What are they?
Online clinician communities are online networks that allow health care professionals to connect with each other, digest and debate the latest clinical evidence, and stay up-to-date on the evolving clinical landscape. There are two categories of online clinician communities:
- Open communities: Do not require physicians to verify their credentials prior to engaging in medical discussions; accessible to the general public. Examples include: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Clubhouse.
- Closed communities: Exclusive groups that require physicians to verify their credentials prior to engaging in medical discussions. Examples include: Doximity, Sermo, Figure 1, Medscape Consult, C-SATS.
Many online clinician communities have extensive user bases that span physician types, specialties, geographies, and tenure. For example, over 800,000 verified doctors across 150+ countries are members of Sermo. Nearly all types of health care professionals (HCPs) - including physicians, specialists, surgeons, primary care physicians, medical students, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and more, are members of Doximity.
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|Check out Advisory Board’s Online Clinician Community Watchlist for an in-depth analysis.|