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Decent Work/Life Balance Found in Ortho Residencies

Doximity’s 2015-2016 Residency Navigator is designed to help medical students make informed choices about residency programs by analyzing more than 94,000 ratings and hand-written reviews from Doximity members who are currently in or recently graduated from US residency programs. From that data, Doximity’s VP of Product Management Shari Buck turned up two interesting findings about orthopaedists in training:

–Among the specialties with the highest ratings for work hours (tolerability of shift and call schedules) and schedule flexibility (real-life accommodations for events such as weddings and pregnancy), orthopaedic surgery came in fourth, behind physiatry, dermatology, and radiation oncology—and just ahead of emergency medicine.

–On the other hand, female residents in general appear to be less satisfied than their male counterparts, and the gender gap is especially pronounced in historically male-dominated specialties like orthopaedic surgery (83.7 percent satisfaction among women versus 95.9 percent for men; p<0.05).

Trends in Social Media Usage among Orthopaedists

In a study by JBJS conducted with orthopaedic surgeons in December 2013, 19% report using Facebook for professional purposes, and 39% report using LinkedIn. Only 8% report using Twitter regularly for professional purposes, and there is no consensus on a single, dominant Twitter feed being followed.

When asked how social media will affect orthopaedic care, surgeons responded with a mixed bag of concerns regarding privacy issues, credibility, and direct-to-consumer marketing. However, 21% predicted that social media will have a positive impact on orthopaedic care, primarily for the patient. As one orthopaedic surgeon put it, “[social media] will be the place patients go for reviews of physicians, or to share info.”

According to Howard J. Luks, MD, it is important to have an online presence to help patients learn more about your practice, your qualifications, and find relevant videos. Beyond mainstream sites like LinkedIn, his recommendations for increasing your online presence include sites such as Doximity, HealthGrades, Vitals, ZocDoc, Yelp, and Google Places for Business.

For more detail on the JBJS technology usage study, watch for information about our upcoming webinar.