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Pediatrics specialties

Adolescent medicine

adolescent_med Adolescence is a time of rapid and complex physical, intellectual, emotional and social development. It is a critical phase in the life cycle as young people mature from childhood, when they are dependent on parents and other adults, to young adulthood, when they are expected to make decisions and be responsible for themselves.

Adolescents have many concerns about their changing bodies, changing moods and changing interactions with others. They have concerns about what is normal and what they should expect as they continue to mature. They engage in behaviors that may present risks to their health and safety. Parents also have concerns about what to expect of their adolescent children, what is normal and how they can be kept safe and healthy.

As part of the comprehensive training provided by the VCU Department of Pediatrics, the Adolescent Health Service at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU includes faculty physicians with specialized training in adolescent medicine. The following are among the many needs addressed by the Adolescent Health Service:

  • Acute medical problems
    • Respiratory – colds, sore throats, chest pain
    • Gastrointestinal – abdominal pain, vomiting, bowel changes
    • Neurological – headaches, dizziness, fatigue
  • Behavioral concerns
    • Evaluation and referral, treatment of ADHD
    • Concerns about alcohol, tobacco or other drug use
  • Chronic medical problems
    • Respiratory – asthma, seasonal allergies
    • Gastrointestinal – constipation, chronic abdominal pain
    • Neurological – chronic headaches
    • Nutritional – weight problems
  • Health assessments
    • Camp physicals, college physicals, routine annual exams, sports physicals
    • Immunizations
  • Minor injuries
  • Menstrual problems
    • Irregular periods, menstrual cramps
  • Musculoskeletal Problems
    • Back, limb or joint pain
  • Sexuality concerns
    • Birth control, pregnancy testing, STD/HIV testing and treatment or referral
  • Skin problems
    • Acne, eczema, skin infections

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Appointments and location

Appointments: (804) 828-CHOR (2467)

Services are provided at the Children's Pavilion, 3rd Floor and MCV Physicians at Mayland.

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