Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews (AM:STARs)

Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews (AM:STARs)
2019 Ed.
2019 © American Academy of Pediatrics
American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Adolescent Health


Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews (AM:STARs) is the official publication of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Adolescent Medicine. AM:STARs is a series of clinical reviews that detail advances in the diagnosis and management of a wide range of health problems affecting adolescents. Published 2 times per year, the journal offers adolescent medicine specialists and other primary care physicians who treat adolescent patients with state of the art information on all matters relating to adolescent health and wellness.

AMSTARs: Adolescent Contraception: Basics and Beyond (2019 Spring) highlights the fundamental aspects of contraception with an overview of contraceptive methods and epidemiology, provides up-to-date guidance on medical eligibility criteria and reviews critical policy advances supporting contraceptive access.

Topics Include:

  • • Overview (social determinants, epidemiology, cultural and regional differences, and method [includes natural family planning])
  • • CDC medical eligibility criteria
  • • Condoms
  • • Pills, rings, and patches
  • • Depo-Provera and whether it is still a good option in adolescents
  • • Intrauterine devices in adolescents (IUD’s)
  • • Implants (implementation and the management of associated bleeding)
  • • Emergency contraception
  • • Approaches to contraceptive counseling
  • • Implementation of long-acting reversible contraceptives methods into pediatric practice
  • • Male involvement in both family planning and preconception care
  • • Special cases (case-based contraception scenarios)
  • • Advocacy and policy
  • • New and on the horizon developments

AM:STARs Previous Topics covered:

AM:STARs Advances in Adolescent Eating Disorders (2018 Fall)
Articles on management in this issue include discussions of changing approaches to nutritional rehabilitation, the role of the adolescent health provider and nutritionist in the management of patients who are being treated with the increasingly popular family-based treatment approach, overviews of what is now known about treatment for eating disorders in partial hospitalization and residential programs, and the current role of medication management (psychopharmacology) for patients with each of the various subtypes of eating disorders.

AM:STARs LGBTQ Youth: Enhancing Care for Gender and Sexual Minorities (2018 Spring)
This issue of AM:STARs covers the health and social well-being of gender and sexual minority youth in the context of the evidence, experience, resources, and culture of today and offers guidance as to how health care providers can best care for this population. We appreciate the time, energy, and expertise that our authors have shared with us. Their work, which is showcased in this volume, provides new information and resources and promotes best practices in a continuing effort to create a culture that recognizes the dignity and integrity of a wonderfully dynamic and diverse community of youth and families.
Doody's Core title 2018

AM:STARs Obesity and Diabetes in the Adolescent (2017 Fall)
It is unquestionable that among the greatest threats to human health are obesity and diabetes, the focus of this issue of AM:STARs. What makes these 2 categories of disease unique is the importance of early and through prevention, assessment, and treatment, making them high priority areas for providers caring for children and adolescents.

AM:STARs Common Clinical Situations: A Resource for Practical Care and Exam Review (2017 April)
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 essence, 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 presented by this issue to be both educational and enjoyable.

AM:STARs Youth Violence Prevention and Intervention in Clinical and Community-based Settings (Fall 2016)
This issue reviews current research on types of youth violence involvement, identifies what is known about modifiable risk and protective factors, and highlights promising approaches for health professionals to address violence prevention and intervention in their clinical practice.

AM:STARs Clinical GI Challenges in the Adolescent (2016 April)
Within these articles, you will be treated to cutting edge reviews from renowned experts. In addition to the GI and hepatology articles, we have included discussions dedicated to hot topics in nutrition, including current knowledge about vitamin D, the obesity epidemic, and the fads and therapeutic diets that are commonly encountered in adolescent practice. We believe that you will find the multidisciplinary reviews on health maintenance of the adolescent with a chronic GI disorder and the transition of care to be true resources.

AM:STARs Additional Topics covered:

  • • Volume 26 • Number 3: Acute Emergencies in Adolescents - (2015 December)
  • • Volume 26 • Number 2: Advances in the Treatment of Endocrine Disorders in Adolescents - (2015 August)
  • • Volume 26 • Number 1: Sports Medicine and Sport Injuries - (2015 April)
  • • Volume 25 • Number 3: Social Networking & New Technologies - (2014 December)
  • • Volume 25 • Number 2: Hot Topics in Adolescent Health - (2014 August)
  • • Volume 25 • Number 1: Substance Use and Abuse by Adolescents - (2014 April)
  • • Volume 24 • Number 3: Young Adult Health - (2013 December)
  • • Volume 24 • Number 2: Current Psychopharmacology for Psychiatric Disorders in Adolescents - (2013 August)
  • • Volume 24 • Number 1: Subspecialty Update - (2013 April)
  • • Volume 23 • Number 3: Nutrition and Physical Activity (2012 December)
  • • Volume 23 • Number 2: Case Studies in Adolescent Health (2012 August)
  • • Volume 23 • Number 1: Adolescent Gynecology (2012 April)
  • • Volume 22 • Number 3: Advances in Health Promotion for Adolescents and Young Adults (2011 December)
  • • Volume 22 • Number 2: Ethical and Legal Issues in Adolescent Health Care (2011 August)
  • • Volume 22 • Number 1: Dermatology (2011 April)
  • • Volume 21 • Number 3: Sleep and Sleep Disorders in Adolescents (2010 December)
  • • Volume 21 • Number 2: Infectious Diseases and Immunizations (2010 August)
  • • Volume 21 • Number 1: Asthma and Diabetes in Adolescents (2010 April)
  • • Volume 20 • Number 3: International Health Issues in Adolescents (2009 December)
  • • Volume 20 • Number 2: Handbook of Adolescent Medicine 2nd Edition (2009 August)
  • • Volume 20 • Number 1: What's New In Adolescent Clinical Care? (2009 April)
  • • Volume 19 • Number 3: Metabolic Challenges to Adolescent Health (2008 December)
  • • Volume 19 • Number 2: ADHD/Learning Disorders (2008 August)
  • • Volume 19 • Number 1: Evaluation & Management of Adolescent Issues (2008 April)
  • • Volume 18 • Number 3: Adolescent Sexuality (2007 December)
  • • Volume 18 • Number 2: E-Health (2007 August)
  • • Volume 18 • Number 1: Musculoskeletal Disorders (2007 May)

Complementary Titles from American Academy of Pediatrics:






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Sports Medicine

Doody's Reviews

Score: 92/100
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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"This book is unique compared to other literature on adolescent and LGBTQ health in that it takes a more humanistic approach to addressing this population's healthcare needs. Other books have been heavy on the technical aspects of hormone therapy and surgical affirming surgery. This book focuses more on general clinicians' interactions with these adolescents."

-- Karyn Gerstle, MD, MPH (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine) - Doody's Review previous edition

"This is a unique and timely review of the greatest threat to human health -- obesity and diabetes in the adolescent population. The authors highlight the importance of early and thorough prevention, as well as assessment and treatment of obesity in this age group."

-- Elizabeth Littlejohn, MD, MS (Sparrow Children's Hospital) - Doody's Review previous edition


Presented by the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Adolescent Health as an Adolescent Medicine State of the Art Review, the book is intended for any practitioners who manage adolescents. Written by experts in the field of adolescent obesity, the book addresses various topics that include avoiding weight bias and stigma, laboratory evaluation of obesity (and consequences thereof), dietary as well as behavioral strategies in weight management, among others.

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