✔️ in weeks (not months or years)
✔️ on YOUR schedule
✔️ with skills you already have
Non-clinical income can be a key strategy to achieve financial freedom when even physicians are receiving pay cuts at best and at worst are becoming unemployed, even in the midst of a pandemic. It’s unbelievable, but financial instability can quickly become reality for many physicians, even within a matter of weeks.
Physician job stability has decreased as more groups are acquired by hospital systems and venture capital. Many physicians have seen their income stagnate or decrease while working harder every day (and night).
Faced with declining income and a loss of control, many physicians have tried to just work harder, take on more shifts, go faster. But there is simply a limit to how hard you can work.
I'll show you how to put your skills to work FOR you, in a new way. Expert witnesses typically review medical malpractice cases for lawyers to determine if the care given was above or below the standard of care.
Your skills, experience, training, and education you use every day in clinical work are what you need to be a great expert witness. With focused training, I'll help you translate your medical skills to the legal field.
"I have been retained by my first two plaintiff attorneys in the last month. I am also working as a consultant for a company that performs defense reviews. The marketing tools you outlined helped me get this far! Also I am using the tools you taught me weekly for documentation. Thank you so much, I have the confidence to grow and I am excited for the future. Another very important thing: the course paid for itself after the first case!"
This course will enable you to:
✅ Launch and build an expert witness business
✅ Understand the process of case review and deposition
✅ Rise to the challenge of putting your existing skills to work, in a new way
✅ Take immediate steps to increase your income, on your own time
"This course is an organized and systematic guide to starting and expanding into expert witness work. Gretchen does a terrific job providing the context and resources to help those at every experience level. Highly recommended."
Modules use step-by-step practical instruction to help you see your progress immediately. Templates help you get organized from the start so you are ready to grow your business from day 1.
Module 1: First (or 40th) call coaching
What expert witness work is and how you are already an expert
How to communicate effectively during a case inquiry call to facilitate being retained
How to capture contact information for follow up and networking to grow your business
Module 2: Contract, fee schedule
Why a contract is important for clear communication
Which contract components to consider
How to set your fees and increase your hourly earning rate
Module 3: CV and qualifications
How to present your qualifications as an expert
What makes an expert CV different
Which qualifications are desirable in an expert
Module 4: Case organization, time tracking, invoicing
How to organize case files for efficient file review
How to track your time for accurate billing
How to invoice and bill to make sure you get paid
Module 5: Tech tools and tips
Know which equipment you need for expert work
How software applications can keep you organized and prepared
How accounting software can save you money and ease billing
Module 6: Anatomy of a case
Understand the typical life cycle of a medical malpractice case
Know the role of a physician expert at each step in a case
Manage your time effectively throughout a case
Module 7: Deposition
How to prepare for a deposition and feel confident
What to expect during a deposition so you are not caught off guard
How can you learn from reading other depositions to make you a more informed expert
Module 8: Marketing and networking
Know if an expert listing service is right to grow your network
How I grew my network to 8,000+ lawyers
How and when I market to my network to get new cases
How I use marketing to define and expand my professional niches through blog posts and talks
BONUS Module: Building an Expert Witness Business
Why forming an LLC for your expert witness work is important for both liability and financial reasons
How an LLC can enable you to save on taxes, save for retirement, and create generational wealth
Understand the process of setting up a business
I am excited to share that when you enroll in Expert Witness Startup School you now have the ability to earn up to 12 CME credits powered by CMEfy.
I am frequently retained in cases where multiple experts are needed. It’s difficult for attorneys to find experts, and even harder for physicians to find each other. I want to change that by connecting a community of expert physicians to my 8000+ network of attorneys. After taking this course, you will have the opportunity to join my community for on-going support and potential referrals to attorneys who need experts like you.*
"I've started to absolutely love this new road I have paved for myself outside of the ER. I went to trial this week and I've never felt more confident in my life! There was something about this new way of practicing outside of my white coat. It gave me so much purpose, and feeling of accomplishment. So, Gretchen, thank you, and to all of those contemplating this business, GO FOR IT!"
You are in active clinical practice (full or part-time).
You want to earn more money within days to weeks.
You want to have more control over your working hours and the ability to work when you want.
You love learning and teaching.
You want to play an active role in building a business, with or without a formal structure.
You want to go part-time and supplement your income, or are already part-time.
You want to work from home, mostly on your own schedule.
