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Here are a variety of items for you to consider when choosing a doctor.


  • Special medical interests – what kind of patients does
    the doctor usually see?
  • What hospital(s) is your physician affiliated with?

Education and Board Certification

  • Graduate of which medical school
  • Specialty training locations
  • Board-certified in his/her specialty
  • Board-certified and/or fellow of the board


  • Warm
  • Concerned
  • Listens
  • Interested
  • Willing to explain
  • Answers questions


  • Explains procedures
  • Asks and answers questions
  • Takes notes
  • Has necessary supplies and equipment
  • Takes full history at first visit

How Office is Run

  • Friendly staff
  • Office environment feels cheerful and comfortable
  • Office is clean and neat
  • Amount of time to plan for initial and routine visits
  • How soon are appointments available (one week, one month)
  • Appointments are met on time or explanations are given for the delay 
  • Doctor takes calls
  • Doctor returns calls the same day
  • Doctor will also answer questions via e-mail

Practice Details

  • Provider on your health plan
  • After-hours care arrangements
  • Prescription refill policies
  • Vacation coverage arrangements
  • Urgent care arrangements when I am sick or have an emergency
  • Payment arrangements
  • Willing to discuss fees and insurance coverage
  • Takes Medicare/Medicaid patients
  • Office is conveniently located
  • Convenient office hours

Kind of Practice

  • Multispecialty group
  • Hospital-based office
  • Single-specialty group
  • Loose association with other physicians
  • Partner physicians
  • Single physician practice

Hospital Affiliation

  • University or medical school hospital
    (Full-time or part-time staff member)
  • On teaching staff of medical school
  • Staff member, community hospital
  • Admitting privileges at what hospitals
  • No hospital affiliation (ask for reason)
  • Will visit/examine me when I am hospitalized

For help in finding an OSU doctor, contact our physician referral service at (614) 293-5123 or 1-800-293-5123.