Adolescent patients may be the most challenging, yet rewarding patient populations that family physicians have the privilege of treating. We provide a variety of residency experiences to ensure that our graduates understand the issues that are unique to this patient population and that they feel proficient and comfortable.
Opportunities for exposure to adolescent health include treating continuity patients in the Family Medicine outpatient arena, exposure during the outpatient pediatric portion of the curriculum, time spent in local school-based involvement in our Family Medicine Teen Clinic and teaching in our SmileDoc program.
The SmileDoc program (Students of Medicine Involved in Local Education-Doctors Ought to Care) is a program originally developed by medical students at the University of Vermont. It involves a 6-week curriculum covering a variety of health care topics and is offered to 5th graders in our local Portland neighborhood elementary school.
Our Family Medicine Teen Clinic was founded in 2004 by a group of Family Medicine Residents and is resident-owned and driven. The goal of Teen Clinic is to provide young people with health care that focuses on global wellness in a safe, confidential, caring environment. Teen Clinic is supervised by Vicki Hayes, MD, a clinical faculty member subspecialty board certification in adolescent medicine and extensive experience in college health.
Opportunities also exist for a more in-depth experience in adolescent medicine through selection of a focused, longitudinal pathway or a one-month elective experience. Residents are invited to choose from a menu of opportunities that includes experience in college health, development and chronic disease exposure, health care delivery to incarcerated youth, time with homeless teens, participation in an eating disorders clinic and more.
Experience adolescent medicine and have the chance to make a difference in a young person's life!
View a recent educational video, Self-Injury in Adolescents , produced by the Maine Medical Center Department of Family Medicine and Bucknam Road Behavioral Health.
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