BP1_4014-X2Adolescent medicine is a medical subspecialty that focuses on the care of patients who are in the adolescent period of development, generally ranging from 11 to 21 years of age that corresponds to middle school, high school and college/young adult. Patients have generally entered puberty, which typically begins between the ages of 9 to 11 years for girls, and 11 to 14 years for boys. A primary care subspecialty, Adolescent Medicine, incorporates aspects of nutrition, mental health, gynecology, endocrinology, sports medicine, infectious diseases and dermatology. Adolescent medicine physicians have had primary training in Family Practice, Internal Medicine and/or Pediatrics. 

The Bright Futures Adolescent Expert Panel has prioritized five domains to address during an adolescent health supervision visit:

Common problems managed by adolescent medicine providers include: