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Adolescent Health Clinic

UCSF's Adolescent Health Clinic provides a full range of health care to children and young adults, ages 11 to 21. Our multidisciplinary team has the training and expertise in all aspects of teen health – physical, emotional, mental and sexual – to provide the best care possible for your child. The team includes pediatricians, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, and specialists in health education and substance abuse. We value our patients as individuals and consider every aspect of their lives in order to address their unique physical and mental health issues.

Our services include general primary care; vaccinations; gynecological care, including Pap smears and contraceptive care; substance abuse treatment; eating disorder treatment; and counseling for behavior, family and school problems. When patients need specialty care, we collaborate closely with other pediatric practices at UCSF.

We also provide health care for special populations, such as runaways and teens placed outside the home, and our Young Women's Clinic offers confidential health services, including pregnancy, gynecologic and family planning care, for women up to 21 years of age.

Youth 12 to 18 years of age have the legal right to consent to their own care with confidentiality for many of the services we provide. Laws protecting teen confidentiality were written to encourage young people to get the health care they need. Confidential services include: diagnosis, treatment or prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases; substance abuse counseling; and mental health care. We encourage teens to talk with their parents about their problems and concerns, but generally these decisions are their own unless the health issues pose a serious danger.

Our locations (4)

    Awards & recognition

    • Ranked among the nation's best in 10 specialties

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    Preparing for your appointment

    What to Bring

    • Photo I.D.
    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your child's condition
    • List of medications, including dosages, plus any your child is allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

    For visitors

    Before you head to the hospital, check out our guidelines for visitors and caregivers.


    Your Stay

    We offer valuable information to help you plan for your child's upcoming hospital stay. Find out about food services, family accommodations and more.

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    Your Child's Care Team

    Our doctors, nurses, child life specialists and other providers have special training to care for children. Meet your child's care team.

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    Interpreter Services & Communication Assistance

    Interpreter services in many languages and TDDs are available for families that need help communicating with care teams. Here's how to access them.

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    Support services

    Child Life Services

    Activity rooms, pet therapy and more to help kids feel at home.

    Child Life

    Certified child life specialists ease the stress and anxiety of childhood illness through therapeutic play, schooling and family-focused support.

    Family Amenities

    Family-friendly amenities help you relax and take care of yourself while staying close to your child. We offer lounges, kitchens, showers, breastfeeding rooms and more.


    Social Services

    Social workers ease the effect of illness, injury and hospitalization on your family with counseling and assistance to help you navigate the challenges.


    Activity Rooms

    Activity rooms offer a relaxed environment for children of all ages. Features include a playroom, digital arts studio and teen lounge. Find out more.


    Art Therapy

    Art therapy helps kids and families express themselves, making it easier to cope with pediatric health issues. Group and bedside services are available.


    Music Therapy Program

    Board-certified music therapists help kids cope with illness and the feelings that come with it. Find out about group activities and bedside therapy.


    School Program

    Our schoolroom services and individual learning programs help children hospitalized at UCSF continue their education and get ready to return to school.


    School Re-Entry Program

    After hospitalization, we help kids return to school by educating staff and students about their needs and recommending needed accommodations. Read more.


    Individual Playtime & Instruction

    If your child can't be around other kids for medical reasons, you can sign up for private sessions in our activity and school rooms. Find out how.


    Interpreter Services & Communication Assistance

    Interpreter services in many languages and TDDs are available for families that need help communicating with care teams. Here's how to access them.

    Family Resource Center

    We help families cope with the challenges of childhood illness and hospitalization in a relaxing environment where parents can get a much-needed break.


    Parent Support Program

    Weekly activities, including knitting, scrapbooking, chair massage and more, help family caregivers get a much-needed break. Find out more.


    Patient Relations

    Patient relations reps and nursing supervisors are here to answer questions and address concerns. Learn about your rights, how to reach us and more.


    Spiritual Care

    Chaplains help UCSF patients, families and staff cope with the spiritual and emotional challenges of childhood illness. Learn more.


    International Services

    If you're coming to UCSF from outside the U.S., we coordinate your child's appointments and provide other helpful services. Here's how to get started.

    Our research initiatives

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      UCSF Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine Research

    Tender wagging care

    Our therapy dogs spread joy and smiles at the bedside and throughout the hospital.

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