Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

What's the Best Way to Locate a Good Doctor?

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Question: I will soon be moving to a new community. What is the best way to locate a family physician or a specialist?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Call the National Specialty Society in the discipline you are looking for and ask for a listing of member physicians who work in your area.

Membership in these organizations mandates more stringent entrance and membership education than state licensure or insurance company affiliation, and they provide forums of discussion for member physicians. For example, for a Family Physician (M.D.), contact the AAFP (which stands for The American Academy of Family Physicians). The AMA (American Medical association) also maintains a data base, but this is mainly a political organization now, and entry criteria are less stringent.

For specialty referral, it is usually best to obtain the advice and referral of your family physician to guide your selection.

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