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Adolescent Medicine Workforce Trends and Recommendations

Albert C. Hergenroeder, MD; Paul A. S. Benson, MD, MPH; Maria T. Britto, MD; Marina Catallozzi, MD; Lawrence J. D’Angelo, MD, MPH; Jennifer C. Edman, MD, MPH; S. Jean Emans, MD; Erin C. Kish, MD; Ryan H. Pasternak, MD; Gail B. Slap, MD
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010;164(12):1086-1090. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2010.211.
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Improving adolescent health is an urgent national priority in the United States. Of the 467 national health goals included in Healthy People 2010, one hundred seven pertain to adolescents; of these, 21 are considered critical and center on injury, violence, substance use, mental health, reproductive health, and chronic disease.1 Although some of these objectives can be achieved using traditional models of causation and prevention, others represent conundrums in which adolescents with the greatest needs have poor access to care or receive care provided by physicians and other health care professionals who are inadequately trained to provide the needed services.2

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