Tips for Choosing a Pediatrician
Medical Author: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Medical Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
The following questions and points to consider can help guide your selection of a pediatrician:
- What is the provider's educational background? Children's doctors may have specialized training in pediatrics or family medicine. Pediatricians have completed specialized training in pediatricsfollowing graduation from medical school, while family physicians have experience and training in treating all family members for routine illnesses, preventive medicine, and checkups. Almost all practicing physicians in the U.S. are board certified, meaning they have passed a proficiency examination in their field of training. They may be certified in either pediatrics or family medicine.
- Is the doctor in good standing? A Web site run by administrators of several state medical licensure boards known as Administrators in Medicine can provide information about disciplinary actions taken or criminal charges filed against physicians in some states. Individual state medical licensing agencies also have Web sites that will be able to give you more information about how to determine whether a doctor is in good standing in his/her state of practice.