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Metropolitan Pediatrics

Las Vegas Tragedy: Children & Traumatic Events

The events that have unfolded within the last 24 hours have been both tragic and confusing. When trauma strikes on such a large scale, it is difficult to shelter our children from the images and stories portrayed in the media, and/or prevent our little ones from overhearing adult discussions. Questions also arise about how to discuss these frightening occurrences with children once they do hear or see parts of the story unfold.

In an effort to provide some answers to these questions, we recommend visiting the website for The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).

The NCTSN is a leading authority on childhood trauma. The website provides a wealth of resources for parents who are trying to determine how best to comfort and support their children during times of tragedy, including specific tips on helping children in different age groups.

We hope that you will find this information helpful. As always, the psychologists and pediatricians of Metropolitan Pediatrics are here for your family, and are happy to answer questions and provide an additional source of support.

Other Resources:

Managing Your Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting (American Psychological Association)

Seeking Full-time Pediatrician (Happy Valley, OR)

Metropolitan Pediatrics, a 5 Star Medical Home serving Portland and surrounding communities, is seeking a passionate and enthusiastic board-certified/board-eligible pediatrician for our growing Happy Valley practice. With four locations featuring 30+ providers and a staff of more than 150 support team members, we stand dedicated to providing patient and family-centered care in alignment with the Bright Futures delivery model. Our practice is open 7 days a week, providing after-hours assistance and extended access opportunities in a way that best serves active families who want the best possible care for kids! We want to hear from you, and have a preference for an experienced clinician with a sports medicine background to help expand our services.

With integrated behavioral health, on-site advice nurses, lactation consultation, and in-house administrative services, such as Human Resources, Information Technology, and Revenue Cycle, Metropolitan Pediatrics offers a strong practice partnership for any provider! The pediatrician is a member of the Metropolitan Pediatrics medical staff and is responsible for providing pediatric patient care, consulting with other specialists, and performing administrative duties related to the care of patients.

Our administrative office is located in Beaverton, OR, and shares space with the Westside clinic serving Beaverton, Hillsboro, Tigard, and surrounding communities. The Happy Valley clinic is located just off of I-205 in Clackamas County serving the southeastern communities of Portland. Our Gresham clinic is located on the campus of Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center, and provides robust pediatric services to the families of Gresham, Northeast Portland, Sandy, Troutdale, and surrounding communities, and our Northwest clinic is located on the campus of Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center providing active pediatric coverage for central Portland and surrounding communities.

For more information, contact our administrative offices at 503-466-1668 or submit your CV to:

Attn: Cynthia Jacobs, Chief Operating Officer
Metropolitan Pediatrics
15455 NW Greenbrier Parkway, Suite 112
Beaverton, OR 97006

About the Pacific Northwest

Lush, green, and serene, the Pacific Northwest—from northern California to British Columbia—is known for undeniable natural beauty. Ocean waves lap the western shore and mountains line the east. Breathtaking forests, country, canyons, lakes, and waterfalls lie in between. It’s a picturesque place to call home and an outdoor recreationalist’s paradise.

Urban areas are also on point with one of the most unique, hip, eco-friendly cities in the country: Portland, OR. We boast an expansive foodie community, taking pride in locally grown eats sold at year-round farmers markets and posh restaurants. Residents are also fond of their spirits (Portland has more breweries than any other city in the world!). Bike culture is a thing with spacious bike lanes sharing most streets and some rather unusual cycling events. Recycling is a big deal here, as are most opportunities to celebrate the earth’s splendor!

Despite frequent showers (what we call “liquid sunshine”), there’s always a cool coffee or book shop nearby to duck inside and take cover. There are plenty of entertainment options and a booming arts scene to keep you dry, but outdoor fairs and festivals never let the rain dampen their fun.

This is the Pacific Northwest, home to Costco, Adidas, Columbia Sportswear, Nike, Microsoft, and Intel.

It’s beautiful.
It’s quirky.
It’s wet (summers are sunny – we swear!).
There’s no sales tax.
Why wouldn’t you move here?

Bring your sense of adventure! Just don’t bring an umbrella… true Oregonians soak up the liquid sunshine.

