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Adolescent medicine during specialized paediatric training: the past, the present and the future

  • Ana Cristóvão Ferreira ORCID logo , António Videira da Silva ORCID logo , Sílvia Freira and Helena Fonseca EMAIL logo



Paediatricians increasingly need to take care of adolescents, a life stage with specific needs, however many of them admit a limitation in their medical education regarding Adolescent Medicine. The objective of this paperwork is to evaluate the formative model adopted in the Department of Paediatrics, Hospital de Santa Maria, and assess the impact of the training in Adolescent Medicine.


We surveyed the current Paediatric Residents and those who graduated as Paediatricians from the Department in the past five years, in order to get feedback on the one-month compulsory training at the Adolescent Medicine Division during their Residency.


Both groups considered it as a very interesting/useful training. Paediatricians considered that the training had an insufficient duration, with statistical difference comparing to the current Residents’ opinion. Conversely, Residents considered more often that the acquired competencies would be useful in their future clinical practice, when compared to Paediatricians.


In order to potentiate learning and training during such a short period of time, a few changes were identified as beneficial to be implemented.

Corresponding author: Helena Fonseca, Department of Paediatrics, Adolescent Medicine Clinic, Hospital de Santa Maria, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Lisboa Norte, Avenida Professor Egas Moniz MB, 1649-028, Lisboa, Portugal; and University of Lisbon Medical School, Lisbon, Portugal, Phone: +351217805000, E-mail:

The paperwork is not and will not be submitted to any other journal while under consideration by the International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health and there is no prior publications or submissions with any overlapping information.

  1. Research funding: None declared.

  2. Author contributions: Ana Cristóvão Ferreira MD is a Paediatric Resident at the Department of Paediatrics, Hospital de Santa Maria (HSM-CHULN) who already completed the compulsory one-month training at the Adolescent Medicine Division. António Videira da Silva MSc is an Exercise Physiologist, PhD student at Centro Académico de Medicina de Lisboa, Paediatric University Clinic, Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon; Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) Research Fellow. Sílvia Freira MD is a Paediatrician specialized in Motivational Interview, working full time at the Adolescent Medicine Division. Helena Fonseca MD, MPH, PhD is a Senior Paediatrician, Consultant in Adolescent Medicine, Associate Professor of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon.

  3. Competing interests: Authors state no conflict of interest.

  4. Informed consent: Informed consent was obtained from all individuals included in this study.

  5. Ethical approval: The local Institutional Review Board deemed the study exempt from review.


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Received: 2021-01-13
Accepted: 2021-02-16
Published Online: 2021-04-14

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