Adolescent Medicine


  • To provide students and residents with 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 interviewing technique
  • To gain confidence in engaging and working with adolescents deemed to be at high risk


Students and learners will have an opportunity to participate in several areas of adolescent health both within and outside the hospital. Experience will include both inpatient and outpatient experience with patients aged 12-18 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 8 patients) and inpatient (averaging 4-8 patients)   General Adolescent Health Issues Range of patients presenting with issues related to adolescent development, identity, sexuality, anxiety and depression, school refusal, substance use and abuse, etc. There is a specific focus on:

  • Sexual Health 1 Adolescent Health clinic weekly with emphasis on sexual histories, sexual assault, etc.
  • Chronic Illness These patients reviewed in either of general adolescent health clinic or in concert with various subspecialty clinics (i.e. Diabetes, IBD, etc)

Please note that the outpatient clinics are currently scheduled for Monday and Thursday evenings (4-8 pm) There is also an opportunity for students/ residents to attend a drop-in high school clinic (one half day/ week) and as well a sexual health clinic off site. This opportunity is dependant on the number of learners per given month interested in attending the same. Students are asked to alert the supervising physician of their wish to attend these clinics or of other specific interests prior to or as early as possible after elective onset to enable proper planning. Students also have the opportunity to become involved with research projects addressing any facet of adolescent health.

Duration: 2 weeks

No. of Students: 1

Available for: All medical students, priority given to clinical clerks

Note: first year medical students who have an interest in observing during the Monday or Thursday clinics may register for this type of experience, space permitting 

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