You like new challenges.
You are retired, nearly retired, or no longer in clinical work.
You prefer to moonlight in your current clinical position.
You prefer working more nights and weekends (usually what practices offer for internal moonlighting).
You don’t like talking to people at all.
You like being a “worker bee” in your W2 job and just showing up to do the work.
You work 80 hours a week and don’t like to work from home.
You only want to work in an office or hospital.
You like the comfort of familiarity.
“Dr. Green's class was great in inspiring me to: 1) get a contract drafted, 2) learning Quickbooks versus continuing to use free software, 3) create my marketing plan, 4) setting rates, 5) feeling more confident about pursuing this path. She delivered her course in very digestible modules and made every student feel important in her Q&A sessions. I trust that she wants her students to succeed! Thank you!"
There are 8 video modules over 4 weeks plus weekly Facebook Live Q/A sessions. Homework for each week may take 2-3 hours, depending on your individual needs (i.e. if you are editing a CV or starting from scratch).
Physician experts typically charge a range of hourly rates between $500-900 plus a retainer of $2500-3500. This course will pay for itself with your first case, and your business growth can be exponential as you get repeat referrals and become known regionally and nationally. This course can be tax deductible if incurred as a business expense according to IRS guidelines.
Yes, if you choose to cancel in the first 7 days of the course, you will receive a 100% refund. However, I know from personal experience that the future income you can earn after taking this course will far outweigh the cost of the course.
Experts objectively evaluate a case and form opinions based on their training, knowledge, and expertise. An effective expert uses critical thinking and avoids bias to serve as an educational resource to lawyers, judges, and juries. This is why we will discuss taking cases for both plaintiff and defense attorneys.
You will be asked questions in ways that are unfamiliar and may make you uncomfortable, especially about your personal life and/or professional credentials. This course will help you change your fears into strengths – you will learn how to handle questions in high pressure situations and keep your cool. (Sounds a lot like what we do as doctors already, right?)
This being said, expert witness work may not be right for you if you truly have skeletons in your closet (and I’m not just referring to anatomy professors!). If you have felony convictions, lost your medical license(s), been sanctioned professionally, or other extenuating circumstances, you risk being deemed less credible on the stand and you might be better off seeking another opportunity.
Many physicians have been defendants in medical malpractice cases. Instead of viewing that experience as negative, you can use it for growth. You learned skills in your own case that can be valuable when applied to expert witness work. What would serve you best, avoiding the topic or arming yourself with knowledge and skills to meet the challenge?
I disagree. Serving as an expert witness provides expertise and knowledge where it’s needed. Physicians don’t contribute to society by sitting alone in their offices thinking about medicine – we see patients, consult with colleagues, and contribute in many ways. Expert work is no different.
I love working with attorneys who are masters of critical thinking, who love to learn, and who ask me tough questions that I work hard to answer with evidence-based medicine knowledge and research that makes me a better doctor in my clinical work.
You could view hourly expert rates of $500-900 as being too high, or you could ask yourself whether paying physicians to see patients at $100-150/hour is too low given the magnitude of our contributions to society. It’s all a matter of perspective.
If you’re already an experienced expert looking to take your business to the next level, click here for my Money & Marketing Masterclass.
Enrollment in EWSS now gives you the ability to earn up to 12 CME credits. Upon enrollment, you will receive a special link to CMEfy. After you have completed each module of the course, you can log into your CMEfy account and reflect on the course to earn up to 12 CME credits.
"Thank you, Gretchen, for this phenomenal education. I am confident and have an established game plan to move forward."
I've been a diagnostic radiologist specializing in breast imaging since 2006. I got started in expert witness work after receiving a call from an attorney out of the blue in 2015 and have served as an expert witness in diagnostic radiology for over 150 cases for both plaintiff and defense attorneys.
I also know firsthand what it’s like to be sued, so I’ve seen medical malpractice from both sides. I know what it’s like to help patients in the high-stress field of breast imaging AND to be a clinical leader in making medicine better for patients and physicians.
I have taught hundreds of physicians how to launch and build expert witness businesses to diversify their income and put their clinical skills to work in a new way. Now, I’m bringing my medicolegal know-how to help radiologists improve communication for better breast care.
Expert witness work helped me transition to part-time clinical work in 2016 and have more time with family and for myself. It enabled me to have the financial freedom to design my best life. Understanding the legal process also makes me a more informed breast radiologist.