(Closed) How Do You Go About Interviewing a Pediatrician?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@PrncssDva:  I picked mine out last month, I was about 24-26 weeks.  I had to pick a physician that works with the hospital where I will deliver as he/she will see LO there before we go home. So from there, I narrowed it down to what was closest to home.  I then called to see if they offered a “pre-natal” consultation where basically they went over their policies, staff, physicians, tour, etc.  They did and It was about an hour. Very informative.  But here are some of the things I asked/considered when choosing

1.  Separate sick/well waiting areas. Mine has a separate area for newborns as well

2. Sick visits: Can I be seen same day?

3. Do you have evening/weekend hours?

4. When I need to call after hours, who answers the phone?  Is it an answering service vs. actual Nurse or physician. What time do your “after hours’ emergency phone calls start?

5. How far in advance do I need to schedule an appointment?


If you search withing weddingbee too, there are some great threads that I got a lot of questions from as well. But honestly, they answered a lot of them before I even had the chance to ask.



Post # 4
946 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I agree with PP but also about finding one you click with and trust

Post # 5
192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We picked ours when I was about 6 months. Our hospital is firm that you must have one before you deliver. If you don’t they will randombly assign you one from the docs that practice there so that you have a doc to visit your LO in the hospital after you deliver, so we picked ours before it got too far along 🙂

If you have strong feelings about things like vaccinations and use of medications/antibiotics this is the time to ask what their philosophy is and make sure you are on the same page. The pediatrician we ended up going with told us straight up in our interview that if we were anti-vaccination we should not choose him. If we were anti vacc that would be an important thing to know!

If you have friends with kids of any age ask them about their pediatrician. We ended up going with one who two of our friends see and it was nice to know they’ve had their kids going there for years and always gotten in the same  day when needed.

Think about whether you want a large multi-doctor practice (might be easy to get an immediate appointment) or a smaller 1-3 doctor practice (the doctor will probably remember your child’s name and history vs. relying more on the chart).

Post # 6
5107 posts
Bee Keeper

I work in pediatrics and we have only ever had one parent interview one of our docs. And the doc thought it was odd…lol. Just thought I would share that little tidbit =) We also serve mainly Medi-Cal patients (like Medicaid) and we are like the only office that does, so that may be why. But definitely don’t think there is anything wrong with it!! =) GL

Post # 7
2815 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I looked online for a list of questions and made modifications from there about the things I was most curious about.  I had a hard time finding a practice that actually allowed us to meet with the doctors.  If they didn’t allow “meet and greets”, I scratched them from my list.  When we went to interview the doctor, he ended up answering all the questions on my list, plus some, without me even asking.

Post # 10
494 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I looked at Yelp reviews of the two practices we were recommended. I spoke with a couple of friends who also use the practice we chose. The nurse we spoke with suggested our pediatrician as she’s his dedicated one. We met with him and liked him. We’ve seen one other doctor in the practice when our baby got his first cold. We like her as well.

Post # 11
569 posts
Busy bee

My baby’s pediatrician will be my old pediatrician! I wanted her for myself though. Oh well, my baby is in good hands. =]

Post # 12
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@ChuckNorris:  I have also never heard of anyone I know interviewing a doctor except on here.  Sounds like a good idea but I don’t know how many are open to this…

Post # 14
272 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I agree with others.  If I can add, ask for their profile for the parents/patients to read. Where I live (LA, CA), many doctors have this to give some background information about themselves.  Some put where they were born/grew up/why they became MD. DO, NP or PA/list of schools they went and along with their license status, credentials (esp their board certification status).  

Do they have an on-call RN/MD to talk to when the office is closed, do they have PA/NP in the office, were they fined or how did they score when public health came out to inspect the facility, etc.  

I have been working in healthcare since I was out of high school (past 12 years) and worked in small clinic to larger clinic (multiple doctors), multi-speciality facility, a manager to 3 MDs speciality-office with an ambulatory surgery center (very briefly due to conflict on ethics – how they were cutting corners to cut the cost down), to one of the largest healthcare company in the US (a tertiary care).  

You may think this may be too much but I know many cases where patients died or had detrimented outcomes due to lack of following regulations and protocols by healthcare team members.  


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