When I’m speaking to a new patient I like to know a bit about them and their parenting style, but mostly I make myself available to questions that prospective clients interview me with. The following is a list of questions I have heard and which I suggest you ask any new pediatrician with interviewing them as your potential new family doctor:
- Are you certified by the American Board of Pediatrics (AAP) and are you a member?
- If you choose a family physician, is she certified by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM)?
- What is your area of specialty?
This is particularly important to know if you think your child will have special medical needs.
- What are your office hours and are you available evening or on weekends?
- When available for well-child visits as well as scheduled appointments?
- How long does it take to return a phone call and will you or a nurse call back?
- How would a phone call be handled when the office is closed or when the doctor is on vacation? Who will be your alternate if you are sick or on vacation?
- How are emergencies handled? At which hospital(s) do you have privileges and will you meet us at the hospital if there is an emergency?