Monday, April 29, 2019

Washington state’s 2019 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion!

This is the start of National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW)!  The CDC uses this time to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities.

A few days ago I was notified that I am Washington state’s 2019 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion!

2019 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion

The CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award is an annual award given jointly by the Association of Immunization Managersexternal icon (AIM) and CDC to recognize individuals who make a significant contribution toward improving public health through their work in childhood immunization.

Each year, up to one CDC Childhood Immunization Champion from each of the 50 states, 8 U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States, and the District of Columbia is honored.

Thank you to Pacific Medical Centers and all the great team members, teamwork, and support from our Bothell, Washington Clinic that contributed to this year's success.

Thank you to Snohomish Health District for being an active team and providing guidance to help keep our patients safer and healthier.

Thank you, also, to great media partners like Q13 FOX, Marni Hughes, and Tatevik Aprikyan who never seem to get tired of having me in the studio and modeling a different #bowtie.

Thanks for reading,

Dr. Alex

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Belt - a 100 word story

by Dr. Alex

What does Santa keep in his belt? I mean it MUST be a utility belt – just like Batman.

How could one man crack every security code, pick every lock, eat every cookie, and sneak away unnoticed? 

One thing I’m sure of: Santa packs the adult sized diapers.  No, not just for him!  For the reindeer as well! 

Think about it.  If he travels all around the world and stops at every house, there is no time for a pit stop.  

When was the last time you read of a family waking up to a jolly man pooing in their bathroom? 

Thanks for reading and listening!

Dr. Alex

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Badges of Pride

I love badges.
Now, if only they would make them into physical patches! 

Is my pediatrician certified?
The ABP's certificate in General Pediatrics is awarded after all the following requirements have been met
     1. GRADUATION from an accredited medical school in the United States or Canada or from a foreign medical school recognized by the World Health Organization.
     2. COMPLETION of three years of training in pediatrics in an accredited residency program.
     3. VERIFICATION of satisfactory completion of residency training and acceptability as a practitioner of pediatrics, including the achievement of clinical competence and the demonstration of professional and ethical behavior.
     4. POSSESSION of a valid, unrestricted state license to practice medicine.
     5. SUCCESSFUL completion of a comprehensive one-day examination covering all aspects of health care for infants, children, and adolescents.

The Washington State Medical Association recently released their virtual badge to use on websites, flyers, business cards, etc.
I've been a proud member for several years and even service on several of their internal working boards: Bylaws, Continuing Medical Education, and their Young Physican's Governance Council.
We are striving to make Washington the Best Place to Practice Medicine.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

If only I had...

Weekly Challenge for Feb 11th 2018 with the topic of “If only I had…
by Dr. Alex

“I’m getting the band back together!” was my usual rally cry for the for the past month.

“Yes, yes, I know” was Seth’s usual reply.

Reviewing this week’s progress with Seth, “We have Alice set on maracas.  Justin likes his high hat.  Rachel on xylophone. Now, if only I had a kazoo player.”

“Seth! Really!? I didn’t know you knew how to play this whole time!”

Three weeks later, we were booked for a Thursday evening performance at the Tropicana. 

Clearly, this had been some sort of a scheduling error, or a perhaps cruel joke by the departing events manager.

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This has been a Stinky Pants Productions with original music by Dr. Alex

Thanks for reading and listening!

Dr. Alex

Friday, February 2, 2018

Why not?

This week's submission for The 100 Word Stories Podcast:

Around the bend came the first set of headlights I’d seen since starting this late night hours journey. 
The unknown Packard slowed beside me.  Yelling out, he called: “Hey, Buddy, need a lift?”

My socks - no dryer than a used kitchen sponge and the blisters about to pop before completing my walk ahead.  “Sure,” I said, “why not?

Then did I notice poking my right hip a bulge in the map holder. “What’s this?” I asked.

“Oh, that pistol it’s just in case I run into trouble.”

I wonder what sort of trouble we were now looking to find.

Thanks for reading and listening (11:20)!

Dr. Alex

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Pick Two for a 100-word Story

After having so much fun last week, I decided to continue the madness and write a second 100-word story.  Interestingly, this week's topic is a pick two from the following: Corner, Tiger, Tie, Please, Encountered, Obsolete, Winter, Webcam.

Stripes, Tiger, Animal, Tail, Mammal

Jeremy spent the last week preparing himself for battle – tweaking his blank stare after heading advice from his webcam chat room buddies.

He knew he was ready. Then he heard it: “Let’s play Family Feud!”

First to the podium and ready to face off against an exquisite brunette named Sally,

little did Jeremy know that she had also prepared.  Her with her leopard print slip under her pencil skirt.

Jeremy, however, was not to be undone, for he had chosen well: his tiger-striped bow tie that showed proudly.

With a flick of his wrist. Buzzer! “Answer?”

“Banana split!” Ding!


Thanks for reading and listening (3:30)!

Dr. Alex

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


I've been a long time listener to The 100 Word Stories Podcast and this week I decided to write my first story!

The topic of this weeks’ story: “Smartypants”
By Dr. Alex

My three year old and I have an agreement of reading two books per night before bed, and this has never been broken.

After this evening’s tantrum over wanting to eat from the trapezoid plate, I was sure she had chosen her “crabby pants” PJs.  No, they were this week’s usual Peppa Pig outfit.

An hour later, we finished “The Five Little Firemen,” without so much as a whisper.  She scanned her bookshelf and chuckled while reaching for her second book: “Richard Scarry’s Best Storybook Ever - 82 Wonderful Stories.”

Clearly, she had chosen her “smarty pants” to sleep in.

Hear me start my story around minute 2:30:

Thanks for reading!