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Adolescents in the Juvenile Justice System


By James Fitzgibbon, MD, Adolescent Medicine Specialist, Akron Children's Hospital, and Judge Linda T. Teodosio, Summit County Juvenile Court

Adolescent Medicine

Objectives (Educational Content) :

1. Recognize the process of entering and leaving the juvenile justice system. 2. Recognize unmet mental health and physical needs of youth in juvenile justice system. 3. Recognize the role of primary care providers in the care of youth in the juvenile justice system.

Target Audience:

General pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, psychologists and nurses

Identified Gap:

Update on adolescents in the juvenile justice system.

Estimated Time to Complete the Educational Activity:

1 hour

Expiration Date for CME Credit:


Method of Physician Participation in the Learning Process:

The learner will view the presentation, successfully complete a post-test and complete an activity evaluation.

Evaluation Methods:

All learners must successfully complete a post-test, as well as an activity evaluation, to claim CME credit.


Dr. Fitzgibbon and Judge Teodosio have both indicated that they have no relevant financial interest in any pharmaceutical or medical device company and that this activity was developed independent of commercial interest.

Accreditation Statement:

Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron is accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CHMCA designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 125 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM.  Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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