Saint Louis University's adolescent medicine section aims to improve the health of adolescents in the St. Louis region and surrounding areas as well as to educate health care providers about adolescent health issues.
The section provides care for the health issues of adolescents with a focus on high-risk behaviors, outpatient gynecological evaluation and treatment and care of teens with chronic illness. Seven outpatient clinics a week are staffed. There is daily inpatient availability for consultation and hospitalization.
Ongoing medical care is provided to the youths at two Division of Youth Services facilities. A long-standing unique program for treatment of individuals with eating disorders offers medical care and coordinates services with nutrition, psychology, and psychiatry for individuals from late childhood through adolescence in the inpatient and outpatient settings.
In the inpatient setting, the concentration is on medical refeeding. Outpatient clinics are staffed in the Ambulatory Care Clinic, Danis Pediatric Clinic, Glennon at St. Luke’s and the Division of Youth Services.
The section provides educational opportunities to medical students and residents and participates in educational outreach to the community. Each intern of the pediatric residency program, each second year of the medicine/pediatrics residency program, and each pediatric neurology resident spends a month with us. Lectures are provided for residents and medical students as part of the pediatric training program.
Sites for education include Adolescent Clinic, Eating Disorders Clinic, Sports Medicine Clinic, Weight Management Clinic, and Sports Medicine at McKendree College with Jay Noffsinger, M.D.. Each resident visits a Division of Youth Services facility where primary medical care is provided by Marianne Dunstan, M.D.