In collaboration with U.S. News and Best Hospitals contractor RTI International, the physician network Doximity today began surveying its qualifying members to generate data for the U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings. The survey will remain open until February 10.
Doximity data power the Doctor Finder search tool on the U.S. News site, which features a profile of nearly every active physician in the country–more than 761,000 doctors.
Separately, U.S. News and RTI have begun their annual survey of 3,200 physicians; this year, that survey is limited to physicians who are not currently members of Doximity. Responses to both surveys will be statistically adjusted to ensure that the opinions of Doximity members are not overrepresented in the rankings. The annual rankings will next be updated in July.
Physicians who have not received a survey and wish to participate may join Doximity's free network during the survey period. They will be invited to participate if they meet U.S. News eligibility criteria. Whether a member of Doximity or not, a physician must be board-certified in one or more of a specific group of medical specialties relevant to the 16 ranked Best Hospitals specialties. Approximately 50,000 Doximity members currently meet the criteria.
In a separate U.S. News survey that Doximity also deployed today, roughly 18,000 general internists, who are not eligible for the Best Hospitals survey, will be invited to nominate internal medicine residency programs that they feel provide some of the best clinical training in the nation. Results will appear on usnews.com next month. These nominations will not be factored into the hospital rankings.
The U.S. News-Doximity alliance enables physicians who are Doximity members to update their profile on both sites at once.
Hospital administrators cannot edit a doctor's profile, but they can update certain data points such as doctors' hospital affiliations by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org in order to gain access to an online administrative tool (see image below). Administrators who take an active role in managing their hospital's list of affiliated physicians can help ensure that usnews.com accurately showcases their institution's breadth of medical expertise. A hospital's use of this free service–or decision not to use it–will have no effect on its performance in the U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings.