The last time I chimed in on the topic of how to select a pediatrician was about 8 years ago when I did a video for the Discovery Health Channel, which I don’t think exists anymore. (!) My youngest was about one year old at the time and I had not a single grey hair. The video definitely looks like a much younger and more earnest version of me (sigh), weighing in on the issue of whether a large practice or small one might work best for one person or another. I knew intellectually at the time that this isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ type of situation; that it’s all about finding the right fit, but now that I’m further along in both my career and the parenting gig I have even more of a widened viewpoint on the topic. As a pediatric emergency physician I get a front row seat to witnessing which practices in my community are easy to communicate and follow up with, who is open on the weekends, and even what various practices’ overarching practice styles and philosophies are.

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