Here is a great video on how to find the right doctor for you. It comes from a woman’s personal experience and it pretty much echoes what many people go through when trying to find a physician with that perfect combination of experience, reputation, good bedside manner, the right board certifications, high patient ratings and reviews, education etc.
Most people who go to the doctor’s office for an annual or semiannual check-up, have established a relationship with that doctor and don’t usually check up on their experience, education or reputation before every visit.
But if you’re looking for a new doctor or a specialist, it’s best that you do your homework and check to make sure that this doctor is the right one for you. They should have at least several years of experience in their field of specialty. You can also do some research on the internet to narrow down your list of types of doctors that you need.
Once you know what type of doctor you need, you can look for names and look for doctors who are board certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties. For example, if you live in La Jolla, California and are looking for a gynecologist, make sure you find a gynecologist in San Diego who is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. You can be confident that this physician meets nationally recognized standards for education, knowledge, experience and skills in their specific medical specialty. Your doctor also shouldn’t have had any action filed against them either by the hospital that they work at or by the board. Also read any reviews you can find online, or ask around with friends, family members, or colleagues to make sure that the doctor you are looking at is well reputable at what they do.
At that point, you really have to go with what you gut tells you. You can visit the doctor’s office and see if you get a good feel for it. You can also speak with your doctor face to face to see if you think you would enjoy working with them. For most people, this is the final step in determining if the doctor is right for them.