How to Find a New Ob/Gyn

Featured Article, Power to the Patient
on July 18, 2013

Looking for a new Ob/Gyn? These tips will help you find the right fit.

Talk to friends. “Find out who they go to,” especially if their leanings match yours, says Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, clinical professor at Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, and co-author of A Woman’s Guide to Sexual Health.

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Use the Internet. “Most doctors have an online profile that allows you to learn what is important to them, areas of focus, and most important, what other women like or don’t like about them,” Dr. Sara Gottfried, medical director of the Gottfried Center for Integrative Medicine, Berkeley, Calif., and author of The Hormone Cure.  “But also take online reviews with a grain of salt.”

Evaluate experience.Look for a doctor who is board certified with at least 10 years of experience,” Gottfried says.

Talk to an insider. Minkin suggests calling your county medical society and asking its female secretaries whom they see: “They know what’s going on.” So do the head nurses in the labor and delivery rooms at local hospitals, she says: “Or call a nearby major medical school and ask the head of the gynecology department to recommend residents she’s trained who practice in your town.”