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By: C L.
The Pediatric Group
My family has been going to the Pediatric Group since the 1990's, so we have a wealth of experience with both the Crofton & Davidsonville practices.The facilities are fine; clean with decent sized waiting areas. The phone lines tend to be adequately staffed, easy to schedule appointments.The actual care providers, when they stick around, have been superb (5 stars for some of the nurse practitioners). However, there is an enormous problem with professional turn-over. I don't know if it is behind-the-scenes work pressures, low pay or what (I can only hypothesize) but we REGULARLY have had nurse practitioners or young doctors leave before we can even have 2 appointments with them. (a few have been around for a few years before leaving) Again, the care provided by these professionals has been great... if they would actually be there to follow your child's care. I'd rate several of their NP as 5/5, but the turn-over rate 1/5. Who wants to set up an appointment with the practitioner your child saw 6 or 9 months ago, only to be told "oh, sorry, they no longer work here?" If this happened once or twice, I'd chalk it up to normal migration. But this has happened NUMEROUS times, as in 6-10 different provider changes to the point of ridiculous. As soon as we get one provider, and perhaps see 1-2 visits, they're gone. A few of the older doctors have been there for ages but I strongly prefer nurse practitioners who tend to spend more time in my opinion and get to know the patient better. I'm also highly disturbed at the policy of the Pediatric Group which is to refuse to give contact information for any provider who has "moved on" - while I don't expect them to send a referral voluntarily, the patient should have the absolute right to follow THEIR own provider! I'd encourage the practice to consider WHY they have such great turnover and try to keep staff rather than trying to lock patients into their practice. If you have good staff, people will stay.
Tips & Advices
A child should see his or her pediatrician frequently during the first few years. Once the child reaches age 3, parents should schedule a doctor's visit at least once per year. Before that, however, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests parents arrange visits according to the following schedule:
  • 2 to 5 days old
  • 1 month old
  • 4 months old
  • 6 months old
  • 9 months old
  • 12 months old
  • 15 months old
  • 24 months old (2 years)
  • 30 months old (2.5 years)
No, parents should call 911, an emergency physician, or a pediatric emergency physician if a child suffers an acute illness or injuries. Doctors in these fields are more qualified than pediatricians to handle emergency situations.
A well-visit is a routine visit with a pediatrician to track a child's development, discuss medical or emotional concerns, and receive immunizations and medical advice.
Yes, pediatricians provide immunizations for infants and children up through 21 years.
No, pediatricians do not have to be board certified.They're only required to have a state license. However, certification indicates a dedication to studying pediatrics beyond the requirements.

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