In August in Physician Health Thyself (I) I wrote that 10 percent of physicians have signed up as consultants to the investment industry. The biggest matchmaker is a firm called Gerson Lehrman. There’s nothing wrong with this except that some investors are seeking proprietary data and some doctors are providing it.
Today I received an email from Gerson Lehrman asking me to apply to be a consultant for them. And sure enough, as they claimed when they came under fire, there is an extensive discussion in the signup process about not violating any confidentiality agreements and not talking about clinical trials you’re participating in.
I specified my qualification and hourly rate and am now waiting for the phone to ring.November 18, 2005