Medical surveys are an easy way to make a few bucks at a good hourly rate (well, maybe at least for a resident), and there are multiple sites offering surveys to physicians. The caveat is that, of course, most survey sponsors are typically looking for board-certified physicians with multiple years of experience, particularly in sub-specialties. The less experience you have, the more you need to be prepared to get screened out of what seem like promising survey opportunities.
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Curizon has been in the business a long time, but they just completely revamped their website and platform. It’s a trusted site for well-paying healthcare surveys for physicians as well as other healthcare professionals. Five new sign-ups per month will win $100.
All Global Circle has the most generous sign-up bonus around. You can earn up to $50 just for signing up and validating your physician profile.
ZoomRx is also excellent and has a nice app and better/shorter-than-average surveys. No sign-up bonus for you, but there is a referral one for me if you’d like to support the site!
One of my very favorites is InCrowd, which has a slick mobile-friendly site and will send you survey opportunities by email or text message. These are always of the very short and painless variety (the fastest of all in my experience), so the payouts are small, but it’s good money for the time and basically effortless. You do have to respond quickly before surveys fill up, but you even get a buck when you get screened out. Being referred (like signing up through that link) will earn you a $10 bonus after you answer your first two microsurveys.
M3 Global Research is one of the biggest survey companies, and they’re super active. They’re currently offering $10 for signing up through the end of June (with additional $20 bonuses for attempting six surveys or referring a friend from a target specialty).
One of the biggest sites is Sermo, which is a physician-only “online community.” Once you maintain a balance of $100 in honoraria, you get preferentially invited to more surveys. It can be hard to get your honoraria balance up to the bonus level, especially if you aren’t in a high-demand field like oncology or cardiology. A lot of the well-paying surveys are very arduous, and community components are terrible as you’d expect. They stopped paying welcome bonuses several years ago.
At the resident level, one of my old favorites has been Brand Institute, which almost exclusively sends out short surveys about potential drug brand names. Payouts are always on the smaller side ($15), but each one is quick (about $1 per minute or more) and screen-outs are rare. So if you get invited to a survey, then you can generally complete it and get the honoraria. No BS. The main style/format is nearly always the same, so you pick up speed as you do more of them. And that honoraria size is also significantly larger than what one can generally pull as a non-physician (e.g. SurveySavvy, the biggest most popular survey site around, usually pays a measly $2 per survey). The website, however, is clunky and terrible. You’ve been warned.
Additional legitimate additional survey sites, many of which are significantly less active, are below:
- Reckner Healthcare
- MDforLives is a newer company that I cannot recommend at this time.
- Olson Research Group
- CurbsideMe (now defunct)
- Epocrates Honors
- Advanced Medical Reviews
- Physicians Round Table
- Truth on Call (text-message based surveys; not sure this is meaningfully active anymore)
- Medical Advisory Board
- Healthcare Advisory Bureau
- Physicians Advisory Council
- Health Strategies Group
- InspiredOpinions (Schlesinger Associates)
- Encuity Research
- e-Rewards Medical
- Physicians Interactive
Hey Ben, could I have a referral for Sermo?
Thank you for publishing this information. Great Article. By Gregg L. Friedman MD
Can you send me a referral for Sermo?!
Done. It appears from my end that at least the referral bonus is gone. I don’t know if the referee bonus is also gone; I reached out to Sermo but let me know if you have a chance.
Aaaaand, Sermo says they have “temporarily” stopped referral bonuses entirely.
I am from India and I graduated medical school and my qualification is MBBS. I am preparing for entrance exam for specialisation . I joined Brand institute already. Can you suggest some other survey sites that will be suitable for me since I am preparing for residency exam and I don’t work so I m technically not a clinician . Also in the medical field option I just put General practioner although my experience with practising is only internship . I was confused …Can you guide me so I can make alterations also pls some suggestions for survey sites will be helpful .
I don’t know which sites take international doctors in general or India specifically. The best way to find out would be to visit them individually and look. Qualification requirements are usually pretty clear.
You can use g-med.com which is physicians only global community.
Thank you for this info. In the current day of 4/19, which websites do you feel are still active and what would be your top ones now in terms of payout to time for an MD?
The list is still up to date and I wouldn’t change it at the moment. I would sign up for all ones described in paragraphs before the bullet list. All of these companies have unpredictable offerings for given specialties, so if you want to maximize your chances you have to join a few.
Other sights include LEK, RHONE, Deerfield, Charter Oaks, Focus point, J. Reckner Associates, group dynamics. The best paying and most reliable surveys are from Schlesinger, alpha detail, opinionsite, and olson research. In person focus groups pay the most over $500/hour and they are: Focus point, Schlesinger Associates and J. Reckner Associates. Group dynamics hasn’t called in years, might have been swallowed up by any of the above.
Thanks for this great list. I never knew about these surveys until a month ago when I signed up for M3. So far, I’ve been screened out of every single study. Looking forward to trying out the ones on the list. Can I get a Sermo referral as well?
Alas Sermo doesn’t do referral bonuses anymore, so you can just sign up.