Adolescent Health Curriculum

This site was developed for use by healthcare professionals involved in either the teaching of adolescent health or clinical care of adolescents and young adults. The material on the site includes in each section text background, cases, questions and answers, weblinks and a small reference section. The reader can use the text alone, the cases alone or the questions and answers alone. This is not meant to be an exhaustive curriculum in adolescent health but a supplement to other teaching modalities. An outline of the material is listed below.

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Please note that although you can show the material in teaching situations on a computer or project through an LCD projector, because of copyright issues, please do not copy any material or slides.

Larry Neinstein MD
Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine
University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine

Author: Lawrence S. Neinstein, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine
USC Keck School of Medicine
Executive Director, University Park Health Center

The author would also like to thank Nathon Newbold, a student at USC, for his work in making the technical aspects of this website possible.


Please note that each section contains text, questions, cases, web sites and references.

1. Puberty
     a. Normal growth and development
     b. Abnormal growth and development


2. Interviewing and communicating with adolescents


3. Confidentiality Issues


4. Health Screening


5. Sexuality
     a. Sexuality overview
     b. Menses
     c. Contraception
     d. Sexually transmitted infections including overview, urethritis/cervicitis,      vaginitis, pelvic pain, genital ulcers, genital growths


6. Medical problems
     a. Common medical problems
          i. Abdominal pain
          ii. Chest pain
          iii. Headaches
          iv. Sleep disorders
     b. Orthopedic problems
          i. Osgood-Schlatter Disease
          ii. Patellofemoral syndrome
          iii. Slipped capital femoral epiphysis
          iv. Growing pains
          v. Back pain
          vi. Scoliosis
     c. Dermatology (b4)
          i. Acne (derm #1)
          ii. Skin growths (derm #2)
          iii. Hair lesions
          iv. Papulosquamous lesions
          v. Misc. dermatology lesions

7. Eating disorders (B7)

8. Substance Abuse (B8)
     a. Categories of abused drugs
     b. Prevalence of drug use
     c. Etiology of Drug use and abuse
     d. Alcohol
     e. Cigarette Smoking
     f. Marijuana
     g. Hallucinogens
     h. Stimulants
     i. Inhalants
     j. Opioids
     k. Depressants
     l. Anabolic Steroids
     m. Designer and Club Drugs
     n. Management of drug abuse

See also:
EUTEACH: Web site providing curriculum on adolescent health. The material in the adolescent health curriculum above was also meant to be used as supplement to this course outline.

EUTEACH was made to improve the health of adolescents throughout Europe and elsewhere by offering the most effective and efficient training curriculum possible, and by making it freely available to all health professionals involved in teaching adolescent medicine and health. EuTEACH is the initiative of the Multidisciplinary Unit for Adolescent Health (University Medical Center, Lausanne, Switzerland), and has been developed by a group of leading adolescent health professionals from 11 European countries.

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