Most people don't check on the level of competence of their doctor. Instead they typically see someone through a referral or recommendation from a friend, colleague, or often from another doctor who is suggesting a specialist referral. Or they are frequently given a list of "accredited providers" by an insurer. Sometimes they go on the internet and Doctor Information do some investigations - after all most doctors now have websites or at least have some information available about them on the web, but how much? And is it the right information that really lets you judge their competence, qualifications and experience? There are ten types of questions you should ask.
No doctor should be offended by any of these questions, and they should all be able to respond easily, although you won't tend to find all the answers to most of these on many medical websites. Talk to your doctor about these questions, or find the answers from his or her administrative staff before you make an appointment. Remember to be friendly, businesslike, and don't take "no" for an answer. You are paying for the consultation. As the patient you are the customer. It is good to think of yourself as a customer in this situation, and make sure you check out the product, the doctor and their treatment, you are thinking of buying properly.
You must be satisfied with both the consultation and the consultant. These rules apply equally for any type of health professional, whether you are seeing them face to face, or electronically on the internet or by telemedicine.