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Adolescent Medicine

Programs

There are four outpatient programs in the Teen Clinic: Young Families Program (for teen parents and their children), Eating Disorders Program and the Substance Abuse Outreach Program , the staff also participate in the care of adolescents from the transplant, lupus and HIV clinics.

The Teen Clinic is structured to serve the teens' unique healthcare needs.  Teens can come to the clinic by themselves or with a friend, parent, guardian or other family member.  When the teen comes to the clinic for an appointment, the health care provider will first talk to the teen and her/his parent or guardian.  Then the teen will have an opportunity to speak to one of the health care providers alone.  At the Teen Clinic, we see teens on their own, unless they request otherwise.  Whatever the teen discusses with the health care provider is private, meaning that information will not be shared with anyone else unless there is some threat of harm to the teen or another individual.  However, if the teen prefers, we can discuss the visit with their parent or guardian.  The health care provider would only go ahead with this discussion with the teen's permission, but we do encourage family involvement.  The physical exam is usually done without a parent in the room unless the teen requests that the parent be present.

Medicine, nursing, social work, psychology, art therapy and nutrition all work in together in the Teen Clinic.  During a visit, a teen may see several health care providers who work together as a team.  This team works together to provide the teen with comprehensive and coordinated adolescent health care. 

There are two day treatment programs in the Division—the Substance Abuse Day Treatment Program and the Eating Disorders Day Hospital.

In-patient medical care for patients with eating disorders takes place on 7A. Adolescent Medicine staff also provide consultation services for adolescent patients admitted elsewhere in the hospital.

The outpatient activities, day treatment programs and inpatient areas in the Division of Adolescent Medicine are committed to providing developmentally appropriate, confidential care to adolescents.

The Division of Adolescent Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto

The Hospital for Sick Children is a fully affiliated teaching hospital of the University of Toronto. Education of health care professionals and research are an important part of what we do. We believe that they also are fundamental to achieving excellence in the provision of health care to adolescents.