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Tips for choosing a doctor

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Dr. Gigi Chawla (right) shares tips for choosing a pediatrician with “WCCO Mid-Morning” hosts Kylie Bearse and Jason DeRusha.

Gigi Chawla, MD, senior medical director of primary care for Children’s Minnesota, joined WCCO Mid-Morning hosts Kylie Bearse and Jason DeRusha to discuss tips for choosing a pediatrician.

It’s important to select a pediatrician who’s best for your child and family. Some things to consider are:

  • When to look: Spend time thinking about it during pregnancy and choose before the child is born.
  • Resources: People use a number of techniques, including friends, word of mouth, what’s allowed by insurance, the Internet and clinician rankings.
  • Quality and safety: Ask questions of provider. Feel free to interview pediatricians while pregnant.
  • Length of time: It’s not uncommon to switch clinicians, but some parents want the same person there throughout a child’s growth and development.

What to look for in a pediatrician

With a newborn child, parents look for someone to whom they can relate.

When looking as an adolescent, it’s key to find out what the relationship can be like between the patient and doctor.

At Children’s Minnesota we’re here for you, no matter a child’s required level of care.


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