give yourself enough time
Most first appointments are scheduled for one hour so please plan your time accordingly. Follow-up appointments are generally scheduled for 30 minutes. Please also allow 15 minutes for parking, walking and checking in to the clinic.
frequently asked questions
why do teens and young adults need a specialist?
Adolescence is a period of rapid physical, emotional, and cognitive growth that is accompanied by new social and academic expectations. These stressors affect youth and young adults differently than adults over the age of 25 years. As adolescents eagerly strive for more independence and responsibility, they need a safe space and supportive environment to develop those skills. Young adults in college and the work force are experiencing an exciting and complicated stage of transition in life. Specialists in Adolescent Young Adult medicine are uniquely trained to assist with these stressors and health concerns as they affect a young person’s life. We embrace a positive youth model of whole person care – body, mind and spirit – to engage people where they are in health promotion, treatment, and prevention.
why do you interview the patient alone?
After speaking with the teen and parent/guardian together, our specialist will ask to speak with the teen alone. This is done for many reasons. First, we know that talking to teens without a parent or guardian in the room gives them a chance to ask questions or give information they may feel self-conscious about. Teens often have questions or concerns that they may feel embarrassed to talk about in front of their parent or guardian. It is important to give them enough freedom to grow but not so much that they get involved in the wrong activities.
While many teens do not engage in high risk behaviors, they may still be exposed. Surveys of high school students in Ohio report that 42.7 percent have had sex, 35.7 percent have tried marijuana, and 17.4 precent have ridden with a driver who had been drinking. Our goal is to help identify these problems before they become too big and to help prevent them. To do this we must give them a reason to trust us by keeping their visit confidential. Ohio state law requires that some services are offered to teens privately. We always encourage the teen to discuss important issues with parents.
It is important to know that if teens are doing anything to hurt themselves or others, or someone is hurting them, we will be required to break confidentiality.
The staff is always available to answer questions. The adolescent medicine clinic staff wants to work with you to help teens and young adults make the best choices for a healthy future. If a parent/guardian would also like to speak their specialist alone, please just let us know.
what is confidentiality?
Confidentiality is an ethical principle that a physician may not reveal any information discussed in the course of medical care, unless the patient who disclosed that information poses a threat to themself or others, or has been harmed by someone else. We respect the privacy and confidentiality of our young patients, while ensuring that young people are safe and connected to the appropriate services and resources they need.
do you do counseling?
While our evaluations and treatment involves a lot of communication and some counseling, we do not provide ongoing counseling sessions. If recommended as part of the care plan, your specialist may refer you for further counseling in your community.