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In November 2001, Dr. Christopher Reif joined 126 other family physicians in sitting for their first-ever opportunity to earn a certificate of added qualification in adolescent medicine. Pediatricians and internists had been eligible for such certification since 1994.
Unlike many of his peers who sat for the test, Dr. Reif lacked fellowship training in the field of adolescent medicine yet came to it with a "special interest," he said, because 15%-20% of his patients are teenagers. He also volunteers for school health programs in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and directs a teen clinic in St. Paul called Face To Face.
To prepare, he read a number of textbooks on the subject and found Dr. Lawrence Neinstein's book, "Adolescent Health Care: A Practical Guide" (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1990) especially helpful. "Bible was a good word for it," quipped Dr. Reif, …