The Division of Adolescent Medicine provides care to youth aged 11 to 18 through a variety of clinics focused on such areas as menstrual function and sexual health, teen pregnancy, sexual assault follow up, school avoidance, adjustment issues, gender identity as well as eating disorders.
Patients with severe eating disorders are managed through our strong collaboration with Mental Health within the Regional Eating Disorder Program based at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). The eating disorder program currently consists of a six-bed inpatient unit, a day program as well as an extremely active outpatient program.
The Gender Diversity Clinic is a collaboration with endocrinology that was initiated in 2011 and addresses a large previously unmet need.
Outside of these activities, the division’s 4 physicians also work closely with other pediatricians within CHEO to help provide care to youth struggling as a result of a chronic illnesses and/or disability. The division treats and consults approximately 500-600 patients per year, including inpatients and outpatients.
Our program takes a developmental, broad-based approach to initiatives ranging from outreach and early intervention to tertiary intervention. There is a strong focus on building primary support systems through families and/or guardians.