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Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology: Where's the Science?

      In 2010, I was asked by colleagues at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to moderate a Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Research Think Tank Panel. I prepared a presentation on the science of pediatric and adolescent gynecology (PAG) in which I addressed the history of PAG, highlighting that PAG is a “young” and developing subspeciality, with an evolution of scholarship. At that meeting, I showed a chart (Fig. 1), which indicated that the type of article most commonly published in the Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (JPAG) was a case report. I compared JPAG with the Journal of Adolescent Health (JAH), for which the most common article was a comparative study, followed by reviews, clinical trials, and randomized controlled trials (RCTs)—all of which were published more frequently than case reports. This was used to illustrate the point that adolescent medicine was a more “mature” discipline, in which scholarship had evolved beyond case reports.
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      Fig. 1Types of articles published in JPAG, 1996–2010.
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