Adolescent sexual and reproductive health in the ED

This episode features three members of the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) Adolescent Sexual Health Working Group. PECARN is a network that performs multicenter research related to the emergency care of children. The Adolescent Sexual Health Working Group is focused on researching topics of interest around sexual and reproductive health in the ED. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing three of the study authors and recorded our conversations, then created a podcast episode that hit on some of the highlights of their incredible work. James Gray also helped me put a blog post together that delves into some of the topics in a bit more in depth fashion.

This episode features the contributions of:

Melissa Miller, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Emergency Medicine
Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas City

Lauren Chernick, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in Emergency Medicine
Columbia University Medical Center

Erin Hoehn, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Emergency Medicine
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

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Key Article

Miller MK, Chernick LS, Goyal MK, et al. A Research Agenda for Emergency Medicine-based Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health. Acad Emerg Med. 2019;26(12):1357-1368. doi:10.1111/acem.13809


Brown J, Fleming R, Aristzabel J, Gishta R. Does pelvic exam in the emergency department add useful information?. West J Emerg Med. 2011;12(2):208-212.

Farrukh S, Sivitz AB, Onogul B, Patel K, Tejani C. The Additive Value of Pelvic Examinations to History in Predicting Sexually Transmitted Infections for Young Female Patients With Suspected Cervicitis or Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. Ann Emerg Med. 2018 Dec;72(6):703-712.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2018.05.004. Epub 2018 Jul 2. PMID: 30251627.

Linden JA, Grimmnitz B, Hagopian L, Breaud AH, Langlois BK, Nelson KP, Hart LL, Feldman JA, Brown J, Reid M, Desormeau E, Mitchell PM. Is the Pelvic Examination Still Crucial in Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department With Vaginal Bleeding or Abdominal Pain When an Intrauterine Pregnancy Is Identified on Ultrasonography? A Randomized Controlled Trial. Ann Emerg Med. 2017 Dec;70(6):825-834. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2017.07.487. Epub 2017 Sep 19. PMID: 28935285.

By bradsobo

Brad Sobolewski, MD, MEd is a Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and an Associate Director for the Pediatric Residency Training Program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He is on Twitter @PEMTweets and authors the Pediatric Emergency Medicine site PEMBlog and produces and hosts the PEM Currents: The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Podcast.

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