Welcome to Adolescent Medicine! On this rotation, you will get exposure to our adolescent population and rotate through various clinics under the supervision of adolescent medicine certified physicians. You will also get clinical exposure to U of C’s Mobile Van and specialty ID clinics.


Before Your Rotation

  • Review the Goals and Objectives
  • Review all readings for the rotation on Box (link here)
  • E-mail the Chiefs 2 weeks prior to the start of the rotation to discuss scheduling.


  • Four-week (total) required rotation for categorical pediatric interns
  • Two-to-four week rotation available for Med-Peds senior residents
  • Most rotation activities occur during weekdays with several required evening clinics
  • No weekend or cross-coverage responsibilities unless you are assigned to sick or jeopardy call during this rotation

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Attend all assigned clinics
  • Complete all assigned reading and presentations, which can be found here!
  • Complete 50-question quiz (also on the website linked above) by the review session towards the end of the month. This quiz is meant to be a study guide for the rotation (it won’t be graded) focusing on basic adolescent issues.
  • Attend morning and noon conference when scheduled at FFHC or Comer.
  • Note that interns are often assigned to sick call while on the adolescent rotation. Interns must carry their pagers at all times.


Recommended Reading/Resources

Adolescent Medicine Readings

Clinician Education:

  • STD Curriculum (with lots of pictures):
  • World Health Organization Medical Eligibilitiy Criteria for Contraceptive Use: http://www.who.int/reproductive-health/publications/mec/mec.pdf. This rates safety of each method on scale of 1-4 for any number of associated health conditions. There’s a lot of information.
  • Connects to various mental health and substance abuse resources. Also has a “warm-line” number to UIC psychiatrists who can answer clinical and management questions.

Patient or Parent Education:

  • Harvard adolescent website- health information for young women and men
  • Go Ask Alice!: Source of general health and sex information maintained by Columbia University health educators. Most questions answered are submitted by high school and college-aged people.
  • For LGBT teens, Center on Halstead (used to be called Horizons):


Smoking Cessation:

Databases and Statistics

  • Behavior:
  • Reproductive Health: The Guttmacher Institute collects data on pregnancies, births, STIs, and other reproductive health related issues.
  • Substances:
    • Monitoring the Future Study: ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults. Each year, approximately 50,000 8th, 10th and 12th grade students are surveyed (12th graders since 1975, and 8th and 10th graders since 1991).

Useful Texts: Neinstein’s Adolescent Health Care: A Practical Guide

Journals/Review articles:

  • Journal of Adolescent Health
  • Adolescent Medicine State of the Art Reviews devotes each issue to review of some topic
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America