Pediatrician Perspective Page

“What’s Up, Docs?” is a forum for pediatricians, by pediatricians, to share your perspectives, voices, and ideas.

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The Pediatrician Role in Immigrant Voting: Encouraging Voices to be Heard

Samantha Sechrist, Greta Peng, MD and Ali Valdrighi, MD

As the 2020 US presidential election quickly approaches, the call to political advocacy for physicians is of high importance. With the degree of voting misinformation being circulated during this election cycle, it is even more necessary for medical professionals to be a trusted resource for patients. . .

Climate Change is a Health Emergency

Lisa Patel, MD

As I write, the West Coast is engulfed in flames. Mid-August brought a searing heat wave along the West Coast, with the highest-ever recorded temperature on Earth at 130 degrees F in Death Valley. Lightning, an extremely rare occurrence in many parts of California, lashed the state, striking 10,000 times in rapid succession over just three days....

COVID-19 Pandemic: Protecting Future Residents

Ali Valdrighi, MD and Helen Pu, MD

With the COVID-19 pandemic drawing to a close, the world begins to breathe a sigh of relief as things move toward normalcy. Yet, for healthcare providers, even as work lessens, the physical stress and psychological toll of the numerous tragedies we have witnessed persists and is unlikely to vanish in the near future (1). This stress is amplified for resident doctors who have shouldered a disproportionate ...

The Navajo COVID Experience

Nelson Branco, MD, FAAP

It is obvious that the novel coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated and revealed racial inequities in our country and our communities in a way that many of us have never seen. Those of us who work with these children and families may be unsurprised, but it remains to be seen what our country will do to address these issues. Do we have the political will to spend our resources in a way that improves the health of those communities?...