Getting the most out of your consultant
A survival guide
- By: Shofiq Islam, Christopher Taylor
The relationship medical students and doctors have with their seniors is important for career progression and development. There is a wide variety of personality types among consultants, and knowing which type your consultant fits into could prove useful in getting the most from your attachment. We invite you to identify your own supervising consultants within our taxonomy and use the advice we provide on how to best deal with each archetype.
The old school consultant, resplendent in white coat and neck tie, comes from a broad church of specialties and is classically marked out by their seniority and shared characteristics. While at first meeting they might seem austere, many are open and friendly with a wealth of experience to offer. These consultants completed specialist training many years ago and remain adherent to several traditional methods. Old school consultants can often be heard wistfully recalling earlier times when asked to