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    My residency unfortunately limits the amount of moonlighting I'm allowed to do, but I would love the opportunity to make some extra money through other avenues. I've heard there are several companies that will compensate physician's for online surveys. Does anybody have any experience with these and can make recommendations? Are these available to residents as I'm PGY-2 derm currently.

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    I know that www.sermo.com makes surveys available. You have to register and they will verify that you are a clinician. You can then see if you qualify to participate in them.

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    • #3
      They're available to residents but I find

      1) they don't pay much ($5 - $25)

      2) they often don't make good on the promise to send a check

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        I disagree with Darren.  I made several thousand dollars during residency/fellowship doing surveys and still do them occasionally.  The going rate for them is $2-3/minute of survey time.  The best sites are Sermo, M3 Global Research, Curizon and Medsurvey.  I don't know about other fields, but there are more oncology surveys than you can shake a stick at.  The difficult part is qualifying for the surveys (each one starts with very similar qualifying questions), and I can tell you what the "right" answers are for these if you can't figure them out.  Oh, and you might have to fib just a bit on the volume of patients that you see and the fact that you're still in residency...

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          I disagree with Darren.  I made several thousand dollars during residency/fellowship doing surveys and still do them occasionally.  The going rate for them is $2-3/minute of survey time.  The best sites are Sermo, M3 Global Research, Curizon and Medsurvey.  I don’t know about other fields, but there are more oncology surveys than you can shake a stick at.  The difficult part is qualifying for the surveys (each one starts with very similar qualifying questions), and I can tell you what the “right” answers are for these if you can’t figure them out.  Oh, and you might have to fib just a bit on the volume of patients that you see and the fact that you’re still in residency…
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          Matt, I would love to do this. I am a radiologist. Do you need to tell me the "right" answers?

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          • #6
            Most of them are obvious.  They want you to be in private practice, board certified, >5 years out of training, not having done any recent surveys, not be on the P&T committee/state employee, etc.  The toughest part is figuring out how many patients with whatever condition the study is about they want you to have.  They're also going to ask you to fill out a profile, I'd recommend making your interests quite broad.

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            • #7
              Many of theses survey opportunities have screening questions designed to screen out residents eg how many years have you been in practice after residency and fellowship?  I've started many such surveys and then been deemed ineligible

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              • #8
                Actually, I have a guest post coming out on WCI in late February/early March on this very subject.  I would not recommend lying about your qualifications just to make a 100 bucks....Not that you would, but just think if you had to answer to your specialty boards for lying about your board certification...that being said, the absolute best site is Olson research group.  M3, sermo, medscape, opinionsite, brand institute, curizon, allglobal, and health advisory panel are other good ones.  Remember, keep track of your earnings, as it all should be reported as income, even if you don't get a 1099-misc from each company (if you make less than $600, you won't get one).  I also shoot for $3 per minute, any less than that is not really worth it.  I only made about $4300 last year doing this, but it was only, on average, an extra 3 hours of work each month...here and there during commercial breaks

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                • #9
                  Mark, I wouldn't worry about the boards giving a darn about this.  At the end of the day, these surveys are really thinly veiled advertisements/direct to physician payments.  The sites that run them get paid for filling them, and the actual data that is passed on to the survey company is anonymous.  You can choose whether you are morally/ethically ok with it.

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                  • #10
                    Wow, I'm not making anything in the ballpark of Mark, but I made $400 (or nearly 4 bottles of Balvenie 15 yr sherry cask) last year with e-rewards medical and my impact network.  As noted above, it is irritating to answer a bunch of questions and then get excluded/screened out, but...the only thing better than free money is easy free money!  I also disagree that they don't send a check...you just need to be sure it gets separated from all the junk mail in your office.

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                    • #11
                      Just signed up for basically all the sites listed on here. About how long before I start to receive invitations for surveys?

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                      • #12
                        about 3-4 months before you are getting them regularly.

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                          Make sure to fill out your profiles.  The more "Interests" you have the better...

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                            the absolute best site is Olson research group.  M3, sermo, medscape, opinionsite, brand institute, curizon, allglobal, and health advisory panel are other good ones
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                            The best sites are Sermo, M3 Global Research, Curizon and Medsurvey.
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                            Are these still the best survey sites to sign up for? Any you'd take off the list or add? Also, do any of these add you to the Sunshine Act database?

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