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How to Choose a Pediatrician

Everyone has unique criteria when selecting a pediatrician, whether you’re just starting your family or an experienced caregiver. Some may prioritize finding a conveniently located doctor, while others may place more importance on experience level. As you navigate selecting a physician, it’s essential to consider your values and preferences. To help you get started, here are a few factors to consider:

  • Location and hours. Is their office conveniently located? Do their office hours align with your family’s schedule? What type of after-hours care do they offer?
  • Appointments and scheduling. How far in advance do appointments need to be scheduled? Do they have an online patient portal? What is their proposed well-check schedule? Do they provide telehealth appointments?
  • Pediatrician’s background. What language(s) do they speak? Do they have good reviews? Where did they go to medical school? Is this pediatrician aligned with good subspecialists and their local children’s hospital?
  • Compatibility. Is this pediatrician in-network with my family’s insurance plan? Are they accepting new patients? Is there a co-pay? When are payments due? What is their cancellation policy? What if I need to schedule an urgent or last-minute appointment?

Are you new to CHOC? Visit our guide for tips to find the right pediatrician for your family.


We know you are the ultimate protector of your children’s health. That’s why we’re committed to providing exceptional care and resources to support your child’s health and well-being, starting the moment they’re born. From comprehensive primary care to innovative treatments and resources, we’re here to help your child thrive.
  • Access to an entire primary care network. By choosing CHOC as your child’s primary care provider, you’ll have access to a network of pediatricians dedicated to providing high-quality medical care. Our network includes over 20 offices conveniently located throughout Orange County and beyond that offer well-checks, immunizations, sick visits, in-office psychologists, sports physicals, and pediatric urgent care services.
  • Specialists and leaders in quality pediatric services. We’re committed to providing the highest quality care for every child who enters our doors. Our staff members are specially trained and experienced in providing top-notch medical care for children of all ages. Every CHOC facility is designed to be welcoming and comfortable for young patients. We use child-sized equipment and tools to ensure the most comfortable medical experience for all children.
  • Resources for every stage of parenthood. Whether you’re a first-time parent or an experienced caregiver, we want to provide you with as many resources as possible to support you and your child’s unique health needs. From lifestyle tips to practical advice, we’ll be here every step of the way to make sure your child stays happy and healthy.

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Ready to take the first step in your child’s health journey? Call us to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced pediatricians today.