The Adolescent Medicine Division at Children’s Hospital of Michigan specializes in the care of adolescents from ages 11 through 21. The division provides comprehensive adolescent health care services to all male and female adolescents, including
complete school, camp, sports and routine physical examinations and immunizations. Other services include full pelvic examinations and pap smears, and management of chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, seizure or bowel diseases in close
cooperation with other specialists.
Special programs include the Adolescent Transition Clinic designed to assist special needs patients in transitioning from the Adolescent Clinic in a pediatric hospital to an Internal Medicine setting and psychological services.
Adolescent Medicine Conditions and Treatments
Adolescent Female Puberty
Adolescent Health Problems and Injuries
Adolescent Problems with the Teeth and Mouth (in conjunction with the Department of Dentistry)
Annual Physical Exams
Bones & muscles - sprains, muscle injuries
Comprehensive preventative adolescent health care to teens age 10-21
Emotional Health - counseling for depression, sadness, anxiety, problems sleeping, school problems
Emergency Department follow up visits
Follow-up care for sexual assault/abuse
Nutrition Concerns - weight gain, weight loss, eating disorders
Psychosocial problems - Parent-Teen Conflict, counseling, school concerns
Reproductive Health - birth control, menstrual problems, pregnancy testing, testing & treatment for sexually transmitted diseases
Adolescent Medicine Services and Innovations
DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan’s Adolescent Medicine provides comprehensive adolescent health care services to all male and female adolescents. The Adolescent Clinic allows teens to be seen for confidential services according to the Michigan
State Minor Consent Laws.
Special Services also include:
Adolescent Transition Clinic
With advances in diagnosis, surgical and medical treatment of pediatric conditions, more and more children are surviving into adulthood that previously did not. It is estimated that over 90% of children born with chronic or disabling conditions will live
beyond their 20th birthday. There are now equal numbers of patients with congenital heart disease over the age of 21 as there are younger than 21. It is estimated that one of every 640 adults between the ages of 20 and 39 are survivors of cancer.
People with Down syndrome will likely live into their 40’s to 50’s. Similarly, most children with cerebral palsy will reach adulthood. These persons will continue to need specialized care from either pediatric subspecialists or adult subspecialists
who are expert in their conditions. However, they also will require a medical home with care provided by a primary care provider who is not only familiar with their chronic conditions, but who is familiar with the assessment of acquired “adult”
conditions as well as preventive medicine.
The Adolescent Transition Clinic was designed to assist special needs patient's in transitioning from the Adolescent Clinic in a pediatric hospital to an Internal Medicine setting. Special needs patient's in their twenties continue to be seen for two
to three years in the same Adolescent Clinic but instead of being seen by the Adolescent providers, they are seen by internists with specialization in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics.
The overall goal of the DMC/WSU/Children’s Hospital of Michigan Transitional Care Clinic is to provide a medical home for these growing number of patients. Specifically, the clinic aims to:
Provide uninterrupted health care that is patient centered, age and developmentally appropriate, flexible, and comprehensive
Educate the patient about his/her disease
Educate the patient about the differences between adult-centered care and pediatric-centered care
Educate families regarding potential legal issues regarding insurance and guardianship
Promote skills in communication, decision-making, self-care, and self-advocacy
Promote personal and medical independence, to promote sense of control over one’s health, health care decisions, and psychosocial environment
Maximize quality of life and future potential
In addition to monitoring the patient’s chronic conditions, the Transition Clinic also addresses general medical issues that apply to all adults including:
Healthy lifestyles such as exercise and diet
Alcohol, tobacco, and substance abuse counseling
Cardiovascular risk assessment including monitoring of blood pressure and cholesterol levels
Appropriate cancer screening
Flynn Psychological Services
This program assists patients and their families with mental health services. A team of therapists and psychologists are located in the Adolescent Clinic. Patients are screened for mental health concerns during their annual
physical exam, or patients or parents may mention during a visit that they have an emotional issue they want to discuss.
For further information or to schedule an appointment call (313) 745-KIDS or toll-free at (888) 362-2500.
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