Adolescent Medicine Training in Pediatric Residency Programs

ArticleinPEDIATRICS 125(1):165-72 · December 2009with10 Reads
DOI: 10.1542/peds.2008-3740 · Source: PubMed
The aim of this study was to provide an assessment of pediatric residency training in adolescent medicine. We conducted 2 national surveys: 1 of pediatric residency program directors and the other of faculty who are responsible for the adolescent medicine block rotation for pediatric residents to elicit descriptive and qualitative information concerning the nature of residents' ambulatory care training experience in adolescent medicine and the workforce issues that affect the experience. Required adolescent medicine topics that are well covered pertain to normal development, interviewing, and sexual issues. Those least well covered concern the effects of violence, motor vehicle safety, sports medicine, and chronic illness. Shortages of adolescent medicine specialists, addictions counselors, psychiatrists, and other health professionals who are knowledgeable about adolescents frequently limit pediatric residency training in adolescent medicine. Considerable variation exists in the timing of the mandatory adolescent medicine block rotation, the clinic sites used for ambulatory care training, and the range of services offered at the predominant training sites. In addition, residents' continuity clinic experience often does not include adolescent patients; thus, pediatric residents do not have opportunities to establish ongoing therapeutic relationships with adolescents over time. Both program and rotation directors had similar opinions about adolescent medicine training. Significant variation and gaps exist in adolescent medicine ambulatory care training in pediatric residency programs throughout the United States. For addressing the shortcomings in many programs, the quality of the block rotation should be improved and efforts should be made to teach adolescent medicine in continuity, general pediatric, and specialty clinics. In addition, renewed attention should be given to articulating the core competencies needed to care for adolescents.
    • "These providers also play an important role in supporting their transition to adulthood. While these issues were challenging prior to the ACA [19], they are further exacerbated by the demands of the large influx of newly insured adolescents. Fourth, the prevention focused health care model will also likely need to involve a cultural shift in how youth conceptualize health care that includes placing greater value on preventive care services. "
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    • "Some studies in the literature have examined pediatric residents' and other trainees' clinical skills and/or knowledge of adolescent health care345678. Others have assessed pediatric residency training programs for the adolescent medicine training provided to their residents [9], and some have even looked at physicians' personal adolescent experiences or values and their subsequent effects on the delivery of health care to adolescent patients [10,11]. However, no studies to date have explored the experiences and perceptions of residents themselves during their postgraduate training in Adolescent Medicine and how such clinical experiences and exposure to different patient populations and patientprovider interactions may differ from the rest of their training in pediatrics. "
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