(Closed) Interviewing a Pediatrician

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Some general questions we kept in mind were the following:

Ask the Doctor

How long have you been practicing?

Do you have any sub-specialties?

What are your hours? Do you offer evenings or weekends?

Do you offer same-day sick appointments? How far in advance do well appointments need to be scheduled?

What if my baby gets sick when the office is closed? Who covers in an emergency if you aren’t on call?

Who covers when you are gone?

Do you have separate sick and well waiting rooms (do they have separate entrances)?

Do you respond to questions by e-mail? Do you accept calls for routine and non-emergency questions? If I leave a message, how long does it usually take you to return the call?

Will your initial meeting with my baby be at the hospital or the first checkup? What is your schedule for well baby checkups?

Will you discuss my child’s general growth and issues like discipline and social development?

What are your views on… Bottle feeding? Circumcision? Parenting techniques? Getting babies to sleep? Alternative medicine? Antibiotics? Immunizations? Childhood obesity?

What hospitals do you work with?

Do you take my insurance? Is there an extra charge for…Advice calls during the day? Advice calls after hours? Medication refills? Filling out forms? Will any other fees apply?

What are your policies for insurance claims, lab policies, payments and billing?

What tests are handled in the office, and what is done elsewhere? Where?

 

Ask Yourself

Was the office clean?

Was the waiting room(s) kid-friendly, with toys and books?

How soon could the interview be scheduled? How long were you in the waiting room?

Was the office staff helpful? Were the nurses friendly?

Was the interview rushed? Did the doctor seem open to questions?

Did the communication feel natural? Was the doctor easy to understand?

Was parking convenient?

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

I’m sorry to even ask this, but do people really do this? Are many physicians open to it? I would think they have time to go over a few things while doing hospital rounds and seeing your baby, but you actually set up a seperate appointment and do they charge you for it? I’ve honestly never heard of anyone ever doing this for any doctor.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

I would find out how long their baby well visits are.  The practice we go to is 1/2 hour long, which compared to the 5 min at the OBs office feels like a really long time, but it’s really nice to not feel rushed with a new baby and talk aout any questions.

If it’s a practice what’s their policy on seeing physicians – can you see the same one if you find one you really like?

Definately what’s the policies for weekend/evening if child gets sick.

@ItWasntMe:  The office we go to has a monthly, or every other month, info session where a nurse, lactation consultant, and pediatrician explain their practice and are there to answer questions.  When we went, there was probably 10 different expecting couples.  I’m not sure if other places in our area do this but being able to go to that meeting before hand was really nice and we didn’t look around since we were happy with what we heard.   

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

@ItWasntMe:  The pediatricians we were interested in have particular days and times they allow for such a thing and none of the ones we spoke with charged for the interview.  Granted, you don’t want to take a really long time since they are usually doing it gratis but you can get a general feel for the practice itself and the doctor(s).  We are really glad we did it since if we’d just gone with the practice our GP recommended (we love our GP but not so much her recommendation that time around), we wouldn’t be as happy as we are with the pedi we chose. 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

Thanks!

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

Lots of pediatricians do meet and greets.  I posted a list of questions here some time ago.  Maybe later I can find it, but you are welcome to search for it too.

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