First I check to make sure my insurance is accepted there. That significantly narrows my options, always. I try to get a doctor that has close connections with the local emergency room, (since that is where I'd need them most + file sharing, etc.), speaks english fluently, and sees eye to eye with me on religious issues (in that s/he had damned well keep her/his religious hangups out of my medical treatment/care/decisions. I am aware that doctors can now lie to patients, and even maintain their license after they've been convicted of assault, rape, and some other undoctorly crimes.) I also make sure they are involved in either a network, or some serious strategy to ensure patients are seen within a timely fashion. The office/hospital must be clean. Bedside manner is important, but I'll take a rude competent doctor over a nice sub par doctor any day. If I wind up (in a reasonable amount of time) in good health, with no long term damage, I'm satisfied.