Adolesc Med 028 (2017) xi Preface Common Clinical Situations: A Resource for Practical Care and Exam Review We are delighted to present to our readers this special issue of Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews (AM:STARs) entitled Common Clinical Situations: A Resource for Practical Care and Exam Review. This issue consists of 80 questions on a wide range of topics in the field of adolescent medicine. Each question, along with the correct answer, is followed by a discussion of the pertinent topic, including why the correct answer is right and the incorrect answers are wrong. The discussions in es- sence present a brief state of the art review of different topics in adolescent medicine. This is in contrast to our usual format over the past 27 years, in which each issue of AM:STARs consisted of approximately 12 articles covering 1 theme or subspecialty area in depth. The editors hope that you as the readers find the change of pace pre- sented by this issue to be both educational and enjoyable. The 80 questions and discussions in this issue of AM:STARs were originally pub- lished between 2011 and 2014 in the PREP Adolescent Medicine series, under the aegis of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which is also the publisher of AM:STARs. The PREP Adolescent Medicine questions were based on select content specifications from the American Board of Pediatrics, which delineates the areas of study that are covered in their examinations in adolescent medicine. Those areas of study currently include a distribution of topics that are approximately 50% medical subspecialty issues, 25% gynecologic/sexuality/reproductive health issues, and 25% mental health/cognitive issues. The questions in this issue of AM:STARs have been chosen to follow a simi- lar distribution, thus covering the breadth of issues encountered both in adolescent medicine practice and on the adolescent medicine board examination. We expect that readers of AM:STARs will use this issue to learn updated information on specific top- ics, to help study for the board examination, or both. The original PREP Adolescent Medicine questions included in this issue were edited by Robert Brown, MD, and Martin Fisher, MD, both of whom are also associate editors of AM:STARs. The original questions and discussions were written by the fol- lowing writers (in alphabetical order), who comprised the PREP Adolescent Medicine Advisory Board (2011-2012) and Editorial Board (2013-2014): Elise Berlan, MD Diane Blake, MD Cora Breuner, MD Karen Browner-Elhanan, MD Gale Burstein, MD Ken Cheyne, MD Patricia Kelly, MD Unab Khan, MD Amy Middleman, MD Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD Monica Sifuentes, MD Stephen Sondike, MD Karen Soren, MD and Krishna White, MD. Copyright © 2017 American Academy of Pediatrics. All rights reserved. ISSN 1934-4287 AMSTARs_Spr_2017_FM_i-xii.indd 11 11/21/16 8:50 AM
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