How to find a doctor?
There is no magical route to finding the perfect doctor. If you’ve got a primary care physician just call him or her and make an appointment. If you don’t have a primary care physician, try the route suggested above. In the old days most patients would ask their primary care doctor for a referral. While this is still done, more and more patients are going directly to a specialist for their medical needs.
Tips on how to look for a physician
Figure out the history of health symptoms or diseases that run in your loved ones, or ones you or your relatives may currently have.
As soon as you have identified the problem, let’s say a history of asthma, you may want to discover a primary care provider who is (dual) Board Certified in “Pulmonary Disease” and “Internal Medicine.”
Depending on how far you are willing to travel, and what kind of doctor you are searching for, look for three hospitals near your home. Most hospitals have websites which feature a doctor directory.
If you are looking for a specialist, like a plastic surgeon, or a dermatologist, for instance, use (example) your three favorite search engines and type: “Florida Dermatologist,” or “Florida Miami Dermatologist.” You might want to change the wording around and try a few different methods.
Make sure your doctor is Board Certified , and that their respective area of specialization is listed, by consulting with the American Board of Medical Specialists official directory of specialists, published by Marquis Who’s Who. The ABMS directory is available at most public libraries, in addition to hospital, university and medical libraries.
Next, see the Federation of State Medical Boards (online) to determine if any serious disciplinary action was taken against the doctor you have chosen.
Where can I research my doctor?
As soon as you have selected a doctor, you have several options. Most patients like to run a background
check on the doctor they’ve chosen. The best place to do this study is the Federation of State Medical Boards.
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What makes a good doctor?
Based on my extensive research over the past five years, my recommended criteria for finding a good doctor are:
The number of years since the physician received his/her MD or DO.
Whether the physician is Board Certified or double Board Certified in his/her respective specialty field.
In the event of a surgeon, a high volume of surgical procedures he’s completed.
Physicians who have had one or no malpractice lawsuits, with no disciplinary actions taken against them.
Doctors who are associated with at least one medical society related to their specialty.
We all know there are no guarantees when it comes to getting the highest quality health care. All of us know
there are shady doctors, and great doctors; and then there are those who are renowned for their experience, who
rank amongst the greatest in their area. It’s your choice to do your own homework.
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