Check your insurance plan to find out which pediatricians, if any, are in your insurer’s provider network. If your health insurer only covers in-network doctors, these contenders just got some stars by their names. Next, check out these doctors online. Start with an ordinary Google search. You may find a hospital bio page for the doctor . . . or, oops, a page on a social-networking site with wild photos of the doc in Cancun on spring break. Some general searches can also quickly give you an idea if the doctor has authored any clinical studies (good sign) or worked with local organizations (also good). Next, check the site of the American Board of Medical Specialties to be certain that candidates are board certified in specialties that focus on the care of children, such as pediatrics or family medicine.
From The Smart Parent's Guide: Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illnesses, and Accidents by Jennifer Trachtenberg.
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