Developmental changes in physical and psychosocial issues during adolescence contribute to the unique health care needs of this age group. Since adolescent medicine is a broad-based and age-specific subspecialty, as opposed to a system-specific subspecialty, we often can be of help as a consultative service prior to a more specialized medical or surgical referral.
We provide primary medical care for adolescents ages 12 to 21 years, such as annual well visits and sports physicals. We also provide coordination of medical services for adolescents with multiple or complex medical issues such as gynecological disorders, eating disorders and obesity, psychosocial and mental health issues, common sports medicine problems, and other common adolescent issues.
Our faculty engage in research and advocacy on a variety of issues, including HIV prevention and testing; STI prevention, testing and treatment; access to care; eating disorders and obesity; transition of youth to adult care and youth with special healthcare needs; and contraception.