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How do I choose a qualified pediatrician?

This film is part of the series "How To Choose A Qualified Pediatrician"

How To Choose A Qualified Pediatrician

Scott Cohen (Pediatrician, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center) gives expert video advice on: How do I choose a qualified pediatrician?

How do I choose a qualified pediatrician?

There are a lot of things that you should look at. Paediatricians are in different offices, they have different levels of academic experience, and then there's a personality factor. I think the most important thing in a paediatrician is actually personality. Of course it's going to be important that your paediatrician has all the right credentials, that of course they have a medical degree, and a paediatric degree from a residency program that's affiliated. Some paediatricians are even board certified. Board certification means that that paediatrician took an extra level of education and took a test, and then every about seven years they update their board certification. It's basically saying that paediatrician is making the effort to stay up to date with the current literature and staying up to date with current medical topics. Then, there are a lot of different types of practices. There are large group practices with multiple doctors, or there are practices with only a couple of doctors, and you have to see which type of scenario you like. There are pros and cons to each. In big practices, you may see multiple doctors, and there may be a lot of people in the waiting room, but you may also be able to get in easier to see somebody at all times. In smaller practices you may have more specialised and focused care; one-on-one care with a doctor. So, these are things you should look into. Small practices versus big practice, level of education, the community that the paediatrician practices in, and then of course personality. This is a long relationship; eighteen to twenty-one years, and if you don't get along with this person then this relationship isn't going to work at all, and that's probably the most important thing in choosing a paediatrician.