Questions To Ask When Interviewing Pediatrician

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    Questions To Ask When Interviewing Pediatrician

    I want to thank those of you who have given me some recommendations for pediatricians. DH and I will be trying to set up appointments in the next couple of weeks.

    Can those of you who are "veterans" in this process now, can you give rookies like us some of the questions you have asked pediatricians or what services, etc you were looking for when visiting the practice?

    I'd really appreciate your help.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    Oh, good one -- we're in this process, too.  I'll throw one out that's on my list: 

    Do you have separate waiting areas for sick visits v. regular check-ups?  
     
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    Here are some that I think are important:

    - Do you have evening/weekend hours?
    -Who takes care of on-call hours?  An MD, NP or Nurse?
    - Who are the covering providers for nights, weekends, vacations?
    -Do you work a full week or part-time?
    -What hospital are you affiliated with?
    -Where would we go for lab work/xrays? (Some practices have non-hospital sites they use)
    -Are you able to refer to specialist out of your Medical Group? (provided your insurance would cover something like this) 

    I would also suggest thinking about your own feelings on the care you would like to receive and ask questions about that.  I am thinking along the lines of "wait and see approach" vs "treatment", breast feeding vs bottle feeding, immunizations etc.

    Good luck!  It is a difficult process.  It is great to ask around to see who likes whom.  Another thing to keep in mind is that if you end up not liking the doctor you can switch so don't stress too much about it!

     
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    Here another one that I am not sure is appropriate...Do you have children?  I don't recall how this came up when we met with our Pedi but I do find it comforting to know that she does speak from experience as well as medical knowledge.  Sometimes the best medical training in the world won't prepare you for things you need to help your patients with. 
     
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    I don't want to start a vaccine debate, but if you have any reservations about the typical vaccine schedule, you should discuss that with him/her too.  Our pediatrician's office did a meet 'n' greet once a month and that was something they brought up--that they're willing to do alternate schedules if parents request it.  It wasn't an issue for us...but I know it can be a concern for some people and if it is, it's something your pediatrician has to be agreeable about.

    As to rysmom's point, we had already decided on the practice b/c of recommendations from friends, but chose the actual pediatrician because he also has twins and we knew he'd "get it" as far as any twin issues went, so I agree that's an important question.  Pediatricians go through all kinds of medical training, but to the best of my knowledge, never have to take a child development class (some may elect to, of course, but I don't think it's required), so those that have children will understand more about actual situations that happen than those who don't.  One of my friends is a pediatric resident and in her particular program (I don't know if it's universal) she actually gets "credit" for part of her maternity leave (and male pediatric residents get time off and credit for paternity leave) because having a baby and raising a child DOES contribute to their knowledge base and experience.  So...it's definitely a valid question to ask.
     
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    I agree with all the questions above.  We did not interview, I took a referal from a friend and really did not like the doctor.  She often would brush off my questions that they were silly because I was a 1st time mother.  Anytime I had a legitimate concern I had to battle to get the attention and then defend myself the rest of the appointment (tongue tied, high temps, etc) She aslo was not thrilled with the fact that DD went to daycare.  I was very lucky to have found another dr in the practice that I really like.  That dr moved to another office and I really like her so I moved as well.

    Moral of my story is make sure that even if they answer all your questions with answers that you want to hear that you are comfortable with them - you'll be spending a lot of time there! 
     
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    I'm also making a point to ask for referrals from people with kids of all ages, not just new moms or moms of older kids.  Ideally, it's a long-term relationship, you know? 
     
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    Rysmom has good questions. I also asked questions about stuff that was important to us (perspectives on circumcision, vegetarianism, or daycare, for example) to get a sense of the pedi's general attitudes and approaches to different issues -- not so much to know that pedi agreed with us but to feel out if they were going to be respectful of our choices.

    I also asked questions about attitudes toward medications -- I didn't want to end up with a pedi who would just give the kids antibiotics for everything so that *I* would feel better.
     
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    Our pedi's office has a good website so you can go on and read bios of the doctors-they tell you what their interests are, if they have kids, their training, and other random facts about them. As well as get the administrative info (hours, on call facts, etc.)

    Big issues for me were being able to modify the vaccine schedule;  approach for sick visits; and view on developmental progress (I didn't want to be rushed for services if DS was late to meet a milestone). 

    Our pedi is big on discussing the different developmental phases infants go through-which I love. 

    In our interview the doc was interviewing me as much as I was interviewing him. I liked that he asked me a bunch of questions about what DH and I do, if we were religious or spiritual and what religion we believed in, our philosophy on life etc.. 

    The practice uses an online developmental screening (CHADIS) and our 15 mo check up doc walked into the room and said "Okay, when I was reading the results I knew exactly what you were thinking when you completed the questionaire." He knows I analyze pretty much everything-it's my profession after all.

    It truly is a partnership, you have to feel comfortable with the pedi. I really like two of the doctors in the practice, dispise one of the doctor-so much that I refuse to see her (she constantly made comments about DS being in day care-and we should take him out), all the other docs are fine.  

     

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