Image for adolescent doctor visits With or without justification, many adolescents consider themselves to be adults, capable of choosing their own paths and making their own choices. However, when it comes to adolescent healthcare, parents should continue to be actively involved in the choice of providers and settings.

Some families wonder who their adolescent should see for primary care. A pediatrician? Family doctor? Internist? The truth is, there is no single right answer.

Most pediatricians will continue to see children throughout their adolescence, and sometimes even through college. Family doctors see patients at all stages of life, from babyhood to old age. Internists are primarily doctors for adults and may be a good choice for older adolescents without a pre-existing pediatrician or family doctor.

Remember that the personal and professional qualities of a doctor, and their skills in working with both of you are far more important than their title.