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Ask a Specialist: an exclusive resource for health professionals in pediatric medicine

At Children’s Minnesota, we understand the importance of providing quality healthcare to children. That’s why we created Ask a Specialist, an exclusive online service where healthcare professionals can submit non-urgent questions through an online platform to our experienced pediatric specialists. Our aim is to assist healthcare professionals in making well-informed decisions regarding the care of their young patients, and we are proud to offer this valuable resource as part of our commitment to improving the health and well-being of children.

Designed for physicians with non-urgent questions

Healthcare professionals can utilize the Ask a Specialist service to submit requests for non-urgent questions and general advice. Questions are triaged by a Children’s Minnesota pediatric physician and, if needed, redirected to one of our pediatric specialists or other pediatric healthcare professionals. Our team is committed to providing a timely and thorough response and aims to respond to all requests within 10 business days.

If you haven’t registered yet, physicians and healthcare professionals can sign up for Ask a Specialist here.

Call Children’s Minnesota Physician Access for urgent pediatric consultations

For urgent pediatric consultations, please contact Children’s Minnesota Physician Access. Children’s Minnesota provides a 24/7 live connection with pediatric specialists for urgent consult needs, referral questions, or neonatal transport.

Call: 1-866-755-2121

Children’s Minnesota Ask a Specialist Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Ask a Specialist is a service where healthcare professionals can submit non-urgent questions through an online platform to experienced pediatric specialists.

Ask a Specialist is for physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants (or advance practice providers). 

You can ask questions related to a variety of pediatric medical specialties, for example: 

  • At what age should a child be screened if they have a first-degree relative with a bicuspid aortic valve? 
  • What type of treatment would you recommend for giggle incontinence that is becoming socially disruptive for a teenager?  
  • I have had patients in the past describe a symptom as feeling their heartbeat in their ears. Does this sound like pulsatile tinnitus, and if so, what is the recommended treatment or referral?  
  • What recommendation would you make for treating a 4-year-old child that is still walking on his tippy toes/balls of his feet?  
  • Are there treatment recommendations for pinworms for children younger than 1 year old?  
  • What are possible causes and treatments for blue hands and feet in a 2-year-old child?  
  • Do you recommend using Symbicort for asthma control for children under the age of 6 years old?  
  • Is early eruption of primary teeth (6 weeks old) a concern for possible genetic syndromes? 

You can ask questions related to a variety of pediatric medical specialties, including: 

  • Adolescent gynecology
  • Cardiology 
  • Dermatology 
  • Diabetes and Endocrinology
  • Hematology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Oncology
  • Otolaryngology

Healthcare professionals and doctors can access Ask a Specialist by registering on our website.

Ask a Specialist is a free service provided by Children’s Minnesota. 

Our goal is to respond to all non-urgent questions within 10 business days. 

Your questions will be answered by experienced specialists in various fields related to pediatric medicine. 

Yes, we abide by HIPAA privacy rules. We take privacy and confidentiality seriously, and all information submitted through Ask a Specialist is kept confidential. 

This service is not intended to respond to questions about an individual patient or what to do next for a very specific problem and the responses are not intended to be added to a patient’s chart.

If you require assistance or have a technical issue please, call the Service Desk at (952) 992-5000

You will receive a confirmation message after your question is submitted. If you do not receive this confirmation, it is recommended that you log out and try again as your session may have timed out.