Resident Training - Adolescent Health Rotation

Adolescent Health Rotation

The Resident Adolescent Health Training Rotation at the University of Minnesota is distinguished in the following ways:

  1. Interdisciplinary approach to preventive care for adolescents,
  2. Community-based clinical experience,
  3. Interviewing skills integrated as core topic, and
  4. Affiliated with one of seven federally-funded graduate/post-graduate training programs in adolescent health.

The rotation provides an overview of major developmental issues and health concerns of youth, with an emphasis on building communication skills and facility in assessing and addressing risk factors. Serving pediatric residents, internal medicine interns and fourth-year medical students, the rotation draws on faculty who are leaders in the fields of medicine, nursing, social work, psychology, public health and nutrition. In addition, a company of adolescent actors trained as simulated patients/teachers provides trainees with opportunities for direct practice of clinical interviewing, assessment and intervention skills. Clinical experiences expose students to community-based services for youth, including general adolescent services clinics, programs for at-risk youth, school-based clinics, adolescent reproductive health clinics, programs serving incarcerated youth and youth in treatment, and programs for pregnant and parenting teens. Trainees do relevant reading and attend a series of interactive didactic sessions that focus on common adolescent health issues.

Upon completion of the rotation, the trainee will:

  1. Understand the pubertal, psychological, social, and sexual developmental processes which characterize adolescence.
  2. Understand how these developmental changes influence adolescent health as well as patterns of morbidity and mortality among youth.
  3. Identify characteristics of appropriate prevention, diagnosis and treatment services for youth.
  4. Have skills in taking a thorough, non-judgmental adolescent health history.
  5. Have skills in addressing multiple issues at each clinical encounter.

The Resident Training Program in Adolescent Health is part of the Pediatric Residency Program at the University of Minnesota. The Pediatric Residency Program offers a diverse and comprehensive training experience that prepares pediatricians for the 21st century.

For information, contact:

Dr. Emily Borman-Shoap
Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Pediatric Education Office
2450 Riverside Ave
East Building, Room M136
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Phone: (612) 624-4477
Fax: (612) 626-7042

Nimi Singh, MD, MPH, Director
Alex Prince, Rotation Coordinator
Resident Training Program in Adolescent Health
Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health
717 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414-2959
Phone: (612) 626-1980
Fax: (612) 626-2134