Hi! I'm a newly-licensed MD based in Southeast Asia looking to make the switch to management consulting as I've decided to pursue a non-clinical career. Longterm, I want to be able to focus more on healthcare-related projects. From my understanding, but please correct me if I'm wrong, you do not have much say on the matter at the beginning of your consulting caree? My only apprehension is I do not have any business/management background. My undergraduate degree was BS Psychology and I went straight to med school from there.
Here are my questions:
1. Given I have no business background, is it best for me to apply for an entry-level consulting position?
2. Does having an MD give me an advantage? I graduated from the top medical school in my country, but not sure if that will bear any weight.
3. Is the application/interview process the same for both college graduates and applicants with MDs/masters, etc? Asking because I've found a lot of resources online but they're mostly directed to undergraduates in their final years. Would it still be helpful for me to review these materials.
4. Would any of you know if the MBB firms in SEA follow a strict recruiting timeline like they seem to do in the US? Haven't been able to find out much about this through their websites.
5. And lastly, has anyone heard of the ADvantage internship Bain offers (targeted to JDs/MDs)?
If there are any doctors out there who made the switch to consulting, I would love to hear any input or advice! Or advice from anyone really! It's honestly quite daunting to make the career switch, especially since in my country, choosing not to practice medicine is fairly uncommon. Hearing advice from any of you would be great help!