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What's it like to be a pediatrician?

What's it like being a pediatrician?

Dr. Randall Christensen from Phoenix Children's Hospital thinks it's great! There couldn't possibly be a more gratifying medical specialty. Your patients are smiling little cherubs who, when they're sick, you can make well. That's the best of it.

The worst has to be treating a child with a terminal illness you know won't make it no matter what you do. What's it like being a specialist in a field where your patient can only cry instead of being able to tell you where it hurts? What's it like when you're torn between your adolescent patient telling you, the trusted doctor, about private confidential matters that parents feel they need to know?

What's it like being a pediatrician? It's the best feeling in the world!

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He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talk-shows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The Mc Mahon Group" features a very unpredictable all-star panel where 3 people from the community get together and give there thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's which talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multi-faceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.

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