PATHS to success Doctor forges new ground with innovative teen programs
Dr. James Fitzgibbon’s interest in adolescent medicine began after serving as a house parent in a college freshman dorm. He witnessed firsthand many of the common problems teenagers still face today, including drug addiction and teen pregnancy.
But in 1975, he struggled to find an adolescent medicine program to complete his residency. There were only a few programs in the country at that time.
Teens weren’t categorized separately. Instead, they were viewed as older children with chronic illnesses.
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