Adolescent Medicine Fellowship
In 1957 Children’s Hospital established a separate ward for the inpatient care of adolescents. The program was expanded to outpatient care in 1960 when a full-time chief was appointed. The Section of Adolescent Medicine developed this training program in 1964, including inpatient, outpatient and rotation components.
Adolescent Health Center (AHC) – Outpatient Care and Training
Patients 12 through 21 years of age with primary medical needs are seen from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., five days a week. Urgent care and appointment patients are seen by Fellows on a rotational basis. The Burgess Clinic, a special clinic for HIV infected or at risk youth, is also part of the ambulatory experience. All fellows develop a panel of continuity patients.
Educational groups, focusing on prevention, include Reproductive Health, Sexuality Education, TNT, Boys and Girls Clubs (ages 11 to 14) In addition, Asthma Care instructions are provided by the nursing staff. All groups focus on prevention.
The Inpatient Service
The inpatient unit has a high inpatient bed occupancy rate and is acknowledged as the leading source of inpatient care for adolescents in the metropolitan Washington area. Fellows provide supervised consultations to hospitalized adolescents and assist the adolescent medicine attending with selected admissions (eating disorders, gyn disorders, HIV)
Mandatory rotations include College Health, Sports Medicine and Pyscho-social rotation which includes Outpatient Psychiatry, Eating Disorders Program and a Substance Abuse observership.