Air Quality Advisory for Northwest Oregon

For the past week, Oregonians have watched and grieved as the Eagle Creek fire claimed more than 30,000 acres of treasured landscapes. In addition to emotional devastation, many of us are physically suffering from the smoky, ash-filled air. Just yesterday the National Weather Service issued an Air Quality Advisory for Northwest Oregon in effect through noon Friday.

Air quality is expected to improve in the Portland metro area by the end of the week. Thank you, wind and humidity!

For now, it’s best to stay indoors—in an air-conditioned space—when you can. Save outdoor exercise for a later date. If you have to go out, recirculate your car’s air conditioning to limit exposure to smoky air. Infants, children, and those with heart and lung conditions are advised to avoid time outside, if possible.

Watch this video from the Oregon Public Health Division about more ways to Stay Healthy When the Air is Smoky.

How bad is the air around you? Check the air quality in your area. Don’t see your city? Search by zip code at the top of the page for your local air quality station’s most recent data.

Seeking Chief Medical Officer (Beaverton, OR)

Are you a physician executive who is looking to lead an innovative, mission-driven pediatric practice in a fast-growing and innovative area?

Our thirty-provider, four-site, pediatric 5 STAR patient-centered medical home practice is looking for a seasoned clinician-executive who has the emotional and business intelligence to continue to develop a strong, special brand in the Portland, OR, and surrounding market.

Are you able to build consensus across the practice and to partner effectively with external parties for the good of the practice and the good of the community?

Do you have the vision to lead the market and the ability to effectively communicate and execute that strategy?

Do you possess excellent verbal and written skills, and are you able to convey key concepts and ideas in ways that facilitate buy-in and allow for group input and honest discourse?

Do you have a proven track record of successfully leading independent practices and the experience of a physician used to the challenges of clinical practice?

Do you work well in a team environment with other physician leaders and business savvy administrators?

If you are a pediatrician or primary care physician who possesses the skills outlined above, we’d like to hear from you today!

Or send your CV/cover letter to: cmosearch@metropediatrics.com

About the Pacific Northwest

Lush, green, and serene, the Pacific Northwest—from northern California to British Columbia—is known for undeniable natural beauty. Ocean waves lap the western shore and mountains line the east. Breathtaking forests, country, canyons, lakes, and waterfalls lie in between. It’s a picturesque place to call home and an outdoor recreationalist’s paradise.

Urban areas are also on point with one of the most unique, hip, eco-friendly cities in the country: Portland, OR. We boast an expansive foodie community, taking pride in locally grown eats sold at year-round farmers markets and posh restaurants. Residents are also fond of their spirits (Portland has more breweries than any other city in the world!). Bike culture is a thing with spacious bike lanes sharing most streets and some rather unusual cycling events. Recycling is a big deal here, as are most opportunities to celebrate the earth’s splendor!

Despite frequent showers (what we call “liquid sunshine”), there’s always a cool coffee or book shop nearby to duck inside and take cover. There are plenty of entertainment options and a booming arts scene to keep you dry, but outdoor fairs and festivals never let the rain dampen their fun.

This is the Pacific Northwest, home to Costco, Adidas, Columbia Sportswear, Nike, Microsoft, and Intel.

It’s beautiful.
It’s quirky.
It’s wet (summers are sunny – we swear!).
There’s no sales tax.
Why wouldn’t you move here?

Bring your sense of adventure! Just don’t bring an umbrella… true Oregonians soak up the liquid sunshine.

Air Quality Advisory in Portland

Notice the haze outside this morning? We have wildfire smoke from British Columbia and parts of Oregon to thank for that. With Portland’s current Air Quality Index (AQI) rating at 177, it’s now considered unhealthy for everyone to breathe.

Check the AQI in your area

Your best defense? Stay inside if you can. Keep windows and doors closed, unless heat is a problem. Avoid frying or boiling food, which can affect indoor air quality. If you have to venture out, run your car’s air conditioning on recirculate mode to avoid pulling in smoky air. Infants, the elderly, and those with heart and lung conditions are especially vulnerable and should take extra care to avoid time outdoors.

Smoke will continue into our area until Friday before winds pick up and send it away. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s air pollution advisory for Portland, Vancouver, Salem, Eugene, and Medford is expected to stay in effect through August 8th.

Oregon’s Total Eclipse


Photo Credit: Courtesy Mark Margolis / Rainbow Symphony

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will darken skies across the U.S. (from Oregon to South Carolina) along a 70-mile-wide path. Within this “path of totality,” the sun will completely disappear behind the moon for up to two minutes and 40 seconds! Outside the path, observers will still see a partial solar eclipse.

