CHOP-Penn Transition Program for Digestive, Liver and Pancreatic Medicine

The CHOP-Penn Transition Program includes adult and pediatric gastroenterologists, hepatologists, a full-time nurse practitioner and other healthcare providers from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Penn Medicine, part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Together, we work to ensure a smooth transition from pediatric care to adult care.

Our team will work closely with you and your child to prepare you for the transition years in advance. We then provide comprehensive support during the actual transition process.

Our program offers services to patients transitioning from CHOP to Penn Medicine. We also assist students from colleges in the Philadelphia region and other young adults new to the area who are seeking care at Penn Medicine.

Watch our transition video series for helpful tips from patients, doctors and nurse practitioners on how to make the transition to adulthood with a chronic illness as smooth as possible.

Program features and benefits

The Transition Program nurse practitioner will:

  • Meet periodically with you to begin preparing for transition.
  • Provide information about being a young adult with a chronic illness, so you can make the safest choices. Topics include: working with college advisors so illness-related needs are met; sex, drugs and alcohol; health insurance; traveling; and much more.
  • Talk to the pediatric specialist about your particular needs during transition.
  • Help you learn about health insurance and prepare the necessary paperwork.
  • Review the list of adult doctors at Penn Medicine and help you decide who might be the best fit.
  • Serve as a liaison between the pediatric and adult specialist.
  • Go along on the first appointment with the adult specialist.

Other benefits of the Transition Program:

  • Referrals/recommendations for out-of-town doctors if you are moving away for college or a job
  • Educational workshops with doctors and nurse practitioners
  • Peer-to-peer panels so you can hear advice from people your own age