syncs with your US News Doctor Finder Profile. Doximity also allows users to earn continuing medical education credit. Like SERMO users, Doximity users have the ability to message and contact fellow users and gain advice from them.
Overview: SERMO vs. Doximity
Doctors around the world use and trust SERMO and Doximity. The biggest difference between them is that SERMO is anonymous and Doximity is not. SERMO is not HIPAA compliant and Doximity is. Doctors can use either app, or even both, to expand their network by creating new connections with other providers. It is important that you do not isolate yourself as a healthcare professional. If you are looking to make more connections outside of these apps, be sure to browse our list of locum tenens positions today! You may find your dream job and meet people you never thought you would.