In this issue of Pediatrics, Fox et al present data from a national survey of pediatric residency training programs and adolescent medicine clerkship directors that was designed to evaluate residency education in adolescent medicine. This study is timely in light of the recent Institute of Medicine report “Adolescent Health Services: Missing Opportunities,” which documented poor progress in improving the health status of adolescents in the United States and significant health disparities. Review of 21 of the Healthy People 2010 critical health objectives for ages 10 to 24 shows little progress in the health status of adolescents since 2000. Racial/ethnic and socioeconomic-status disparities in adolescents' utilization of primary care and mental health services, chronic disease risk behaviors, and overall perception of health status are of major concern. Fox et al demonstrate major gaps in adolescent medicine training across the nation and suggest strategies for enhancing training. To...

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