The Stanford University Medical Center Alumni Association (SUMCAA) is partnering with Doximity, a social networking service for physicians and health-care professionals, to test a new application for iPhone and Android devices.
The app, which the parties say is the first of its kind for any U.S. medical school, is built on Doximity's network of over 50,000 physicians. Using the app, alumni can quickly access a searchable directory of published articles, lectures, clinical trials and curriculum vitae, and converse in an alumni-only forum.
The app is being made available starting today to a limited population of medical school alumni. To request access to the test group, please e-mail Doximity's Taylor Carrol. All SUMCAA members will be able to download the app for free at the end of the month.
Stanford medical student Matt Goldstein, PhD, who is a research fellow with Doximity, commented on the app's potential to foster collaboration, saying, "Research has shown better communication leads to better care. But like many of my classmates, I've had to stop using Facebook. It will be interesting to see what impact this app has on sharing clinical expertise and improving patient care."
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