Click on the image below to get a full-size printable version of the checklistThe pediatrician interview checklist & questions for the medical office
[ ] The background and experience of the doctor.
[ ] What are office hours? Are there evening or weekend hours?
[ ] How is billing handled?
[ ] What insurance is accepted?
[ ] What are your after-hours and emergency procedures?
[ ] What hospitals is the doctor affiliated with?
[ ] How do you handle questions by telephone?
[ ] Will my doctor personally see us for every scheduled appointment?
[ ] If he is unavailable, who will see us?
[ ] How many doctors share this office? [ ] Do you have a special waiting room or a separate entrance for sick children?
[ ] Do you have a lactation specialist in the office? If not, can you recommend one?
[ ] Can you explain how we will work together during our baby’s first year?
[ ] Will you examine our baby at the hospital (or at our home) directly after birth?
[ ] What is your typical advice to new parents about… [ ] Circumcision?
[ ] Breastfeeding?
[ ] Bottlefeeding?
[ ] Sleeping through the night?
[ ] Immunizations?
[ ] Can we ask you about non-medical issues, like feeding or behavior?
[ ] What do we need to know about our newborn’s health and care?
[ ] Is the office conveniently located for you?
[ ] How long did you have to wait in the waiting room?
[ ] Did you feel good about the office and staff?
[ ] Did the doctor/primary healthcare provider listen thoughtfully to your questions?
[ ] How willingly and thoroughly did the he or she answer questions?
[ ] What was his or her attitude when answering them?
[ ] Do you feel comfortable with the doctor’s specific child-rearing philosophy?
[ ] Did you feel that you could freely ask questions?
[ ] Did the caregiver appear knowledgeable and current with his information and advice?
[ ] Would you feel comfortable bringing your baby to this person for care?
[ ] Would you feel confident having this doctor handle an emergency with your child?