By now, you’ve probably heard that Oregon is expected to be a popular destination as tourists flock here to catch a glimpse of this celestial phenomenon. For many, it will be the first time they see a total solar eclipse — the last time one was visible from the continental U.S. was back in 1979! To see which Oregon cities fall within the path of totality, check out our state map from NASA.

The eclipse will grace the Oregon coast around 10:15 a.m. and depart through our eastern border by 10:27 a.m. It will reach its peak — an “almost total” eclipse at 99.3% sun coverage — in the Portland Metro Area about 10:19 a.m.

If you’re planning to watch the eclipse, it’s extremely important to protect your children’s eyes as well as your own. Staring at the sun — even during partial phases of the eclipse — is damaging to our sensitive eyes! Make sure to use eclipse glasses that fit well or handheld solar viewers (a good option for younger kids), both of which can be purchased online. See the American Astronomical Society’s list of reputable vendors. We’ve also put together a list of helpful resources below.


Fun Facts

  • The is the first total eclipse to travel the U.S. coast to coast since 1918!
  • This is the first total eclipse visible only from the United States!
    • This last happened in 1257 before we became a country!
  • The eclipse will travel 27 miles per minute, or 1,600 mph!
  • Oregon is the first land the eclipse will touch!
  • The total eclipse will travel through 14 states total: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and South Carolina!

Helpful Resources

Sports Physical or Well Check: Is one better than the other?

Young american football player running back breaking away from an attempted tackle.

If your child or teen plans to participate in fall sports, now’s the time to schedule a well check. When we say well check, we don’t mean a sports physical – the two are actually quite different. Let’s go over the differences, and why you should consider a regular well visit to make sure your young athlete is healthy enough to play!

A sports physical is a very limited exam that only focuses on a patient’s current and past medical conditions, which might affect sports participation. During a regular well check, we assess your child’s overall health and well-being, addressing many topics and concerns that a sports physical would skip. We’re talking important things like growth, development, puberty, immunizations, academics, sexual activity, and social-emotional issues. And we’ll answer any questions you or your child may have regarding health and wellness.

Our friends at Dayton Children’s Hospital put together an eye-opening list of some pretty serious things that could be overlooked during a brief sports physical:

  • A 17-year-old female who has migraine headaches, menstrual cramping, and questions about birth control could be cleared for sports without talking about any of these issues.
  • A 14-year-old male who has school difficulty due to bullying, and who has not started puberty, could be cleared for sports without addressing any of these issues.
  • A 12-year-old female whose family has a rare form of genetic cancer, but is not personally having any symptoms, could be cleared for sports without any additional screening.
  • A 15-year-old male who is feeling pressured by his friends/teammates to smoke marijuana, but is scared of saying no or finding new friends, could be cleared for a sports physical without talking about it.

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of a Well Check and a Sports Physical (also from Dayton Children’s):

Well Check Sports Physical
  • All medical problems, including personal and family medical history
  • Full physical exam
  • Monitor year-to-year growth compared to peers
  • Review all developmental issues appropriate for age
  • Age-appropriate screening labs
  • Vaccinations
  • Referrals if needed for any of the above
  • Medical problems, which affect sports participation (e.g., old injuries, chronic conditions like asthma)
  • Inherited problems, which affect sports (e.g., genetic heart conditions)
  • Check for specific findings, which affect sports
  • Check height, weight, and BMI
  • Review common subjects related to sports (e.g., signs of concussion, proper nutrition, hydration)
  • As needed labs
  • No vaccinations
  • Referrals if not cleared for sports

Here at Metropolitan Pediatrics, we want your child to be at his or her healthiest (and happiest, too!). Regular well checks help ensure that kids are growing and developing as they should. And they are more thorough, allowing us a chance to find and address concerns early – not just those related to sports. Bonus: Annual check-ups are 100% covered by most insurance plans, and also fulfill the requirements of a sports physical.

Save Time. Save Money.

If your child has been seen for a well check within the past year and has no major medical concerns, we will complete and sign the Medical Provider portion of the participation forms, free of charge. Parents or students must also complete their portion, but it’s quick – we promise! An additional sports physical or appointment is not necessary.