Undergraduate Training Opportunities
Undergraduate students have an opportunity to participate in several areas of adolescent health both within and outside the hospital with the following objectives:
- To provide an opportunity to gain experience in the interview and assessment of adolescent patients
- To understand the interaction of the process of adolescent development on the biopsychosocial health outcome of youth
- To become comfortable using the HEADDSS - a psychosocial interviewing technique for adolescents
- To gain confidence in engaging and working with adolescents deemed to be “at high risk”
Experience will include both inpatient and outpatient exposure with patients aged 11 to 18 years in the following areas:
- Eating disorders - exposure to the full spectrum of eating disorder management including a half-day assessment process, outpatient clinic, day program (maximum of eight patients) and inpatient (averaging four to eight patients).
- General adolescent health issues - exposure to a range of patients presenting with issues related to adolescent development, identity, sexuality, anxiety and depression, school refusal, substance use and abuse. There is a specific focus on sexual health through one adolescent health clinic weekly with emphasis on areas such as sexual histories or sexual assault. Chronic illness patients are reviewed in either the general adolescent health clinic or in concert with various subspecialty clinics such as diabetes or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Students also have the opportunity to become involved with research projects addressing any facet of adolescent health.
Postgraduate Training Program
The Division of Adolescent Health does not offer subspecialty or certified postgraduate training at this time.
Additional Postgraduate Training
Pediatric residents have the opportunity to develop effective and constructive ways for engaging with and helping youth to improve their overall health. The approach is based on a collaborative developmental approach. They gain competency in identifying the underlying needs of youth that lead to health-threatening behaviours, in establishing support systems that include families, and, an awareness of community resources relevant to this population.
The Division of Adolescent Health does not at this time offer fellowship opportunities. We have however offered varied exposures to family medicine residents, psychiatry fellows and to pediatric gynecology fellows who seek specific training that is pertinent to their own fields of study.