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Like many medical students, I spent my clinical years at Stanford in pursuit of two parallel passions- the first, to help patients, and the second, to obtain as much free food as possible from the hospital. It was this second goal that ultimately led me to a consulting recruiting event. In search of a piece of pizza, I was intrigued by their depiction of a life in consulting. Two years later, I am working as an associate, focusing mainly on healthcare related studies. While many of the skills necessary to navigate the wards of an academic teaching hospital have been useful in consulting, I've found several of the norms at a consulting firm to be distinct. During my summer internship, I was immediately struck by the non-hierarchical nature of consulting. From its inception, medicine has ...