When looking for a pediatrician, it is a good idea to list local pediatricians that are available in your area. This will allow you to research each one and find the one that best meets your needs.
It is importnat to check credentials such as license and specialities, as well as training that has been ongoing after licensure. With the developments in pediatric medicine, it is imperative for the pediatrician to keep abreast of what is going on.
One thing that should be checked is references from others who have used the pediatrician. Doctors such as Dr. Marc Connery, who really care about their patients, will receive mostly good referrals.
That doesn’t mean that if there is a negative response that you should totally avoid that doctor. There will always be the parent whose personality will not mesh with the doctor’s personality. They may give a bad reference. Just be careful to check the claims, and to note the number of negative responses.
When you go to list local pediatricians, don’t forget those who are just getting started. Though they won’t necessarily have a lot of references, they are just out of residency and may be more up to date on current developments. Just because they are new doesn’t mean they are not good.
Any time you list local pediatricians you should consider those in teaching hospitals. They are on the cutting edge of medicine, and will often have skills that others do not have. If your child has a special condition, it is especially important to get the latest in medical information. A doctor at a teaching hospital usually has that information.
The medical care of your child is one of the most important life decisions you will have to make. Make it carefully, taking into consideration your child and his or her special needs.