Yesterday, my 7-year-old son asked me about something I keep next to the front door of our house - The Hippocratic Oath. This got me thinking...
Both the classical and modern versions highlight the importance of teaching and education. This is also included in the UK General Medical Council's "Good Medical Practice".
After all, 'doctor' comes from the Latin word 'docere', meaning 'to teach'.
We know the importance of health literacy and how it can help improve population health, improve patient outcomes, and reduce healthcare costs. Yet how engaging, empowering, and entertaining is the type of health communication we see today?
We also know that the traditional education and training system is failing us as doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals. We are not being taught the skills we need to thrive in a sector that is overwhelmed by workforce burnout, long hours, and a general sense of feeling undervalued.
This short piece is not here to dwell on the problems. For the few of us who see the value of applying innovation and entrepreneurship to improving workforce wellbeing and population health, we have an opportunity and responsibility to design a future where we no longer have to accept the status quo.
With the growing movement of health professionals learning about the world of digital health, health technology, and lifestyle medicine, many are exploring launching or joining a start-up. But did you know that you may not need to chase investors and developers to create some new innovative tech to make an impact? You have 'intellectual property' that you could turn into your own business.
Here are some of the benefits of teaching and education as a form of entrepreneurship:
1. You Can Help People
There are many people who need help in your area of expertise, and by teaching them, you can make a difference in their lives. Additionally, by helping others, you will also be helping yourself. When you help and serve others, you may feel a benefit in your own mental health and wellbeing.
2. You Can Make Money
If you charge for your services, you can earn a significant income from teaching your skills to others. Additionally, if you create products or services related to your area of expertise, you can also earn money from these sales. Teaching your expertise can therefore be a very lucrative business.
3. You Can Increase Your Exposure
By teaching others, you will be more likely to meet new people and make new contacts. Additionally, when you increase your exposure, you also increase the chances that others will learn about your products or services. As a result, teaching your expertise can be a great way to promote your business or brand. Education is perhaps the best form of authentic marketing in a world of false information.
4. You Can Help Yourself Grow
When you share your knowledge with others, you are forced to think about what you know and how to best communicate it to others. This process can help you to better understand your own skills and knowledge and can lead to personal growth.
5. You Can Give Back
When you teach, you are giving people you care about something that they can use to improve their lives. This act of giving can be very fulfilling.
I'll leave you with a few more lines from the modern Hippocratic Oath:
Dr Behrooz Behbod is a Harvard, Oxford, US CDC, and UK NHS trained public health physician with 25+ years of international experience across health, business, and education. As The Entrepreneur’s Doctor, Behrooz helps fellow Health Experts build and grow their online business so they can scale their impact, work less, and enjoy the freedom of doing what they love. After decades in the health service, his own burnout taught him that if we want better population health or better healthcare, we need to start with Patient Zero… fellow Health Professionals. The Entrepreneur’s Doctor is on a mission to create a healthier, happier world, by helping one fellow Health Professional at a time.
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