Child Protection Program - Child Abuse Fellowship


The following is a guide to the curriculum is organized by months, which provides an approximate amount of time for each of the respective experiences.  The notes which follow the outline provide further explanation.

Year 1

  • Child Protection Team consult service – 6 months
  • Elective – 1 month
  • Community rotation – 1 month
  • Research – 3 months
  • Vacation – 1 month

Year 2

  • Child Protection Team consult service – 5 months
  • Elective – 1 month
  • Community rotation – 1 month
  • Research – 4 months
  • Vacation – 1 month

Year 3

  • Child Protection Team consult service – 4 months
  • Elective – 1 month
  • Community rotation – 1 month
  • Research – 5 months
  • Vacation – 1 month

Due to the volume of clinical consults and requests for case reviews from outside agencies, fellows typically do not spend more than 1-2 consecutive weeks at a time on the consult service.  Elective and specialty clinic experiences are then scheduled during non-consult service weeks.  Because some specialty clinics occur only once a week or once a month (e.g. metabolic bone disease/bone dysplasia clinic), schedules can be arranged such that the fellow will be able to attend these less frequent clinics multiple times over the course of their training.  Therefore the fellow’s schedule may not conform exactly to the classic month-long rotations.

Elective experiences are available in many subspecialties, including medical toxicology, outpatient pediatric burn clinic, coagulations disorders clinic, bone dysplasia clinic, pediatric radiology and neuroradiology, pediatric physical medicine/rehabilitaition, child psychiatry and crisis counseling.

Community rotations include experiences at the county child advocacy center (which houses CPS and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s Child Abuse unit), forensic interview training, the county prosecutor’s office, juvenile and criminal courts, and the local domestic violence shelter.  A forensic pathology rotation, based at the local county coroner’s office, is recommended for all fellows and includes experience observing autopsies, case conferences and death scene investigations.

Research months include required core graduate courses which cover clinical research methods, clinical trials, and biostatistics.  These rotations also allow time for fellows to develop and complete the scholarly activity/research requirement of the American Board of Pediatrics common for all subspecialty fellows. 

Finally, the following activities are ongoing throughout the fellow’s training:

  • Each fellow has his/her own sexual abuse clinic, one half day a week
  • Home call, one weeknight per week with one weekend a month;
  • Weekly CPP case review meetings
  • Bi-monthly hospital based multidisciplinary team case review meetings
  • Monthly county child fatality review team meetings
  • Responding to subpoenas and court appearances