Well Visits & Sports Physicals: Your Child's Check-Ups for Success

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: A well visit or sports physical can be very important for your child's overall health.
Air Date: 7/17/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Dr. David A. Levine, MD, FAAP
Levine 2-09 resizedDr. Levine has been on faculty of Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA, since July 1995. Current activities in the Department of Pediatrics include coordinator of Pediatrics medical school education activities, and general pediatrics service with underserved children and families at Morehouse Medical Associates. As a Professor of Pediatrics at Morehouse, he teaches in all 4 years of the MSM MD curriculum. Topics include cultural competence, community-oriented primary care, clinical interviewing, "doctoring"/art of medicine, career and residency planning as well as General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

Dr. Levine was appointed to and serves on the national Committee on Adolescence of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and is also active in the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, currently serving as Chair of the Committee on Adolescent Health. He is a resource to GA pediatricians on medical and legal issues that affect the care of teenagers. Areas of special expertise include working with teen men and with LGBTQ youth. He was the lead author of the 2013 Policy Statement on Office Care for LGBTQ youth from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Levine did his undergraduate work at the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. He graduated with High Honors with a double major in Biology and American History. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Levine began his specialty training in Pediatrics at Boston City Hospital/Boston University and finished training at Oakland Children's Hospital/University of California-Davis. He is board certified in Pediatrics and participates in maintenance of certification.
Well Visits & Sports Physicals: Your Child's Check-Ups for Success
Taking your child to the doctor for an ear infection or a fever is one time you see your pediatrician.

But taking your child to the doctor for their well visit or a sports physical is another type of visit altogether and one to which parents should look forward.

This is your chance to raise questions and concerns about your child's development, behavior, and general well-being — questions that are difficult to discuss during sick visits.

It is also an opportunity to see how your child has grown, ask the doctor about sensitive subjects and really prepare your child for the the best care possible.

Dr. David A. Levine shares important information you should be considering for these types of doctor visits. Don't be a parent that misses out on this essential appointment!
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