We just moved, and I'm looking for a doctor for my child. Where should I begin?
Finding a new doctor isn't always easy. Consider asking friends, neighbors, or colleagues for recommendations. You also can get recommendations from area hospitals and medical schools, or request a list of board-certified pediatricians from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and board-certified family physicians from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).
Local hospital referral services, the local pediatric or medical society office, medical directories in public libraries, online searches, and even the yellow pages also may be helpful.
Once you have a list of finalists compiled, schedule meetings with them to find the one who's right for your child.
Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: June 2015
|American Medical Association (AMA) The AMA has made a commitment to medicine by making doctors more accessible to their patients. Contact the AMA at: American Medical Association|
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|American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) The AAP is committed to the health and well-being of infants, adolescents, and young adults. The website offers news articles and tips on health for families.|
|AAP Pediatric Referral Department Use this website to find a pediatrician in your area or to find general health information for parents from birth through age 21.|
|American Academy of Family Physicians This site, operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), provides information on family physicians and health care, a directory of family physicians, and resources on health conditions.|
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