Children’s Medical Group provides medical care for patients through age 21 years. Our goal is to serve as a comprehensive medical home for your teenagers and young adults. Some of the services that are available to them are:
Physicals for Summer Camp, Sports, and College Entrance forms.
Throughout the year one of our frequent tasks is to provide routine physicals for adolescents needing clearance for summer camps, sports teams, and college entrance. For those individuals with diseases such as asthma, chronic injury, or diabetes, our goal is to do everything possible to allow full participation in the desired activity.
Our office provides many important vaccinations to our older patients such as TdaP, Meningitis, and HPV. For many reasons, this age group is particularly vulnerable to a variety of preventable diseases. The first reason is that they may have waning immunity to some of the diseases that they were vaccinated against as young children. A second reason is that they are now beginning to attend a variety of camp activities where they are housed in close quarters with many other peers. Yet another reason is that our older patients are more likely to travel out of the country to participate in activities such as mission trips. We provide HPV vaccination for both female and male patients. The vaccination is indicated in young women for the prevention of cervical cancer, and for the prevention of genital warts in both adolescent males and females.
The providers at Children’s Medical Group are available to help manage and counsel our patients with issues pertaining to their sexual health. We will protect their privacy as outlined by federal and state law. We do not perform full pelvic examinations in our office, but our providers are comfortable with managing many contraceptive needs of our adolescent females. Should these situations become more in-depth or complicated, you may be referred to appropriate gynecological services. Our practice is able to do limited screenings and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases in both males and females.
Our medical providers are frequently involved in the management of mental health issues involving our adolescents and young adults. This may include prescribing medication for ADHD, screening for substance abuse problems, screening and treatment for depression and anxiety, and being first responders to family crisis situations such as a death or divorce. One of our roles is to appropriately refer those individuals needing psychological counseling, substance abuse counseling, or medical treatment for more serious psychiatric problems, such as major depressive disorder, to the most appropriate mental health specialist.
All of our practitioners are certified Strong for Life providers. We are trained by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta to offer evidence based, actionable information about motivational interviewing techniques, goal setting, BMI tracking and childhood obesity management protocols.
Starting at 13 years of age, we will be giving your teenager a questionaire to fill out at each well exam visits. Please see the information and screen we use below: