Thursday, March 24, 2022 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
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Nina Ferrell 
Events Manager, The Alumni Association of CCNY 

The Importance of Mindful Transitions into Adolescence and Adulthood 

This event is part of the celebration of International Adolescent Health Week (IAHW). https://internationaladolescenthealthweek.org/index.html#
 Dr. Meera Beharry is board certified in both Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.  She was born in the Caribbean and grew up in the suburbs of New York City.  She attended the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education which was a seven year pre-med/medical school program and is now CUNY Medical School.  Dr. Beharry completed medical school in 2001 at SUNY Downstate (SUNY Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn) where she stayed on to complete her Pediatric Residency including a year as 4th year Chief Resident at Lenox Hill Hospital in 2005.
After completing her pediatric residency, Dr. Beharry completed an additional 3 years of Adolescent Medicine subspecialty training at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.  Over the years Dr. Beharry attained a faculty position at the University of Rochester Medical Center, joined the Department of Pediatrics at McLane Children's Medical Center of Baylor Scott and White and has started her own consulting firm and a concierge private practice with the goals of improving access to medical care for adolescents and young adults experiencing a variety of health issues.
Dr. Beharry is a respected educator and is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Texas A&M College of Medicine as well as an Affiliate Medical Associate Professor at the CUNY School of Medicine.  She has co-authored book chapters and several publications on issues facing youth experiencing homelessness.

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Life is marked by transitions.  Adolescent Medicine specialists particularly enjoy working with patients and their caregivers as the patient transitions from childhood to adulthood.  Despite several decades of existence, the subspecialty of Adolescent Medicine is still poorly known outside of pediatric and academic circles.  In this presentation we will discuss the need for this specialty with particular attention to the challenges that arise when children transition into adolescence and adolescents transition to adulthood.  We will also discuss the unique risks that increase morbidity and mortality for children and adolescents with special health care needs (such as diabetes, sickle cell disease and other chronic medical conditions) as they transition to adulthood and obtain primary responsibility for their healthcare.