How To Interview The Office Staff
When deciding which doctor to choose when there are several to consider, it helps to call and speak with a member of the doctor's staff. In addition to obtaining the answers you need, this call could be a good indicator of how you will be treated as a patient by the staff, and possibly even the doctor
Ask to speak to the office manager if possible. He or she is the most likely to have the answers to your questions.
Questionnaire For The Doctor's Staff lists the questions to consider asking. Ask the ones that are important to you.
When calling each office, keep in mind that you are not yet a patient and not every office will be willing to answer all of your questions. Therefore, we recommend that you take a minute to review the list of questions to ask.
- Cross out the questions that aren't important to you.
- Prioritize the rest in an order that is most relevant to you. Insert a number from 1 -- 17 (or whatever number remains) in the left margin next to the question in order of importance to you. That way if you only get to ask a few questions, they will be those that are most important to you.
- Even if you ask all the questions, the office interview should require no more than a few minutes of time. It would be helpful to mention this fact at the beginning of the call.
After you have spoken with the different offices, compare your notes and decide if there is an office that you feel will best meet your needs If you were not satisfied with your office conversations, consider choosing additional doctors and repeat the process. Trust your instincts and do what feels right to you.