Medcruit Interviews: Docicity Medical Events
Have you ever missed a funding or prize deadline or only discovered a course or conference when all of the tickets have already sold out?
Docicity is a deadline and course listing website that allows medics to upload and review healthcare events and also alerts medics when events matching their interests are posted greatly reducing the risk of missing out and helping you to better organize your study leave and maximize your CPD and CV building.
Andrew Fischer, community manager for Docicity, explains how Docicity came to be and what the team have planned leading up to their full launch later this year.
Tell Us About Yourselves
Docicity was created by a group of surgeons in the United Kingdom, who became fed up missing out on conference and abstract deadlines and also felt frustrated attending courses with no way to provide feedback to future delegates other than by word-of-mouth. Some of our team also ran courses for doctors and found promoting events to be a real pain due to the use of outdated mailing lists and the fact that doctors constantly move hospitals, deaneries and even countries on a regular basis. Having experienced both sides of the problem the option was simple: to create a system that allowed for effective, targeted promotion of events that could be reviewed by medics and that enabled users to be notified of approaching deadlines and track important events.
Our surgeons used their own money to fund the first version of the Docicity website and launched the beta version to gain feedback and optimize the site ahead of a full launch later this year.
Who Have You Collaborated With?
Our Mission Is Simple: Make Finding The Best Medical Courses, Events and Deadlines Easy
We want to make it as easy as possible for medics to find courses that are both useful and of a high standard. We understand that many continuing professional development (CPD) courses required for career progression can book up months in advance and existing course provider websites are not always user friendly. Even worse we know all too well that some courses can be expensive and of little benefit. Docicity gives medics a powerful search tool to search medical events by location, specialty or grade or to simply browse course providers. Similar to AirBnB the search function includes a map so that you can quickly see what events are happening near by and then filter by date, specialty and more.
Docicity allows medics to rate courses that they have attended to reduce the risk of future delegates attending poor quality events and providing feedback to event providers. Medics can also add courses, events or deadlines to their favourites list if they do not want to register for the event immediately and can create alerts based on areas of interest and be notified when events are published by course providers reducing the risk of missing out on important deadlines.
What Projects Are You Working On Currently?
Since initial creation in January 2016 Docicity has grown rapidly with over 1000 members registered for the beta and over 150 courses listed.
We are committed to making the course listing and searching experience as easy as possible and please pop over and say ‘Hi’ if you see us at any of the healthcare technology events we will be attending this year.
What Is Docicity’s Unique Selling Point (USP)?
Docicity is your TripAdvisor for Healthcare events and deadlines. Not only do we encourage medics to rate events but we also encourage users to upload events that they have attended. The beauty of this feature is that medics together with course providers can make sure the courses they love get suitable recognition.
What Projects Are You Sharing With Medcruits?
We are currently looking for medics and students with some spare time to help build our course database. We are offering commission-based work that medics can do in their spare time. We are also looking for a community manager to join the Docicity team to help co-ordinate this task.