Physicians: Tips on Choosing a Doctor
How to find a doctor who's right for you
Looking for a good primary care physician? Here are some tips on how to go about finding the best one for you.
1. Get some names. Check with medical professionals (nurses, dentists, pharmacists), friends and coworkers to find out whom they use. Ask as many questions as they'll answer: 2. Compare credentials. Call the American Board of Medical Specialties (1-800-776-CERT) and ask if each of your candidates is certified by either the American Board of Family Medicine or the American Board of Internal Medicine. Board certification requires several years of advanced training after medical school, plus a tough certification exam and regular recertification testing.
3. Whittle the list further by considering such things as the doctor's gender. Are you more comfortable with a male or female physician? How far away from your home or job is the office? What on-site facilities (lab, x-ray, etc.) do they have?
4. Schedule a get-acquainted appointment and note the following (if that is not possible, ask the people you know who use the physician): Keep in mind that choosing a doctor is a very personal decision. The right one for you might be wrong for someone else, and vice-versa.