My wife and I are interviewing different professionals (pre-natal consult) to see which one we choose as our head pediatrician.

We have a lot of options, some older (more experience, more "paternal" (ie: talking slowly, reassuring us of stuff), but perhaps not that up-to-date on modern techniques) and some younger (less experience, but fresh out of the university, more modern)

What would you prioritize?

asked 24 Sep '09, 15:56

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I'm not real clear on the need for "modern" I mean 99% of the stuff is going to be bog standard problems. And if it's exotic chances are you'll need a specialist in any event.

(28 Sep '09, 07:15) kurtseifried

Well, I'm a young person, and I know how much the world changed in the last 5-10 years, especially in the medicine field. I think it's important to be up to date

(28 Sep '09, 12:46) JJJ

We really enjoy the fact that our pediatrician has children a little older than ours AND more importantly that he is easy to talk to. I think it's important to be able to relate & communicate with your doctor so if that means a younger doctor then maybe that's the way to go. I know that with our family doctor who is older, I sometimes feel that he doesn't always understand what exactly I'm talking about the first time around.

I also enjoy that our peditrician uses his kids as examples because it's comforting to know that he has recently gone through similar situations and can "feel our pain or excitement."


answered 25 Sep '09, 08:24

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Questions I would ask when interviewing potential pediatricians are:

  • What are their after hour policies?
  • Who takes emergency calls?
  • How many doctors are in the practice? I would try to meet with as many as possible. In an emergency situation you might see a different doctor.
  • What are their views on breastfeeding, circumcision and vaccines? Do they match up with yours?
  • What is their policy on medicine? Are they more focused on preventative measures or do they use medications/antibiotics easily?
  • What hospital(s) are they affiliated with?
  • Do they encourage you to call with any question?
  • When do they take calls? Some take calls right when you call in, some have set times when they return phone calls.
  • Do they have weekend hours?

Other things to consider:

  • How clean did the waiting room look?
  • Is there a separate waiting room for wellness visits and sick visits?
  • How close is the office to your home? You might be rushing over there with a sick child.
  • How friendly were the receptionists? You will be dealing with them often more than the doctors.

answered 25 Sep '09, 18:00

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I agree with Michelle. One thing I would like to add is to make sure you find a doctor which is willing to answer your questions and not blow you off. Doctors who become perturbed when you ask a semi technical question about a treatment or advice, are very difficult to deal with. Doctors are advisors but the decisions on to how to proceed is your responsibility not theirs. You need to be able to make an informed decisions about what happens to your children. I've never met a doctor which doesn't have a person's best interest at heart, but remember their knowledge isn't absolute and they make mistakes just like everyone else.


answered 25 Sep '09, 14:08

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After our experience, I would prioritize someone who has kids of their own.


answered 24 Sep '09, 16:06

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Interesting, I'm going to start asking that :)

(24 Sep '09, 16:36) JJJ

I would say that ideally you want a doctor about your age, or at least of the same generation, and who has children that are slightly older than yours. This makes them much more likely to be current on the latest techniques and treatments.

In our case, we're having quite happy having our son seen by our family GP. He has three young children of his own and is up-to-date on all the latest developments in family medicine by virtue of being directly and personally interested for his own family's sake, as well as that of his patients. And, if something is outside his expertise, he can easily and quickly get us a referral to a pediatrician.


answered 24 Sep '09, 17:44

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I'd also want to make sure that your doctor has similiar ideas as you, ask about vaccines, parenting style. Another important thing to find out is if appointments are possible off hours, on weekends, etc.


answered 25 Sep '09, 13:24

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I would highly recommend you visit the site - up at the top you can choose 'find doctors' and sort docs by designation, male/female, proximity to your house. From there it will give you a list and they are all rated by people like us, who have seen them - its client driven. The best part are the comments people leave about them. I was just made aware of this site last week as I was looking for a new OB/GYN.

PS - I have nothing to do with the ownership/marketing/general running of that site


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