Consulting • Many physicians ask me about consulting jobs. After all, practicing medicine is consulting in a special context. For that reason, physicians can make very good consultants. The key is consulting for what purpose and with what type of consulting organization.
A good consultant is asking questions, just like a good doctor, to determine what is important, relevant and actionable. I've had some physicians even say to me, most of my patients know what is wrong with them, they just don't know how to evaluate or treat their own problems. So, much like a good diagnostician, a good consultant knows how to obtain and use available information.
A good consultant also realizes the need to be selling his/her services every day. But, again, much like a good physician who teaches patients the value of ongoing and regular visits, the good consultant is advising clients for their own well-being - offering both preventive and interventional services.
Simply from stylistic relationships, physicians and consultants have much in common. However, just like clinical practices, consulting opportunities come in a variety of sizes and shapes. If you want to be a consultant, key questions include:
There are no right or wrong answers to these questions, but they will help you paint a more complete picture of the type of consulting you'll find most enjoyable, satisfying and rewarding.And, you should read this article, Do You Need to be a Consultant?...