Department of School and Adolescent Medicine

  • Head of Department:
  • Tatjana Petricevic Vidovic, MD
  • Telephone:
  • 385 1 46 96 281
  • 385 1 46 96 354
  • Fax:
  • 385 1 46 78 102
  • E-mail:
  • Address:
  • Mirogojska cesta 16
  • 10000 Zagreb
  • Croatia

Educational period is characterized by the intensive growth and development, as well as emotional, intellectual and social maturation.

Among all contextual factors, that may have an influence on the individual’s ability to succeed in developing all the cognitive, emotional and social potentials, an organised and accessible preventive health care service can play an important role. The aim of such service is to monitor growth and developmental process, but also to promote health behaviour and to prevent and recognize - early enough - potential health or behavioural threats.

Preventive health care of schoolchildren and youth is within Department of School and Adolescent Medicine provided by educated medical staff with special competencies, consisting of medical doctors – school medicine specialists and college-trained nurses.

To be able to fulfil the basic aims of youth health service – availability and accessibility, the medical offices are spread all over the city’s areas, working at 14 locations in total (37 medical doctors and 37 nurses). The activities are implemented according to the National Health Care Plan measures, completely financed by the national health insurance.

The department is organized into three divisions: 

  1. Growth and Development Monitoring Division

  2. Youth Unit

  3. Division for Monitoring Schoolchildren and Adolescents with Health Problems in Educational System


Program of preventive health care measures includes:

1. Medical examinations

    • Prior to the 1st grade enrolment

    • In the 5th and 8th grade of primary school

    • In the 1st grade of secondary school

    • At the 1st year of University

2. Screenings

  • Eye exam (including visual acuity and colour vision), growth and development monitoring and definition (3rd grade of primary school)

  • Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis screening, height and weight (6th grade of primary school)

3. Other preventive examinations and medical check-ups according to medical condition and educational demands

4. Vaccination according to National Mandatory Vaccination Program

    • 1st grade: DI-TE, POLIO, MPR

    • 6th grade: Hepatitis B

    • 8th grade: DI-TE, POLIOPrior to leaving secondary school: DI-TE

5. Students counselling, parents and teachers counselling

6. Health education and health promotion through lectures, work groups and public discussions

7. Care for children with special needs, including decision processing for appropriate education

8. Participation in parent-teacher meetings, teachers' councils and individual contacts with school staff

According to perception of students, parents and teachers, Department of School and Adolescent Medicine services are perceived as a great help and support. Close collaboration with schools proves that school is considered to be setting where children are easily available for health interventions, where it is easy to follow epidemiological situations and where health education programs might be successfully implemented. Counselling was assessed as one of the most important activities, where confidentiality was respected and individual approach implemented, aiming at the best short and long term health outcomes.


  • Division of Adolescent Health Care

  • Growth and Development Monitoring Division

  • Youth Unit

  • Division for Monitoring Schoolchildren and Students with Health Problems in Educational System