In the moment:

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January 6, 2017

Being an expert is not “being” at all. It is trying to become something you know in advance, you will never actually be.

I have many times discussed this with colleagues, associates, aspiring associates and students in the healthcare market, and to this day I keep on bumping into these self-professed experts.

What further confuses things is that our customers, our patients, actively¬†want us to be “experts”. It helps them confirm their life choices as positive and constructive, especially in the alternative and complementary sector, but really in all professions and walks of life.

Of course there is a component of truth, but really it can more aptly be encapsulated into “experience” and “attention to detail” more than any self-professed expertise ever should.

Why shouldn’t it? I think it’s largely a stylistic issue. I think that if our patients want to label us as such, then we should actively dissuade them from it because,… to put it in a very British way; it’s unbecoming.

Because it goes against a Hippocratic oath principle. “Qui Docet Discit” aka “they who teach learn”. Doctor comes from the Latin word for teacher, but being a good teacher is also being a perennial student. And self-professing or allowing others to profess an “expertise status” goes bang-slap against that humility, that decorum becoming of the persons who took that oath.

Pedantic, I know, but it’s not without good cause. Sure, be “experienced” a certain field but beware of trying to be an “expert”.

I hope you have a great weekend,

Stefaan

 

 

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